THE tough work ethic of House leaders led by Majority Leader Martin Romualdez which bolstered the push for reforms by Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano are behind the latter’s high approval ratings.
Albay Rep. Joey Sarte Salceda, who chairs the House Committee on Ways and Means, congratulated his colleagues after Cayetano received another “good” +49 net satisfaction rating based on the third quarter 2019 Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.
“I congratulate the collective effort of my colleagues led by Speaker Cayetano and our workaholic Majority Leader Romualdez to make a better House of Representatives. Speaker Cayetano’s high net satisfaction rating in the latest SWS survey is very impressive for a Speaker. This shows that the public appreciates what the leadership and collective membership of the House of Representatives achieved in less than three months,” said Salceda.
According to the SWS survey, some 64 percent of Filipinos said they are satisfied with Cayetano’s performance, while 14 percent said they are dissatisfied.
Romuldez, who chairs the House Committee on Rules, reiterated that he expects the House of Representatives to perform better after Cayetano got an impressive approval and trust ratings in the latest Pulse Asia survey and now from SWS.
The House Majority Leader said Cayetano’s 64% approval and 62% trust ratings based on September 2019 Ulat ng Bayan Survey of Pulse Asia are clear proof that the House of Representatives is performing well to carry President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte’s reforms to make a comfortable life for Filipinos.
“The trust and approval extended by our countrymen to Speaker Cayetano will definitely prompt all of us in the House of Representatives to work harder in the legislative mill in the days to come,” said Romualdez.
Like Romualdez, Salceda attributed the good ratings of Cayetano to the passage on third and final reading of pro-people legislation, notably among these include House Bill (HB) No. 4228 or the 2020 national budget, HB No. 1026 or a measure imposing additional excise taxes on alcohol, tobacco and vape products, HB No. 300 or amendment to the Foreign Investment Act of 1991, HB No. 304 or the Passive Income and Financial Intermediary Taxation Act (PIFITA), and HB No. 4157 or the Corporate Income Tax and Incentive Rationalization Act (CITIRA).
“New initiatives supportive of the national agenda are being initiated and pursued in earnest in the House and are amply vying for national support. This includes non-SONA (State of the Nation Address) Pogo (Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator) tax, MVRUT (motor vehicle road user’s tax), mining tax and SONA mandates for the creation of the departments of – OFWs (overseas Filipino workers), water and DDR (Disaster Resilience Department),” said Salceda.