MALACANANG yesterday hailed the results of the latest survey showing close to 9 out of 10 adult Filipinos have rated their lives positively in the last quarter of 2018.
According to the Social Weather Stations, 86% of the 1,440 respondents rated their present life positively in the December 2018 survey, barely unchanged from the December 2017 figure of 87%.
In a statement, Palace spokesperson Salvador Panelo said President Rodrigo Duterte and the Cabinet have been “working tirelessly to lift millions of our people from poverty and bring a comfortable life for all” despite criticism of the administration’s war on drugs.
“While the Chief Executive has given priority to the improvement of peace and order in the country, it cannot be disregarded that he has also laid the foundation that will propel the nation to progress and reach new heights,” Panelo said.
“It therefore gives us encouragement that almost all Filipinos, whether here or abroad, have universally recognized the bold strides undertaken by the President and his administration to pursue sociodevelopment programs that are not only inclusive but are also sustainable.”
Panelo cited the measures signed by the President in the first three years of his six-year term including free tuition in state universities and colleges, universal health care program, doubling the salaries of soldiers, policemen, jail officers and firemen, institutionalization of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and the Bangsamoro Organic Law.
The Palace spokesman also mentioned the distribution of lands to agrarian reform beneficiaries, assistance to repatriated overseas Filipino workers, infrastructure program “Build, Build, Build” and the highest credit rating in the Philippines’ economic history.
“These are just some of the measures and accomplishments of this administration and indeed, our people have felt genuine and meaningful change as a result thereof, thus the outcome of the survey,” Panelo said.
“These shall be the bedrock of the Duterte legacy in the remainder of his term and the Filipino people can expect that we will not rest nor will we tire until all our taxpayers are convinced that they are getting their money’s worth.”