Speaker leads pulse asia poll

December 22, 2019
Alan Peter Cayetano

SPEAKER Alan Peter Cayetano scored the highest increase in the approval and trust ratings among top four government officials in the latest December Pulse Asia survey that include President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte and Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III.

The survey was conducted from December 3 to 8, 2019 while the Philippines was still hosting the 30th South East Asian Games (SEAG) where the country declared the overall champion.

Cayetano received a notable 16% increase in his approval rating and 14% spike in his trust rating compared to the September Pulse Asia survey.

From Cayetano’s 64% approval rating, he obtained an 80% approval rating based on the latest December Pulse Asia survey.

The Speaker also scored a notable increase in his trust rating from 62% last September to an impressive 76%.

Aside from this, the people who are undecided on Cayetano went down by 11% or from 29% to 18%.

Sotto’s trust rating increased by 12% or from 66% last September to 78% this December and another 12% spike in his approval rating or 84% this December to 66% last September.

President Duterte obtained nine percent increase in his trust and approval ratings.

In one of the political events, Cayetano thanked members of the House of Representatives and employees for their commitment, passion and determination to pass vital measures that are part of President Duterte’s priority measures.

According to the data of the House committee on rules led by House Majority Leader and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez, the House of Representatives processed a total of 900 measures or an average of 28 measures per day during the 32 session days or from July 22 to December 18, 2019.

Romualdez said the House of Representatives received a total of 6,562 measures and 186 committee reports. Of these, he said 5,889 are bills and 673 are resolutions.

He said two of these measures were already laws, which include Republic Act No. 11462 postponing the May 2020 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections to December 2022, RA No. 11463 or the Malasakit Centers Act, which seeks to establish a one-stop shop in every government hospital where poor patients can seek financial assistance for their medical needs from four government agencies: the Department of Health, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, Philippine Health Insurance Corp. and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The President is expected to sign into law before the year ends House Bill (HB) No. 4228 or the proposed 2020 P4.1 trillion national budget and HB No. 1026, which seeks to increase the tax on electronic cigarettes and impose higher duties on alcohol or the Package 2 Plus B of the Comprehensive Tax Reform Program, amending Sections 141, 142 and 143 of the Republic Act 8424, as amended or the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997.

The House of Representatives had approved 93 measures on third and final reading.

The House of Representatives also passed 93 measures on third and final reading, including the benefit of the government or public sector workers - SSL 5 – or HB No. 5712 - Modifying The Salary Schedule For Civilian Government Personnel And Authorizing The Grant Of Additional Benefits and lowering the optional retirement for government workers from 60 years old to 56 years old.