MAJORITY of Filipinos remained appreciative of the Duterte administration's hard work to address at least 10 issues confronting the country, including corruption and criminality, a latest Pulse Asia said Friday.
The third quarter survey showed 78 percent of Filipinos approved the government's efforts to end criminality, as well as to respond to the needs of those affected by calamities.
The poll also found that 76 percent appreciated the government's policy to protect the Filipino migrants' welfare while 70 percent acknowledged its crackdown on corruption.
Appreciation for government's work in protecting the environment was at 68 percent; enforcing the rule of law and promoting peace both at 67 percent; defending national territorial integrity at 65 percent; creating more jobs at 63 percent, and raising workers' pay at 58 percent.
The Duterte administration, however, failed to secure a majority approval scores on its efforts to reduce poverty (49 percent) and control inflation (45 percent).
In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella believed the government was in the "right direction" when it made its fight against corruption and criminality as its centerpiece program.
The presidential spokesman also thanked the public for recognizing the administration's effort to address the country's problems.
"The survey results indeed underscore the President’s promise of genuine change to have safe neighborhoods and peaceful communities under a trustworthy government have been felt by people on the ground," he said.
We are hopeful that this translates into increased investments and better economic prospects that address urgent national concerns, such as reducing poverty, controlling inflation, creating jobs, and improving the pay of workers to achieve our common aspiration of a comfortable life for all.
'Urgent need to address bad roads, flooding, drug use'
In the same survey, the public urged the Duterte administration to act immediately on insufficient roads, clogged drainage, and drug addiction, which they considered as among the top local concerns.
The poll revealed that 15.9 percent of Filipinos were worried about the poor state of roads, 11.2 percent about flooding, and 10.2 percent about drug use.
Urgent local concerns mentioned by the public that needs to be resolved were waste management (7.5 percent); unemployment (6.5 percent); absence of water services (5.1 percent); youth-related concerns such as loitering and riots (3.7 percent); and drinking sessions (2.3 percent).
Other local issues cited were lack of healthcare services and incidences of theft, both at 1.9 percent; lack of absence of street lights and public transportation, both at 1.7 percent; lack of housing projects, 1.3 percent; and presence of corrupt local officials and illegal gambling, and concerns related to electricity, all at 1.1 percent.
Around 1,200 adult Filipinos were interviewed by Pulse Asia using an error margin of ±3 percentage points at the 95 percent level. Subnational estimates for each of Manila, the rest of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao have a ±6 percentage points error margin at 95 percent confidence level. (SunStar Philippines)