Published by the Visayan Daily Star
Editor-in-Chief & President
Bureau Chief, Dumaguete
MAJA P. DELY
|CARLOS ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA
A new survey by Pulse Asia taken from September 25 to October 1 found that 46 percent of 1,200 respondents cited the need to increase workers' wages as the top issue the administration of President Duterte should address.
Aside from higher wages, Filipinos were also most concerned about creating more jobs (38 percent), controlling inflation (37 percent), fighting corruption in government (32 percent), reducing poverty (32 percent) and fighting criminality (31 percent).
The results of this survey should be a revelation for the Duterte administration that has gotten a high 89 percent approval rating for its focus on the drug war and criminality, as it turns out that the top two concerns of Filipinos remain with more pedestrian matters such as jobs and inflation. Corruption and poverty reduction follow next at three and four, and criminality rounds out the top five concerns of Filipinos.
In fairness to the Duterte administration, his cabinet has been silently focused on those other pressing concerns that the Pulse Asia survey says are on top of Filipino's minds while the President has been spending most of his time, energy and words on the government's drug war and his passionate defense of it.
The drug war may be on top of President Duterte's mind, but if the survey is to be believed, that menace isn't on top of the list of concerns of most Filipinos. We hope that the respective government agencies responsible for those other concerns continue to double, even triple, their efforts as far as addressing those needs are concerned. The promise of peace and order may have propelled Mr. Duterte into power, but more than that; jobs, controlled inflation, and the eradication of poverty which is one of the sustainable development goals of the United Nations that the Philippines has committed to, will make the Philippines a better place in the eyes of most Filipinos.*