Two lawmakers on Wednesday agreed with the latest survey result of the Social Weather Stations that nine out of 10 Filipino adults at 92 percent are optimistic about the new year.
Representatives Rodolfo Albano III of Isabela and Gus Tambunting of Parañaque City, in separate interviews with The Standard, said the positive attitude and resiliency of many Filipinos make them cope up with adversities—both natural and man-made calamities.
“We are always hoping against hope. That is why Filipinos are resilient and happy,” Albano said.
Albano added that he believes that the new year will be a much better year for the Filipino people because the economic reforms and prograns of the Duterte administration have began to take off.
Tambunting also admires the Filpinos’ optimism.
“The Filipino people has always been a hopeful people. It is great to hear our countrymen are so optimistic,” said Tambunting, chairman of the House committee on games and amusements.
Majority of Filipinos are optimistic in welcoming 2019 with hope rather than fear, the SWS survey results released Monday said.
In its latest survey, the Social Weather Stations’ said nine out of 10 Filipino adults at 92 percent are entering the new year full of hope.
“This is four points below the record-high 96 percent in 2017, and the same as the 92 percent in 2008, 2012, and 2015,” the SWS said.
“On the other hand, eight percent will enter the New Year with fear. This is up by four points from the previous four percent in 2017,” the polling firm added, noting that hope for the New Year has always been high, starting at 87 percent when SWS first made the survey in 2000.
According to the SWS, the four-point decline in the overall New Year hope from 2017 to 2018 was due to declines in all areas, especially in the Visayas.
New Year hope fell by 16 points in the Visayas, from 95 percent in 2017 to a record-low 79 percent in 2018, surpassing the previous record-low of 83 percent in 2000 and 2001, the SWS said.
Hope meter for the New Year also fell by two points in Metro Manila from 96 percent in 2017 to 94 percent in 2018.
Both Balance Luzon and Mindanao experienced a 1-point drop.
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