Speaker Martin G. Romualdez on Friday expressed elation over the high public approval ratings President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. received in the first Pulse Asia survey on the new leadership’s performance since assuming office on June 30.
“The good showing means that President Bongbong Marcos is on the right track of governance,” Romualdez said.
The House leader said the President “started on the right foot by convincing the best and the brightest and most capable among Filipinos to serve the people by joining his economic team and his Cabinet.”
He said Filipinos were happy with the Marcos administration’s response to recent destructive typhoons, particularly super typhoon Karding (international name Noru), as evidenced by its 78-percent approval rating in Pulse Asia’s survey.
Also receiving 78 percent were the administration’s coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19) control measures.
Romualdez said the government’s decision to continue reopening the economy while making sure that COVID-19 does not spread and ensuring the strengthening and readiness of the health care system has resulted in more mobility, more economic activities, more jobs, and increased income for the people.
He encouraged Filipinos to get their booster shots so the nation could soon achieve herd immunity against novel coronavirus, which he said would lead to the full opening of the economy.
The Pulse Asia survey also showed that the Marcos administration received high marks ranging from 52 percent to 69 percent in the areas of promoting peace, protecting the welfare of overseas Filipinos, fighting criminality, enforcing the law, creating jobs, increasing workers’ pay, right graft and corruption, protecting the environment, and defending the country’s territorial integrity.
Romualdez said the uptick in inflation could be traced largely to external factors, including the strength of the US dollar vis-a-vis the Philippine peso, the increase of the price of crude oil in the world market and disruptions in the supply chain caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“Singly, each of these events already puts pressure on inflation.
Their confluence makes matters worse for all consumers throughout the world,” he said.
Romualdez said the government is taking measures to mitigate the impact of these external factors on domestic prices.
“Let us be patient. With the cooperation of everyone, we will get there. President Bongbong has said he would not let even a single Filipino be added to the ranks of the poor,” Romualdez added.