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Speaker vows to continue hard work amid high rating

Speaker Martin Romualdez on Sunday promised to continue working hard in the wake of the high rating that Congress got in a recent OCTA Research poll.

Romualdez said he was grateful that the public appreciated what the House has been doing in terms of passing laws to support the prosperity agenda of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and exercising its oversight power to fight inflation and keep prices down so that basic goods remain affordable.

“We have already made some headway, and we will carry on with those tasks with more vigor until we have achieved the goals we have set out to do,” Romualdez said.

He said the House would remain focused on stabilizing the prices of rice, onions and other staples, and helping those adversely affected by government measures to keep commodity prices low, such as retailers, small traders and market stallholders.

He vowed to address the supply and production side of the problem of high commodity prices by supporting agriculture and other related sectors with appropriate funding in the national budget and overseeing program implementation by relevant agencies.

“Needless to say, if there is enough supply, we would not be having problems with prices,” he said.

The OCTA survey showed that 54 percent of the respondents were satisfied with the performance of the House of Representatives.

Only 9 percent were dissatisfied, while 36 percent were undecided.

Speaker Martin Romualdez

Trust for the House was at 55 percent, while distrust was at 7 percent.

Pampanga Rep. Aurelio Gonzalez Jr. thanked Filipinos for showing their trust in the House.

“To know that more than half of our countrymen trust us and approve of what we have been doing in this chamber galvanizes us to push forward. If they like what they see, then more of it they will see,” he said.

“This high satisfaction, high trust rating of the House also reflects the public’s view of the administration of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., who we can see is a hardworking Chief Executive. The House under Speaker Romualdez, merely follows his lead,” Gonzales said.

Cavite Rep. Elpidio Barzaga Jr. said Romualdez was on the right track.

He cited the Speaker’s efforts to ease the burden of the people by helping lower the prices of rice, onions and other basic commodities, saying these have paid off.

Barzaga commended Romualdez for a “job well done,” noting that “his heart is in the right place.”

“The 54 percent satisfaction rating tells us that we started on the right path. And so it’s also a continuing challenge for us to do more and reach a level where a larger majority of our people will benefit from government initiatives,” he said.

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