Poverty, low wages top concerns for most Filipinos – survey – Manila Bulletin


Economic issues are among the top concerns for most Filipinos, according to a survey commissioned by Stratbase.

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In the published survey, it was found that five of the seven most pressing national concerns and the second most pronounced personal concern of Filipinos were related to the economy.

“We continue to advocate for more investment-driven growth,” said Professor Dindo Manhit, President of Stratbase ADRi, at the first session of the Philippines 2021 conference, Sustaining Economic Recovery Post-Pandemic Towards 2022 & Beyond, on November 22.

“We must create a favorable environment for businesses in order to attract not only national but even foreign investment, create jobs, stimulate consumption and fight against generational inequalities,” he added.

In a Pulse Asia survey conducted from September 6 to 11, some of the most pressing national economic concerns of Filipinos included: controlling inflation (41%), increasing workers’ wages (40%); reduce poverty (29%); create more jobs (25 percent); and providing assistance or grants to those who lost their jobs and livelihoods due to the COVID-19 pandemic (19%).

Meanwhile, the most pressing personal concern for Filipinos was having a secure source of income (47%), followed by the desire to stay healthy and avoid illness.

Based on Pulse Asia figures in June and September 2021, these economic concerns have been illustrated by declining ratings of national administration performance by citizens.

The Duterte administration’s score in terms of assisting those who have lost their jobs or livelihoods due to the pandemic has increased from 66% to 64%; control the spread of COVID from 65% to 59%; the fight against corruption and corruption from 64% to 52%; create more jobs from 54 percent to 49 percent; reduce poverty from 44 percent to 41 percent; and control inflation from 43 percent to 37 percent.

On the other hand, 57% of Filipinos think their quality of life has deteriorated in the past 12 months, while 13% said it has improved and 29% said no change, according to a poll by social weather stations, which was carried out. from September 12 to 16.

In a separate survey conducted by the SWS from October 20 to 23, it showed that the three of the four main issues that should be addressed by domestic applicants were of an economic nature: controlling the prices of commodities, services and products. basic (57%), providing jobs (54%) and increasing workers’ wages (27%).

In another survey, it was also found that most Filipinos believe the government should work with the private sector to boost economic development.

Eighty-two percent of Filipinos believe that the growth of the economy will be accelerated if the government works with the private sector.

Among the problems that private investors can solve to stimulate the economy are creating jobs, expanding livelihoods and helping Filipinos lift themselves out of poverty.

“The private sector has established itself as a reliable partner of the government to meet the most urgent needs of the population and to rebuild itself after this economic and health crisis,” said Manhit.

“Through private sector investment, expertise and innovation, coupled with increased cooperation with other stakeholders, we believe that the most pressing socio-economic challenges can be met, jobs can be created. , livelihood ecosystems can be nurtured, poverty can be alleviated, and the lives of millions of Filipinos can be improved. We adhere to what we call “stakeholder capitalism”.

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