Most Filipinos want gov’t to prioritize workers’ pay, address inflation — survey

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. Image from PCOO / Facebook

MANILA, Philippines — Most Filipinos view controlling inflation, increasing workers’ pay, and reducing poverty as urgent national concerns and issues that President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. should prioritize, a Pulse Asia survey released Tuesday showed.

According to Pulse Asia’s June 2022 national survey, 57 percent of Filipinos view controlling the inflation rate in the country as an urgent concern that Marcos needs to prioritize.

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“Amidst the spiraling cost of basic commodities, a small majority of Filipino adults (57%) say the new national administration must immediately take steps to control inflation,” Pulse Asia said.

Some 45 percent also said increasing the pay of workers is an urgent concern while 33 percent mentioned reducing the poverty of Filipinos, the survey showed.

Also included in the list of urgent concerns that Filipinos see the need to be prioritized are creating more jobs (29 percent), fighting graft and corruption in the government (20 percent), enforcing the law on all (15 percent), fighting criminality (14 percent), promoting peace in the country (14 percent), and provision of assistance to those who lost their livelihood and jobs due to COVID-19 (14 percent).

The following were also mentioned as urgent concerns: