BBM buoyed by poll showing govt in‘right direction’




The Manila Times


PRESIDENT Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Tuesday expressed elation over a recent survey that showed a majority of Filipinos believe that better days are ahead for the Philippines. The Chief Executive tagged as “very encouraging” the “Tugon ng Masa” poll conducted by OCTA Research, which showed that the majority of adult Filipinos see the country heading “in the right direction.” “It is very encouraging that people think we are moving in the right direction ... I saw that it crosses demographics, the number is more or less the same across the demographics. So, that is important to me. Every class of society must feel that they are being served by the government,” he said, following his visit to the International Rice Research Institute in Los Baños, Laguna. The survey conducted from Oct. 23 to 27, 2022 showed that 85 percent of the 1,200 respondents believe that the government’s interventions are steadily bringing the country out from the slump caused by the coronavirus pandemic. On the other hand, 9 percent remains doubtful and 6 percent are still undecided. The same poll showed that those in the Visayas registered the highest agreement that the country is moving in the right direction, with 91 percent, while 87 percent in Balance Luzon, or Luzon outside Metro Manila; 84 percent in Mindanao; and 70 percent of adult Filipinos in Metro Manila think the country is moving in the right direction. Among classes A to E, 79 to 86 percent agree the Philippines is on the right path under the President’s leadership. “With that kind of statistic, it looks like we have at least, we have made the government felt at every level of society. That’s what’s important,” noted Marcos. Malacañang, in a previous statement, said the survey is also proof that the public is aware that the President “is determined and committed to making the lives of all Filipinos better, with programs providing job opportunities and ease in doing business and ensuring food security.” The Palace likewise reiterated that the leader and his administration will continue to work “to fulfill his campaign promises to every Filipino here and abroad.”