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Most Filipinos want to hear Duterte talk about jobs in his final SONA — Pulse Asia survey

By Brooke Villanueva Published Jul 26, 2021 3:25 pm

A Pulse Asia survey has identified the topics that Filipinos are hoping to hear in President Rodrigo Duterte’s sixth and final State of the Nation Address (SONA) today, July 26 at the Batasang Pambansa. 

Included in the top three points are creating more jobs or livelihood (38%), improving the national economy (35%), and controlling inflation (33%). 

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Additionally, Filipinos also want to know the President’s plans in line with COVID-19 vaccination (31%), improving/increasing the pay of workers (26%), and improving the educational system (26%).

Actions to be taken to stop Chinese incursion into Philippine territory in the West Philippine Sea (25%), fighting graft and corruption in the government (24%), and peace in the country (20%) are likewise topics of public interest. 

Only a few, however, want to know more about the eradication of the problem of illegal drugs (17%), restoring the people’s trust in the government and its officials (16%), and changing the Constitution (7%). 

The survey was conducted between June 7 to 16 via face-to-face interviews. Taking part in the study were 2,400 adults aged 18 above in Metro Manila, the rest of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. “It has a ± 2% error margin at the 95% confidence level,” the polling body noted. “Subnational estimates for each of the geographic areas covered in the survey have a ± 4% error margin, also at 95% confidence level.”

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Article thumbnails by Karl Alonzo, taken from the Presidential Communications Operations Office's official website