Public concern up for pay hike, OFWs: survey

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 24 2018 10:32 AM

Dips for curbing corruption, guarding rule of law

Teachers group Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) bang empty pots as they urge government for salary increase in a protest last October 2017. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Filipinos have become more concerned about increasing the pay of workers and ensuring the welfare of overseas Filipino workers, according to a Pulse Asia survey released Tuesday.

Fifty percent of 1,200 respondents polled between March 23 to 28, 2018 cited salary hike as an urgent national issue. This is 11 points higher than the 39 percent tallied in December 2017, said the pollster.

Concern for OFWs, meanwhile, saw a 7-point increase at 13 percent from the previous 6 percent, added Pulse Asia.

The survey was conducted a month after President Rodrigo Duterte suspended the deployment of migrant workers to Kuwait, where the body of a Filipina domestic worker was found in a freezer.

The government last March also ironed out draft executive orders banning labor contractualization, plans for which Duterte dropped in April in favor of legislation.

Pulse Asia said a wage increase is the top-ranked issue considered urgent by Filipinos, followed by controlling inflation (45 percent), reducing poverty (35 percent) and creating more jobs (32 percent) and fighting criminality (27 percent).


CHA-CHA LOWEST AMONG NATIONAL CONCERNS

At sixth place is fighting graft and corruption in the government, which was deemed as an urgent concern by 22 percent of respondents, down 9 points from March's 31 percent.

Concern for enforcing the rule of law, ranked as tenth most urgent, also saw a 9-point dip at 10 percent from 19 percent, said Pulse Asia.

Among key developments during the survey's conduct were the filing of a petition seeking to nullify Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno's appointment, and the House justice committee's finding of probable cause to impeach her, Pulse Asia noted.

The pollster said issues that tallied the least concern, meanwhile, were charter change (3 percent), preparation against terrorism (4 percent), territorial defense (6 percent) and population growth control (7 percent).

MARKS FOR ADMIN

The Duterte government "enjoys majority approval ratings on 11 of 12 selected national issues," said Pulse Asia.

Filipinos are most appreciative of the incumbent administration’s efforts to respond to the needs of areas affected by calamities (86 percent), protecting the welfare of OFWs (84 percent), and fighting criminality (81 percent), the polling firm said.

The Duterte administration, it added, also got majority approval for its work in:

promoting peace (71 percent);
enforcing the rule of law (71 percent);
protecting the environment (71 percent);
fighting corruption in government (70 percent);
increasing the pay of workers (68 percent);
creating more jobs (67 percent);
defending national territorial integrity (67 percent); and
reducing poverty (53 percent).

The survey has sampling error margins of ±3 percent at the national level and ±6 at the regional level at 95-percent confidence level.