Govt 'working double time' vs inflation, Palace says after lower rating


Posted at Oct 07 2018 01:21 PM

MANILA - The government is "working double time" to tame inflation, Malacañang said Sunday after President Rodrigo Duterte's administration saw an 8-point drop in its public satisfaction rating. 

The administration's satisfaction score slipped to +50 in the third quarter of 2018, down from its +58 score in the previous quarter, according to a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey. 

The same poll shows that of 14 subjects rated, the government received the lowest score in fighting inflation, noted Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque. 

"Regardless of the numbers, we assure everyone that the Administration is working double time to ensure prices of basic goods become stable as we cushion the impact of higher inflation," he said in a statement. 

Inflation in September zoomed to 6.7 percent, the fastest since February 2009. 

The government has approved the importation of rice and fired some personnel allegedly involved in the disappearance of thousands of sacks of the stable food to address the lack of supply in the market, which drove prices up, said Roque. 

He also noted that despite the 8-point drop in the government's rating, its score remains "very good" under the SWS scale. 

"Nagpapasalamat kami sa ating mga kababayan na patuloy na nasisiyahan sa Administrasyong Duterte," he said. 

(We thank our countrymen who continue to be satisfied with the Duterte administration.)