MANILA - (2ND UPDATE) Controlling the rise of prices and increasing workers' pay remain the two top national concerns of Filipinos, which they want the government to act on immediately, results of the latest Pulse Asia survey showed Friday.
The Ulat ng Bayan survey, conducted from September 24 to 30, showed that the most often mentioned urgent national concern of Filipinos is the need to control inflation (50 percent), and improving wages (42 percent).
Another economic concern, the creation of more jobs, was ranked fourth at 32 percent.
Two issues of utmost importance to the Duterte administration-- fighting criminality (36 percent) and corruption (28 percent)--complete the top 5 concerns enumerated in the Pulse survey results.
Malacañang on Friday said the Duterte administration is moving in the right direction when it made fighting criminality and fighting corruption as its major programs.
"Filipinos consider these two issues as among their most urgent national concerns, and we thank our people for recognizing the efforts of the current government in delivering on this front," Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in a statement.
Preparing to successfully face any kind of terrorism (5 percent), defending the integrity of Philippine territory against foreigners (4 percent), and changing the Constitution (2 percent) were the issues respondents found to be least important in the list the pollster presented.
Most Filipinos want the government to act on their local concerns, especially road infrastructure (15.9 percent), flooding (11.2 percent), and illegal drugs (10.2 percent) more urgently.
On the other hand, 17.2 percent of Filipinos did not name any local concern which they think must be prioritized by the national
The quarterly survey is based on a sample of 1,200 representative adults 18 years old and above. It has a +/3 percent error margin at the 95 percent confidence level.