MANILA (UPDATE) - Salary rates, rising prices of basic goods and jobs are among the issues Filipinos want discussed in President Rodrigo Duterte's 4th State of the Nation Address, a Pulse Asia study showed.
Of 1,200 Filipino adults interviewed, 17.1 percent said they would like to hear Duterte's views on workers' pay in his annual speech, while another 17.1 percent wanted to know about the government's plan in reducing the prices of basic goods, the study showed.
Other topics Filipinos want to hear on July 22 are the creation of jobs or livelihood opportunities (15.2 percent), Manila's relations with Beijing (9.2 percent), and the assertion of Philippine sovereignty in the West Philippine sea (6.1 percent.)
Some 7.8 percent of respondents still want to hear about Duterte's war on drugs; 5.9 percent hope the President would say something about the improving the agricultural sector, while 2.6 percent want pension increases to be discussed.
The top SONA topic among Metro Manila residents was Philippine-Chinese relations, the rest of Luzon's focus was on salaries, while Visayans and Mindanaoans would most want President Duterte to talk about inflation, the study showed.
Less than 1 percent of respondents wanted Duterte to tackle the conditional cash transfer program, housing for the poor, infrastructure development, solving traffic woes and respect for human rights, among others.
The Pulse Asia survey also showed that only 75 percent of Filipinos were aware of Duterte's previous SONA.
The survey was conducted from June 24 to 30, 2019 through face to face interviews.
It has an error margin of +/- 2.8 percent and a 95 percent confidence level.