MANILA- President Rodrigo Duterte's strong will to respond to concerns of the common Filipino is the backbone of his administration's promise of change, an analyst said Monday.
Prof. Edna Co of the University of the Philippines Center for Integrative and Development Studies said change has indeed come to the Philippines given the projects that the current administration has begun, such as his infrastructure development plans.
"I think we can say well, change has really come to this country, change in more ways than one," she said in an interview on ANC's "Early Edition."
"You have a clearly very time-bound president who wants to see things develop such as well, one is the pursuit of a lot of macro-economic projects," she added.
The Philippine government plans to invest at least P8.2 trillion for
its massive infrastructure push.
Duterte was set to deliver his second State of the Nation Address on Monday afternoon. The firebrand leader won the May 2016 polls on the promise of change, particularly in the campaign against illegal drugs and corruption in the bureaucracy.
Looking back at his first year in office, Co said the President was able to create an impact in terms of addressing concerns of ordinary Filipinos.
"The ordinary Filipinos would associate him with being pro-poor, pro-soldiers, pro-police, pro-farmers...but I think the complexity of the personality is language can create some enemies or antagonists in society," she said.
"There is change as far as our compatriots see it and they look positively but it's also about the promise," she added.
Despite being highly criticized by both local and international groups for his bloody anti-narcotics campaign, Duterte continues to enjoy favorable popularity ratings.
Net satisfaction with Duterte's performance reached a record-high after his first year in office, results of the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed.
The June 23-26 SWS survey showed 78 percent of Filipinos were satisfied with the President's performance compared to 12 percent dissatisfied and 10 percent undecided. This resulted to a net satisfaction rating of +66, marking a new personal record high for Duterte.