MANILA - Malacañang on Thursday assured the public that the government’s measures to tame soaring inflation will kick in soon, after a recent survey of Pulse Asia showed increased public dissatisfaction over how the government addresses the rising prices of goods.
Out of the 1,800 Filipino adults surveyed last Sept. 1-7, 63 percent said controlling inflation is their top concern, a 12-point increase on the issue from last June's 51 percent.
The survey also showed a 22 percentage points increase in public disapproval for the work done by the government in terms of controlling inflation.
There were also significant increases in public disapproval for the national government’s work in reducing poverty (+16 percentage points) and improving/increasing pay of workers (+10 percentage points).
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque acknowledged the growing public concern over economic matters, but said the positive effects of the government’s measures to tame the rising prices of goods will soon be felt.
“Hindi po natutulog sa pansitan ang ating Presidente. Ang gobyernong ito ay gobyernong tapang at malasakit,” Roque said in a Palace press briefing.
(The President is not sleeping on these problems. This government is a government of courage and care.)
“Kampante po kami na sisipa po ang epekto nitong mga hakbang na ginawa natin, at makikita natin — at bumababa na naman po dahil ako po talaga namamalengke ‘no. Bumaba na po substantially ang presyo ng bilihin sa palengke ngayon.”
(We are confident that the effects of the measures against inflation will soon kick in. And the prices have actually been going down. I’ve seen it myself when I went to the market. Prices of goods have gone down substantially.)
Roque was referring to the orders recently issued by the President removing non-tariff barriers in the importation of agricultural products, as the country’s economic managers point out that soaring inflation is supply driven.
He also dismissed accusations that the government was more focused on going after its’ enemies than solving the more pressing issues concerning Filipinos, such as food and job security.