MANILA (UPDATE) - The Duterte administration got "majority approval ratings" for its handling of several issues including disaster response and the fight against criminality, according to a Pulse Asia survey released Friday.
Most Filipinos positively view government efforts to respond to the needs of those affected by calamities (78 percent), fighting criminality (78 percent), protecting the welfare of overseas Filipino workers (76 percent), fighting corruption (70 percent), and protecting the environment (68 percent).
While still positive, public approval for government's anti-crime efforts had a 6-percentage point drop from the score in June.
Filipinos meanwhile also lauded government's actions in enforcing the rule of law (67 percent), promoting peace (67 percent), defending national territorial integrity (65 percent), creating more jobs (63 percent), and increasing workers’ pay (58 percent).
Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella on Friday said the administration's high marks on efforts against crime and graft and corruption and on law enforcement show that Filipinos now feel the "genuine change" of having safe and peaceful communities, as the President had promised during the campaign.
"The survey results indeed underscore [that] the President’s promise of genuine change to have safe neighborhoods and peaceful communities under a trustworthy government has been felt by people on the ground," Abella said in a statement.
"We are hopeful that this translates into increased investments and better economic prospects that address urgent national concerns, such as reducing poverty, controlling inflation, creating jobs, and improving the pay of workers to achieve our common aspiration of comfortable life for all," he added.
The Duterte administration, however, failed to achieve a majority approval score in reducing poverty (49 percent) and inflation (45 percent).
The same Pulse Asia survey found that Filipinos were most concerned about controlling inflation.
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.