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Filipinos' optimism for 2017 remains 'very high'

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MANILA — Filipinos continue to show 'very high' optimism in their quality of life six months after they elected former Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte as the country’s president in May 2016 elections.


This is shown in the Social Weather Station2016 Fourth Quarter survey conducted from December 3-6.


The survey showed 48 percent of the 1,500 respondents expect that their personal quality of life would improve in the next 12 months compared to 3 percent that said it would get worse.


The survey also showed that 51 percent of Filipinos have expressed optimism that the Philippine economy in 2017 will get better compared to only 8 percent who said it will deteriorate.


On the other hand, 37 percent of Filipinos said their lives improved in the last 12 months compared to 21 percent who said their lives worsened.


Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella said the latest survey affirmed that President Duterte is on the right track of pursuing economic progress as well as peace and order.


"The SWS fourth quarter survey showed very interesting statistics. The Duterte administration has pursued a policy of economic inclusivity anchored with peace and order," Abella said.


During the recent Manila Times 5th Business Forum in Davao City, Abella said Asian Development Bank (ADB) country director Richard Bolt had said President Duterte’s 10-point socio-economic agenda is on the track.


"Content with the economic progress in the Philippines, Mr. Bolt said there is a need to sustain growth on buoyant domestic consumption and public and private partnership for the Philippine economic remains strong," Abella said.


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