Palace: The future is bright for Filipinos

Newly-appointed Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque conducts his first briefing in Malacanang Palace on Thursday. Photo by Jansen Romero
Newly-appointed Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque conducts his first briefing in Malacanang Palace on Thursday. Photo by Jansen Romero

Malacañang is pleased that most Filipinos are optimistic with the coming new year, saying there is enough reason for the Filipinos to remain hopeful.

The statement came after 96 percent of Filipinos said they will welcome 2018 with hope instead of fear, based on the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released yesterday.

According to Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, Malacañang is elated with the positive result, noting that the 96 percent recorded is record-high.

“The prospects for the future thus look bright. We therefore ask our citizens to help the administration in laying down the foundation of a prosperous and peaceful nation,” he said in a statement this morning.

Duterte’s mouthpiece noted the improving economy of the country and the liberation of Marawi City from the Daesh-inspired terrorists.

“Indeed, there are reasons to be hopeful. Our economy is on a roll with institutions like the Asian Development Bank upgrading our growth outlook for 2017 and debt watcher Standard & Poor’s (S&P) Global Ratings also adjusting upward its economic growth forecast for the Philippines this year. The liberation of Marawi will likewise spur economic activities in Mindanao,” Roque said.

The Palace official also said the public can look forward to 2018 due to the implementation of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Act, where in those who are earning P21,000 and below monthly would be exempted from taxes.

“The implementation of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Act–together with higher investment in infrastructure–on the other hand, is expected to prop up our economy in 2018,” Roque said.

The score recorded is considered the highest since the question was first asked by SWS in 2000. In the survey conducted among 1,200 participants from December 8 to 16, only 4 percent said they would enter the New Year with fear, the lowest recorded score since 2011.

The survey also noted the rise of hopefulness for the new year in all socio-economic classes, climbing to 97 percent among classes ABC, 96 percent among Class D, and 97 percent among Class E. – MANILA BULLETIN

text ARGYLL CYRUS GEDUCOS


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