Ninety six percent (96%) are entering the new year, 2020, with hope rather than with fear, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey conducted from December 13 to 16 of this year. The Palace notes that a similar survey, done by another independent pollster, also revealed earlier that practically all Filipinos are welcoming the new year with hope and positivity.
There are indeed reasons to be confident in the new year under the leadership and administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.
2019 has been an exemplary year for the Philippines. The economy is on the roll with a BBB+ rating. The Board of Investments has also breached its P1-trillion 2019 investment target as of October 2019, according to the Department of Trade and Industry. There are fewer poor Filipinos with almost six milllion lifted out from poverty. Employment has hit a 14-year high. Inflation has been tamed.
Fuether, the country successfully hosted the 30th Southeast Asian Games nearing the end of 2019, and at the same time, became the overall champion with a record-breaking 149 gold and a 385 medal haul overall.
Signifcant strides have been made with the President undertaking difficult but game-changing reforms which are important in achieving our goal of bringing a more comfortable life for all Filipinos.
As we wish each Filipino a happy, peaceful and successful 2020, we assure everyone that the best is yet to come. Let us continue to rally behind the Duterte Administration as the Chief Executive does his best in serving and protecting the Filipino people, as well as delivering genuine and meaningful change to our nation.
Salvador S. Panelo
Chief Presidential Legal Counsel
& Presidential Spokesperson