SWS study shows Filipinos praying for higher wages

SWS study shows Filipinos praying for higher wages

Despite rebounding factor output in April, Pinoy workers say their earnings have remained below the poverty level. (Photo credits: Business Mirror Online)

By Tracy Cabrera

MANILA — Under soaring prices of prime commodities, particularly rice, meat, and vegetables triggered by what appears to be inadvertent shortages in supplies, Filipinos are asking the new Marcos administration to mitigate their financial woes through wage increases that could cope with the high cost of living.

In a survey conducted by public opinion poll Pulse Asia, results showed that 45 percent of Filipinos are hopeful that the former senator and now chief executive would look for ways and means to increase their pay which, based on studies are a fraction below the poverty set by international labor groups.

It added that other national issues which the new administration must likewise prioritize include the prevalence of poverty among Filipino households and the rising unemployment rate which has rendered millions jobless and without income to provide for their families.

In addition, although around 33 percent of survey respondents want the government to focus on poverty alleviation as a priority, still 29 percent of them were optimistic that there will be more job opportunities in the succeeding months.

Twenty out of every 100 adult Filipinos also emphasized the urgent need to rid the government of graft and corruption while some 15 percent wanted the government to ensure equity in the enforcement of the law by holding accountable “all, whether influential or ordinary people.”

Fighting criminality (14 percent), promoting peace in the country (14 percent), and providing assistance to those affected by the prevailing coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic (14 percent) likewise topped the list of concerns that the Marcos government must focus on and prioritize.

Other issues that also need the government’s attention include the problem of involuntary hunger (12 percent) and the reduction of the amount of taxes paid (9 percent), which the Pulse Asia survey results pointed out also as priorities.

Deemed less urgent by survey respondents were concerns about environmental degradation (7 percent), support for the restoration of small businesses (7 percent), Philippine territorial defense (7 percent), and the continuing spread of Covid-19 (7 percent).

Last on the list of issues that need to be tackled by Marcos Jr. and his team is protecting the welfare of overseas Filipino workers which was rated at five (5) percent and terrorism at three (3) percent. (ai/mtvn)

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