Palace welcomes latest Pulse Asia survey result

December 17, 2012 11:33 pm 

By Lilybeth G. Ison

MANILA, Dec. 17 — Malacanang Monday welcomed the latest Pulse Asia survey result stating that nine out of 10 Filipinos look at 2013 with hope.

"We certainly welcome that optimism. They have seen the progress in the manner of governance, in our fight against corruption, and in our programs regarding poverty alleviation," said Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda in a press briefing.

"Given also the added boost of the 7.1 (percent) GDP (growth) in the third quarter and we expect the same growth in the fourth quarter," he noted.

The Pulse Asia survey, conducted from November 23 to 29 and released on Monday, had 92 percent of its respondents saying they were hopeful about the coming year. This attitude was reflected across all geographic areas (90 to 96 percent) and socio-economic classes (89 percent to 96 percent).

Only 3 percent of respondents said they faced 2013 with apprehension, while 4 percent were neither hopeful nor apprehensive.

On the other hand, the same survey also found 56 percent of those surveyed expecting Christmas this year to have the same prevailing mood as last year's.

The sentiment was shared across socio-economic classes (51 percent to 58 percent) and across all geographic areas (52 percent to 62 percent).

Only 34 percent of respondents said they expected a more prosperous Christmas season while 10 percent were apprehensive.

"I don’t know specifically in what terms (do) they feel it as the same as last year’s. But definitely, the Christmas celebration this year would be different in the sense that we just encountered typhoon ‘Pablo’ and there (are) still concerns (about) the relief operations in the South as well as the rehabilitation," said Lacierda.

Certainly, he said, "it is more subdued — the manner of celebrating Christmas and how we view Christmas this year," he said. (PNA)



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