Survey: Filipinos want Duterte admin to raise pay of workers

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 11) — Most Filipinos believe salary increases must be a top priority of President Duterte's administration, a survey said.

Pulse Asia Research, Inc., in its "Ulat ng Bayan" report released on Monday, said 43 percent or more than 500 respondents indicated higher salaries as the main concern that should be tackled by the administration.

Other economy-related issues also joined wage increases on the top of Filipinos' urgent concerns. Forty-one percent of Filipinos cited controlling inflation, while 39 percent cited job creation, according to the survey conducted in March.

Among the survey's respondents, 31 percent said fighting corruption should be a top concern for the government, while 28 and 27 percent of respondents mentioned fighting crime, and reducing poverty, respectively.

The respondents' socioeconomic classes determined their concerns.

Those belonging to classes D and E, pushed for wage increases.

The minimum daily wage in the National Capital Region (NCR) is ₱491, according to the National Wages and Productivity Commission. This is ₱243 in areas outside the NCR for non-agriculture workers.

Those in classes A, B, and C said fighting crime should be the government's top priority, with 38 percent of respondents saying the issue should be immediately addressed.

Despite President Duterte's strong rhetoric promoting federalism in the country, only three percent of the survey's respondents viewed changing the Constitution, as well as terrorism as urgent concerns.