MANILA, Philippines – At least 4,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFW) and their dependents attended the 9th OFW and Family Summit held on Tuesday at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.
The event, with the theme “Kabuhayan sa Sariling Bayan,” highlighted the concepts of financial literacy and entrepreneurship as well as business start-ups and trends.
The summit was spearheaded by the Villar Family through its foundation, the Villar Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance (Villar SIPAG), in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), and other government and non-government agencies.
“Masaya po kami dahil napakaraming kababayan na OFW ang nagpunta at nagpakita ng interes sa mga livelihood or business opportunities dito sa Pilipinas na maaari nilang paglagyan ng kinita nila abroad para magkaroon ng sariling kabuhayan dito sa atin,” Sen. Cynthia Villar said in a separate statement.
“Gusto talaga namin na maraming mahikayat na ang katuparan ng mga pangarap ay hindi lamang makukuha kapag tayo ay nag-abroad. Pwede din tayong magtagumpay sa sariling bayan natin,” she added.
Resource persons invited to the summit from various agencies discussed topics on financial literacy and provided guidance on how to seize opportunities and become entrepreneurs.
“Iyon ang intention namin na in the future na babalik sila sa Pilipinas, dapat y’ong mga pamilya nila, mayroon ng hanapbuhay na naghihintay sa kanila para pwede na silang mag-retire at mag-operate na lang dito sa Pilipinas.” Villar told reporters on the sidelines of the summit.
“Hindi nila kailangang magtayo ng restaurant kung ang galing mo care-giving; or ikaw ay graphic artist, pwede kang graphic designer at ‘yon ang iyong negosyo,” DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez said.
Concerns of OFWs on where to find accredited recruitment agencies, what agencies to ask help from for problems abroad, and their rights as overseas workers were also tackled during the event.
Participants also enjoyed a raffle draw with prizes such as a house and lot, motorcycles, pangkabuhayan showcases, appliances, and other gadgets. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)
The latest Pulse Asia Research Inc. survey showed a 7-point decrease in President Rodrigo Duterte’s approval rating.
According to Pulse Asia, the reasons offered by the respondents in giving an approval or disapproval rating to a certain government official vary, and that the decrease in the President’s trust rating doesn’t necessarily mean that the public distrust on him has increased.
“Ang tumaas iyong indecision. Hindi sila makapagsabi kung sila ay nagtitiwala o hindi nagtitiwala,” said Ana Marie Tabunda, Pulse Asia’s Research Director.
“Maaaring iba iba iyong kanilang dahilan pero siguro malaki iyong kanilang epekto nitong mga balita tungkol sa nangyari sa Bureau of Corrections,” she added.
This is not the first time that a significant drop in the Filipinos’ trust rating on the President happened.
According to Pulse Asia, the Chief Executive experienced a drop in his performance rating in September 2018 when the country was facing inflation problems and inadequate rice supply.
The President, nevertheless, was able to recover from the slump and restored the public’s confidence in him in the succeeding months.
Tabunda also stressed that, compared to previous administrations, the president was able to sustain his high approval and trust ratings for a long time.
“Iyong kay President Estrada noong simula mataas din. Iyong kay President Aquino noong simula mataas din pero ano eh syempre pag dumadaan ang issues lahat nilalagay sa paanan ng Malacañang. Sa pintuan ng Malacañang so bumababa yan. Pero si Presidente Duterte ang pinakamatagal na ganito kataas,” Tabunda said.
Pulse Asia considers this result as an indication that the President is still enjoying a honeymoon period with the public even though he is already in the middle of his term.
“Hanggang ngayon honeymoon, kung sakali, in the sense na hanggang ngayon hindi pa siya bumababa. Ang lowest na trust niya 70. Line of 7. Ang lowest approval niya 75. Mataas iyan,” Tabunda added.
Meanwhile, Vice President Leni Robredo also had a 5-point decrease in her trust rating.
Pulse Asia, however, clarified that such was not a significant drop.
Other high-ranking government officials, such as Senate President Tito Sotto, House Speaker Alan Cayetano, and Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin, have maintained a high trust rating. (from the report of Mai Bermudez) /mbmf
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is still the most trusted official in the Philippine government despite a dip in his approval and trust ratings in the latest survey released by Pulse Asia on Monday (Oct. 7).
The survey revealed Duterte received a 78 percent approval rating in September, down by seven percent from his June 2019 rating.
His trust rating also declined to 74 percent from 85 percent in June.
Malacañang, however, said the drop in Duterte’s ratings is not a cause for concern, noting that it usually fluctuates depending on issues and time when it was taken.
“The ratings still high, more than 70%. The survey fluctuates depending on when they get them. If it is taken at a time when there are controversies hounding, it may affect the survey,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said.
Meanwhile, Vice President Leni Robredo’s ratings also declined, receiving a 50 percent approval rating and 46 percent trust rating in the recent Pulse Asia survey.
Robredo’s ratings dropped by five and six percentage points, respectively compared to her ratings in June.
Senate President Vicente Sotto III got 72 percent approval and 66 percent trust rating while House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano got 64 percent approval and 62 percent trust rating.
Supreme Court Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin, meanwhile, got a 42 percent approval rating and 34 percent trust rating.
Pulse Asia said the poll was conducted from Sept. 16 to 22 with 1,200 respondents aged 18 years old and above when issues hounding the National Bilibid Prison, Bureau of Corrections, including the good conduct time allowance mess, and the Philippine National Police dominated news headlines.
It has a ± 2.8% error margin at the 95% confidence level.
Those interested in further technical details may refer to Pulse Asia’s website (www.pulseasia.ph)– RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)
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