DU30 gets record-high rating; PH is 3rd best place to invest in

Published July 12, 2019, 12:30 AM

by Charissa Luci-Atienza & Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat



Fred M. Lobo
Fred M. Lobo

President Duterte’s public satisfaction rating has reached a new record-high in the second quarter of this year, according to the Social Weather Stations (SWS).

Improving, said the SWS. The DU30 magic is still working,Palace Boys claimed.


The SWS said its latest survey (conducted June 22-26)  showed that  80 percent of Filipinos  are satisfied, 9 percent undecided, and 12 percent dissatisfied with the performance of President Duterte.

A net satisfaction rating of +68 (percent satisfied minus dissatisfied), classified as “very good,” SWS said.


The survey firm said Duterte’s new rating surpassed his previous record of +66 in March 2019 and June 2017, although  still remaining at “very good.”

A two-point increase in net satisfaction rating.


The SWS said the  President’s net satisfaction rating in the rest of Luzon rose to a new record-high +65 (78 percent satisfied, 13 dissatisfied) in March , up from +56 in March; remained  excellent in Mindanao, at +81 (88 percent satisfied, 8 dissatisfied), although down from the record-high +88 before; and still very good in the Visayas, at +66 (77 percent satisfied, 12  dissatisfied), although down from +69 in March.

It remained ”very good “ in Metro Manila, at +59 (73 percent satisfied, 14  dissatisfied) in June, although down from +61 in the previous quarter.


Urban net satisfaction rating of  President Duterte rose to +67 (79 percent satisfied, 12 percent dissatisfied) in June, up by five points from +62 in March, 2019.


Rural net satisfaction also stayed very good, at +68 (80 percent satisfied, 11 percent dissatisfied) in June, although down by one point from the record-high +69 previously, the survey firm said.

Barrio folks still love “Mayor.”


SWS said the President remains ”very good” in class ABC or the upper-to-middle class at +58 (76 percent satisfied, 18 percent dissatisfied) in June, although down from the record-high +69 in the previous quarter.

The rich still like DU30 but…


The SWS said President Duterte’s net satisfaction rating in the class E or the “poorest,” rose to a new record-high +68 (81 percent satisfied, 13 percent dissatisfied) in June 2019, up by 10 points from March, and remained very good in class D or the “masa,” maintaining the record-high +68 in June.

The “masa’ and the “poorest” still cherish Digong.


Meanwhile, President Duterte endorsed “term-sharing” between hot contenders for House speakership Rep. Allan Peter Cayetano (Taguig) and Rep. Lord Allan Velasco (Marinduque).

Political quarrel settled. When DU30 speaks, everybody listens, including future speakers.


Rep. Martin Romualdez (Leyte) “accepted” the President’s   suggestion that he give way and take the post of House majority leader.

Martin shows supportive congressmen he knows how to listen to the President–for the good of the country.


On the economic front, the Philippines has landed as the third best country in the world to invest in or do business for 2019, according to the CEOWORLD magazine.

Next to Malaysia (first place), Poland (second place), and ahead of Indonesia (No. 4) and Australia (No. 5).


CEOWORLD  said the rankings were based on a survey on 11 different factors, including corruption, freedom (personal, trade, and monetary), workforce, investor protection, infrastructure, taxes, quality of life, red tape, and technological readiness.

Measures and reflectors of  economic stability, government policies, skilled labor force, institutional framework, education and research, market potential, and trade openness.


The CEOWORLD added that the Philippines ranked first in skilled labor force (85 points) and institutional framework (85 points). It tied at 8th in economic stability (78pts), tied at 15th in government policies (70 points), tied at 15th for education and research (68 points), tied for 22nd for Market Potential (60 points), and tied for 10th for trade openness (73pts).

Good PH showing in key areas.


The survey also showed that the Philippines edged Singapore, Thailand,,India, Czech Republic, and Spain that completed the top ten, the United Kingdom, the United States, China, and Japan (which ranked 16th, 18th, 24th, and 32nd, respectively).

Standing competitive with the giants.      Time for PH to really shine on the economic front.