'Duterte's high approval ratings due to fulfilled promises' — Andanar

Published August 30, 2021, 3:22 PM

by Roy Mabasa

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar on Monday said the administration’s “fulfilled promises” specifically in terms of the campaigns against illegal drugs, criminality, and corruption are just some of the reasons why President Duterte is enjoying high approval ratings.

PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar ( Photo from Martin Andanar’s Facebook)

“Kaya nga po ang approval rating ni Presidente base sa Pulse Asia nung 2020 ay nasa 91% dahil na rin po sa mga pangako niya nung 2016 ay ipinatupad niya sa loob ng limang taon ng kanyang pamumuno (The approval rating of the President based on the Pulse Asia report last 2020 was at 91% because he was able to fulfill the promises he made last 2016 within the 5 years of his leadership),” Andanar said.

He also highlighted policies that greatly favored indigent Filipino families and vulnerable sectors in the country like the Malasakit Center which has already served more than 2 million poor Filipinos seeking medical and financial assistance. The law on Malasakit Center was passed in 2019.

Malasakit Center operates as a “one-stop-shop” with the support of government agencies such as the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth), Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), and Department of Health (DOH).

In agriculture, Andanar highlighted how small-time farmers are now enjoying the provisions of the Free Irrigation Service Act.

The law stipulates that farmers with landholdings of eight hectares or less are exempted from paying the irrigation service fee for water sourced from national and communal irrigation systems constructed and administered by the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) and other government agencies.

The PCOO, which Andanar heads, is currently engaged in the Duterte Legacy Communication Campaign to propagate Duterte’s accomplishments and to report on whether the President was able to deliver the promises he made in the 2016 election campaign.