Inflation remains the top concern Filipinos want President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s government to address, results of a Pulse Asia survey showed.

Pulse Asia’s “Ulat ng Bayan” survey conducted from Sept. 17 to 21 with 1,200 respondents found that the most urgent national concern for 66 percent of Filipinos was controlling inflation.

The Philippine Statistics Authority reported an inflation rate of 6.9 percent for September 2022, the highest since October 2018, as the country continued to see numerous spikes in food and energy prices.

Since Marcos Jr. assumed the presidency, the country’s inflation rate has not been under 6 percent.

Increasing the pay of workers was the No. 2 issue Filipinos want to be addressed with 44 percent, followed by creating more jobs (35 percent) and reducing poverty (34 percent).

Ridding the government of graft and corruption was No. 4 with 22 percent, while fighting criminality was fifth with 19 percent.

Enforcing the law on all people, whether influential or ordinary, was sixth with 15 percent, followed by providing assistance or subsidies to those who lost their livelihood and jobs due to the Covid-19 pandemic (9 percent), stopping the destruction and abuse of the environment (9 percent), promoting peace in the country (8 percent) and reducing the amount of taxes paid (7 percent).

Controlling the spread of Covid-19 was only the 13th issue Filipinos want to be addressed with 5 percent. John Ezekiel J. Hirro