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Malacañang attributes Filipinos’ happiness to Philippines’ safe streets, robust economy

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By Genalyn Kabiling

The country’s safe streets and robust economic growth have contributed to the happiness and optimism of Filipinos towards life, Malacañang said Tuesday.

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo (OPS / MANILA BULLETIN)

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo
(OPS / MANILA BULLETIN)

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo issued the statement after welcoming the Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey results showing nearly half of Filipinos are “very happy” with life.

“We attribute these results to the optimistic and cheery disposition of Filipinos, and to the prevailing conditions of the country where streets are safe from crimes and drugs, cities are booming with massive infrastructure buildup, and the economy is on a positive turnaround,” he said.

Panelo said the Palace was “pleased” with the survey results on the happiness of Filipinos. He maintained that the government is determined to further improve the plight of Filipinos.

“There is genuine, visible and meaningful change under the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte as validated by public sentiment. We commit to continue bringing comfortable and peaceful lives for all Filipinos,” he said.

The SWS survey, conducted last March, showed 44 percent of the 1,440 respondents were “very happy” with life, up from the 39 percent recorded in December 2018. (Read related story: https://news.mb.com.ph/2019/06/03/more-pinoys-are-very-happy-sws/)

The same survey also indicated that 37 percent of the respondents were “very satisfied” with life, compared to the 34 percent last December.

At least 8 percent of the respondents were unhappy in the March survey, down from last December 2018’s 13 percent.

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