Speaker Martin Romualdez on Thursday pledged that he and the entire House of Representatives will redouble their efforts at addressing the most pressing concerns of the people.
The Speaker made the promise after the entire Congress gained significant trust and performance ratings in the latest Octa Research survey.
“I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the Filipino people for their continued support and trust in my leadership,” Romualdez said.
“This is not just a personal achievement but also a tacit recognition of the tireless efforts of the entire House and the dedication of my fellow lawmakers to pass laws and policies that benefit our country and our people,” he added.
Romualdez said while the House has delivered on its commitment to pass laws advancing the eight-point socio-economic agenda of President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr., he and the entire chamber will not rest on their laurels.
“I would like to assure the public that under my leadership, we will redouble our efforts to prioritize the needs and concerns of the Filipino people. We will press on for the timely passage of laws for progress and development and those meant to address the serious challenges that our nation face,” Romualdez stressed.
This developed as Majority Leader Mannix Dalipe, Reps. Elpidio Barzaga Jr of Cavite City and Aurelio Gonzales of Pampanga congratulated President Marcos for also earning high trust ratings in the recent survey of polling firm Octa Research.
“Survey after survey, we see high ratings for President Marcos Jr. and key officials of the government including our dear House Speaker Martin G. Romualdez. Be it satisfaction, approval or trust ratings, the Marcos administration consistently earns high marks!” said Barzaga, chair of the House Committee on Natural Resources.
The latest Tugon ng Masa (TNM) Q1 2023 survey of Octa Research saw
President Marcos Jr. obtaining a trust rating of 83 percent, while Vice President Sara Duterte, Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri and Supreme Court Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo earned 87 percent, 50 percent, and 39 percent, respectively.
The SWS survey in December also saw the House of Representatives under the leadership of Romualdez garnering a high satisfaction rating of +56 percent, ranked as “Very Good.”
“So this is a confirmation. If you consistently score very high in successive surveys that deal with public approval, trust or satisfaction, it confirms you are doing a good job. So I congratulate all the officials who scored high in these surveys,” Barzaga said.
Gonzales, for his part, said the people, by and large, recognize and appreciate the “record accomplishments of the House of Representatives under the stewardship of Speaker Martin Romualdez.”
“I think this is largely the reason behind the high public approval ratings of the Speaker, besides his strong but compassionate leadership,” Gonzales, who represents Pampanga’s third district, said.
He said the public is also cognizant of the “unconditional support” the Speaker has committed to the administration of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
“We in the House have approved majority of the administration’s priority measures, starting with the 2023 national budget. The House is the chamber that principally allocates the budget, and we hope that the people feel the impact and benefits of projects, programs and activities we fund in the national spending program,” he stressed.
Dalipe, meanwhile, said the increasing public trust and approval ratings of Romualdez spur the House of Representatives to work harder for the expeditious passage of pending bills and other issues affecting the lives of ordinary Filipinos.
“We are proud to have a leader like Speaker Martin. His leadership has restored faith that the House of Representatives truly reflects the will of the people and acts in the best interest of the nation,” Dalipe said.
He noted that before going into the Lenten break last March 23 the House of Representatives succeeded in approving on third and final reading 23 of 31 bills identified by the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) as priority measures of the Marcos administration.
These 23 approved measures are meant to further stimulate economic activities, create job opportunities, reduce poverty, and provide better healthcare services for Filipinos.
“The latest survey findings of the Octa Research attest to this fact: we have regained the trust and confidence of the Filipino people. Thanks to our hard-working Speaker,” Dalipe added.