Cabinet Sec. Karlos Nograles highlighted on Wednesday, July 10, how the lives of Filipinos improved under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte during the pre-State of the Nation Address forum at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Cebu City.
Nograles said that poverty in the Philippines dropped to 21 percent in the first half of President Duterte’s term from the 27 percent recorded in 2015.
The Palace official also mentioned that self-rated poverty went down to 38 percent in the first quarter of 2019, an all-time low, from the 50 percent recorded in the last quarter of 2018 according to the Social Weather Stations (SWS).
Furthermore, Nograles said that the economy in the Philippines went up by six percent annually since President Duterte got elected.
“These numbers support the unassailable truth, the lives of our people have improved in the first three years under President Duterte,” Nograles said during the forum.
He noted that the administration reached the said achievements even when the country faced various challenges including ‘global uncertainty, spikes in world oil prices, and a brief bout with elevated inflation’.