Despite the “difficult but game-changing” reforms initiated by the President, Panelo said that significant strides have been made to achieve his goal of bringing a more comfortable life for all Filipinos. “The President first would like to greet all Filipinos a happy and prosperous New Year,” Panelo said. “His wish at the very inception of his presidency is to serve them and protect them, and to give them comfortable lives and lasting peace.” “There are indeed reasons to be confident in the New Year under the leadership and administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte,” Panelo said. “The economy is on the roll with a BBB+ rating. The Board of Investments has also breached its PHP1-trillion 2019 investment target as of October 2019, according to the Department of Trade and Industry. There are fewer poor Filipinos with almost six million lifted out from poverty. Employment has hit a 14-year high. Inflation has been tamed,” he said./PN Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that, just like in the previous years, President Duterte’s wish for the coming New Year is to continue to serve his constituents well. President Rodrigo Duterte distributes relief packs to residents in North Cotabo still reeling from the impact of earthquakes that jolted Mindanao recently. Duterte also led the 123rd Rizal Day rites in Davao City on Monday. PCOO Around 93 percent of Filipinos are expected to welcome 2020 “with hope,” while only 0.2 percent will face the New Year “without hope”, according to a Dec. 3 to 8 survey by Pulse Asia. “We assure everyone that the best is yet to come. Let us continue to rally behind the Duterte administration as the Chief Executive does his best in serving and protecting the Filipino people, as well as delivering genuine and meaningful change to our nation,” he added. MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte hopes Filipinos will continue to enjoy a comfortable life and attain lasting peace as the entire nation welcomes 2020 by midnight.