President Aquino believes he has “surpassed” the expectation of the 16 million Filipinos who voted for him when he was a presidential candidate in 2010.
“At this point in time, one can really look back and say I think we’ve surpassed the expectations of those who believed in us from the start and who’ve stood by us all this time,” Aquino said during a question-and-answer forum at the Sofitel Hotel yesterday.
President Aquino also believes that he has gained an even bigger number of followers because of his performance.
“I think even the numbers – you look at the survey results – I have more supporters now than when we actually won in 2010,” he said.
Even if he claimed to be “uncomfortable” discussing his achievements,he took credit for what he described as the shrinking number of OFWs.
“I am really pleased so pleased about the decrease in the number of OFWs,” he said. “There is a study that says at least about 400,000 of our countrymen have come back home and have found meaningful jobs.”
“If you ask what’s the proof of meaningful jobs, the unemployment rate has continued to drop,” he added.
Aquino also touted the significant decrease of out of school youths.
“In 2008, it was 2.7 million; it’s now down to 1.2 million despite the fact that there is an increase in population,” Aquino stressed.