Philippines elections: UAE expats want corruption-free and transparent government – News

Overseas Filipinos look forward to a booming economy and job prospects once new leader takes charge



(LR) Angeline Rivera, Christian Romulo Vasquez and Malou Prado

By SM Ayaz Zakir

Published: Sat, May 7, 2022, 9:21 PM

Last update: Sat, May 7, 2022, 10:21 PM

Filipino expats in the UAE are hoping for a transparent government that would give citizens free access to education and healthcare.

The 2022 Philippine presidential and vice-presidential elections are due to be held on Monday, May 9, as part of the 2022 general election. Thousands of registered voters in the Emirates exercised their legislative rights during overseas voting procedures of a month that started on April 10.

Filipino expats based in the United Arab Emirates hope the next president will change the political landscape in the Philippines once they win the election. Overseas Filipinos look forward to a booming economy and job prospects once the new leader takes charge.

Christian Romulo Vasquez, an architect based in the United Arab Emirates, said: “With elections in the Philippines just days away, I am hopeful and confident that the next leader will bring a big change to the political landscape of the Philippines.

“All the candidates promised transparency in government. They also promised to improve the education system and ensure free access to doctors. I hope whoever wins keeps his promises to our compatriots,” added Vasquez.

Filipinos in the United Arab Emirates went to the polls on Sunday April 10 and will continue until May 9. The number of overseas Filipino voters in the UAE has increased by almost 50% since the last presidential elections in 2016, making the UAE the country with the most votes for the 2022 Philippine elections.

This formidable number, which translates to the UAE accounting for 17% of the estimated 1.7 million overseas Filipino voters worldwide, is seen as significantly influencing the outcome of national elections. in the Phillippines.

Angeline Rivera, director of sales and marketing for the Prime Group of Companies, looks forward to a government that has the political will. “The new administration should introduce drastic changes to the backward and counterproductive ways of the system.”

Rivera added, “That is, a forward-thinking, innovative and revolutionary government that will hold every department, agency and entity under its rule accountable for how it operates and serves the people.”

She said, “It would be very important for the next president to truly advance infrastructure development agendas, make health care accessible to all, focus on digitizing government transactions while ensuring process transparency, push the tourism by exploring emerging and non-traditional markets, and actively supporting budding entrepreneurs, MSMEs and start-ups.

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A Filipino nurse working in a private hospital, Mari Christ, said, “We hope for better administration without corruption.

Meanwhile, Malou Prado, the general manager of MPQ Tourism hopes that the next president of the Philippines will put in place a systematic administration.

“I believe in correct and systematic administration. We want the next administration to be more organized, peaceful and expect more development and improvement,” she said.

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