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PBA PARTY-LIST GRATEFUL FOR CONTINUED VOTER TRUST

The Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta (PBA) Party-list on Tuesday said it was humbled and grateful for the continued trust of the voters in its advocacy as it acknowledged the result of the latest Pulso ng Bayan pre-electoral survey of polling firm Pulse Asia.

“We remain grateful that our kababayans continue to believe in our advocacy of advancing the rights and welfare of our athletes. We are thankful that out of almost 200 party-list groups, we are very near the top at 11th rank,” PBA Party-list spokesperson Atty. Migs Nograles said.

If the elections were held today, PBA would get one seat in the House of Representatives.

In its latest Pulso ng Bayan survey conducted on January 10 to 24, Pulse Asia asked 2,400 respondents nationwide to choose one party-list group that they will vote from the list of 177 party-list groups vying for seats in the May 2022 elections. The survey had a ± 2% error margin at the 95% confidence level.

The survey showed that nine party-list groups received the support of at least 2% of voters, the minimum number of votes needed to secure a congressional seat, with PBA garnering 1.6% voter preference. If the elections were held today, PBA would get one seat in the House of Representatives.

“Buong puso po kaming nagpapasalamat sa tiwala. At nangangako po kami na ipagpapatuloy natin ang ating nasimulan mula pa noong 2016: ang pagtataguyod sa kapakanan ng ating mga atleta at pagpapabuti sa kalagayan ng sports sa ating bansa,” Nograles said.

“PBA considers sports as a vital factor in nation-building, thus our goal to prioritize sports in the national agenda,” she added.

The Davaoeña lawyer said PBA would continue to push for the creation of a Department of Sports in the next Congress, to improve the promotion and development of sports in the country, and address the needs of athletes, coaches, trainers, and sports officials.

In the current set-up, voters are allowed to choose only one group among those running under the party-list system, created to give a voice to marginalized sectors in the lower chamber.

The Davaoeña lawyer said PBA would continue to push for the creation of a Department of Sports in the next Congress.

A maximum number of 63 seats would be allocated for party-list representatives.

Meanwhile, the same survey showed that 62% of the respondents are aware of the party-list system, with relatively higher levels of awareness in Metro Manila, the Visayas, and Mindanao (67% to 74%) than in the rest of Luzon (52%) and in Classes C and E (73% percent to 75%) compared to Class D (59%).

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