Public satisfaction, trust rating for House, Alvarez up

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez presides over the first working session day of the House of Representatives in the Second Regular Session of the 17th Congress on July 24, 2017.

THE House of Representatives’ public satisfaction rating for its performance and trust rating has improved in the fourth quarter based on the latest survey of Pulse Asia done in December.

The legislative body’s performance rating rose 6 percentage points to 50 in December 2017 from 44 in September 2017.

Appreciation for the performance of the Lower House is the predominant sentiment in Mindanao (57%) and Class E (53%). Half of those in the Visayas and Class D (50%) also approve of the latter’s work.

In the September survey of Pulse Asia, Mindanaoans’ satisfaction rating for the House’s performance was 55% and Class E’s satisfaction rating was 47%.

The House of Representatives also improved its trust ratings at the national level by 7 percentage points to 49 from 42 and in the rest of Luzon by 12 percentage points in the fourth quarter.

The trust rating was highest in the Visayas with 53% in December from 47% in September.

The increase in the performance and trust ratings of Alvarez and the House in December came at a time when the legislative body started looking into the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

Meanwhile, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez registered a nine percentage points increase, from 33% to 42%, in performance satisfaction ratings for the same period and was the only public figure who posted a dramatic positive change in his ratings.

Alvarez’s trust rating, on the other hand, improved by six points to 37 percent in December, up six points compared to his 31 percent in September.

Performance-wise, Alvarez as expected did best in his home region Mindanao where 53 percent of the respondents approved of his leadership.

He drew support for his performance from among 41 percent of those polled in the Visayas, 39 percent in balance of Luzon and 37 percent in Metro Manila.

Among social classes, Alvarez got the nod of 44 percent from Class ABC for his performance and 40 from Class D.

The respondents cited the most important achievements of Alvarez as follows: investigating corruption in government (25 percent); uniting congressmen in support of President Rodrigo Duterte’s programs (22 percent); passing news laws (20 percent); and amending laws (15 percent).

The House under Alvarez has so far passed a total of 518 bills and resolutions. Of the bills, 41 had been enacted into law. rw: wjg