The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has welcomed the findings of a non-commissioned survey that found it to have the highest approval and trust ratings among government agencies.
In a statement on Tuesday night, AFP spokesperson, Army Col. Ramon Zagala said, “In its 3rd Quarter Survey involving 1,500 respondents, the AFP maintained its 67 percent total approval rating and 49 percent high trust rating,” referring to the results of the survey, conducted by independent pollster PUBLiCUS Asia, Inc.
The AFP topped the Institution Approval Scorecard with 66.73 percent, followed by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) with 62.73 percent, the Philippine Air Force (PAF) with 58.2 percent, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) with 58 percent, and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) with 57.46 percent, according to the survey, which was conducted from October 11 to 18.
With 49.06 percent, the AFP likewise topped the Institution Trust Scorecard, followed by TESDA with 42.73 percent, PAF with 41 percent, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) with 39 percent, and the Department of Education (DepEd) with 36.53 percent.
The AFP, according to Zagala, sees the survey’s results as evidence of the public’s favourable assessment of the accomplishment of its mission.
“We pledge our sustained performance with emphasis on our core values of honor, service, and patriotism to ensure the accomplishment of our mandate to protect the people and the state,” Zagala added.