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OP, AFP top trust ratings gainers in 2007 MBC Executive Outlook Survey

Quezon City (14 April) -- The Office of the President (OP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) were the "big gainers" among the 37 government agencies that received passing marks in the latest survey conducted by the influential Makati Business Club (MBC).

In the 2007 MBC Executive Outlook Survey, the business sector expressed their satisfaction on the performance of the Commander-in-Chief President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Hermogenes Esperon with a decent 43.6 and 50.1 percent, respectively.

This directly refuted the outcome of a similar survey conducted by the more commercialized Pulse Asia Inc., in which they gave President Arroyo and Gen. Esperon a similar 41 percent distrust ratings.

According to members of the business sector, President Arroyo and Gen. Esperon along with the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and Bureau of Customs (BOC) are among the agencies they believe are dead serious in providing quality services to the Filipino people.

"Respondents expressed greater satisfaction in the 2006 performance of the BIR, Customs and the AFP than in the previous year, giving them the biggest increase in net satisfaction ratings," the survey indicated.

The AFP got a 50.1 percent trust rating and ranks number 15, nine notch higher than its 2006 ranking among the 37 government-agencies that show best-performance as far as the MBC members are concerned.

Aside from the OP and AFP, among the other biggest gainers in the MBC-conducted trust survey were BIR with 55.2 percent net satisfaction rating, BOC with 50.2 percent and Supreme Court (SC), 48.7 percent.

The agencies that received failing marks were the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) with –40.0 percent rating, Department of Justice (DOJ) –17.2 percent, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) –13.1 percent, and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) –8.1 percent. (PIA) [top]

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