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Cabinet vows to improve work

The Duterte Cabinet is determined to further improve its work even after getting a high public satisfaction rating in a recent Social Weather Stations survey.

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar affirmed that they welcome the survey results as a “barometer” of their performance but would not rest on their laurels yet.

“I welcome the result as a barometer of how we are doing in the Cabinet. The survey should be a lamp post to guide all the secretaries in improving their work,” Andanar said.

In the recent SWS survey, 49 percent of the 1,200 respondents were satisfied with the performance of the Cabinet of President Duterte while 13 percent were dissatisfied, resulting to a “good” +36 net satisfaction grade.

The Duterte Cabinet’s rating was higher compared to the “moderate” +22 score obtained by the Cabinet of then President Aquino.

The survey on the performance of top government institutions was conducted from September 24 to 27.

Duterte has often taken pride of his Cabinet, composed mostly of former classmates, law school buddies, and Left-leaning leaders, citing their competence and track record.

Among the “brilliant” Cabinet members with praiseworthy scholastic records often cited by the President are Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello, Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr., Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Socio-Economic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia, and Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol.

The President has carried a vigorous campaign against illegal drugs, crime, and corruption since he assumed office last June.

The government also intends to sustain the Gross Domestic Product growth of seven percent or higher in the next six years. (Genalyn D. Kabiling)