By Raymund Antonio
The Office of the Vice President said on Monday the recent surge in Vice President Leni Robredo’s approval and trust ratings affirms the work that her office is doing for the Filipino people, especially for those at the fringes of society.
Robredo’s spokesman Barry Gutierrez said they were thankful for the results of the latest Pulse Asia survey that showed significant increase in the number of people who approve of Robredo’s performance and trust her.
“We are humbled by and grateful for our fellow Filipinos’ continued trust and support for the Vice President,” Gutierrez, also a legal adviser to Robredo, said.
Gutierrez credited Robredo’s improved ratings to her flagship Angat Buhay anti-poverty program, which he said, was apparently leaving a mark on the people nationwide, since its implementation in October, 2016.
“This is affirmation that her quiet yet committed efforts on behalf of our countrymen continue to bear fruit more than halfway into her term as VP,” the former lawmaker said.
“And this will serve as further encouragement to work even harder for the lives, welfare, and rights of every Filipino family, especially the underprivileged and marginalized,” he added.
The Pulse Asia survey, conducted from December 3 to 8 with 1,200 respondents, showed 58 percent of Filipinos were appreciative of the work done by the Vice President in the past three months.
The latest figure was higher by eight percentage points from the 50 percent in September 2019.
Those who were undecided for her performance decreased from 28 percent to 21 percent, while her disapproval rating decreased from 22 percent to 20 percent.
Robredo also received a trust rating that increased from 46 percent in September to 53 percent this month. Both the number of those undecided and who distrust her decreased from 29 percent and 25 percent to 22 percent and 20 percent, respectively.
Under Angat Buhay, the OVP has partnered with more than 321 private organizations in mobilizing P343 million worth of resources that benefited around 400,000 Filipinos in need.
Robredo’s office was also able to provide P598 million worth of medical assistance to more than 45,842 individuals, in partnership with the private sector.