By Chito Chavez
Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Secretary Eduardo M. Año said on Wednesday the agency will work harder after getting a high trust rating of 82.19 percent for its response to combat the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
Año urged DILG personnel further elevate their work standard saying that the excellent trust rating bestowed on the DILG should push and inspire them to serve the public better amid the health crisis.
He added that a positive public feedback on the DILG’s actions and efforts is a significant inspiration for the DILG’s workforce whether working on the field or from home “to work double time as the battle against the virus rages.’’
“Nakakatuwa pong malaman na sa gitna ng mga iniindang sakripisyo ng mga mamamayan ay mataas pa rin ang kumpiyansa ng publiko sa DILG. Mas lalo pa po kaming nahihikayat na magsilbi ng matino, mahusay, at tunay na maaasahan at sa pakikipagtulungan sa mga lokal na pamahalaan at ng aming attached agencies lalo na ng Philippine National Police (PNP) (It is very heartwarming that in the midst of the crisis the public still has high regard for the DILG. This inspires us to serve more righteously and efficiently with the vow to be of assistance to the local government units (LGUs) and other attached agencies specifically the Philippine national Police (PNP)),’’ Año said.
According to the poll conducted by consultancy firm EON Group and research firm Tangere, the DILG received an 82.19 percent trust mark from 5,425 survey respondents using the Tangere app across the country.
The report said people’s trust in the government and its institutions, especially during the COVID-19 crisis, is influenced by the government’s action and engagement with the people.
Recognizing the predicament suffered by the public in this health crisis, Año vowed that the DILG will continue to perform its tasks to the hilt as mandated by the President and the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID).
He also emphasized the crucial role of the LGUs in the country’s fight against the virus.
Año said the DILG, and all its attached agencies, are doing their best to ensure that the spirit and letter of Republic Act No. 11469, the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, are implemented.
“For the country to heal as one, the national government and all LGUs must fully cooperate towards a unified and orderly implementation of the Bayanihan law,’’ Año said.