By DIANN IVY CALUCIN
The local chief executives of Quezon, Caloocan, and Malabon Cities took the top three spots in the latest survey of the RP-Mission and Development Foundation Inc. (RPMD) for the best performing mayors in Metro Manila.
The RPMD announced on Wednesday, Nov. 24, that Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte ranked first among the 17 National Capital Region (NCR) mayors with 90 percent overall job performance satisfaction, followed by Caloocan City Mayor Dale “Along” Malapitan with 78 percent, and Malabon City Mayor Jeannie Sandoval with 74 percent.
RPMD said the poll was conducted on Nov. 3 to 10 through face-to-face interviews with 5,000 respondents randomly selected from the 7,322,361 population of Filipino adults residing in different districts of Metro Manila.
Other leading mayors were Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto who ranked fourth with 72 percent and Navotas City Mayor John Reynald "John Rey" Tiangco at fifth place with 70 percent.
RPMD said Belmonte's high regard and popularity were due to her "creative service delivery methods in Quezon City and leadership style."
It said that her recent projects had gained public support, including the "mini-city halls" located in every district in Quezon City, where government employees were assigned to serve residents in the area.
Meanwhile, Mayor Sandoval immediately earned the public's trust as she ranked third best NCR mayor.
"As she laid forth her implemented ideas that had gathered traction in the previous months, Mayor Sandoval, a first termer, triumphed and won the hearts of her constituents," it said.
Both Malapitan and Tiangco were praised for their ongoing projects and social activities in their respective cities.
Sotto, as the fourth best NCR mayor, was also credited for good governance through the eradication of corruption in Pasig City.
RPMD is a non-governmental organization that seeks to help leaders and organizations in the country to solve their most critical problems and "bridge the gap between the science of analytics with the art of advice."