CHED among the ‘most trusted’ gov’t agencies with high approval rating, survey says

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After its inclusion among the Top 10 government agencies with high approval and trust ratings, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) expressed gratitude to educational stakeholders for working with the Commission to “successfully implement education programs.”

CHED Chairman Popoy De Vera, in a statement issued on Tuesday, April 12, recognized the service of the Commission for serving the public. He also cited the support coming from public and private higher education institutions (PHEIs).

“I thank Filipinos for their continued support to CHED as we continue to commit to delivering the services you need amid the Covid-19 pandemic,” De Vera said.

Citing the 2022 PAHAYAG First Quarter Survey by PUBLiCUS Asia Inc., CHED ranked seventh among the most trusted government agencies with a 41.8 percent trust rating and ninth among the highest approval ratings with 56.3 percent.

The survey was conducted from March 30 to April 6, 2022. It is a nationwide purposive sampling survey of 1,500 respondents drawn from a research panel of thousands of Filipino registered voters.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (PAF) maintained its lead with a 53.4 percent trust rating, followed by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) with 49.9 percent; Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) with 45.9 percent; Philippine Air Force with 45.8 percent; and the Department of Education (DepEd) and Department of Science and Technology (DOST) with 41.9 percent.

Meanwhile, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) ranked eighth among the most trusted government agencies with 40.2 percent followed by the Department of Tourism (DOT) 39 percent, and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) with 38.9 percent.

AFP also obtained the highest approval with 67.4 percent, followed by TESDA (65.8 percent); BSP (61.7 percent); PAF (60.9 percent); DSWD with (59.9 percent); DOST (57.6 percent); DPWH and DOT (57 percent); CHED (56.3 percent) and DFA (55 percent).

For this year, CHED said that it has been “continuously promoting equitable access and ensuring quality and relevance of higher education institutions and their programs.’

CHED said that to date, 1.6 million Filipino students are “no longer paying tuition and miscellaneous fees in more than 200 public universities.”

Another 500,000 students also get the Tertiary Education Subsidy (TES) to help with their other education needs, according to CHED.

CHED has been “aggressively pushing” for the improvement of quality education through the SIKAP scholarship program for faculty members, the building of SMART campuses, and the internationalization of HEIs.