President Benigno S. Aquino III presides over the meeting on the update on effects of Typhoon Pablo at the President’s Hall of the Malacañan Palace on Wednesday (December 12). In photo are Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Aguinaldo Abaya, Health Secretary Enrique Ona, Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson, Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Jr., Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman, Secretary to the Cabinet Jose Rene Almendras, Presidential Management Staff (PMS) head Julia Andrea Abad, Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO) Secretary Ramon Carandang and Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. (MNS photo)

MANILA, Dec 13 (Mabuhay) — Malacanang expressed elation over President Benigno S. Aquino III’s high performance and trust ratings following the release of Pulse Asia’s Ulat ng Bayan survey for the fourth quarter this year.

In a press statement on Thursday, Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the Pulse Asia Ulat ng Bayan survey showed increase in the trust rating and sustained support for President Aquino.

The President’s performance approval remained steady at +78, unchanged from the third quarter, while his trust approval rating jumped two points to +80. The survey was conducted from November 23 to 29.

“These unprecedented ratings almost two and a half years into the Aquino administration are indicative of the Filipino people’s continued support for and confidence in the President and the sweeping changes and programs he has tirelessly championed,” Lacierda said in the statement.

“Put together, these have resulted in a brand of good governance recognized by the international community and which has allowed confidence to rise anew in an economy undergoing a virtuous cycle.”

These measures redounded to social investments for the Filipino people in the government’s commitment to create inclusive and equitable growth, Lacierda said. He added that the administration is encouraged by the survey and will continue to work to produce more results.

“We continue to be guided by the conviction that public office is and always will be a public trust and knowing that our countrymen remain solidly behind President Aquino and his administration,” he said. (MNS)