Research foundation releases evaluation of first-term local chief executives

/ 08:42 PM June 06, 2023
Candon City Mayor Eric Singson

Candon City Mayor Eric Singson | PHOTO: Official facebook page of Candon City

The RP-Mission and Development Foundation Inc. (RPMD) has unveiled the results of the “Boses ng Bayan” survey, an independent evaluation of top government officials, including city mayors and highlighted the outstanding performance of first-term city mayors in the Philippines and recognizes their notable contributions to their cities.

Leading the list are Mayor Eric Singson of Candon City (92.8%), Mayor Jeannie Sandoval of Malabon (91.9%), Mayor Along Malapitan of Caloocan (91.8%), and Mayor John Rey Tiangco of Navotas City (91.82%). These mayors have demonstrated exceptional leadership and are statistically tied for first place, reflecting effective governance and a strong commitment to progress.


Not far behind, second-ranked first-term city mayors include Mayor Denver Chua of Cavite (88.85%) and Mayor Indy Oaminal Jr. of Ozamis (88.78%). The third position is secured by Mayor Bambol Tolentino of Tagaytay (88.29%), Mayor Lucy Torres of Ormoc (87.91%), Mayor Geraldine Rosal of Legaspi (87.55%), and Mayor Sheen Tan of Santiago (87.42%).

Mayor Albee Benetiz of Bacolod (83.72%), Mayor Pao Evangelista of Kidapawan (83.57%), Mayor Joy Pascual of Gapan (83.48%), Mayor Bruce Matabalao of Cotabato (83.16%), and Mayor Henry Villarica of Meycauayan (83.12%) secure the fourth position. Noteworthy performances are also observed from Mayor Jane Yap of Tagbilaran (82.15%), Mayor Baste Duterte of Davao (82.11%), Mayor Bullet Jalosjos of Dapitan (81.92%), Mayor Paul Dumlao of Surigao (81.73%), Mayor John Dalipe of Zamboanga (81.56%), and Mayor Marilou Morillo of Calapan (81.32%) in the fifth spot.


This assessment of first-term city mayors holds great significance as it evaluates their leadership capabilities and fulfillment of campaign promises, fostering accountability, transparency, and public trust. Dr. Paul Martinez, Executive Director of RPMD, emphasized the importance of transparency and leadership assessment in promoting effective governance.

The survey’s parameters include policy implementation, service delivery, financial management, stakeholder engagement, transparency and anti-corruption measures, public relations and communication, and community development efforts.

These comprehensive criteria evaluate the mayors’ ability to translate promises into actions, deliver essential services, exhibit responsible financial management, engage with stakeholders, ensure transparency, communicate effectively, and promote community development. Phyns Patalinghug, political analyst of RPMD, highlighted the significance of these parameters in assessing the mayors’ overall performance.

The “Top Performing First-term City Mayors” survey was conducted as part of the broader “RPMD’s Boses ng Bayan” national poll from February 25 to March 8, 2023, by RP-Mission and Development Foundation Inc. The survey involved 10,000 randomly selected registered voter respondents from all districts in each region, achieving a sampling margin of error of ±1 percent with a 95% confidence level. Respondents were chosen randomly, with proportional distribution based on official voting population data.

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