Rep. Pulong is Davao City’s best-performing congressman

Davao City First Congressional District Representative Paolo “Pulong” Duterte received the most vote as top performing lawmaker in Davao City and third in Davao Region based on a survey conducted by the RP-Mission Development Foundation Inc. (RPMD).

According to the survey, Rep. Pulong achieved an 87.3 percent job satisfaction rating, leading over Davao City’s Third District representative, Isidro T. Ungab, who scored 83.6 percent, and the Second District representative, Vincent J. Garcia, who received 70.2 percent.

He welcomed the survey and thanked the Dabawenyos for their endless support of him and the Duterte family.

It can be recalled that Rep. Pulong was cited as Honorary Congressman of the Year in the Nation Builders and Mosliv Awards ceremony last year for crafting several legislative measures that significantly contributed to the country’s sustainable development.

The same year, he was also conferred the Leadership Achiever as Public Servant citation in the Elite Business and Leadership Awards, which honors and acknowledges the distinctive, dedicated, and genuine leadership of accomplished leaders globally.

Meanwhile, in Davao Region, Maricar Zamora of the First District of Davao de Oro province emerged as the top-performing representative, garnering an 89.8 percent approval rating from her constituents, followed by Claude Bautista of the lone district of Davao Occidental with 88.5 percent.

Other outstanding representatives in Davao Region with commendable performance as per the survey are Rep. John Tracy Cagas of the lone district of Davao del Sur, with an 85.1 percent rating; followed by Ungab with an 83.6 percent; Rep. Cheeno Miguel Almario of the Second District of Davao Oriental, garnering an 82.4 percent; and Rep. Aldu Dujali of the Second District of Davao del Norte, with an 80.7 percent assessment score.

Completing the roster of representatives with notable approval ratings were Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez of the FIrst District of Davao del Norte (78.3%), Rep. Ruwel Peter Gonzaga of the Second District of Davao de Oro (76.8%), Rep. Nelson Dayanghirang of the First District of Davao Oriental (73.4%), and Vincent Garcia of the Second District of Davao City (70.2%).

According to the RPMD, the ratings in the survey highlight their significant effectiveness and achievements in district representation, legislative endeavors, and constituent services, pivotal metrics of the recent evaluation.

Dr. Paul Martinez, executive director of the RPMD and global affairs analyst, said the ratings are pivotal indicators of voter satisfaction or dissatisfaction, thus carrying significant implications for representatives considering reelection or aspiring for higher office.

Martinez said that the findings are important for the 2025 elections because representatives might need to rethink their current agendas or services.

The RPMD assessed the public officials’ performance nationwide through the “Boses ng Bayan” national survey, which serves as a vital mechanism for evaluating the performance of public officials in the Philippines.

Martinez said the survey conducted in the Davao Region by the House of Representatives is part of the larger “Boses ng Bayan” initiative from March 18 to 24 this year. With 10,000 adult participants, the study aimed to represent the views of the 67.75 million registered voters in the country.

The survey has a margin of error of +/-1 percent and a 95 percent confidence level. This makes sure that the results are reliable and reflect the true feelings of the population.

The RPMD said the survey helps improve public service and community development.

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