February 26, 2024

Benguet Rep. Eric Yap has emerged the best performing lawmaker in the Cordillera, according to the recent survey by the non-government organization, RP-Mission and Development Foundation Inc. (RPMD).

Yap has garnered an 84.2 percent rating on the survey dubbed “House of Representatives Public Satisfaction in CAR”, the highest rating among the seven lawmakers in the region.

The non-commissioned performance evaluation survey aims to assess the job performance of district representatives in the Cordillera based on district representation, legislation, and constituent service.

“We thank the RPMD for this. I was surprised to be honest but regardless of the results, tuluy-tuloy lang ang trabaho natin,” Yap said in a statement.

Baguio City Rep. Mark Go placed second with an 82.8 percent job performance rating while Ifugao Rep. Solomon Chungalao scored 80.5 percent in third. 

Those in fourth to seventh places, according to the RPMD survey are Reps. Maximo Dalog Jr. of Mountain Province with 72.6 percent, Allen Jesse Mangaoang of Kalinga with 63.2 percent, Ching Bernos of Abra with 62.8 percent, and Eleanor Bulut-Begtang of Apayao with 57.5 percent.

The RPMD said the results highlight the need for an ongoing evaluation and improvement of public officials to ensure they fulfill their responsibilities and serve their constituents to the best of their ability.

It said the survey was part of the national poll, “RPMD’s Boses ng Bayan” conducted on Feb. 25 to March 8, which surveyed per district in every region with a total of 10,000 registered voters as respondents.

Yap said he continues with his direction in providing easier access by the community to social services and other development programs.

RPMD’s sampling margin of error is one percent with a 95 percent confidence level. The samples were randomly chosen, and the number of respondents per district were distributed proportionally based on the official voting population data.   

In January, Yap was also named among the top performing legislators after garnering high marks for approval and trust in another survey by RPMD, ranking seventh among 251 district representatives.

Yap was the only one among the six lawmakers in the Cordillera who made it in the list during the survey conducted on November to December 2022.

Based on the RPMD website, it states that the organization “helps leaders and organizations solve their most pressing problems” through the use of data analytics.

The 11-year-old NGO also stated it has field research specialists all over the Philippines based in key cities in Metro Manila, Visayas and Mindanao.

“We have our active field representatives to monitor and analyze the political trends as well as to check on constituents’ viewpoints among the current officers,” it stated. – Ofelia C. Empian