Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte, Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto, and Manila Mayor Isko Moreno led and received the highest approval ratings among Metro Manila mayors for their overall performance in 2020.
Based on the results of a survey conducted by RP-Mission and Development Foundation Inc. (RPMDinc) Mayor Belmonte got the highest approval rating of 85%, followed by Sotto with 82% and Moreno with third with 77%.
Valenzuela Mayor Rex Gatchalian was fourth in the survey with 75% followed by Marikina Mayor Marcy Teodoro who got 72%.
The survey was conducted on December 5 to 15, in which about 3,500 respondents aged 18 to 70 participated. They were all residents and registered voters in Metro Manila.
Participants were asked to rate their respective mayors regarding the performance of their city or area for the year 2020.
According to Paul Martinez of RPMDin, the number of respondents was evenly distributed, based on official population data in cities in the National Capital Region (NCR).
Belmonte, Sotto, and Moreno also became the top 3 mayors in a survey conducted by the group last June regarding the proactive response to the COVID-19 crisis in their constituencies.
Joy, Vico, Isko lead approval ratings survey of Metro Manila mayors
Sotto was previously top 1 in the survey, followed by Belmonte and Moreno.
Martinez said Metro Manila mayors should always think they are being reviewed daily, weekly, and monthly. It is easy for the public to see if their LGU is in action, marking them based on the latest information and their actual response to the needs of their constituents.
Respondents were also asked after rating their mayor on the performance of the job, whether or not their mayor will vote if they run in the next election, and in the result, the three still lead.
Sotto got 77 percent yes (to vote), Belmonte followed with 75%, and Moreno with 72%.
Meanwhile, only Moreno was included in the list of 16 potential presidential candidates for the 2022 national and local polls a research firm released.
BluPrint.PH and its Singapore-based partner on Data Mining and Artificial Intelligence included Vice President Leni Robredo, Senators Manny Pacquiao, Risa Hontiveros, Bong Go, and Grace Poe, businessman Ramon Ang, human rights lawyer Chel Diokno, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, former House Speaker Taguig-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano, Senate President Tito Sotto, Cavite Gov. Jonvic Remulla, Sen. Pia Cayetano, former Senators Bongbong Marcos and Manny Villar, Leyte Rep.Lucy Torres-Gomez, and Manila Mayor Isko Moreno.