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DepEd gets high marks in survey

(UPDATE) THE Department of Education (DepEd) is the most trusted and top-performing government agency, based on the survey conducted by independent pollster OCTA Research.

In OCTA's third-quarter survey conducted from September 30 to October 4, DepEd got a 79 percent trust rating.

The Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) each got 75 percent; the Department of Health (DoH), 74 percent; and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), 73 percent.

The DepEd's trust rating was highest in the Visayas and Mindanao, (88 percent), and lowest in Balanced Luzon (70 percent).

The trust ratings of CHEd, DPWH, DoH and DSWD were also high in Visayas and Mindanao and low in Balanced Luzon.

DepEd had the highest trust rating among socio-economic Class D and E (80 percent and 78 percent, respectively), and the lowest in Class ABC at 69 percent.

The DoH and DSWD had the highest trust ratings among Class D and E respondents and the lowest among Class ABC respondents. Only CHEd and DPWH scored high in Class E.

Government agencies with trust ratings below 40 percent are the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) at 38 percent, Department of Budget and Management (DBM) at 37 percent, and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) at 35 percent.

The DMW and DBM, as well as the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development, had the highest trust percentage among respondents who were undecided, with 50 percent.

DepEd also topped the list of the best-performing government agencies with an 80 percent rating, followed by DSWD (75 percent), DPWH and DoH (74 percent), and CHEd (73 percent).

The Education department's performance rating across the country ranged from 72 percent to 91 percent, with the highest in the Visayas at 91 percent, followed by Mindanao at 88 percent and Balanced Luzon at 72 percent.

The DSWD also had a high performance card in the Visayas, with 87 percent, and Mindanao, with 85 percent, but fell short in the National Capital Region at 67 percent and Balanced Luzon.

The same trend was observed with the DPWH, while the DoH and CHEd had high performance ratings in the NCR, Visayas and Mindanao and a low rating