Four governors of Western Visayas gave President Benigno Aquino good ratings on his first year of office yesterday, saying more credit should be given to him for the work he has been doing.
The governors, who were at a press conference during a lunch breakat a Regional Development Council meeting at the Capitol in Bacolod City, gave the president ratings ranging from 7.5 to 9 on a scale of 1 to 10.
CapizGov. Victor Tanco, chairman of the Western Visayas Regional Development Council, gave the president an 8, citing the fight against corruption as his strongest point.
The president has implemented a lot of projects, but becausehe does not advertise what he does, the public has not been aware of what he has done in his first year in office, which has caused his survey ratings to go down, he said.
More advertising of what he is doing is needed, Tanco said.
Aklan Gov. Carlito Marquez gave Aquino a 9, saying he has done a lot to reduce poverty. Aklan is number one on the poverty list and the president has done a lot to help address the problem,and is very supportive of our efforts at tourism development, Marquez said.
Guimaras Gov. Felipe Nava gave the president a rating of 8 to 9. For social projects the president should be given a very high rating, Nava said.
More infrastructure projects are needed but each administration has its own priority, he said.
He said that while assistance to the poor being handed out by the Aquino administration may be a short-term solution, before one can go medium and long term, one must start with immediate concerns.
Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Maranon Jr.stood pat on his 7.5 rating saying the president needs to take more credit for the projects he has implemented.
Aquino is unlike other presidents and congressmen who post their pictures on the side of the road to get credit for government projects, Marañon said.
Today, other people are taking credit for projects implemented by Aquino, he added.*CPG