AFTER a first month of “learning”, Malacañang promised to work harder to keep the people’s high trust in President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III for the rest of his six-year term.
Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said Aquino’s Cabinet has shown signs of responsiveness, acting quickly on at least two major problems in the first month of the Aquino administration.
“I can cite the first two problems, ‘Basyang’ and the water shortage. Maaga nabigyan ng lunas ang malalaking problemang yan, it shows very responsive ang Cabinet at ang Pangulo sa problema ng bayan. Pananatilihin natin ito,” Lacierda said over radio interview.
Lacierda was referring to the devastation caused by Typhoon Basyang when it battered Luzon including Metro Manila last July 13; and a water shortage that threatened parts of Metro Manila.
In both cases, Lacierda said the government moved quickly to address the problems.
Aquino presently enjoys a high trust rating with pollster Social Weather Stations saying 88 percent of Filipinos have “much trust” in him.
Another poll firm, Pulse Asia, said 85 percent of Filipinos trust the President.
But Lacierda also admitted that President Aquino is in for the long haul, being elected to a six-year term, which ends on June 30, 2016. “This is a six-year term, we’re just in the first month of governance.”
Still, he said Aquino and his official family are learning the ropes.
For his part, Lacierda said he is still trying to “improve”.
Lacierda has had at least two run-ins with the Malacañang Press Corps for disseminating major announcements on a private broadcasting firm first.
On the other hand, he said the newly formed Presidential Communications Group is still figuring out how to “share the message of the President to the Filipino people”.
“The trust rating of the president is not necessarily solely dependent on the Communications Group, it’s dependent on the Cabinet and its governance,” he added. (JMR/Sunnex)