The mayors of Quezon City, Pasig and San Juan scored the highest approval ratings among Metro Manila local chief executives based on their overall performance and re-election chances in the recently concluded NCR Mayors: Pulso ng Bayan 2022 survey.
Based on the independent, non-commissioned survey conducted by RP-Mission and Development Foundation Inc. from May 20-30, Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte obtained an approval rating of 38 percent against four possible mayoralty candidates in next year’s polls.
Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto garnered a majority of 67 percent in a possible one-on-one match with former Mayor Bobby Eusebio, who scored an approval rating of 28 percent.
San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora got a 48 percent approval rating over Janella Ejercito Estrada’s 30 percent.
Assuming that Manila Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso guns for higher office, incumbent Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna scored 46 percent over incumbent Manila Rep. Manny Lopez, who got a 33 percent approval rating.
In Caloocan City, Rep. Dale Malapitan, son of incumbent mayor Oca Malapitan, scored 53 percent against Rep. Edgar Erice’s 36 percent.
Parañaque Rep. Eric Olivarez, touted to succeed his brother, outgoing mayor Edwin Olivarez, obtained a 35 percent approval rating, lower than former Rep. Gus Tambunting’s 50 percent.
For the mayoralty race in Muntinlupa City, Rep. Ruffy Biazon logged a 57 percent approval rating against former Mayor Aldrin San Pedro’s 23 percent.
Mayor Rex Gatchalian of Valenzuela City will run as first district representative while another Gatchalian is expected to seek the mayoralty position unopposed.
During the survey period, re-electionist Metro Manila mayors – Menchie Abalos of Mandaluyong City, Lino Cayetano of Taguig, Abby Binay of Makati City, Emi Calixto of Pasay City, Toby Tiangco of Navotas City, Mel Aguilar of Las Piñas and Ike Ponce III of Pateros – were perceived to have no contenders.
According to Dr. Paul Martinez of the RP-Mission and Development Foundation Inc. (RPMDinc), the survey was conducted through face-to-face interviews with 5,000 respondents from eight Metro Manila cities, with Quezon City having the highest number at 1,500.