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Filipino netizens trust gov't now more than ever; extreme trust tripled since 2015


This year marks a time of many firsts for the Philippine Trust Index (PTI)
. Four out of society’s six institutions gained the trust and favor of the Filipino people, while trust in two, the Church and the Media, stagnated this 2017. The greatest gainer of Filipinos’ favor is the government as extreme trust almost tripled since 2015 while overall trust levels are up by 30 percentage points (pp).

This sharp incline puts trust in the government at par with trust in the media - a first in PTI history.

Filipinos trust most government sub-institutions more now than everbefore.
The Office of the President experienced an unprecedented jump in
extreme trust (24pp) and overall trust (31pp) levels. This makes OP this
year’s most trusted governmentsub-institution, surpassing LGUs despite the gains of the latter, while
the Ofice of the Vice President has the lowest trust ratings in 2017.

Trust in Government Agencies
Filipinos are most likely to trust government agencies with which they always interact, evident in the fact that Filipinos’ most trusted government agencies provide social services while the least trusted are those with which the everyday Filipino would rarely interact.

PhilHealth, SSS and DepEd are at the top of the list with at least 93% of Filipinos putting their trust in these agencies, while NEDA, DBM and DOF have the most number of Filipinos unfamiliar with these agencies, and unsurprisingly, the least number of Filipinos claiming to trust in them.

Filipinos’ priorities remain unchanged since 2015, but people are far more satisfied with the
government’s performance today.

Filipinos still value the government’s ability to ensure peace and security and to help the poor as the foremost drivers of trust in institutions. People also consider providing better job opportunities and putting corrupt politicians in jail as major drivers of trust. Taken together, this shows that Filipinos’ trust in the government is hinged on the institution’s ability to improve their everyday lives in concrete ways.

What has changed in the last two years is how satisfied Filipinos are with the government’s performance vis-a-vis these trust drivers. Filipinos are most satisfied with how the government has been putting corrupt politicians in jail (47%), preparing communities for disasters and calamities (46%) and ensuring national security (43%).

The most radical increases are seen in the people’s satisfaction with the government’s economic prowess, particularly its ability to improve the Philippine economy (18pp) and to support industry development (17pp).

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