Gov. Arthur “Toto” Defensor Jr. has emerged as the undisputed “Top Governor” in Western Visayas in the “Boses ng Bayan” survey conducted by the RP-Mission and Development Foundation Inc. (RPMD).
Earning what the RPMD described as “an exceptional score of 92.36%,” Defensor bested the five other governors in the region with Aklan’s Joen Miraflores and Negros Occidental’s Bong Lacson statistically tying for the second spot, scoring 87.25% and 86.81%, respectively.
The RPMD survey is a non-commissioned performance appraisal survey targeting the provincial governors within Region VI.
“This comprehensive evaluation hinged upon eight crucial parameters: executive leadership, policy formulation, development planning, representation and diplomacy, crisis and disaster management, oversight and accountability, administrative management, and public service delivery,” the RPMD said in a statement.
Rhodora Cadiao of Antique placed third with a score of 82.16%, Fredenil Castro of Capiz earned 77.40% and landed fourth, while JC Rahman Nava of Guimaras came in fifth with an approval rating of 73.69%.
“These provincial governors have exhibited unwavering commitment and dedication to their respective provinces, significantly contributing to regional development and the well-being of their constituents,” added the RPMD.
“Through visionary governance and tireless efforts, they have garnered recognition and acclaim throughout the Western Visayas Region,” it also said.
Dr. Paul Martinez, RPMD Executive Director, emphasized the importance of regular assessments in ensuring good governance, accountability, transparency, and effective resource management.
“By prioritizing the province’s and its residents’ best interests, the provincial governors create opportunities for growth, improvement, and responsiveness to the needs of their constituents,” said Martinez.
The survey, conducted from February 25 to March 8, had 10,000 randomly selected registered voter respondents with a sampling margin of error of ±1 percent with a 95% confidence level.
Respondents were chosen randomly, and their distribution was proportional to the official voting population data, ensuring a representative sample for accurate assessment.