CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Army's 4th Infantry Division (4ID) has credited the role of the media for the continued high trust and the approval rating of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
In a statement Friday, Maj. Gen. Wilbur Mamawag, 4ID commander, said the media – the local outlets in particular – has helped the military "lead and succeed" by being partners in providing timely information to the public.
"We know that you have played an important role for us in gaining the people's trust and approval," he said, referring to the 3rd quarter trust and approval ratings of every government agency this year, conducted by Publicus Asia.
According to Publicus Asia, the AFP garnered 57 percent trust rating and 67 percent approval rating.
Office of the Press Secretary Officer-in-Charge Cheloy Garafil said it was not surprising for the AFP to have the highest trust rating, as it is also involved in search and rescue operations in times of disaster.
Mamawag also acknowledged the media's coverage of the 4ID's participation in the "whole-of-nation" approach, as prescribed under Executive Order No. 70, which institutionalized holistic measures against insurgency to attain inclusive and sustainable peace. (PNA)