Shekinah Jedidiah Alima

Recent non-commissioned  survey conducted by OCTA Research Group reveals the  Department of Education is the most outstanding government agency for the first quarter of this year amid various issues circulating the agency.

Only last month, a public school teacher went under probe for publicly scolding her students via streaming it live on online streaming platform Tiktok, while the 2022 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) uncovered the country’s poor basic education performance after ranking 77th out of 81 countries.

Despite the criticisms thrown at the Education Department, 84 percent of the respondents were satisfied with the department’s performance, and only two percent were dissatisfied, and 14 percent turned out undecided.

Top agencies that joined DepEd include the Department of Health (DOH) with 80 percent and followed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) with 77 percent.

The Commision on Higher Education (CHED)  ranks fourth with 73 percent, while the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) obtained an approval rating of 72 percent.

Aside from being named the best performing agency, the Education Department also gained the highest trust rating with 82 percent, and only two percent disagreed, while 16 percent were still undecided.

In the fourth quarter of 2023, DepED also clinched the top spot of the most trusted agency with an approval rating of 84%.