December 3, 2022 @ 12:12 AM 2 months ago

THE first of a kind in the history of Philippine justice sector reforms, a survey conducted by the Social Weather Station showed that the Public Attorney’s Office  and its lawyers have garnered the highest net trust rating.

Commissioned by the Justice Sector Reform: Governance in Justice II  through the United Nations Office for Project Services, the SWS survey conducted from August 29 to September 4, 2021 was made in public in time for the convening of the 2022 National Legal Aid Summit held from November 27 to 30, 2022 at L’Fisher Hotel in Bacolod City.

Called the Justice Needs Survey, the SWS poll showed that 57percent of 3, 900 respondents across the country trust PAO, making it on top in the justice sector.

On the second spot was the barangay government with 50percent trust rating followed by the city/municipal government at 52percent while the Philippine National Police at the fourth place, 47percent.

The SWS survey also showed the Supreme Court obtaining the trust rating of 42 percent followed by the Integrated Bar of the Philippines at 41percent and the last still with high trust rating was the trial courts, 40percent.

On professionals in the justice sector, PAO lawyers emerged as the most trustworthy at 58 percent followed by private lawyers with 43 percent while the judges ranked third at 37 percent trust rating.

Also, the prosecutors garnered 35 percent and on the last spot, still with good net trust rating, was the police at 33 percent, the survey showed.

In the same survey, 65 percent of the respondents are satisfied with the system of justice in the Philippines with 13 percent who are very satisfied and 52 percent who are somewhat satisfied.

On one hand, 35 percent are not satisfied with the system of justice, with 25 percent respondents who are somewhat dissatisfied and 10 percent who are very dissatisfied.

PAO chief Persida Rueda-Acosta expressed total happiness as she welcomed the result of the SWS survey “about the very high trust ratings of PAO.”

“It was really heart-warming and it relieves fatigue and hardships. It only goes to show that despite intrigues although only from few number of people who obviously have hidden interest and overwhelming workload of our public lawyers, the final judges are the people who believed on the sincerity and genuineness of PAO in extending much-needed legal support and assistance especially on millions of indigent and underprivileged Filipinos,” Atty. Rueda-Acosta said.

With this recognition, your PAO will be more inspired and motivated to continuously carry out its mandate – that is being the primary defender of the poor,” she added.