Five local government heads earn five stars in national poll

From right to left, Lienchiang County Magistrate Liu Tseng-ying, Pingtung County Magistrate Pan Men-an, New Taipei City Mayor Hou You-ih, Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan, Hsinchu Mayor Lin Chih-chien (Photo courtesy of CNA)

TAIPEI (CNA) — Five local government heads have been given a five-star rating by the Taiwan public for their performance on job, the Chinese-language Global Views Monthly magazine said Tuesday, citing a nationwide public satisfaction survey it conducts annually.

At a ceremony, the magazine awarded five stars to New Taipei City Mayor Hou You-ih (侯友宜) and Lienchiang County Magistrate Liu Tseng-ying (劉增應) of the opposition Kuomintang, and Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (鄭文燦), Hsinchu Mayor Lin Chih-chien (林智堅) and Pingtung County Magistrate Pan Men-an (潘孟安) of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party.

The five-star rating was decided based on the scores received by Taiwan’s 21 local government heads from respondents in their respective counties or cities.

The poll, which surveyed a total of 14,353 people, ranked the leaders’ performance in the fields of education, environment, social order, public safety, transportation, health care, tourism/leisure, and economy/employment.

The average score among the 21 municipality chiefs this year was 72.2 points, the highest in six years, according to the magazine, which has been conducting the survey every year since 1995.

In terms of net satisfaction rating, newcomer Hou was at the top.

“This is an honor and encouragement, and it also comes with great pressure and responsibility,” Hou said at the award ceremony.

New Taipei in northern Taiwan must continue to develop so that it could keep pace with the neighboring cities and counties, he said.

Meanwhile, Liu, who has made the five-star list for five years in a row, scored a personal satisfaction rate of 87.4 percent, the highest among the 21 local government heads.

According to the survey, transportation remains the biggest challenge for Liu and his constituents in the Matsu Islands.

Cheng, who received the five-star award for the fourth consecutive year, gained 79 points for personal performance, the highest among the heads of Taiwan’s six special municipalities.

“As mayors, we are facing many challenges and need to continue to make progress in serving our city’s residents,” he said at the ceremony.

Another four-time winner, Lin thanked Hsinchu citizens for their support and also his administrative team for their hard work.

Pan, who was receiving the award for the second year, promised to implement changes in Pingtung and do his best to make its residents proud, according to a press release issued by the Pingtung County government.