• BSP tops businessmen’s survey on govt performance

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    THE Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) was tagged as the top government agency receiving positive net satisfaction scores from senior business executives surveyed by the Makati Business Club (MBC).

    MBC executive director Peter Perfecto said the BSP received high marks from its members on account of its role in helping maintain macroeconomic and financial stability in the country.

    The Second Semester 2014 MBC Executive Outlook Survey was administered via fax and online among MBC members from 1 to 25 July 2014. The 65 senior business executives who participated in the survey represent 8.8 percent of the 736 individual MBC members.

    The businessmen also gave positive scores to 43 out of 62 government agencies and offices. Apart from the BSP, these include the Department of Tourism, Philippine Economic Zone Authority, Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-PAGASA, Securities and Exchange Commission, Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of Health, Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, Department of Finance, and the Philippine Statistics Authority.

    Perfecto noted that the newly organized Philippine Statistics Authority made an impressive debut in the business scorecard of government performance for its effort to make the country’s statistical system more accurate and efficient.

    Also appearing in the survey for the first time are PhilHealth, which landed at no. 12, as well as Pag-IBIG Fund and the Social Security System, both tied at no. 15.

    On the other hand, 19 government agencies and institutions received negative net satisfaction scores in the Second Semester 2014 MBC Executive Outlook Survey, with the Senate, House of Representatives, Department of Agriculture, Office of the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery, the lower court system, Philippine National Police, Department of Transportation and Communications, Bureau of Customs, Department of Energy, and Commission on Appointments landing at the bottom 10.

    Comparing the current net performance ranking of government institutions to the net satisfaction ranking of public offices as previously measured by MBC in 2012, 14 agencies obtained better rankings, led by the Supreme Court, Department of Public Works and Highways, Commission on Audit, Commission on Elections, and Civil Service Commission. Except for DPWH, the four most improved agencies are constitutional offices.

    Meanwhile, the net performance rankings of 31 government agencies declined in the perception of MBC members since July 2012.

    The offices that have suffered the largest drops in net satisfaction ranking are the following: the Senate, Department of Budget and Management, Department of Agriculture, Department of Energy, Office of the Vice President, House of Representatives, Bureau of Internal Revenue, and the Office of the President.

    During the survey period, the Supreme Court declared as unconstitutional the Aquino government’s Disbursement Acceleration Program; investigations on rice smuggling and hoarding began; the government peace panel met with Mindanao leaders in Kuala Lumpur over the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law; and typhoon Glenda crossed over Luzon, resulting in power outages and rotating brownouts.

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