WHILE many businessmen from small to medium and large enterprises in Metro Manila and other urban areas believe that the existing anti-corruption laws are inadequate, Malacañang on Friday welcomed reports that showed a slight decline in the perception of corruption in government among Filipino managers.
“We take cognizance of the recent Social Weather Station (SWS) survey of Enterprises on Corruption which show a decline in the perception of corruption… a new record low of 32 percent from 33 percent in 2012,” Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said.
The Palace official also noted the surveyed businessmen’s renewed optimism for the next two years, which was recorded at 72 percent.
“We likewise note that more than half of the local executives surveyed (59 percent) said there have been improvements in securing permits and licenses while close to a third (64 percent) have expressed satisfaction with the national government’s performance in promoting a good business climate,” Coloma added.
The same poll showed that 49 percent of 966 small and medium and large enterprises interviewed believe that present laws aimed to combat corruption are inadequate, while the other half believe otherwise.
Also, the 2014/2015 SWS Survey of Enterprises on Corruption showed nearly all respondents agreed that a law on the right to information would reduce corruption. The survey was conducted from November 14, 2014 to May 12, 2015.
About 32 percent of those surveyed claimed to have personal knowledge of corrupt transactions with the government in doing business in the last 3 months, while 39 percent claimed most companies in their group handed bribes to win government deals.
“We share the overall sentiment of the business community that the government can be run without corruption (62 percent) while assailing the evils of cheating government (68 percent),” Coloma further said.
He vowed that in the remaining months of the administration of President Benigno Aquino 3rd, “the government shall work closely with the business community and all stakeholders in streamlining essential business processes, strengthening our public institutions and bolstering existing mechanisms to promote a transparent, accountable and open government so that the gains of governance reforms would be sustained and made permanent.”