• PH businessmen optimistic about decline in corruption


    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.”


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    1. Many years ago I decided to take a course In sociology

      One of the main social philosophers we studies was a guy called Emile Durkheim…

      .He wrote about the Division of labor Here was brought up the notion of reciprocity

      Here, each of us depends on the other to be ethical in his/her dealings with the other .

      The carpenter depends on the doctor–Yet the doctor also depends on the carpenter to do a good job ..and so forth ..

      Each of us depends on the other –If we call for electrician we hope to get someone who knows his job –Will not leave us exposed to dangers through faulty wiring,

      So says Durkheim –Through the this division of labor;that each of us is dependent on the skills’service of others ,

      ,,Durham goes further –

      -saying that when this reciprocal nature of our labor no longer exist –When each does a shoddy job when doctors lawyers can just get away with anything ,,

      When law makers politicians etc –Are so corrupt

      it filters right though our society..

      Then not surprisingly the very fabric of our society breaks down ..

      For it is this reciprocal agreement in our trade and commerce that each will give of his/her best..in an ethical manner –at reasonable price ..

      That is the mortar that holds the walls of our society together
      Our mental well being ;is in fact dependent on this

      “No Man is an Island the English poet ” mace field i think wrote ..

      We have to get back to this way of thinking ..

      Otherwise we will return to a very dark place indeed

      i remain yours
      David M Meyer PhD {psych}