WB’S WORLDWIDE GOVERNANCE INDICATORS 2013 RANKINGS

PH corruption-control gains, govt effectiveness slips

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Four areas of Philippine governance have improved, led by its anti-corruption drive, while government effectiveness dropped, according to the latest Worldwide Governance Indicators (WGI) survey results released by the World Bank on Sunday.

The four areas of “voice and accountability,” “political stability and absence of violence,” “rule of law” and “control of corruption,” showed the biggest improvement for the Philippines in the WGI results for 2013 compared with 2012.

The results summarized the views provided by a large number of enterprise, citizen and expert survey respondents in industrial and developing countries on the quality of governance worldwide.

A percentile ranking indicates the percentage of countries that rank below the Philippines. There were more than 200 countries and territories covered by the global surveys for the 2013 WGI report.


The World Bank explained that the percentile rankings of countries in the six indicators are based on surveys and data gathered from various institutions, including think tanks, non-governmental organizations, and private enterprises both in developing and advanced economies.

Biggest improvement
The biggest improvement was in the area of ‘control of corruption’ indicator, where the percentile ranking of the Philippines leaped to 43.5 percent from 33.5 percent.

This means that in the area of control of corruption, the Philippines fared better than 43.5 percent of the countries and territories covered by the survey.

Control of corruption indicates the extent to which public power is exercised for private gain, including both petty and grand forms of corruption, as well as “capture” of the state by elites and private interests.

Under the ‘rule of law’ indicator, the country’s percentile ranking jumped to 41.7 percent from 36.5 percent. This indicator captures perceptions of the extent to which agents have confidence in and abide by the rules of society, and in particular the quality of contract enforcement, property rights, the police, and the courts, as well as the likelihood of crime and violence.

In the area of regulatory quality, which indicates the ability of the government to formulate and implement sound policies and regulations that permit and promote private sector development, the Philippines’ percentile ranking was unchanged at 51.7 percent.

Govt effectiveness slips
However, it was in the area of “government effectiveness” where the percentile ranking of the country slipped, from 57.9 percent to 56.9 percent.

“Government effectiveness captures perceptions of the quality of public services, the quality of the civil service and the degree of its independence from political pressures, the quality of policy formulation and implementation, and the credibility of the government’s commitment to such policies,” the report said.

Other gains
Under the voice and accountability indicator, the Philippines’ percentile ranking improved to 47.9 in 2013 from 46.9 percent in 2012.

“Voice and accountability captures perceptions of the extent to which a country’s citizens are able to participate in selecting their government, as well as freedom of expression, freedom of association, and a free media,” the report said.

Under the ‘political stability and absence of violence’ indicator, the Philippines’ percentile ranking rose to 16.6 percent from 14.2 percent.

The WGI report said this indicator measures perceptions of the likelihood of political instability and/or politically motivated violence, including terrorism.

PH response
Under the ‘rule of law’ indicator, the country’s percentile ranking jumped to 41.7 percent from 36.5 percent. This indicator captures perceptions of the extent to which agents have confidence in and abide by the rules of society, and in particular the quality of contract enforcement, property rights, the police, and the courts, as well as the likelihood of crime and violence.

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Amando Tetangco Jr. said the country’s achievement in the area of governance complements its gains in the economic front—including maintenance of within-target inflation and stability in the financial system.

“These accomplishments will help attain the goal of a sustainable and a more inclusive growth,” he said.

“This is a welcome development. International recognition of the Aquino Administration’s good-governance agenda is vital in gaining confidence, which is necessary for our quest for even more investments,” Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, said.

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  1. this is good news to us here, American Pinoys, in USA.

    improvement of corruption-control under Pnoy admin.

    but the Pnoy haters keep on attacking. WHY? because they cannot cheat and steal money from Gov’t coffers..

    go Pnoy with your TUWID NA DAAN… and God bless you.