Malacañang has welcomed the latest results of the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index which showed an improvement in the country’s anti-corruption drive.
In a statement, Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda said that “the momentum of reform continues unabated, as recognized by the global anti-corruption coalition, Transparency International.”
According to the latest survey, the Philippines improved its ranking on the list of most corrupt countries, now ranking 94th out of 177 countries, tying with Algeria, Armenia, Benin, Colombia, Djibouti, India and Suriname, scoring 36 on a perceived level of public sector corruption based on a scale of 0-100, “where 0 means a country is perceived as highly corrupt, and 100 means it is perceived as very clean,”
This was an improvement of 11 places from the country’s previous rank of 105th. It was 129th in 2011.
Lacierda said that these gains reflect improved confidence in President Aquino’s leadership and that his commitment to stamp out corruption is gradually taking effect.
He also believes the improvement in the ratings also shows that investors are acknowledging the government’s anti-corruption efforts.
“This year’s improvement continues a trend—in which the reforms put in place result in an increasingly positive and encouraging perception of the country, where improvements are measured not only year-by-year, but by leaps and bounds on an annual basis,” he said
“This improvement is also a measure of the continued confidence of the international community in the Philippines, and likewise contributes to the virtuous cycle of empowerment as Filipinos from all walks of life work together to accomplish permanent change in the country,” Lacierda added. CATHERINE S. VALENTE