Improved global ranking measures continued confidence of int’l community to PHL — Palace

MANILA, Dec. 3 (PNA) — The improved global ranking of the country in the latest corruption perceptions index is a measure of the continued confidence of the international community in the Philippines, a Palace official said Tuesday.

“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,” said Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda in a statement.

In the 2013 Corruption Perceptions Index by global anti-corruption coalition Transparency International, the Philippines moved from 105th place in 2012 to 94th place this year — an improvement of 11 places.

In 2012, the Philippines jumped 24 spots, from 129 to 105.

Lacierda attributed this to the anti-corruption reforms of the Aquino administration.

“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. (PNA)