Developing a Corruption-intolerant Society

Developing a Corruption-intolerant Society

Despite being a signatory to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC), the Philippines is perceived as one of the most corrupt nations in the Asia Pacific. Even while it strives to fight corruption in the public and private sectors, its consistently poor ranking in the Corruption Perceptions Index—it ranked 101 out of 168 countries in 2016—reveals how trust in the government is undermined by graft and corruption. In fact, the country’s public finance management and its public service delivery remain vulnerable to corrupt practices and red tape. A 2014 report by the Global Financial Integrity revealed that billions of dollars in tax revenue are lost to corrupt transactions in the Philippines every year; on some years, government earnings lost to corruption was equivalent to 10-20 percent of the national budget.

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