Philippines Tops Latest PERC survey
Good news? Not in any way.
PERC or Political Economy Reserch Center is a Hong Kong- Based research company.They conduct yearly surveys to assess the corruption in the Asian nations. In its latest survey, the Philippines was hailed the most corrupt nation in Asia.
How did PERC conduct the survey?
PERC representatives gather data from the media and ask them questions. They ask them to rate the country in a scale of 0-10; 0 being the highest and 10 being the lowest. The Philippines got a rating of about 9.73 making us the most corrupt nation in Asia
How did the government react to it?
According to the palace, the PERC- conducted survey is not very reliable. They pointed out that in China and Vietnam, the media can only broadcast limited information. The government controls the flow of the news so the people in their country do not know what is really happening in their government.
They maybe correct but don’t you think it’s a wake up call for our government? We all know that corruption is rampant in our country. We have to stop corruption before it eats up the funds of our country– funds which are supposed to be used to improve the quality of education in our country; funds which are supposed to be used to create more jobs for our people.
What can we do about it?
Prevention is better than cure. Don’t let the number of corrupt officials increase in number. Let us start by choosing the right leaders, the right servants. This will not ensure the eradication of corruption for there are still appointed officials, but this will give us hope.
The bigger challenge is still on the government. The Philippines is now in the spotlight and the audience is the whole world. We need to redeem ourselves and prove them that we can do something about it. There are more corrupt countries than the Philippines but we should not wait until we get on top of the world’s list of corrupt countries.
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