MANILA – The country improved its 94th rank in the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) last year, placing 85th out of 175 countries for 2014.
On a scale of 1 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean), the country was scored 38 by the Transparency International.
While the country still belongs to the lower two-thirds of 175 countries, the data shows an improvement from last year’s CPI ranks.
For 2013, the Philippines only scored 36 while it scored 34 last 2012 and was placed in the 105th rank.
“We consider a +4 to represent change in the perceived level of corruption,” Cleo Calimbahin, executive director of Transparency International said.
Calimbahin said that both the public and the private sector leaders must continue pushing for transparency, good governance and inclusive growth.
They must also remain firm on their move to prosecute corrupt officials to ensure proper and honest public service delivery.
She added that the international community is expecting more reform initiatives from the country.