MANILA — From the point of view of the business community, corruption in the public sector has declined.
The latest survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS) showed a decrease in the number of businessmen who have personal knowledge of corruption in the government.
The survey, which included executives of 966 companies, showed that only 32 percent has knowledge of corruption in the public sector.
The figure is lower than the 33 percent recorded in 2012 and 38 percent in 2013.
With regards to the sincerity of the government in fighting corruption, most of the businessmen gave a “very good” ranking to the Securities and Exchange Commission, Social Security System, Philippine Stock Exchange, Office of the President, and Department of Trade and Industry.
Meanwhile, the Bureau of Customs was rated “very bad” in its net sincerity in the fight against corruption.
“The numbers are improving there’s no question. The question in my mind is it is good enough for us. Is it what we want or do we want better? Do we want more? In the point of view of the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) we want more, we want better. We will not be competitive even with these high numbers,” NCC co-chairman Guillermo Luz said.