A. Philippine Performance for the Past Five Years

Indicator

2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

Voice and Accountability

48.83 52.71 51.23 51.23 48.77

47.78

Government Effectiveness

59.24 61.06 57.21 51.92 51.92

55.29

Control of Corruption

43.60 40.38 39.90 36.60 39.90

34.13

Rule of Law

42.25 43.75 43.27 39.42 37.02

34.13

Regulatory Quality 50.24 52.40 52.40 53.85 55.77

56.73

Similar to 2017, the country has seen gains in streamlining government processes and procedures but much needs to be done in addressing corruption and issues in the justice system. The country’s standing for each indicator is as follows:

  • Voice and Accountability. The country further declined from 48.8 pctl to 47.78 pctl. This may be attributed to the persistence of political dynasties and the proliferation of fake news.
  • Government Effectiveness. The Philippines got out of its two-year rut, due to the implementation of the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act.
  • Control of Corruption. Lingering perceptions of corruption resulted in a decrease in the country’s percentile rank from 39.90 pctl to 34.13 pctl in 2018.
  • Rule of Law. The allegations of human rights violations regarding the administration’s war on drugs further pulled down the country’s percentile rank to 34.13.
  • Regulatory Quality. This indicator slightly improved to 56.73 pctl in 2018 due to policies and strategies on easing regulatory burden.

B. Philippine vs. ASEAN Performance for the Current Year

Country

Voice and Accountability Government Effectiveness Control of Corruption Rule of Law Regulatory Quality

Brunei

24.63 87.02 79.81 75.00

74.52

Cambodia

13.79 59.13 46.15 42.79

50.96

Indonesia

52.22 32.21 8.65 11.06

32.69

Lao PDR

4.43 24.52 15.38 18.75

20.67

Malaysia

23.65 12.50 30.29 15.38

22.60

Myanmar

41.38 81.25 63.94 74.52

74.04

Philippines

47.78 55.29 34.13 34.13

56.73

Singapore

41.87 100.00 99.04 97.12

99.52

Thailand

20.20 66.83 40.87 54.81

59.62

Vietnam 9.36 53.37 37.98 54.33

36.54

Singapore and Brunei continued to lead the ASEAN across all indicators except for WGI-Voice and Accountability where Indonesia maintained its edge over the Philippines.

Averaging all the percentile ranks for the indicators, the Philippines remained in 6th place, performing slightly better than the ASEAN average.

The Philippines posted the highest improvement in WGI-Government Effectiveness from 51.9 pctl in 2017 to 55.3 pctl in 2018. The country is also one of only three nations which increased its percentile rank for WGI-Regulatory Quality. Further, the Philippines stayed in the upper 1/3 for WGI-Voice and Accountability.

However, as compared to the rest of the ASEAN, the country posted the biggest decline for WGI-Control of Corruption, dropping almost 6 notches from 39.9 pctl in 2017 to 34.1 in 2018.

2 Thoughts on “Worldwide Governance Indicators 2018 (2019 Update)”

  • To Whom It May Concern,

    I just wanted to check the data from the B. Philippine vs. ASEAN Performance for the Current Year – country Cambodia and Indonesia because I think it did interchange with each other. Because as I’ve seen the data from the WorldBank site, it seems that Indonesia should have the 52.22 percentile rank from Voice and Accountability and not the Cambodia.

    Thanks!

    • Hi! Thank you for your comment. We checked the World Bank data and we’ll reflect the correct figures for Indonesia and Cambodia.

      Again, thank you.

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