2018Governance Indicator

Corruption Perceptions Index

Indicator Overview

The CPI scores and ranks countries/territories based on how corrupt a country’s public sector is perceived to be by experts and business executives. It is a composite index, a combination of 13 surveys and assessments of corruption, collected by a variety of reputable institutions. The CPI is the most widely used indicator of corruption worldwide.

This indicator is committed as part of Chapter 5’s Results Matrix in determining whether corruption has been reduced.

Philippine Performance for the Past Five Years

Year* No. of Countries Indicator
Overall ranking Overall score
2013 177 94 36
2014 175 85 38
2015 167 95 35
2016 176 101 35
2017 180 111 34

* Aside from the overall ranking, all are reflected as scores. The closer to 100, the better.

The country ranked 111th out of 180 countries in the 2017 CPI. This translates to a percentile rank of 38.33, falling short of the 2017 PDP-RM target of 44.00 pctl. The rank is a decrease from last year’s figures at 42.61 pctl rank. The latest figure also shows the declining performance of the country in this index since 2015. The decline is attributed by Transparency International to fewer press freedoms and a higher number of journalist deaths. The organization even cites the Philippines as one of the “worst regional offenders” in Asia Pacific.

NEDA is confident that the government can hurdle the current issues through full implementation of programs and projects that empower citizens as well as reduce corruption. TI’s recommendations are in fact espoused in the PDP such as the implementation of the country’s commitments to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption, passage of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Bill, promotion of participatory governance initiatives and institutionalization of citizen’s participation in planning.

Philippine vs. ASEAN Performance (Current vs. Past Year)

Country* 2017

Overall Ranking


Percentile Rank**


Percentile Rank


(2017 vs. 2016)

Brunei 32 82.22 76.7 +5.52
Cambodia 161 10.56 11.37 -0.81
Indonesia 96 46.67 48.86 -2.19
Lao PDR 135 25 30.11 -5.11
Malaysia 62 65.56 68.75 -3.22
Myanmar 130 27.78 22.73 +5.05
Philippines 111 38.33 42.61 -4.28
Singapore 6 96.67 96.03 +0.64
Thailand 96 46.67 42.61 +4.06
Vietnam 107 40.56 35.8 +4.76

* 180 countries were measured.

** The closer to 100, the better the score.

Comparing the country’s latest performance with our ASEAN neighbors, the Philippines ranked seventh out of the ten member nations, ahead of Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia. In 2016, the country was able to land fifth (42.61 pctl), at par with Thailand (42.61 pctl), and ahead of Vietnam (35.80 pctl).

Further Information

Frequency of update: Yearly

Publication of update: 21 February 2018

Period of study: Past 12 months

Link to the main site: https://www.transparency.org/research/cpi

Historical data: https://www.transparency.org/research/cpi/overview