The Philippines has scored better in Transparency International’s 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index compared with last year’s ranking.
In its report published today (Tuesday, January 29), the global watchdog gave the Philippines a score of 36, alongside Albania, Bahrain, Colombia, Tanzania and Thailand. This is up by two points from 2017’s 34.
The improved score has seen the Philippines climbing the global ranking, up from 111th to 99th out of the 180 countries surveyed.
According to the index, Denmark is the least corrupt country in the world with a score of 88. It swapped places with New Zealand, which ranked first in 2017 and second this year.
Finland, Singapore, Sweden and Switzerland tied at 3rd place, each scoring 85.
Germany and the UK shared 11th place, while the USA was ranked at 22 — just one place above the United Arab Emirates and Uruguay.
At the other end of the scale, Somalia, Syria and South Sudan remained at the bottom of the rankings, scoring 10, 13 and 13. North Korea and Yemen were next, each with a score of 14.
The worst performing Southeast Asian nation was Cambodia, which was ranked at 161 with a score of 20.
Regionally, Western Europe achieved the best results, with an average score of 66, while Sub-Saharan Africa performed the worst, with an average of 32.
Since its inception in 1993, Transparency International has been an independent organisation dedicated to combat corruption in the world. Its headquarters are in Berlin, Germany, and it has chapters in more than 100 countries.
The index ranks countries and territories by their perceived levels of corruption in the public sector, according to experts and businesspeople.
Using a scale where zero is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean, the index is based on surveys and assessments of corruption by bodies such as the World Bank, the African Development Bank and the Economist Intelligence Unit.