Philippines ranks last in Global Finance’s World Safest Countries 2021

According to an international business magazine, the Philippines is last on the list of 134 countries when it comes to safety.

In the summary report of the international business magazine Global Finance, three reasons for declaring a country safe were examined: war and peace; personal security; and natural disaster risk, as as “unique risk factors stemming from COVID-19.”

“Each of these factors was based on 2020 reports that were done in 2021. Therefore, in order to make sure the data is relevant to current experiences, the COVID-19 scores were derived from data as of May 30, 2021,” according to the documentation, who said they also used data from the World Economic Forum and Global Institute For Peace.

The Philippines scored 14.8999 points, which is even lower than Bosnia-Herzegovina (14.1361), Nigeria (14.2778), Guatemala (14.5842), and Colombia (14.8461).

Although the ranking of the countries has changed when it comes to COVID-19, it still has not changed the list when it comes to worst-performing countries like the Philippines.

“Countries with serious civil conflict that have high risks from natural disaster such as the Philippines, Nigeria, Yemen, and El Salvador all reported relatively low death tolls from COVID-19, yet performed poorly in terms of overall,” the Global Finance explained.

Philippines ranks last in Global Finance’s World Safest Countries 2021

According to the United Nations, the Philippines is the fourth country most hit by disasters in 20 years.

Iceland topped the list of “safest countries” with 3.9724 points, followed by the United Arab Emirates (4.2043) and Qatar (4.5609).

Global Finance did not include Bhutan, Belarus, Sudan, Kosovo, and Somalia in the report, as their data was allegedly missing.

The paper also revealed that there might be insufficient reports and data in some countries, such as the number of COVID-19 casualties released by each government itself.

“These rankings and scores should be taken with a grain of salt compared to previous editions. While the fundamental factors rely on concise reports produced by NGOs and international organizations, the Covid-19 death tolls and the vaccination rates are largely based on self-reporting by governments,” said Global Finance.

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