The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said the continuous integration of technology and institutionalization of regulatory impact assessments in government processes have helped in improving the ranking of the Philippines in the 2018 Worldwide Governance Indicators.
NEDA chief Ernesto Pernia said that technology and government efforts to streamline and simplify transaction periods and requirements for government services improved its percentile rank in terms of Regulatory Quality (56.73 from 55.77 in 2017).
This exceeded the target of 54.0 percentile rank, laid out in the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022 and indicates gains in improving internal efficiency in the government.
Pernia also emphasized that the “whole-of-government” approach as the key agent in the implementation of streamlining efforts to ensure efficient delivery of public goods and services.
Government effectiveness has achieved a better percentile rank of 55.29 from 51.92 in 2017.
“More than the passage of the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018, it has been the government agencies themselves that made the difference in complying with these measures to make their services efficient,” Pernia said.
On the other hand, other governance indicators posted low percentile rank compared with their performance in 2017.
Voice and Accountability declined further to 47.78 percentile rank versus 48.77 percentile rank in 2017, Control of Corruption dropped to 34.13 percentile rank versus 39.42 percentile rank in 2017, and Rule of Law fell to 34.13 percentile rank versus 37.02 percentile rank in 2017.
Pernia said that the government will work closely with different sectors to address these issues and to keep up with the other ASEAN countries.
“The government will address shortcomings in other governance indicators by expanding inter-agency initiatives and engaging citizens to reduce corruption. Strengthening local development councils would ensure participation of civil society organizations and addressing fragmentation in the justice system would also ensure swift and fair administration of justice,” he added. — Edu Lopez