PH taking steps to curb corruption: Palace

By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 16 2014 04:35 PM | Updated as of Jan 17 2014 12:35 AM

MANILA - Malacañang on Thursday said it continues to take steps against corruption even as perception of corruption in government grew, according to a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey conducted among business executives.

Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma said the growth in the perception is "balanced" by the impression that the government's anti-corruption measures are "somewhat" or "very effective." The percentage of respondents who believe so, however, also dropped.

"According to the same survey, those saying that the administration’s steps in eradicating corruption are 'somewhat/very effective' fell slightly to 73 percent in 2013 from 78 percent a year ago. Hence, it is evident that the perception on seeing a lot of corruption is balanced by the perception that the government is taking steps to eradicate corruption," he said

Coloma also cited a number of international studies crediting the Philippines for an improvement in its fight against corruption.

The 2013 SWS Survey of Enterprises on Corruption showed 56 percent of business executives saying they saw a lot of corruption in the public sector, up from a record-low 43 percent in 2012.

Forty-two percent say most/almost all companies in their own sector of business gave bribes to win government contracts, almost the same as the 41 percent in 2012.

The number of businessmen who believed that President Benigno Aquino III's anti-corruption efforts were "somewhat effective" fell slightly to 73 percent in 2013, from 78 percent in 2012.

The survey was conducted from July 31 to Nov. 29 last year, using face-to-face interviews of executives of 951 enterprises in the National Capital Region, Metro Angeles, Cavite-Laguna-Batangas, Metro Iloilo, Metro Cebu, Metro Davao, and Cagayan de Oro-Iligan. With the Philippine Star