PH up in Global Peace Index 2019 but remains 'least peaceful' in Southeast Asia

Jauhn Etienne Villaruel, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 12 2019 07:33 PM | Updated as of Jul 12 2019 08:02 PM

MANILA — Despite moving up 3 notches in the Global Peace Index (GPI) this year, the Philippines remains the region's least peaceful country, according to the study released in June.

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Based on the 2019 GPI, the Philippines landed on the 134th place out of 163 countries ranked, up 3 notches from its 137th ranking in 2018.

Ranked with its Asia-Pacific peers, the Philippines was rated the second least peaceful country next only to North Korea. New Zealand was on the top spot.

In Southeast Asia, Singapore was recognized as the most peaceful country while the Philippines was ranked as the least peaceful in the region.

Iceland, meanwhile, was still the most peaceful country in the world, a position it has held since 2008. It was joined at the top of the index by New Zealand, Austria, Portugal, and Denmark.

Bhutan has recorded the largest improvement of any country in the top 20, rising 43 places in the last 12 years.

The GPI, meanwhile, named Afghanistan as the least peaceful country in the world, replacing Syria, which was now the second least peaceful.

The same study found that the Philippines was the country most susceptible to the impact of climate change.

GPI, produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), annually ranks 163 independent states and territories according to their level of peacefulness.