The latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey of Enterprises on Corruption showing that the fight against corruption has radically progressed from 2009 is an indication that the business sector recognizes the results of the Aquino administration’s relentless drive against corruption.
Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail F. Valte issued the statement on Tuesday following the release of the preliminary report of the 2012 SWS Survey of Enterprises on Corruption.
"Based on interviews of 826 company executives representing large, medium and small enterprises, 71% see less public sector corruption now compared to the previous administration," Valte said citing the SWS survey conducted from July 16 to September 14.
"Of all the government institutions rated for sincerity in fighting corruption this year, the Office of the President shot up the most, from -37 in 2009 to +81 this year, an improvement of +118," she noted.
The 2012 SWS Survey of Enterprises is the tenth in a series since 2000, the last survey being in 2009. The 2012 round has the largest sample size (target 950 companies) and broadest area coverage (National Capital Region, Cavite-Laguna-Batangas, Metro Cebu, Metro Davao, Cagayan de Oro-Iligan, and, for the first time, Metro Angeles and Metro Iloilo) of all ten rounds, according to the SWS in a statement.
"Indeed, the President leads by example and the Filipino people see in his leadership the embodiment of positive change and honest public service. This is indicative of the overwhelming trust, confidence, and support in the President as he undertakes anti-corruption initiatives. In the eyes of the business community, good governance is good economics," Valte said.
"The mandate of reform is one of hope, change, and the belief that corruption is at the root of our country’s social ills," Valte said.
Valte said the results of this survey affirm the Aquino administration’s commitment to pursuing the straight and righteous path throughout the public sector – from Malacañang to Barangay Halls that serve our people.
The 2012 Survey of Enterprises on Corruption was supported by the Australian Agency for International Development through The Asia Foundation. The survey was done in partnership with the Makati Business Club’s Integrity Initiative program and the National Competitive Council.