2012 Global Peace Index cites Philippines among five most improved countries

June 13, 2012 9:42 pm 

MANILA, June 15 — The 2012 Global Peace Index citing the Philippines as among the five most improved countries is proof of the Aquino administration's continuing commitment towards improving peace and promoting amity in the country, a Palace official said on Wednesday.

Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda issued the statement following the release of the 2012 Global Peace Index (GPI), an annual report on the state of peace in the world by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP).

Rising two notches to rank 133rd this year from 135th in 2011, the organization said that the Philippines "showed a robust rise across a number of indicators."

"The report noted that these gains stem from improvements in four indicators: the homicide rate, the number of deaths from internal conflict, the likelihood of violent demonstrations, and the incidence of terrorist acts," Lacierda said.

The 2012 Global Peace Index affirms the report of the Philippine National Police showing the 24% decrease in crime volume in 2011 compared to 2010, according to Lacierda.

The PNP has also noted a further decline in the total crime rate by 16.77% in the first quarter of 2012 compared to the same quarter last year.

Aside from the Philippines, also in the list of top five countries that registered "improvements in peacefulness" in the 2012 Global Peace Index are Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Bhutan and Guyana.

"This is international recognition of our collective effort to address the safety and security of our people," Lacierda said. (PNA) DCT/PCOO/ssc

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