Palace: Aquino administration to sustain good governance measures amid encouraging feedback from traders

January 20, 2014 10:23 am 

MANILA, Jan. 19 — Malacañang on Sunday vowed to maintain its policy of good governance, after a recent Social Weather Stations survey showed the reforms the Aquino administration put in place were taking effect.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr. said good governance is one of the five pillars of the Philippine Development Plan.

"Buo ang paninindigan ng gobyerno at ng lahat ng ahensya nito na maipagpatuloy ang mga nasimulang reporma upang higit pang mapahusay ang paglilingkod sa mamamayan at magawang pang-matagalang pamantayan ng serbisyo publiko ang mabuting pamamahala (The government and its agencies are committed to continue the reforms they started to improve service to our people and to make good governance long-term)," he said on state-run dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.

He cited the results of the 2013 SWS survey of 951 enterprises in key cities, where he said government efforts to fight corruption were starting to show results.

In the survey, he said the number of traders who said they were asked to pay bribes or fees continued to go down, from 60 and 50 percent in 2009 at 2012 respectively to 44 percent in 2013.

He also said that while there was an increase in the number of traders who claimed seeing "a lot" of corruption in the public sector in 2013, the 56 percent is the second lowest since 2000.

Also, Coloma said confidence of traders in government remains high, with more traders saying the national government is promoting a good business climate compared to 2012.

He added business expectations for the next two years are excellent/good, reaching a record-high 76 percent in 2013 compared to 74 percent in 2012. (PNA)

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