Senate, House, and Customs rate poorly in anti-corruption survey

The Senate, the House of Representatives, the Land Transportation Office and the Bureau of Customs are the least sincere in fighting corruption, according to the latest survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS). In its 2013 Enterprise Survey on Corruption, the 4 government agencies suffered the biggest downgrades in their sincerity ratings in fighting corruption between 2012 and 2013. The study, which surveyed executives of 951 enterprises across the country, showed that the Senate suffered the biggest downgrade, from +36 or good, to -8 or neutral. The House of Representatives also went from -6 or neutral to -28 or poor, while the LTO went from -26 or poor in 2012, to -32 or bad in 2013. The Customs bureau remained the worst perceived agency in the fight against corruption. Guillermo M, Luz, Co-Chairman of the National Competitiveness Council, said the data should be used by these agencies to help institute reforms. “The Senate, House and Customs need a lot of soul searching,” he said on Tuesday, February 3, at the NCC-sponsored dialogue with businessmen.

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