MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines was cited among the five most improved countries in 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 IEP said that the Philippines "showed a robust rise across a number of indicators."
The report noted that the 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.
This affirms the 24 percent decrease in crime volume in 2011 compared to 2010, according to a report from the Philippine National Police (PNP).
The PNP has also noted a further decline in the total crime rate by 16.77 percent in the first quarter of 2012 compared to the same quarter last year.
This is international recognition of our collective effort to address the safety and security of our people. Gains in the rank of the Philippines are indicative of our continuing commitment towards improving peace and promoting amity in our country.
IEP is a global non-profit research organization headquartered in Sydney, Australia with a branch in New York. It was established to conduct research on the intersections between business, peace and economic development; to publicize its research findings widely; and to disseminate educational materials based on its work; creating the paradigm that peace is a pre-requisite for the survival of humanity.