It would appear that Filipinos have taken to heart the words of that classic Christmas carol that goes, “at magmula ngayon, kahit hindi pasko ay magbigayan.”
According to the World Giving Index 2012 by British organization Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), the Philippines is the 17th most generous country out of 146 countries included in the study, with a world giving index score of 45 percent.
The World Giving Index ranked countries based on three "giving behaviors:" donating money to a charity, volunteering time for an organization, and helping strangers.
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The Philippines shared the ranking with Finland, who also had a score of 45 percent.
Meanwhile, Australia was ranked the most generous country with a score of 60 percent.
Ireland, Canada, New Zealand and the United States rounded out the top five most generous, all ranking high in terms of donating money.
Filipinos, meanwhile, got a relatively low score of only 32 percent when it came to money donations, but ranked fifth overall in terms of volunteering, with a score of 44 percent.
This score is the highest of any other country in Southeast Asia.
As for helping strangers, Filipinos got a score of 58 percent.
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The CAF report said that the country's world giving score has exceeded its five-year average.
However, it also said that there was a general decline in charitable acts in recent years, noting a decrease in participation in all three giving behaviors all over the world.
"According to our report, hundreds of millions fewer people have helped others than was the case last year," said CAF Chief Executive John Low in the report's foreword.
"This has inevitably resulted in a dramatic reduction in charitable support for millions of vulnerable people the world over," he added.
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The World Giving Index 2012 was compiled using data collected throughout 2011 and surveyed over 155,000 people.
Countries featured in the World Giving Index in previous years that were not surveyed in 2011 do not feature in the 2012 Index.
Fieldwork was conducted by the market research firm, Gallup. This is the third edition of the World Giving Index. — DVM, GMA News
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