Bribery not a typical Pinoy practice, says NSO study

Bribery is not a typical Pinoy practice, a study says.

According to a National Statistics Office survey conducted in 2010 but results of which were released only Wednesday, it found that only 10 percent of Filipinos paid bribes when dealing with government offices.

The Office of the Ombudsman commissioned the survey to measure corruption "in terms of actual experience as opposed to mere perceptions or public opinions usually reported by local and international survey groups." The NSO's figure is lower than the 16 percent bribe incidence reported by Transparency International in 2010.

The office said the low incidence of bribery may be because of "reduced red tape in government agencies, improved service delivery and customer satisfaction, or non-tolerance of corruption by the transacting public."

The same survey found that three of every four people who paid bribes did so without being asked.

"This means that most of the bribery incidence in government agencies occurred at the instance of the giver and not of government officials," the Office of the Ombudsman said.

The same survey found that people from Southern Luzon are the least likely to bribe government employees while respondents from Metro Manila were the least likely to volunteer to pay grease money.

The survey questions on corruption were attached to the Annual Poverty Indicators survey conducted by the NSO in 2010 and involved 26,000 respondents.

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