Many Filipinos still give 'bribes' for gov't transactions - NSO

Posted at 02/17/13 4:15 PM

MANILA - Four in every ten Filipino families had at least one member who purposely went to a government official or personnel to hasten the processing of a government paper or transaction, the National Statistics Office (NSO) said.

In a statement issued Friday, NSO also said that of the 41.3% surveyed who personally saw a government employee for a favor, around 9% gave “pampadulas” in the form of money or gift to facilitate the transaction.

The survey is based on the 2010 Annual Poverty Indicators Survey (APIS), which was conducted in August 2010. The APIS is a nationwide survey covering around 26,000 sample households. The survey is designed to provide non-income indicators related to poverty, and provides data on the socio-economic profile of families and other information that are related to their living conditions.

The same survey showed that 75% of these families in question gave the money or gift or favor “voluntarily.”

This means that the other 25% were asked by the government employee to give the “pampadulas”. Of this number, less than one percent reported the incident to anyone in authority.

“The survey revealed that 10 percent of non-poor families give money, gift or favor in order to facilitate their transactions with a government office, compared to 7 percent of poor families,” NSO said.

Meanwhile, 32% of the poor families surveyed gave the gift, favor or money involuntarily. This, against 24% among the non-poor families.

Among the regions, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) had the highest incidence of giving money or gift or favor to facilitate their transactions with a government office at 41.6% of families, followed by SOCCSKSARGEN (27%), and Central Luzon (15.6%).

The National Capital Region registered at 13.5%.

In a text message, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte encouraged the public “not to give in to these demands and to report these cases to the head of agency or to the Office of the Ombudsman so that these erring officials will be dealt with accordingly."

She added: “Receiving favors or gifts in exchange for doing their duty is a clear violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act. While these cases may still exist at the lower levels, it does not mean that they are tolerated by government.”