The Stratbase ADR Institute has published its Occasional Paper for the month of August, entitled “The Philippines Under Duterte: A Term-End Performance Evaluation Based on International Governance Indicators,” authored by Mr. Edwin P. Santiago of De La Salle University Manila.
This paper objectively evaluates the six years of the Duterte administration. In explaining whether the administration was a success or a failure, it uses the very same indicators of good governance listed by the National Economic Development Authority, namely: (1) The Worldwide Governance Indicators, (2) Ease of Doing Business, (3) Global Competitiveness Index, (4) Economic Freedom Index, (5) Corruption Perception Index, (6) Rule of Law Index, and (7) Open Budget Index.
Structured along the lines of the 7 indicators, the evaluation showed that while the Duterte administration improved in more than 10 indicators, its performance worsened with respect to more than 30 indicators of good governance.
The impartial evaluation of the Duterte administration’s performance presented by the paper is forward-looking so that we would all benefit and learn from governance failures and successes.