Philippines Among Most Generous Countries


The Philippines is the 17th most generous country among 146 countries in the World Giving Index (WGI) 2012 of the United Kingdom (UK)-based Charities Aid Foundation (CAF). The Philippines shared the ranking with Finland, which also had a score of 45%.

The WGI, the largest global study into charitable behavior, ranked countries based on three "giving behaviors" – donating money to a charity, volunteering time for an organization, and helping strangers. Respondents were asked which of the following three charitable acts they had undertaken in the past month: Donated money to an organization? Volunteered time to an organization? Helped a stranger, or someone they didn't know who needed help?

Australia was ranked the most generous country with a score of 60 percent, followed by Ireland, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States in the top five most generous, all ranking high in terms of donating money.

Filipinos ranked fifth overall in terms of volunteering, with a score of 44 percent. Citing the Philippines, CAF said "volunteerism is particularly commonplace there, with more people volunteering (44%) than in other country in Southeast Asia. As for helping strangers, Filipinos got a score of 58 percent."

We congratulate the Republic of the Philippines government, headed by H.E., President Benigno S. Aquino III and Vice President Jejomar C. Binay, in their programs of action that are putting the Philippines in the world map. CONGRATULATIONS AND MABUHAY!

(Article quoted from and appeared in the editorial page of Manila Bulletin on 8 January 2012)