We have taken note of the published Government Defence Integrity Index 2020 report from Transparency International, that ranked the Philippines in Band C. A cursory look at the report showed that the Philippines has been classified as having "moderate" risk overall, the only ASEAN country together with Singapore to be in the same bracket. Other countries in Band C include Australia, Canada, South Korea and the United States.
We believe that our Defense System of Management, which institutionalizes our judicious use of resources in our acquisitions for the continued improvement of our defense capabilities as well as our consistent upholding of transparency and accountability in all our procurement processes played a great part in achieving our rating by Transparency International.
The level of professionalism of our AFP personnel, which is continuously advancing and driving the organization towards more efficiency and effectiveness in all our operations, also contributed to our rating.
While we have yet to fully review and verify the data as well as the methodology used for the report, especially in some of the items which deserve clarification, we will consider the information and recommendations to improve our mechanisms and processes in our bid to eradicate corruption, especially in the defense and security sector.
Delfin N. Lorenzana
Department of National Defense