Gov’t hits ‘skewed’ competitiveness survey

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines could have registered a higher rank in this year’s World Competitiveness Yearbook (WCY) if the survey respondents had been more representative of the country’s business population, according to a senior government official.

In an interview on the sidelines of yesterday’s State of Philippine Competitiveness National Conference, Philippine Economic Zone Authority Director General Lilia de Lima said interviews should have been conducted in more areas in the country, and not just in Metro Manila.

“They only interviewed respondents from one city out of a possible 135. They should have interviewed more because it’s not representative of the population,” she said.

The WCY ranks country performance using four competitive factors: economic performance, government efficiency, business efficiency and infrastructure.

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