MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines ranked 42nd among 132 countries as a "strong performer" in environmental policies, outranking Australia, United States, Singapore, and Bulgaria, in the latest biennial Environmental Performance Index (EPI) conducted by Yale and Columbia Universities in the US.
"We are pleased that the international community has recognized our efforts on environmental protection and management," Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon Paje said.
"We would like to share this achievement with all the sectors and stakeholders, including other agencies of the government, who have collaborated with us in our programs, particularly in cleaning the air and water, forest protection, national greening program, biodiversity conservation, and other environmental protection initiatives," he added.
Based on the study, the Philippines jumped eight places, from its 50th rank in 2010.
It retained its ranking of eighth in the Asia-Pacific region, higher than South Korea, Australia, and Singapore which ranked ninth, 10th and 11th.
For 2012, the EPI ranked 132 countries on 22 performance indicators across 10 policy categories under two policy objectives--Environmental Health and Ecosystem Vitality. …