New Zealand has made it again to the Top 10 Most Peaceful Countries according to the Global Peace Index (GPI) report by Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP). GPI ranks 163 independent states and territories according to their level of peacefulness using indicators such as violent crime, terrorism, militarisation, safety & security, to name a few.
In contrast, our beloved Philippines is in the bottom 25 of the list among other countries like Mexico, India, Venezuela, and Turkey. Aside from North Korea, she is at the bottom in Asia Pacific region, and also the least peaceful among South East Asia. 🙁
Apparently, as far as the PH is concerned, this is really the case. Just turn on your TV and listen to daily news. In the Philippines, a big chunk of airtime is spent covering violence, crime and terrorism. Whereas, NZ news spend lots of airtime covering international, business and sports news. And sometimes to make up for excess airtime, some kind of stories are being aired which in my opinion would not make it in a PH news setup. Not saying that New Zealand is perfect, it has its own problems too, but comparison of peacefulness is a no-brainer.
We really hope that our new President-elect can do what he claims he can do and next year’s report will show an improved ranking for the PH.
Global Peace Index Map – Source: www.visionofhumanity.org