MANILA, Philippines - When it comes to selfless acts, Filipinos are among the region and the world's best people.
The Philippines is the second most giving country in Southeast Asia and the 17th among 160 countries worldwide in 2012. This is according to the World Giving Index compiled by the UK-based Charities Aid Foundation based on data gathered by Gallup, Inc., an international research-based performance management consulting firm.
The index is based on an average of three measures of giving behaviour: the percentage of people who donate money to charity, volunteer their time, and help a stranger.
The latest ranking is a big leap for the Philippines. The country only ranked 32nd in 2011 and 50th in 2010 worldwide and fourth in 2011 and fifth in 2010 in Southeast Asia.
In 2012, the Philippines' giving behaviour in terms of volunteering time rose to 44 percent from 41 in 2011 and only 27 in 2010.
Worldwide, the Philippines is fifth in 2012 in terms of volunteering behavior.
"Volunteering is particularly commonplace there, with more people volunteering than in any other country in the region," said the 2012 index report.