Corruption may be a buzz word for most Pinoys, but apparently not all private citizens can say their conscience is clear when it comes to giving "lagay."
Almost one in every 10 families (9 percent) that had dealings with government employees admit slipping something under the table in the hope of speeding up processes, National Statistic Office data showed.
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The report is based on the 2010 Annual Poverty Indicators Survey of 26,000 sample households, even if data on "lagay" only considered the 41.3 of families with at least one member who transacted with government offices.
This, despite the Philippines being deemed "less corrupt" based on its jump in rankings in Transparency International's latest Corruption Perception Index.
Among the findings highlighted in the NSO report is how most of those who admitted giving "lagay" said they offered the money or the gift.
"The survey revealed that 75 percent of families with at least one member who gave money or gift or favor to facilitate securing or availing of a service from a government office voluntarily gave the money or gift or favor," the NSO said in its website.
"The other 25 percent were asked to give it," it added.
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In addition, only one percent among those who have been asked for "lagay" said they reported the incident to authorities.
Giving "lagay" is slightly more widely practiced by more non-poor families--defined as those belonging to the upper 70 percent of the per capita income stratum.
Those who said they pay "lagay" comprised 10 percent of the non-poor families that had dealings with government, although poor families were not far behind at 7 percent.
"Among poor families who gave money, gift, or favor to facilitate their transaction with a government office, about 32 percent did so involuntarily," NSO said.
For the non-poor families, this figure drops to 24 percent.
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The Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao posted the highest incidence of "lagay" among the regions with 42 percent of families saying they did it.
This was followed by SOCCSKSARGEN (27 percent) and Central Luzon (16 percent).
Bicol Region meanwhile had the lowest number of families who admitted giving "lagay" at 1.7 percent.
It was followed by the Cordillera Autonomous Region (2.9 percent) as well as MIMAROPA and the Caraga Administrative Region, both at 3.4 percent.