PHL ranks 107th in UN human development index, up four places

The Philippines human development index score placed it tied at 107th, up four places from a year earlier but still in the bottom half of the 189 countries studied, according to a report by the United Nations Development Program (UN) issued Friday.

The Philippines had a Human Development Index (HDI) score of 0.718, the UNDP said in its Human Development Report 2020, which carries the title “The Next Frontier: Human Development and the Anthropocene.” The rating scale used in the study has 1 as the top score.

Also tied for 107th place were Indonesia and Bolivia.

A year earlier, the Philippine score was 0.711, good for 111th place.

The HDI measures three key dimensions of human development: life expectancy, expected years of schooling, mean years of schooling, and standard of living, as quantified via per capita gross national income. The estimates for the Philippines were 71.2 years life expectancy, 13.1 years of expected schooling, 9.4 mean years of schooling, and per capita GNI of $9,778.

The UNDP classifies countries with scores of 0.800 as “very high” in terms of human development. Those in the 0.700 to 0.799 rane are deemed “very high;” and those between 0.550-0.699 deemed “medium.” Countries scoring less than 0.550 are classified as having a low level of human development.

The Southeast Asian leader was Singapore, tied for 11th at 0.938. Brunei was 47th at 0.838, followed by Malaysia, tied for 62nd at 0.810, and Thailand, tied for 79th at 0.777. Vietnam was tied for 117th at 0.704.

Norway topped the rankings with a score of 0.957, with Ireland tied for second place at 0.955 with Switzerland. — Beatrice M. Laforga

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