PH ranks 106th in latest UN Human Development Index

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 10) — The Philippines has a high human development rank based on the latest United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) report.

The Philippines placed 106th out of the 189 countries and territories in the 2019 Human Development Report, with a human development index (HDI) value of 0.712. This placed the country at the tail end of countries with high human development group.

"The HDI is a summary measure for assessing long-term progress in three basic dimensions of human development: a long and healthy life, access to knowledge and a decent standard of living," the UNDP defined in its country report.

UNDP data showed that the country's HDI has been steadily increasing since the first survey was conducted in 1990.

"Between 1990 and 2018, Philippines’ life expectancy at birth increased by 4.7 years, mean years of schooling increased by 2.8 years and expected years of schooling increased by 1.9 years. Philippines’ gross national income (GNI) per capita increased by about 140.6% between 1990 and 2018," the study read.

However, when the inequality in sectors of life expectancy, education and income is factored in, the Philippines' inequality-adjusted HDI drops to 0.582 points, an 18.2% loss from the original 0.712.