The Philippines has gained three notches on Henly Passport Index 2018 as it has secured visa-free access to 63 countries.
In its latest index, the global ranking body showed the Philippines now holds the 72nd most powerful passport in the world, higher compared to its 75th place in 2017.
This recognition was driven by the strengthened ties of the country with 63 countries, allowing Filipinos to travel visa-free.
The Malacanang also vowed the government will remain steadfast to its vision of securing more visa-free access for its citizens.
“We are assuring everyone that our people at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) will continue to work towards securing visa-free access of Filipinos to more countries,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said.
The report released on January 9 was based on data from the International Air Transport Association, which is composed of 83 percent of the world’s airlines.
Joining the Philippines on the 72nd spot was Indonesia.
Singapore remains to be globally competitive as it ranked second place in the index, recording visa-free access to 176 nations.
Moreover, Germany topped the place, securing visa-free access to 177 countries, while Afghanistan was at the bottom of the report for two consecutive years with only 24 countries visa-free access.