Posted by: Mer Pints | August 10, 2009

Poor, Poorer, Poorest (The Measure of President Arroyo’s Anti-poverty Program)

While there is no doubt many Filipinos are appreciative to be called one among  the 14th  happiest countries of the world they are not happy also with poor “life satisfaction rating.” Honestly speaking I am not happy too with this report; for how thruthful is it for millions of hungry Filipinos to be happy when everyday they feel the pain of an empty grinding stomach. Perhaps one must have said he is while hallucinating.  Remember hunger can also induce one to hallucinate.

Latest survey conducted by the Social Weather Station revealed that  3.7 million Filipino families have been affected by involuntary hunger for the past three months. Also reported that severe hunger rose by 3 points in Mindanao from 2% in February to 4.7 percent in June. Surprisingly incident of severe hunger also rose in Metro-Manila from 5.0% to 7.0%.

But in terms of the overall incidence of hunger, it is “again highest in Mindanao as it rose sharply by 18 points from 11.7 percent (estimated 490,000 families) in February to 30.0 percent (estimated 1.3 million families) in June. ” Similarly the overall index of hunger rose by 5 points in Metro Manila from 17.3% (or estimated 430,000 families) to 22.3% (or estimated 550,000 families). Visayas increased also by 1 point from 19.7 percent (with estimated number of  730,ooo familes) to 21.0 percent (or  with estimated 775,000 families).

So, what do these data tell us? Apparently, and it can’t be  negated, that  majority of the Filipinos remain to be poor. In fact they are not only poor but perhaps among the poorest and hungriest people in the world. Despite the poverty alleviation program of the Arroyo’s 9 years a administration, incidences of poverty and hunger remain high as shown in the surveys.

And who shall be, or what could be, pointed out as the culprit in the upsurge of poverty  problems? Is it the poor themselves for choosing to be such; or the government for its inability to arrest these problems through more viable economic and social development programs; and, or the rapid population growth in the Philippines which makes every effort of the government to improve the flight of the poor impossible due to scarcity of resources?

It is ironic that the Philippines being rich with natural resources has its population going poor and hungry. Political analysts say it’s poor governmental management. It’s poor determination of priorities for socio-economic development programs and projects. There’s so much wastes in the use of government resources But critics of the government  have a harder view of the issue; poverty and hunger in the Philippines is summed up into one particular problem -graft and corruption in the government. Is it? On several occasions international organizations acting as anti-corruption watcdogs have branded the Philippines as one of the most corrupt government in world. Something which the Arroyo administration contested to be untrue; in fact the government has never reneged nor inept in its ant-corruption drive. Is it not conducting a life-style check among the government officials?

The issue of poverty and hunger has resurfaced again when news circulated around that the president and her party had a dinner in a highly prestigious resturant  (Le Cirque) in Manhattan New York. Details of the dinner (according to Mayor Binay of Makati citing on-line report) “11 bottles of Krug champagne priced at $510 per bottle;  Osetra caviar ($1,400 for five ounces), a “Chef’s Tasting Menu” or wine paired with a dish for $4,500 for 25 orders, and a “three-course Chef’s Seasonal Menu worth $1,450 for 25 orders.” The president and her party were billed 20,000 dollars for the said dinner. Malacanang however said that it was just a simple dinner and claimed no taxpayer’s money was spent.

An aftermath of said report was followed with criticisms from various sectors. In fact the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism is asking can President Arroyo explain her wealth? Her declared wealth of  P66.8 million in 2001 increased to  P143.54 million in 2008 or a growth rate of (P76.74 million) 114 percent.

But setting aside all these reports which may undermine the credibility of the Arroyo’s administration, it still matters (worth knowing)  to meaure  how effective has president’ Gloria Macapagal Arroyo been in dealing with  hunger and poverty in the country. Can someone say it by heart  high, higher, highest? Or simply (and I’m afraid) others would be truthful to  say it from “Poor to the Poorest.”


Responses

  1. For 8 years in power that is expected. What saddened me only, she did little to curve poverty incidence and the number of hungry Filipinos.

    And come to think she and her party can afford 20K dollars just for a dinner in a class restaurant.

  2. Insensitiveness is the exact word that can best describe gloria and her ass lickers.

    There’s nothing we can expect from these selfish beasts. They, who only bought their respective existence in the government have nothing to offer but lies and promises. After all, why should they care when they already had paid those who voted for them during campaign?

    What a shame!

  3. Aah! I can rate gloria’s performance from Foor to Foorer to Foorest.

    Fasensiya na kayo. Vavagong vunot ang aking ngifen.

  4. Nakakahiya talaga!

    Lumalabas na itinaon pa yata nang mga tinamaan ng magaling ang pagdiriwang nila sa kamatayan ni President Cory Aquino.

    Mali ang timing, maiaalis ba sa mga tao ang magkaroon ng ganitong pananaw.

    Mahirap yatang paniwalaan ang ano mang paliwanag dito ng sec. Remonde. Simple dinner lang and no tax payers money was spent. Hehe

  5. Ang nagagawa nga naman ng kapangyarihan. Kahit naghihirap ang mga kababayan mo ay may gana ka pang magpasarap. Imagine ang daming mapapakain na mahihirap iyang 20 thousand dollars na ginastos nina madam Glueria sa isang kainan lang.

    Panay naman ang palusot nito si Remonde, hehe. Sino ba ang maniniwala sa inyo?

  6. Sabi ng lolo ko, masarap daw kumain ng libre.

    Sa dinner ng first couple at mga kasama nila, talaga bang treat lang sa kanila iyong 20 thousand dollars na kinain nila sa isang French restaurant in New York?

  7. Kung sabagay ano pa ba ang magagawa natin, nakain na nila.

    Pero gaya nang sinabi ni Senator Santiago, magpakatotoo na lang sila. Aminin.

  8. Mer ikumosta mo na lang ako kay Eggplant sa ET. Doon ka na rin palang tumatambay habang ginigiba ang CD at iniiyakan ni artsee, hehehe.

  9. Hindi pa ako nakakapasyal sa bagong bahay ni Kuya Cocoy. Pero susunod ako later.

    Siya nga pala may bago akong article ngayon baka gusto po ninyong basahin.

    Paki clik lang ang pangalan ko at nasa Klinika Bobonyo na kaagad kayo.

    Salamat po.

  10. Hi dok, mukhang yumaman itong presidente natin ng higit pa sa 100%. Nagbenta pala siya ng 29 hectars lot sa halagang hindi 47 million pesos more or less. Binili niya ng mura, ibenenta nila ng pagkataas-taas na presyo. But this is mind provoking, nagpagawa pa siya ng kalsada worth 45 million just to reach the place nang hindi pa daw niya naibebenta ang lote.
    Kung ano man ang balitang ito, tiyak na hindi na naman maganda ang sasabihin ng tao dito.

  11. Mer,
    Naayos ko na ang tulay natin.May connection na doon sa bagong bahay.

  12. Salamat po

  13. Colegialagirl,

    Marami ka ng mga bagong kaibigan at mga fans doon.Natutuwa ang mga bagong members ng CD sa mga kuwento mo.Nadadagdagan ang mga bisita natin araw-araw doon.

    Salamat sa pag-entertainment mo sa kanila,ta binabalik-balikan ang kuwento mo.Hindi pa nila alam kung papano tumulay dito sa iyo.Kailangan turuan ko muna sila kung nasaan ang switch ng garage opener.

  14. Salamat po uli tito.

  15. Mer magtatayo ako ngayon ng outpost ng Barangay Tanod sa bagong bahay ni Pareng Cocoy.

  16. May nabasa ako na noong time ni Diosdado Macapagal, nagtatag sya ng Emergency Employment Administration para magkatrabaho ang walang trabaho. Isang naging isyu ay pagconstruct ng tulay kahit walang ilog. Noong mayroon ng tulay, saka naghukay para gawing ilog. Dumami nga naman ang jobs.

  17. Sa panahon ngayon ni glorya macapagarapal, nagkaroon sya ng idea na tularan ang ginawa ng kanyang erpat. Advance thinking, ika nga dahil dalubhasa syang ekonomista. Bumili ng lote sa Bulacan sa halagang P1.2 milyon. Tapos, para raw magkaroon ng trabaho ang mga tao, naglagay ng infrastructure na may budget na P45 milyon pero ito’y sa paligid ng kanyang nabiling properties. Nadeveloped ang area, tumaas ang halaga ng lote. Kaya lang, lote nya at naibenta ng ibayong halaga. Tubong lugaw at tubong noodles ang suma total. Magaling talaga si glorya.

  18. Iyan ang presidente, marunong dumiskarte. Magaling talaga. Magaling mambula. Magaling sa magic, lahat na yata ay alam na. Kaso inaabangan na siya ng brigada ni Stanislaw sa Hell hehehe.

    Tito Joe,

    Iyong EEA daw ay eat-eat all away, haha.

  19. great blogs, when you have time. Drop by http://www.philippinebeat.com for news talk.


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