hunger proves poverty
Posted by Paurong sa Huwebes, Nobyembre 2, 2006
The recent survey of the Social Weather Station (SWS) indicated that 16.9 percent of some 17.4 million households (each having about 5 members) were hungry at least once over the past three months.
SWS said in a statement that the results of the survey showed that while some families managed to cross the borderline of poverty, other families began to suffer the deep deprivation of hunger.
So, what’s the real problem behind this? Is this the result of the purported economic growth being flaunted by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo or is it the real image the whole country, including the countries having affairs with us, ought to apperceive?
As we can see, the Philippine peso has been continually jabbing throughout its fight against the dollar value. The highest level of peso in four years hit the financial markets at 49.73 to the US dollar due to hefty remittances from OFWs. President Arroyo at a press briefing in Hong Kong yesterday said that she expects the peso to continue to rise.
More so, the Philippines has been connected to more of its trade partners like Japan considering the controversial Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA). With these and more, we can accept unstintingly that our country is moving faster. But then how can we say that our country is starting to gain more conventionality if its populace is getting hungrier?
“The poverty rate is down, the per capita income is at an all-time high and we are on track for a balanced budget,” the president said during the 3rd Asean-China Expo held on Nanning, China last Tuesday, October 31.
The Philippines is a Third World country–its the truth all of us should accede. If the Filipinos are going to let our government rule over us and let their power be recognized abundantly, we can be rest assured that as we continue to progress, each one of us will benefit on the triumph of national improvement.