Hunger proves poverty.
Posted by Paurong sa Miyerkules, Marso 7, 2007
A very simple yet intrinsic question blasted on my mind as I was pondering about the upcoming May election: Could poverty be solved now?
Everytime I see hungry people on the streets, under bridges, or even at their own homes, I can’t help but to be sad about the turmoil that despite of the nation’s gradual rise, there are still Filipinos who can’t afford to eat thrice a day.
The November 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 six years hit the financial markets at 48 point something to the US dollar due to hefty remittances from OFWs. President Arroyo at a press briefing 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.
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.
The election to come may be our new hope. There can be changes. There can be sudden improvements. All we have to do is to trust the trustworthy. Please vote wisely.