To help the poor cope up with the increasing prices of food products particularly rice, the Arroyo Administration, through the National Food Authority (NFA), has instituted the selling of the P18.25 and P25 rice per kilo. But is the government really helping the poor or is it just worsening poverty? Angela is a first year … Continue reading The Economics of GMA’s Cheap Rice Distribution Program
The P.A.P. (Politics, Arts and Philosophy) Blog has an interesting post on poverty. Filipspagnoli, the author, discusses its types, the ways of measurement, and causes. In brief, the author said that the three types are: Type A or the insufficiency to meet the basic needs, Type B or relative poverty, and Type C or that … Continue reading Insights on poverty from the PAP Blog
Bulan Observer, another site managed by Bikolanos from Sorsogon, has an interesting post about poverty. The author, Atty. Benji provokes his readers by asking as to who should be blamed for the poverty in the Philippines. In the process, he said, the culprit is corruption in the government and the government officials in general. A … Continue reading Poverty: Which caused what?
Poverty may be relative. As I told my colleague sometime ago, the Bicol Region may be economically depressed. Infrastructure-wise, it may remain uncomparable to Metro Manila, or least Cebu, or Davao. But if you consider the satisfaction of the Bicolanos with their way of life, the Metro Manilans may even be far below. In several … Continue reading The Poverty in the Bicol Region 3
Last Wednesday, the National Statistics Coordination Board (NSCB) released the official poverty statistics. One of the highlights is the increase of poverty incidence in the country to 26.9% for families in 2006 compared to 24.4% in 2003. Gustong sabihon, maski gurano kagayon kan mga uru-istorya ni Presidente Gloria Arroyo manungod sa ekonomiya, dai pa man … Continue reading The Poverty in the Bicol Region 2
A colleague asked: The Bicol Region is rich in natural as well as human resources. How come it still remains poor? I immediately remember the stories about Japan after World War II. It was so poor and so war torn, how come the Land of the Rising Sun still became rich? I was tongue-tied at … Continue reading The Poverty in the Bicol Region