Are we really on the rise?

3rd World… Has this country developed any kind of fondness to such lacklustre title?

“The Philippines has been named as one of the Tiger Cub Economies together with Indonesia, and Thailand. It is currently one of Asia’s fastest growing economies. However, major problems remain, mainly having to do with alleviating the wide income and growth disparities between the country’s different regions and socioeconomic classes, reducing corruption, and investing in the infrastructure necessary to ensure future growth.”

From this, I can say that we are not entitled with the poverty that has infested our nation, but somehow, in the weirdest way, we chose to be like this. History lessons taught us that the great colonizers of the age of discovery (Spain, Portugal, England, France, etc.) DREAMED of colonizing the Philippines. From spices, raw material, geographic location, and agriculture, it’s no joke that this country truly is the Pearl of the East. This country is deemed as one of the richest in terms of natural resources. Why has this majestic land been stripped of its beauty and grandeur? Is it because of the people? Is the Philippines better off without the Filipino people? Let’s see…

The population of the Philippines is estimated at 100,096,496 as of July 1 2014.

Philippines’s population is equivalent to 1.38% of the total world population.

The Philippines ranks number 12 in the list of countries by population.

The population density in the Philippines is 334 people per Km2.

50% of the population is urban (49,643,960 people in 2014).

The median age in the Philippines is 23.2 years.

Staggering info isn’t it? It seems like we have more mouths to feed. But not to worry, our economy is on the rise… Isn’t it?

“”The Philippines is no longer the sick man of East Asia, but the rising tiger,” announced World Bank Country Director Motoo Konishi during the Philippines Development Forum in Davao City last February of 2013.”

But that economic growth only looks good on paper. The slums all around us are as bleak as they always were. “Are we really on the rise?” The economic boom appears to have only benefited a tiny minority of elite families. Meanwhile, most of the citizens are still being engulfed by poverty, malnutrition, and other bad elements that come with a country that is riddled with pests… And I’m not referring to the rodents and insects.

“Meanwhile, overall national poverty statistics remain bleak: 32 percent of children under age five suffer from moderate to severe stunting due to malnutrition, according to UNICEF, and roughly 60 percent of Filipinos diewithout ever having seen a healthcare professional. In 2009, annual reports found that 26.5 percent of Filipinos lived on less than $1 a day — a poverty rate that was roughly the same level as Haiti’s. And a new report from the National Statistical Coordination Board for the first half of 2012 found no statistical improvement in national poverty levels since 2006. Even as construction cranes top Manila skyscrapers and the emerging beach town of El Nido unveils plans for its newest five-star resort, tens of millions of Filipinos continue to live in poverty. And according to Louie Montemar, a political science professor at Manila’s De La Salle University, little is being done to destabilize the Philippines’ oligarchical dominance of the elite.”

The rich are getting richer, while the poor are getting poorer. This is the sad reality that we face today. But this isn’t our fate… not if we choose to. There is still hope, and that little piece of info regarding our economic rise should ignite our desire for change. The government sucks? Then let’s do it ourselves. The problem with Filipinos is that we are huge hypocrites. We question the immoral and scandalous acts of our leaders when we are just as red handed as they are.

“Grabiha nas basura oy, asa naman ang mga garbage trucks intawn. Rama way ayo.”

*Throws plastic pack of chips on the sidewalk.*

We are on the rise, and we have only ourselves to blame. We have to make do with what we have. It seems like a lot of work to do, but hey, nothing worth having comes easy. Poverty will never disappear, unfortunately. But what’s wrong with trying? In the long run, we may discover methods or ways that could greatly benefit the future of our country. Let’s all do our roles as citizens of the country. Always remember that the most important piece of the puzzle is us, the people.


by: GEYROSAGA, Geyanne D.


18 thoughts on “Are we really on the rise?

  1. We have a greater enemy than corruption or a bad economy. That enemy is our ourselves. We, as a people, need to change our ways if we want to see some real progress and change happening in this country. All our problems cannot be blamed entirely on our government. If you wish to find the culprit, one would need only to look at the mirror.

    – Alacrito, Ian


  2. It’s true that poverty will never disappear completely but this shouldn’t stop us from trying. We’re too busy blaming the government for the country’s problems that we forgot that we voted for these people. It’s easy to point fingers but really we only have ourselves to blame. If we want our country to change for the better than we, ourselves, must change for the better.


  3. Poverty has not been foreign to the Philippines but for those who experience this problem it should not hinder us from working hard and achieving one’s goal. It may not be easy and it may not come directly but it gives people hope for the future. All we have to do is learn to strive and sacrifice.
    – Mary Christine Saldon


  4. Work > poverty. Everything that’s happening in our lives begins in ourselves. If we are looking on the possibility that we can change the bad to good, good to better, better to BEST then we should start working for it. It will be achieved if only we work for it. I think laziness is the main problem in here… that’s why instead of depending our fate to the government, we should be the one’s who’ll work for it. It begins with us, it will also end with us.


  5. Poverty will never disappear, but we can lessen it and The Philippine government is just sidetracking this problem and eventually they will blind the public of what is happening in this country and the media will just focus on reports about “ALDUB or Pastillas girl” this is one way of blinding us from the problem by keeping us entertained with crap on tv.


  6. This country is poor because of selfishness. We complain about so many things. All we do is add problems, not solutions. Even some leaders are guilty of this. Everyone needs to do their part in order for the Philippines to really stand on its own.
    – ligutom


  7. Poverty has always been in our country but should we stick to being poor forever? No. I think if we start being more independent and disciplined instead of soley relying everything on our government without even trying on doing our part as a citizen of our country.


  8. Too much poverty in our country is not good for our economy. We should not just depend everything to our government, at least we should help improve ourselves.


  9. The Filipinos often fight worthless fights. Maybe this is because these are the only fights they could possibly win, or maybe they think wrong. Life is a battle no one can avoid. We live it everyday. We might as well make our lives better with all the days we’re given.


  10. Poverty is this country’s number one problem following it is uneducation, overpopulation and corruption. In order to lessen poverty, we should stand and fight for what we hope to bring to this country.
    -Laurence Michael C. Tan


  11. “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” – Leo Tolstoy.
    Most people complain without actually doing anything to make the situation better. Blaming the government won’t alleviate the problems we’re facing. The thing we need to do here is act. We can make a difference.


  12. Changing oneself is one key. Why do we need to change others when we can start for ourselves? We rely on the government too much that we forget to trust ourselves for our future. Change is a difference, so why can’t we change for a change?


  13. We, Filipinos, are good at two things – complaining and blaming. Maybe we should stop saying words that we don’t even apply because if that’s the case then we are being hypocritical. And let us remove first the log in our eyes before we bother the speck on someone’s eye. We don’t want to be eating our own words in the end.
    -Gwynneth Muriel Guarin


  14. We reap what we sow. So let’s us do our part in helping our country be a great country once again. Plant more trees, support organic fruits, vegetables and products. Reuse, reduce and recycle. Our place will be a better place to live in if all will do their part.


  15. Human beings are naturally selfish and cruel. We only lift a hand if something is going to be on top of it once we are done helping someone or if we are going to be affected by it. That’s normal though, at the end of the day its all about “survival of the fittest”. But there are things that must not go unchecked or ignored- there is going to be a time that we must lock hands or listen to eachother.


  16. We are the ones who voted our leaders and so we are to blame if we don’t like the way they run our government. We chose them to lead us but now we are complaining on the things that we are responsible for in the first place. We should have the exact knowledge before deciding about matters because knowledge is the bridge to a better place. If we want to witness a progressive nation, then we should first have the knowledge about the things that are running around us before speaking out our thoughts.

    -Naquila, Rosary Faith P.


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