I was tempted not to write about the miseries of Filipinos why we are poor, but my second daughter want an answer why WOWOWEE enticed a no talent contestant to sing and dance look like a clown. Much I don’t want to give her my embarrassing answer but,my daughter is striving to be a “professional” woman-so I caved. At least in having come up with an answer will definitely have its down side for her: probably no one in her class will send in her name as a contestant. Oh well. Why then are we poor?
My dear! Philippines is potentially an extremely rich country – relative to many other countries and elsewhere – in terms of natural resources. But, its people remain dirt poor from the bottom of the global league.
Her response was as intriguing as it was unexpected.
“I have been asking myself the same question,” she replied, indicating that she did not have an answer – thereby raising more questions!
For the inquisitive and honest, the answer can be gleaned from the sayings Flipinos needed a lot of changes for it to develop: People, land, good policies and good leadership.
People? They needed changes
Good policies? Good leadership? No, we don’t have those. Policies are invariably the product of leaders. Therefore, a bad or inept leadership will come up with bad policies. The alternative to this is that the policies are good, but are reduced to a cruel joke by a bad leadership.Such leaderships (Presidents and Legislatures ) would typically be steeped in bad governance – thereby fostering the kind of poverty, ignorance, disease and other maladies (including grand corruption) that Philippines has become infamous for.This would have a negative impact on the country and its people, reducing it to a beggar nation that, instead of being an International breadbasket, becomes an international basket case inured to its miserable existence.
Land ? Most Filipinos don’t have right now, the government sold it to Chinese and to Villar.
My daughter said “Looking back on my childhood, I realize how lucky I was to be blessed with the family I have. Knowing what I know now, I have come to understand that not every kid in the Philippines had the same life that I had. Not every child had a living room full of gifts on Christmas morning, or a family to share a birthday with. I was lucky enough to have all of the luxuries that so many children yearn for. So
many children take for granted the fact that they eat three meals a day, while so many others are lucky to find a scrap of bread in a dumpster. It wasn’t until I was about watching WOWOWEE when I realized that there were poor people in the Philippines. We had been on our annual trip to Disneyland,Family Reunions and trip to the Philippines.Now, I did understand why all these people kept asking you to spare them some money, or why a family was searching through the dumpster. Then I asked you, Daddy, why is that man sleeping on wooden push cart covering his face with newspaper.”
“I think Daddy for them being poor is not a tautology. The culture of poverty is self-perpetuating. they are poor because they have nothing to do .You see when we passed by a slum area – dozens of adults do nothing but idle, gossip and drink. They don’t work.”
I told my daughter that she need to stay longer in the Philippines to fully realize and try to put herself in the shoes of a person who does not have money and figured out if she won’t sing and dance in the program of Willie.