Poverty in the Philippines

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Poverty in the Philippines

I wrote this piece as a way to share the negative aspects of poverty with the public, and hopefully turn them against it.

The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.

By the time one has finished reading that sentence, a child would have died from poverty-related causes, That’s a life every 3.5 seconds –on average.

Poverty affects everyone; globally, regionally, and locally. To be living in poverty is a horrible state to be in, for the individual will be lacking in essential aspects needed for life. Half of the world’s population survives on a dollar a day, and while 10% of the Philippines population controls all its wealth and land, 50% are living below the poverty line. There is no such thing as a perfect world, hence, society can never be equal. But to have a child die every 3.5 seconds so that the ‘fortunate’ can live as they please is simply unfair. People deserve to have equal human rights, yet why does half of the world still live without a home, education, healthcare, or food? Poverty is caused by three main things; corruption (lack of good governance), lack of (poor quality) education, and low wages (a poor economy).

“In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.” -Confucius.

Corruption causes poverty because it subtracts from the budget of both the country and its citizens. The Philippines isn’t a very poor country, its just that most of it’s money is being directed into the pockets of corrupt officials instead of improving the country. The money could be directed to improving the country and the lives of the poor or community projects, such as providing clean water or more hospitals. Additionally, corruption has a role to play in the context of increasing taxes. The higher the taxes, the more money the people lose; since education and healthcare isn’t legally free in the Philippines, the money just goes to politicians and the government.

Lack of education causes poverty;...
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