For the Greatest Number
( Reaction Paper )
Poverty alleviation should be the main target of the nation so as to make it a prosperous and developed country. Thus, poverty elimination is a matter of fundamental importance. According to Adam Smith, “Man is rich or poor according to the degree in which he can afford to enjoy the necessaries, the conveniences and the amusements of human life.” It was implied by the Philippine government that they are already working to address income inequality and poverty. Shall we believe that the government should be doing more? Some believe it should be doing less, and some feel that the current role is about right. Various programs are launched to kill poverty in the state. Poverty-reduction programs designed without taking into account the characteristics of poverty have not helped. The big question is, do we feel what our government doing? It has been programmed in many years, yet still seems like they just have to start on it. Where are those politicians who promised sweet nothings during election period? Are they just a display on our government leaving behind the poor people on air?
I wonder how you would react living with people who only had one good set of clothes that they wear with pride to church on Sundays? The rest of the week they wear a t-shirt with more holes than cloth and walk barefoot - not as a fashion statement - that's just all they have. What about nutrition itself? The primary cause of malnutrition is related to the poor distribution of food which certainly manifests itself in the widespread poverty and high unemployment in the Philippines. Poverty crisis has emerged in part out of the other economic crisis we are facing: unemployment. The fastest way to poverty is job loss. "Poverty is in many ways about a lack of social mobility," says Erin Currier. Filipinos are a people of hope, work ethic, and resourcefulness, but how far we can hold on this? We must do...