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Why Is The Philippines Poor?
by Dr. Arsenio Martin of Fort Arthur, Texas.


THE DIFFERENCE

The difference between the poor
countries and the rich ones is not the
age of the country.

This can be shown by countries like
India & Egypt , that are more than 2000
years old, but are poor.

On the other hand, Canada , Australia &
New Zealand, that 150 years ago were
inexpressive, today are developed
countries, and are rich.

The difference between poor & rich
countries does not reside in the
available natural resources.

Japan has a limited territory, 80%
mountainous, inadequate for agriculture
& cattle raising, but it is the second
world economy. The country is like an
immense floating factory, importing raw
materials from the whole world and
exporting manufactured products.

Another example is Switzerland, which
does not plant cocoa but has the best
chocolate in the world. In its little
territory they raise animals and plant
the soil during 4 months per year. Not
enough, they produce dairy products of
the best quality! It is a small country
that transmits an image of security,
order & labor, which made it the world's
strongest, safest place.

Executives from rich countries who
communicate with their counterparts in
poor countries show that there is no
significant intellectual difference.

Race or skin color are also not
important: immigrants labeled lazy in
their countries of origin are the
productive power in rich European countries.

What is the difference then? The
difference is the attitude of the
people, framed along the years by the
education & the culture & flawed tradition.

On analyzing the behavior of the people
in rich & developed countries, we find
that the great majority follow the
following principles in their lives:

1. Ethics, as a basic principle.
2. Integrity.
3. Responsibility.
4. Respect to the laws & rules.
5. Respect to the rights of other citizens.
6. Work loving.
7. Strive for savings & investment.
8. Will of super action.
9. Punctuality.
10. and of course... Discipline

In poor countries, only a minority
follow these basic principles in their
daily life.

The Philippines is not poor because we
lack natural resources or because nature
was cruel to us. In fact, we are
supposedly rich in natural resources.

We are poor because we lack the correct
attitude. We lack the will to comply
with and teach these functional
principles of rich & developed societies.

If you do not forward this message
nothing will happen to you. Your pet
will not die, you will not be fired, you
will not have bad luck for seven years,
and also, you will not get sick or go
hungry.

But those may happen because of your
lack of discipline & laziness, your love
for intrigue and politics, your
indifference to saving for the future,
your stubborn attitude.

If you love your country, let this
message circulate so that many Filipinos
could reflect about this, & CHANGE, ACT
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I am not sure if that explains the situation of the Philippines.

Filipinos haven't changed much over the past few decades in terms of the principles summarized by this professor. Then why were we one of the richest countries in Asia decades ago and now one of the poorest?

Filipinos atitude hasn't changed much over the decades. I think in Philippines' case, while we Filipinos do have something to blame ourselves, it is the government who played the major part in our country's failure.
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It’s not the Philippines who is Poor, We the ordinary Citizens, The Filipinos who are Poor! Reasons why? Because of these Greedy Politicians, Business Capitalist and other Rich Filipinos, who doesn’t really care about others. But lets not forget the other side of the story, We also must admit that it is also US FILIPINOS, THE CITIZENS! partly to blame, IM SURE YOU KNOW WHY! but admit it, that's the reality!

PHILIPPINES IS RICH IN NATURAL RESOURCES AND EVERYTHING THAT YOU CAN POSSIBLY IMAGINE!..
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For all ofw this is the reason why we are poor, its time to have a paradigm shif now
because of this thing!


1. Government
unending corruption and anomalies within the government itself

2. absence of opportunity
Our government can never give an opportunity to its people

3. population vs peso

poor and rich fragment

100% philippine population 80% poor 20% rich
100% philippine money in terms of peso, 80% owned by corrupt gov officilas and
bigtime businessman. 20 distributed to the poor and middle class group

worst!:
only 40% of the total accumulated peso by corrupt gov officilas are used. the
remaining 60% of their wealth is hidden and not become stagnat for their personal interest
in a form of personal, local and foriegn savings for long years. dapat magamit ang pera na
yun to help the economic and needy people, tinago lang nila ng matagal kaya mas lalo
nahirapan tau. iTs like using only 50.00 pesos for the whole day affair, which has an
appropriation amount of 100.00 for 10 persons.. gets nyo ba?

Filipino mindset

The ultimate filipino mindset as of today is just to get a high paying employment which is
proven to be ineefective to deal with the present situation of the pilipino. Employment can
never guaranty financial success and freedom! its just a form of survival! so why we stick
to employment?

Our freedom makes us poor

Philippine is a democratic country, and people are living free, this freedom mades us to
work individually in many fragments of people that causes everybody to do things alone,
make living alone individually in many levels of the soCiety.

Any endeavor of doing alone is useless, its a waste of time, its not the right way to
overcome poverty, its just a way to survival, and life is not just to survival. Our freedom
lead us to individualism, and this individualism creates a barrier within every Fiilipino to earn
more than what he can do. because what had happen is, every person makes his/her
ownway of generating money based on his individual capacity, which is limited within him,
so his/her income is based only on what he can do.

Any endeavor doing alone will only pay a limited output because every single person can
never withstand working morethan 24 hours per day. And we filipino have been doing this
for a very long long years.

ang sabi ni manny Villar, Sipag at Tiyaga lang daw ang kailangan, Its wrong! Its better to
have sipag at tiyaga if you are in the right place to exert that sipag at tiyaga. Look at the
balot vendors, drivers, panday, electrician, and etc no matter how sipag at tiyaga they will
be doing they will never overcome poverty because they are not in the right venue.

doing anything alone offers only limitted output, for what a man can do for himself is just
enough for him but what the other people could be able to do for him is always greater
than he can in relation with time. 10 is always greater tha 1. gets nyo OFW?

The key toward getting away from poverty is the people itself, not in individual level but
being a whole, to apply the law of leverage, to multiply the capacity of every person to
have a multiplied output and unlimited income. Nasa pinas lang ang pera, wala sa abroad!
Its the system that manipulates effort of every person not the person itself. its the
system of network marketing business. so the key is within you.

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Unabated crimes, Sky-rocketing prices of basic commodities, continuous erosion of Filipino’s moral fiber, unemployment rate getting out of control, institutionalized corruptions from high places down to the smallest level of the government, insurgency problems due to unresolved cultural and political differences. Given all these circumstances, is there still hope for our country?

We never learned from our past mistakes

Street protests seem like the only solution to every crisis where opportunist politicians armed with their vested interest ride in the frenzy of mass demonstration which is becoming now the favorite past time of our hopeless kababayan other than chismis. I’m not belittling the intention of our principled street leaders but I feel sorry for them seeing them rubbing elbows with some trapos who were once the subjects and causes of the past people power uprising. “Filipinos have a short span of memory,” as my co-expatriate claims. He further added, “While I admire the Filipinos willingness to fight every inch to achieve freedom, I am dismay for Filipinos short span of memory. You never learned from your past mistakes.”

Who is the mostly affected sector of the society?

With these chaotic situations happening here and there and almost every part of the country is in the state of catastrophe caused by endless political bickering and economic vaudeville. Who is the mostly affected sector of the society? Is it the poorest of the poor? Or maybe the upper class or is it the middle class sector of the society?

The marginalized sector of our society (composed of about 70% to 80% of the entire populace who scramble for the remaining 20% or maybe less of our country’s resources) doesn’t care much whether our country’s economists reported a significant increase in our GDP’s nor the increasing power of Philippine peso will have a significant impact to them. How can you answer the question like, “can we eat that GDP?” “Can this continuous appreciation of Philippine peso guarantee us three square meals a day? For them, they couldn’t care more other than their short-term but logical belief that “whoever can feed us is our master”. A formula well known by these opportunist politicians.

The rich and the elite who composed the 8% to10% of the upper class citizenry (who by the way controlled 80% of Philippines’ resources by way of Pareto Principle) has nothing to worry about simply because while they amass their wealth thru their bastion of business empire scattered all over the Philippine archipelago, they may probably channeled these wealth out of the country to whatever means possible despite the current imposition of the AMLL (Anti Money Laundering Law). Unbelievable? Oh boy, there are so many ways to skin the cat as the Chinese saying goes. Do they pay proper taxes? Ask the Marines.

The middle class is the only sector of the society that breaths life to our ailing economy. This silent majority continues to provide the life-saving support that keeps our economy afloat. OFW’s steady flux of remittance with a growth rate of 12% per annum (Source: BSP) buoyed up the country’s dollar reserve. The middle wage earners known as the salary man with their meager income still manage to pay the withholding tax due them every payday aside from the countless tax measures of our country like the EVAT, Road Users Tax and even the proposed tax on SMS. All of these taxes are forcefully being fed to this gutted sector of the society. Other tax reform measures are still on the drawing board that will surely cripple the middle class are being penned by these “brilliant economist” of the government to increase the government’s fiscal year budget decoyed as PORK BARREL. “Hey brilliant economist, I have a piece of advice to you, why not intensify current tax collection system rather that pushing for new tax measures, you MORON.”

The Effect

No wander why many middle class Filipinos is in the brink of surrender and gutted express the so desire to leave the country in exodus leaving behind the lower class or the marginalized sector of the citizenry. The marginalized class given a choice or rather the opportunity can create a band wagon of mass exodus rolling out of the country saying Adios La Isla Pilipina. This possibility if not abated will demographically increase in numbers hypothetically dwarfing the mass exodus of the people of Israel led by Moses when they exiled from Egypt. What about the upper class? Well, consider the domino effect of this mass exodus; they will flee the country as well ahead of anybody.

The Root Cause

(Taken from the Arab News Article of Manuel L. Quezon III)
Filipinos tend to compare our political development with that of the Americans. In turn, Americans have always been in denial over their influence in shaping of Philippines’ political metamorphosis. Filipinos have been in denial over how Philippine democracy not only differs from the kind of practiced in the US, but also, whatever similarities existed relied on a linguistic legacy of democracy that has been systematically dismantled in the Philippine education system. The result is that the middle class, the bulwark of American style democracy, has essentially fled to the United States, gutting the liberal democratic chances of the Philippines.

I say gutted, because on the other hand, Filipinos continue to obsess over the American democratic experience, while ignoring the lessons in democracy they could learn from our more immediate neighboring countries or better yet, form our own political history. We keep on saying that we love democracy but much more of a “guided” democracy, where leaders may be periodically elected but then generally rule undisturbed by public opinion; or better yet, where elections can be discarded and technocrats are given free reign to decide what’s best for the nation.

Is there still hope for Philippines?

My answer is a resounding YES. It may be gargantuan task but it is doable.
YES the Filipino CAN and YES, there is still HOPE for the Philippines.
How are we going to do it?
How about by starting to think POSITIVELY.

Instead of criticizing leaders of the government that we elected (Yah, right, lets not argue anymore whether GMA cheated or not during the last presidential election, the fact that she anyways is now our cheating or I mean the sitting president, let’s all move on) and urging her to go down, (By the way, does the opposition has a better alternative if in case GMA stepped down? How about Rez Cortes for President?), why not sit together and work for the common good of our country. Impossible? Difficult? Indifference in Political agenda?
Well, did I say think POSITIVE?

To our incumbent leaders, well, how much is enough? Have the conscience and virtue of morality. Think more of how can you compensate the very same people who believed and voted for you. Accumulating this wealth and worrying how you are going to keep it resembles the rich fool as told by Jesus Christ in the Bible. C’mon man, you can never take it with you at the time of your demise.

Think Positive-Speak Positive

We Filipinos should not worry about whether our country is in bad situation or how other countries look down on us. Worrying will not create any solutions nor finger pointing and the non stop blaming game. Let us not procrastinate of the past but work together and focus on how to reverse this image. Speak nothing but positive (bad situation is already given in the mathematical equation).

Simple Solution

Let’s try to simplify the algebraic equation and solve the missing unknown one after another. What could be the missing variable can be filled up by all of us Filipinos from all walks of life. Rich and poor alike, whatever varying political colors you may be. Let’s all be a self-appointed ambassadors of the Philippines. Speak and feel good about our country. It is not what goes inside our mouth that makes our body dirty but it is what comes out of it. For whatever comes out our mouth comes form our heart. When someone utters evil deeds defines the sorry state of that person. So when somebody claims GMA is evil, well as Erap says, “It takes one to know one”.

Think Positive-Speak Positive

YES the Filipino can and YES, there is still hope for Philippines.
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I am not sure if that explains the situation of the Philippines.

Filipinos haven't changed much over the past few decades in terms of the principles summarized by this professor. Then why were we one of the richest countries in Asia decades ago and now one of the poorest?

Filipinos atitude hasn't changed much over the decades. I think in Philippines' case, while we Filipinos do have something to blame ourselves, it is the government who played the major part in our country's failure.
You are in the same boat as the US. I do know that in my soon to be worthless country,it's 50/50 falt. Yes it's the government who's failing...but at the same time the American people failed ourselves for re-electing the cronies that are in office today, destroying our country.
Most of them have been in office 20 -30 years now will do anything to keep their power.
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good points
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I am not sure if that explains the situation of the Philippines.

Filipinos haven't changed much over the past few decades in terms of the principles summarized by this professor. Then why were we one of the richest countries in Asia decades ago and now one of the poorest?

Filipinos atitude hasn't changed much over the decades. I think in Philippines' case, while we Filipinos do have something to blame ourselves, it is the government who played the major part in our country's failure.


I agree with Dodong
The government has played the major part in the country's failure.
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Logically, Philippine is not that poor compare to other country. We are just over populated to accommodate limited jobs. Education also matters on all these issues.
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