In every country, poverty has always been a problem. It is the main cause of bad things that a person might do, as well as it may also cause the country’s economy to go down and decline. Ever since, it has been a major problem that different government from countries try to resolve.
Every government’s goal is to reduce poverty at all cost. That is why some government like the United States of America made their locals as their top priorities in employing them so that they could help reduce poverty by creating jobs.
In the case of the Philippines, majority of the Filipinos are from the middle and poor class while the upper class or rich are fewer. That scenario is the reason why thousands of Filipinos find jobs on other countries and work as OFWs yet it seems that thousands still starve and die due to poverty.
Now that the administration has changed, Filipinos are looking forward that the new administration might change the economy, bringing thousands of Filipino families up and reducing the percentage of poverty. The first goal of the Millennium Development Goals is to reduce the poverty rate from 26.5% from 2009 to 16.6% in 2015.
But do you think that the Philippine government could be able to do it when in fact that the previous government has left a lot of problems regarding the financial debt of the country? It may seem really hard. But with proper management and allocation of funds, I believe that it could surpass those targets.
Diokno said that ways on how to poverty would be the implementation and sustainment of the conditional cash transfer program, modernization of the agriculture, filling the infrastructure gaps, more foreign direct investments, population management program, revenue generation and spending prioritization.
Agriculture plays an important role in every country because majority of poor people comes from rural areas and I believe that the best way to reduce poverty in rural areas is through employment of farmers. A healthy and fast-growing agricultural sector would result to more productive farmers and more job employment that might help lessen the poverty percentage.
Infrastructure is also important in attaining proper development in the country. If a country has good infrastructures, it might also help in attracting new foreign investors that might also help in job employment. More investors mean more jobs could be created. For me, the best way to lessen poverty is through employment.
Population Management Program is very important. One main reason of poverty is because of over-population. And since the Philippines have over 85 Million people living in it, it is certain that Philippines are over-populated. The best way to control it is through Population management, being able to let the people know the different scenarios in over-population and acting upon it so that it could be lessen.
Spending prioritization is important as well. During the past administration, the biggest budget went to the national defense which I believe is not that important compared to education and health. Now that the new administration has given bigger budget to education and health, I believe that they are in the right path because education is necessary and it should always be given the priorities.
All of what Diokno said that might help in lessening the poverty is indeed commendable. I believe that the best way to reduce poverty is through proper decision-making of the government in giving priorities to. A good decision must always benefit everyone and not yourself, and that is where the Philippines are heading right now.
Through proper decision-making, it seems that Philippines might actually hit the target of having a 16.6% of poverty by 2015 after all. All it needs is to be with the proper hands.
Nothing is impossible if we stand up for what is right. It doesn’t matter how many times we fall, what matters is how we rise and learn from every single of it. Filipinos are strong, they are one of the most happiest people on Earth. After all, it is more fun in the Philippines, right? 🙂