Saturday, June 04, 2005

Forum for Family Planning and Development

From: GMA’s lowest rating: A wakeup call - BABE'S EYE VIEW By Babe Romualdez - The Philippine Star 06/05/2005

But our real problem lies in the fact that we have the worst fiscal situation ever since time immemorial because of the large government debt that as of February this year has already hit P4.08 trillion, a population that’s growing by leaps and bounds that could reach 160 million by 2030. As a matter of fact, at the Forum for Family Planning and Development which I attended the other day, it was disclosed that 11 million Filipinos are confirmed to be going hungry, 18 million are undernourished, and 25.4 million or about one third of the population live in extreme poverty and subsist on P34 per day.

Friday, April 29, 2005

Hunger affects 13 percent of Filipino households 04/29 /2005

MANILA (AP) - Hunger stalks 13 percent of all Philippine households, a survey by an independent pollster showed Friday.

The Social Weather Stations' survey of 1,200 adults in the first quarter of this year also showed 41 percent of all working adults worry a great deal about losing their jobs, with the highest proportion in the southern Philippines, home to a three-decade Muslim insurgency.

SWS said the survey shows that unemployment is "disastrous to family well-being," with hunger among families of the unemployed at 15.9 percent.

The World Bank said nearly half of the 84 million Filipinos live below the poverty line of 2 US dollars a day. Unemployment, according to government figures, reached 11.3 percent as of January this year despite promises of new jobs.

Of those who said they have experienced severe hunger-- defined as going hungry often or always in the last three months-- 12 percent are from families of the unemployed, 10.7 percent belong to families of the self-employed and 6.4 percent are from households of government employees.

The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percent.

Friday, January 21, 2005

Poverty to remain a serious problem in the Philippines: economists

MANILA : Poverty in the Philippines will remain a problem for years and government proposals to halve it by 2010 remain "unfeasible", according to economists. Former socioeconomic planning secretary and University of the Philippines (UP) economist Felipe Medalla was quoted in BusinessWorld newspaper as saying the government's failure to prioritize expenditures, given the little money it has, adds to the "improbability of resolving the poverty problem".

"Poverty will remain a serious problem in the Philippines for quite some time," Medalla said. "To begin with, it doesn't seem the government will be able to achieve its growth targets and it doesn't seem that it will be able to resolve its fiscal deficit." In 2003 government debt totalled 78 percent of gross domestic product while public sector debt stood at 138 percent of GDP. According to the World Bank some 51 percent of the country's 84 million people live on less than two dollars a day.

In a report on population and poverty published by the UP School of Economics last December it said that while countries like Thailand and Indonesia have managed to bring their population growth down over the past 30 years, the Philippines has not. It has been estimated that with the current rate of population growth of 2.3 percent the Philippine population could double within the next 30 years.

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