Does our government really care about the quality of life of every Filipino? With the bad traffic, pollution, brownouts, expensive water and electricity rates not to mention tax increases and poor services offered – we’re doomed!
Quality of life (or QOL) is defined as the general well-being of individuals and societies. It covers various fields: international development, healthcare, politics and employment. Standard indicators used to measure the quality of life are: employment, environment, health, education, recreation time and social being.
The most commonly used international measure of development is the Human Development Index (HDI). This measure is a combination of life expectancy, education, and standard of living. The HDI is used by the United Nations Development Program in their Human Development Report. The UN also ranks countries by happiness which is said to be the ultimate outcome of a high quality of life.
How happy are the Filipinos? Last year according to a study of 142 countries comprising 96% of the world’s population conducted by the London-based Legatum Institute Prosperity Index, Norway is the happiest country in the world, the United States ranked 12th and the Philippines 67th. The study was based on 89 indicators grouped into eight categories – economy, entrepreneurship and opportunity, governance, education, health, safety and security, personal freedom and social capital.
It is every government’s ultimate goal to improve the lives and well-being of every citizen. Sad to say, this is not what is happening to us. We continue to live a miserable life. Our government, our environment and the present demands of our society makes us very unhappy.