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Educational challenge

How far do public school children in the rural areas travel to get to school? Stories of their determination are both heart-tugging and disturbing, highlighting the perennial lack of educational facilities for the hope of the motherland.

Posted: July 13th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Footsteps

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“Grow old along with me / The best is yet to be,” Rabbi ben Ezra says in the 1850 sonnet. That is not so here, reveal studies presented at the “Philippine and Global Perspective on Aging” at University of San Carlos in Cebu.

Posted: July 7th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Education, location, poverty

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COLLEGE students arrive at Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park, Manila, to attend a Mass. NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

The government in April reported a drop in the percentage of poor people in the country from 27.9 percent in 2012 to 24.9 percent in 2013. While the gain may seem modest, this was noteworthy, considering poverty incidence practically stalled from 1997 to 2012—a 15-year period that saw the presidency change hands three times and when per capita gross domestic product (GDP) growth averaged a reasonably good 2.4 percent per year.

Posted: July 6th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

Managing poverty reduction

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It doesn’t need managing, it needs eliminating. And there’s only one way to do that: Create well-paying jobs. The “well-paying” bit is overlooked in government, where even nonpaying jobs (on the farm for dad, particularly) are considered in the statistics. I rely better on Social Weather Stations (SWS), where I find the stats more believable. [...]

Posted: July 3rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The faces of poverty

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Poverty is a state of deprivation, a heightened demand for the satisfaction of basic wants. We see poverty in a malnourished child with a blank stare, in a congested slum bereft of sanitation and order, in a hospital ward crowded with unattended patients of possibly cross-contaminating health issues, in a bunch of street children sniffing rugby.

Posted: July 2nd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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