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.
By Juan L. Mercado
“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.
By Geoffrey M. Ducanes and Edita Abella Tan
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.
By Peter Wallace
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. [...]
By Danilo S. Venida
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.