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No one cared enough

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I was so stunned by Senator Grace Poe giving a privileged speech about the hunger and malnutrition stalking 15 million children in the Philippines. Privileged speeches are nothing new. Nor is the hunger and malnutrition that the senator mentioned. What is new is that a senator mentioned it at all. The hungry might have just gotten lucky, for once.

Posted: October 31st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

Hard work and the Senate

If the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) poll is any indication, it is clear that public satisfaction with the Senate is on a resurgent, upward swing attributable to the chamber’s performance in pursuing policy reforms—a fact intimately known to the senators themselves. After admitting that the Senate’s image was shaken by political scandals, Senate President Franklin Drilon himself declared that the only way to restore the Senate’s good public standing is by “working hard and instituting reforms with public accountability as the primary goal and transparency.”

Posted: October 23rd, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Poor and near-poor

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The more that poverty is scientifically quantified, the more it can be understood, and thereby better dealt with. Poverty is not static. It can change quickly, upward or downward, and can change at different rates in different locations. SWS has discovered this from quarterly surveys in four broad geographic areas of the Philippines. Other institutions will see it for themselves by doing the same.

Posted: October 11th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The MDG scoreboard

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The Philippines has not performed well on the MDGs, according to the Asian Development Bank.

Posted: October 4th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

One good deed a day to make a better country

Dennis Murphy’s article titled “Battling hopelessness” (Opinion, 9/10/14) highlighted poverty, unemployment and corruption. These are just some of the serious problems our country is facing.

Posted: October 1st, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

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