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Whose attitude is the problem?

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I cannot help but cringe whenever people reduce an extremely complex social issue, such as a large number of poor families living in hazardous informal settlements, to a simplistic, unidimensional cause: an attitude problem. My response would be one of exasperation, especially when this reasoning comes from our so-called “public servants” in government or from social development workers who claim to “empower” those that society has neglected.

Posted: August 16th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘One big clue’ to solve the coconut levy puzzle

Concerned Filipinos are at a loss trying to solve a seemingly difficult puzzle: How the coco levy fund amounting to billions of pesos can be used for the benefit of the millions of coconut farmers and liberate them from poverty.

Posted: August 14th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Gov’t employees no longer the downtrodden

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When we discuss the face of Philippine poverty in my classes, no one is really surprised at this characterization: A poor Filipino household will more than likely be living in a rural area, is engaged in farming or fishing, with a larger than average family size, and headed by one who is self-employed or an own-account worker, with schooling that at best did not go beyond the sixth grade. This is the picture that is drawn by the results of the triennial Family Income and Expenditures Surveys (FIES) conducted by the National Census and Statistics Office.

Posted: August 9th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Inflation, enemy of poverty

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“Inflation rate rises to 4.9 percent in July 2014, still within government target,” announced the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) last Tuesday. This critical statistic was duly reported by the media the next day, but by Thursday was already forgotten.

Posted: August 9th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Meeting the ‘Pantawid’ women

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We were a week early for the famous “Kadayawan” festival in this city, but we were here for another sort of celebration.

Posted: August 8th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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