Philippines Weekly News Round-Up (August 13-19, 2011)

2011-08-13 06:30 - 2011-08-19 23:45

Hard Truths About Why the Philippines Continues To Trap Itself In Poverty  |  Philippines RH Bill Will Greatly Help Control Overpopulation And Poverty  |  Philippine Army And Sangguniang Kabataan Concentrate On Environmental Protection  |  Developing Eco-Stewardship In the Filipino Youth

 

Hard Truths About Why the Philippines Continues To Trap Itself In Poverty

Link:   http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-08-14/suicide-scams-scandal-trap-nation-s-people-commentary-by-william-pesek.html

In Brief:

>       If Aquino succeeds in his anti-corruption campaign, it could uplift the Philippines.  His failure may plunge us deeper into insignificance.

>       As the Aquino administration probes deeper into the corruption of former president Arroyo, there are talks Arroyo may seek political asylum in Portugal.

>       Philippines needs to bring back its glory days before Ferdinand Marcos’ dictatorship.

>       Currently, Philippines has a growth of 4.9%.  But majority of these gains are hoarded by politicians and businessmen.

>       Philippines currently ranks 134 over 178 countries Transparency International’s corruption perceptions index.

>       Overpopulation continues to undermine the economy, yet the Catholic Church blocks all discussion of family planning.

>       “There needs to be a serious reconsideration of a political culture that serves itself, not the tens of millions toiling in poverty.”- William Pesek

 

Philippines RH Bill Will Greatly Help Control Overpopulation And Poverty

Link:  http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/-depth/08/17/11/pnoy-wins-praise-making-rh-bill-priority 

In Brief:

>       "The Philippines has the highest fertility rate at 3.3%. That's because contraceptive prevalence rate at 51% is the lowest among the Asean 4 and even lower than Vietnam. Unmet need for family planning at 22.3% is also the highest among the Asean 4. We have the highest poverty incidence at 26.5% in 2009," - Dr. Ernesto Pernia, University of the Philippines School of Economics

>       This translates to the Philippines having a low savings rate of 15%.  ”Domestic investment rate is also about 15.6% which is the lowest among the Asean 4. Cambodia even has a higher saving rate (17.2%) because it has a lower fertility rate (2.9) than the Philippines (3.3).”

>       The RH Bill can help control its population growth.  Effects would be reduced poverty levels, increased  GDP, and decreased maternal mortality in the country (currently at 220 deaths for every 100,000 live births).  Families can also afford better health care and education.

>       It is now a question of whether or not the Philippines can sustain its efforts in curbing population growth.

 

Philippine Army Tree PlantingPhilippine Army And Sangguniang Kabataan Concentrate On Environmental Protection

Link:  http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/330752/army-concentrates-environmental-protection

In Brief:

>       The Philippine Army in Bataan declared its intention to work for the protection of the environment, including planting of trees and cleaning the surroundings.

>       The Sangguniang Kabataan National Federation (SKNF) is doing the same thing.  They are working with environmentalists for tree planting and environmental protection projects.

 

Developing Eco-Stewardship In the Filipino Youth

Link:   http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/42495/young-island-eco-stewards-graduate

In Brief:

>       The Island Green Entrepreneurs (Island Greenntreps) project developed a series of activities to instill environmental awareness in the youth last May to July 2011 in Lapulapu City, Cebu.

>       They were given exposure on social responsibility, social enterprises (marketing recycled goods), waste management practices, and environmental programs.

>       Greentreps is a concrete expression of “the youth’s capacity to take the lead in carrying out positive actions for the environment.” – Michael Angelo Abarcar, project head