Four Billion To Be Given Away To The Poor

Philippines
July 15, 2008 9:55pm CST
With the never easing basic commodity prices, do you think it's reasonable enough to give that kind of huge amount to the needy people? When in fact it's just a temporary solution to alleviate the problem of poverty in our country. I'm not against helping the ones who needed the money the most but with the kind of gesture that this government keep on showing on televisions isn't really an answer to such problem. They will forever be dependent, waiting to be spoon-fed.
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• Philippines
16 Jul 08
Simply because election is drawing nearer. This government is trying to look for a scapegoat or try to maintain good posture so she would make a homemade candy-coated political agenda of food subsidy, fuel subsidy, senior citizen, gas subsidy, poor-subsidy, name it - but the writing on the wall is plain to see. It will all re-down to a perfect economic storm. I guess it would not have been perfected yet if the government is not corrupt , we can at least save this country from the mess we are in now. What a last supper ! The money loaned from the World Bank which was disposed yesterday for a week budget and now a dung can make use to create a local job opportunities by and large. Now, can we simply tell Filipinos to plant kamote ? And who is going to make it? Isn't it the poor or the rich? This is actually the poor's problem. May God save us again. [i][/i]
• Philippines
16 Jul 08
good day.. I won't believe that's how generous our government specially our evil midget president is. I bet my balls there's a string attached to it or it would just be a smoke screen so that they can steal bigger amount. They're using the name of the poor to yet again to mask their upcoming illegal activity. Firstly, how can we be sure that the money is indeed given to the poor? who would audit it when every department of our government is corrupt and under her bidding. I would only believe it if she are to task justice Puno to disperse and audit the money for the poor, then and only then I would give her the benefit of the doubt if not? Fat chance, Evil Midget!
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@nova1945 (1614)
• United States
16 Jul 08
Oh boy! Where does the line form, I want to get in it. We have spend 20 times that amount killing people in the war, so I guess it is a small price to pay for helping people in our own backyard.
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@rsa101 (14917)
• Quezon City, Philippines
16 Jul 08
That is right! The way the government is sending the message is quite wrong. They want a quick solution but its a temporary solution actually. I think they are doing this to put up their image that is so tarnished already. They need to have a good image in the next two years or they are doomed to become a minority in the next presidential elections.
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• United States
16 Jul 08
I hope I'm considered "poor" if the government really is giving away four billion dollars. Where did you hear that from - or were you just making it up?
• Philippines
17 Jul 08
I think youngfella is referring to the Philippines.
• Philippines
19 Jul 08
I'm not making it up.. you don 't know the news. I think you don't have any idea about this discussion
• Philippines
16 Jul 08
Wow thats great because there are lot of poor people now suffering from hunger. Many needy people was not able to go to school because of poverty. Hope that poverty would be eliminated.
• Philippines
19 Jul 08
not a good idea.. this is just a once in a lifetime solution to a long term problem. Money just be gone if not properly spent.
@wisedragon (2330)
• Philippines
17 Jul 08
GMA is just desperate to prevent people from revolting against her. She's taking advantage of the poor people's need for assistance. So she's taking money from us taxpayers to bribe the poor people so she can stay on as president. What a lameduck! She's peddling these dole-outs as the solution to poverty. How stupid! You don't solve poverty with dole-outs. With the never-ending rise in inflation, that 500 pesos will soon be worthless! You can't even buy one sack of rice with that.
@Xinyii (2)
• Malaysia
16 Jul 08
Yes i agree. Goverment must find the batter ways to help the poor not just given out a huge of money.
@alori61 (344)
• United States
16 Jul 08
yeah right another givaway like the tax insentive check? Never did figure that scam out. I'm a single parent that claimed three children, one is a college student, has a job that barely pays her car note and insurance, still depends on me for everything, I claimed her even though she filed her own taxes. When it was time for insentive checks to come out they gave me $300 for me and two of the three kids. My college student recieved nothing because I claimed her on my taxes she didn't qualify and because she was over 18 I got nothing for her. My boss who makes twice as much as me, has only his wife and himself got a bigger check then I did. My ex husband who sits on his backside drunk and high all day who hasn't worked in 22 years, draws an SSI check got $600 for himself. What did I learn from the tax insentive check? Either sit on you butt and do nothing and uncle sam will reward you, or earn more money then you need to survive and the government will reward you. Struggle, scratch and claw to keep your head above water, and Uncle Sam will slap you down. Although I work in television and have seen nothing about this I would not be one bit suprised to find it's true. Just like after Katrina hit, the ones that had time to stand in line all day were the only ones that got any help, I was at work so guess how much money I got. I'm kind of tired of my tax dollars paying for lazy people. You want a welfare check put in your 40 hours working picking up trash on the side of the road. I don't begrudge folks who need temporary assistance due to hard times, but I know too many people drawing welfare with the attitude why should they work when the government will pay them to sit on their a**? So yeah lets help out these welfare recipients who live in low income housing, recieve energy assistance, free school lunches, and food stamps they need a leg up. Who am I to complain just because a third of my paycheck never reaches my bank account between taxes and insurance?
@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
16 Jul 08
Hi lilyoungfella, The problem with governments everywhere is coming up with a permanent solution to the problem of poverty. The poor must be helped, but there needs to be more jobs, and people need training for these jobs. Of course we cannot eliminate poverty overnight, so we must have a temporary solution for the time being. Long term plans are the answer, but few countries have found anything that works well. There will always be some who cannot be helped and they will have to be taken care off. I do not understand the needs in your country, and cannot comment on the amount of money needed, but it is necessary for the poor to be looked after. Blessings.
@underdogtoo (9599)
• Philippines
16 Jul 08
How much would each poor person get? How many poor people are there in the Philippines?
@mimico (3619)
• Philippines
16 Jul 08
It's the government's job to see to the needs of the people. I think 4 Billion is insufficient. The government was able to collect 18 Billion from EVAT from gas only. I can't imagine how much extra funds we now have. So 4 Billion is just a small percentage of the pie. The rest might go towards paying off our foreign debt, but a lot will also go to the politicians' pockets. It's really better to just give the money to the poor who will live to see another day rather than to politicians who sit around all day. I can see where you're coming from of course. I hate to see my taxes being spent on the poor who don't work or add value to my life. But I'd rather it go to them than to the corrupt government officials. That's just my stand on this matter.
• China
16 Jul 08
I quite agree with you. Only giving money to the poor can never eliminate poverty. There is an old Chinese idiom saying "giving one the technique of fishing is better than giving him fishes". One can only get rich when he longs for it very much and is will to make effort for it. Through derectly giving money is one aspect of alleviating the problem of poverty, we shouldn't give them the mirage that there are free lunches.
@magojordan (3254)
• Philippines
16 Jul 08
Well the classic answer to that is this "Give a man a fish and he will live today. Teach him how to fish and he'll live the rest of his life." I think what the government does is to actually encourage people not to work anymore because why should they if the government would give them money. Also I find it really annoying that they keep on saying that it's the work of taxes our taxes! I mean why would my hard earned money that I pay for this government go to all those people! I really wouldn't feel that bad if at least they use it to generate jobs rather than just give it away. Probably they're doing this to justify their unjust tax collections to us and for them to have extra funds.
@snowbitz (487)
• Philippines
16 Jul 08
I know what you mean give fish nets to the fisherman not fish so that they will learn.I am not against helping people is just that sometimes we get too dependent.And about that 4 billion its just a small portion of the money they are getting from other things.Why not lower the commodities have more jobs to lower unemployment rate,increase the salary,and have jobs that does not require age because as we all know age is not the bases of the persons competencies.Right now i am thankful that we have call centers because they don't require age or diploma to apply
@ladym33 (11008)
• United States
16 Jul 08
I agree, this goes back to that old saying give a man a fish and he will eat for a day, teach a man to fish and he will eat for a life time. There are many people who could rise above but choose not to because they are always looking for that next government hand out. Personally I am tired of our hard earned dollars going to people who are capable of working but do not. There are some people that need hand outs, but there are also a lot of people who do not. This money could be used to build more businesses. or provide education.
@zeroflashx2 (2491)
• Philippines
16 Jul 08
It may help but it would be temporary. What will happen when the four billion is used up? they will just wait for the next one. It should be handled professionally, in my opinion, in a way that help out the older citizens to get small jobs and or just a small capital or something to start with for a small store or livelihood. Then, to help mold the future, provide better education to the children. It's like handling office situations. Solve the issue by fixing current situations and prevent it from happening again. It ain't easy and it should need as many as possible to cooperate in such. In any case, it's good that at least there's a budget, if there really is. I haven't heard where that came from though. Hope it's put to good use.
• Philippines
16 Jul 08
To be given? How? Don't put me wrong okey, I just happen not to read this or seen this on media, can you please point out your sources please? Well, anyway, true enough that money giving would help a minute or two but teaching someone to fish would save his life. Something really is bothering us in this country four Billion? Do we have that much ? Why can't this government make something useful for the poor out of it. I am sick of these politicians who promises roses and bread in the elections and now this, this country is going nowhere. God save us.