rich in natural resources but still poor

@meticulo (1286)
United States
July 29, 2011 12:37am CST
Many said that we are rich in natural resources yet we are still poor. How come?
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29 Jul 11
philipines is rich in natural resources but filipinos are poor. why? yes we are rich in natural resources but some of our resources are not managed well due to corrupt leaders. other reasons why we become poorer and poorer because of little work opportunities, overpopulation, lack of education and of course selfishness( some rich people are greedy for power and wealth and they tend to oppress poor people instead of helping them to prosper.)
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@meticulo (1286)
• United States
29 Jul 11
Very well said bipolarbear! I do agree with you. We have the spratlys and Surigao Del Sur as rich in oil but why do we suffer to have high price oil? I don't understand this country. Leaders except those who are true to their oath are competing whoever gets the best position to control the country. I can't say more except God bless to us. Thanks!
29 Jul 11
thanks meticulo! yeah your right! if only the government leaders managed our country well and stop being piggish and giving us false hopes,Philippines will rise slowly from poverty. when will be the corrupt leaders awaken from reality and feels sorry and pity among poor filipinos? where is their conscience?
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@diogz22 (516)
• Philippines
29 Jul 11
Bipoloarbear, I do agree with you that there are a lot of corrupt leaders. But I beg to disagree that there are little work opportunities in our country. There is a lot of work opportunities we are just not fitted to that particular work which was probably caused by our education system which aims to train filipinos to work abroad and not to train to create more jobs in the philippines.
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• Philippines
29 Jul 11
Corrupt officials, system that slows that the progress of the country and lack of facilities to promote and explore more of our resources. I am not surprised about this anymore since we have been sitting for so long and doing nothing or should I say there was someone doing it already and is the only one who gains. If the case was just like this, then people would not be force to leave their country and work. Since there is no manpower needed and we lack local companies to generate jobs, most of us needs to go outside and work. If we do have the resources, do we have the knowledge and machines to work for that resources?
@diogz22 (516)
• Philippines
29 Jul 11
Strawberrychocodahi, as for the knowledge and machines to work for our natural resources... we have more than enough we produce some of the best engineers of all time and a lot of them too. But where are they now? They are there abroad working for foreigners. The problem I see is that Filipinos tend to look for greener pastures abroad and not within the country. There are a few local companies to generate job since we were taught in school that the only way to succeed is that to become employed by getting a job. Our education system should be improve and must include how to put up businesses that generate jobs. Filipino's I do observe are afraid of setting up businesses since they were not trained to do so. If only it could have been included in our education system it could have been better.
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@meticulo (1286)
• United States
3 Aug 11
Hi strawberrychocodahi! I guess we lack proper designation of authority from the government or if there is, the authorized person is not at all working his job. Or probably he is just doing it for his own benefits and not for the country and it's people. Our country has a lot of knowledgeable people who might be very helpful to improve our economy but they don't have the authority hence they seek better options to leave the country.
@meticulo (1286)
• United States
3 Aug 11
Hi diogz! Our government said that there are thousands of jobs in the country but where are they? We can not locate them. And if we ever apply for it, we aren't fitted for the job. They said the problem of unemployment here is mismatched. We produced a lot of people in graduate schools yet all the country need is some skilled workers. Maybe we need to only have the TESDA vocational courses as these are the in demand jobs even in the foreign land.
@aerous (13474)
• Philippines
31 Jul 11
We are still poor because only those corrupt politician being benefited to those riches of our country... When a business man or investors reach the exploration the politician first get the deal and make money to them...instead the money going the government it will only go to the pocket of those politicians
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@meticulo (1286)
• United States
1 Aug 11
I thought of it that way also. I hope we are mistaken but the way I see it, we are thinking right. This is due to corrupt political leaders of our country. I hope they will have the heart to share. God bless to them!
@aerous (13474)
• Philippines
11 Aug 11
Yup!Our country need not be this way if our political leaders do something good. Politician today didn't think about the progress of their fellow but think about the progress of their pocket
@secretbear (19466)
• Philippines
30 Jul 11
Hi meticulo! That's because we don't know how to properly use our resources! We continuously use our resources without thinking of the future generations. The government is always promoting the sustainable use of our resources but many are still exploiting it without much concern to its conservation and protection. And unfortunately, those who benefit from these are mostly the rich and those suffering are those needy. The rich has the capacity to fully utilize our resources whereas the needy lacks this capacity. So only a few gets richer and richer and many gets poorer and poorer.
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@meticulo (1286)
• United States
1 Aug 11
Yeah right secretbear. It's a sad reality. I don't know how we will be able to solve this problem.(sigh)
@SIMPLYD (80400)
• Philippines
30 Jul 11
Yes, Philippines is truly rich in natural resources. However, the officials managing these resources are the ones getting richer, not the people. We are rich in "buwayas" (crocoldiles) in the form of those corrupt officials.
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@meticulo (1286)
• United States
1 Aug 11
Hi SIMPLYD! Yes and it makes us so sick of these people. How come they are still in their positions? Somebody must work in order to stop them. We'll I hope Pnoy will be successful in his goal to clean his government.
• Philippines
29 Jul 11
I think it's because our natural resources are not managed effectively. Those who are supposed to manage them squander these resources instead and only use them for their personal gains, not for distribution to everyone. In the end, the rich become richer and the poor become poorer.
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@diogz22 (516)
• Philippines
29 Jul 11
Why is it that people always says "the rich become richer and poor become poorer"? This statement seems to be overused and gone out of style! If you will notice the line of thinking of rich men as compared to the line of thinking of poor men you will notice that rich men look for ways to increase their wealth while poor look for ways to increase their desires. As for the natural resources being squandered for personal gains could have been true on some cases but most of our resources are not yet fully tapped due to insufficient interest of our fellow countrymen to invest on infrastructures to harness this resources. We have the knowledge and know how but we don't have the infrastructure and the monetary funds to harness this resources.
@adhyz82 (36263)
• Indonesia
29 Jul 11
same like indonesia, phillipines is rich in natural resources.. but like my country, the management of natural resources is poor and low.. Many of Natural resources result go to another country and your country only get a lower percent... it`s really same like my country
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@meticulo (1286)
• United States
3 Aug 11
Yes adhyz! It's a sad reality. Even though we know how to conserve and develop our natural resources but we aren't allowed to touch them, only the powerful people can. We study to learn but we can not apply what we learn because we do not have the authority and right to utilize it. The poor is left to suffer while the rich becomes even richer.
@diogz22 (516)
• Philippines
29 Jul 11
How come? because we don't invest on how to harness this natural resources! We the filipino people fails to promote and use our own products. We always want things such as states side or items made from abroad. We don't buy products made in the philippines. The government is corrupt. Filipino's tend to pull down other Filipinos. and there is a lot more reasons.
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• Philippines
29 Jul 11
coz Phils is also rich in breeding crabs c",)
@ybong007 (6658)
• Philippines
29 Jul 11
• Philippines
29 Jul 11
crabs and crocodiles, perhaps?
@louievill (18981)
• Philippines
1 Aug 11
crabs, crocodiles and similar creatures all hiding under the balimbing tree, we are rich in that too you know
@lady1993 (18768)
• Philippines
29 Jul 11
Because other countries are using our natural resources since we don't have the money to use them and harness them into something useful.. And also, we are the ones filling our country with buildings and factories and cutting down and destroying our natural resources.
@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
29 Jul 11
I come from one of the riches state in Malaysia. The state produced many millionaires during the timber boom in the 70s. We were really rich in these natural resources. But due to mismanagement of the forest coupled with greedy politicians, the timbers were indiscriminately felled for quick bucks. Round logs were exported to foreign countries to be processed and in return the country import those processed logs at higher prices. The government should have processed these logs locally and earned much more. Over the years of felling logs, the forest are almost barren and we have lost this natural resources for good. We have no more logs to export or for downstream processing thus no revenue for the country. Due to the mistakes of the past governments we have now become the poorest state in Malaysia. I think the same thing happen in your country when the country is infested by greediness of people in power.
@diogz22 (516)
• Philippines
29 Jul 11
Yup I do feel your sentiments. The Philippines was once on the verge of the development and improvement however due to corrupt individuals in the government it was slowly transformed into what it is now. We have been left by our neighboring countries such as Singapore and Malaysia and Hongkong in terms of economic growth. Luckily now, Our president is very vigilant to stop corruption as according to him It is his personal advocacy to stop corruption. I am currently awaiting and observing on the sidelines on what would be the effect of his campaign against corruption.
@averygirl72 (16634)
• Philippines
29 Jul 11
Yes, I always here about this. Maybe those natural resources have potential to help our country but we dont know how to tapped those resources for our benefit. Sometimes the foreigners are the one who are more aggressive to invest in our natural resources. Also maybe, our resources are ill-managed. As I see the owners of vast lands became very rich while the farmers who work on it remains poor. The rich are the usual who benefit from it.
@diogz22 (516)
• Philippines
29 Jul 11
Most of us Filipinos don't really have the thrive to invest our money into such cause because we don't have the idea how to? We don't have a culture of investing our savings into a more beneficial way. We instead invest our hard earned money on something such as gadgets and stuffs that depreciate in value over time. Just imagine this if there is almost 1 billion of Filipinos out there and would just invest at least 1 peso per individual into such cause to develop our natural resource that would have been 1 billion pesos and this could mean a lot of capital and could have more gains if properly managed by the right people. However right people is very hard to find.
• Philippines
2 Aug 11
Because we don't know how to use it properly. It is like having a gazillion pen but not knowing how to write.
@hexebella (1140)
• Philippines
29 Jul 11
wrong usage and corrupt government officials....