Corruption in the Philippines

@Adornado (103)
Philippines
August 16, 2011 8:59am CST
Do you think corruption here in the Philippines has even worsened as time goes by and can be attributed to increasing hungry poor families ?
3 responses
@lampar (7597)
• United States
16 Aug 11
I don't know whether corruption can actually contribute to increase in hungry poor families, but it will increase the cost of doing business in the country, and result in the unaccountable of public funding and waste of government revenue. I will like to believe that increase in hunger is the result of bad economy policy and inability of government official to understand the working dynamic of macro and micro economic rather than corruption.
@Adornado (103)
• Philippines
16 Aug 11
Just to add about hunger in the Philippines, can poor education about family planning attribute higher hunger rate?
@lampar (7597)
• United States
16 Aug 11
Yes, low education level and high illiteracy can contribute to uncontrollable family explosion, and increase the likelihood of the vicious cycle of poverty within a family. It will be harder for family planning planning to be successful if the population continue to believe it is against their religion belief to control birth within their clan and family while their children in the over-loaded family structure are facing starvation. Many time you can see that hunger is a prevalent phenomena in large poor family than small family, rather than due to corruption where the parent can't provide sufficiently to their large group of off spring with their salary or fail to live up to their parental responsibility by working extra hour to pay for their children food and need.
• Philippines
17 Aug 11
In my own opinion, I think that corruption in the Philippines has worsened during the past administration. I am keeping my fingers crossed that Pres. Aquino will be able to turn things around and make solutions for these problems. I think that corruption contributed to poverty because instead of infrastructure projects that should be created, the money went to the pockets of corrupts politicians and other government officials. Just look at the fertilizer scam, the outrageous money spent on coffee by PAGCOR, and many more. Those money could be spent for livelihood projects and support government hospitals and other government agencies that give services to the Filipino people. I am not hopeless though for I believe that each one of us can make a difference. There is still hope as long as we do our part to be honest in our dealings. We cannot change others but we can change ourselves. And with God's help we can.
@Adornado (103)
• Philippines
17 Aug 11
I think as long as goverment officials uses the funds that are supposed to be used for the development of the Philippines, corruption will never end and it will largely affect the Philippine budget and I think after 20 years if this will continue, maybe the Philippines may not have or very limited budget especially the calamity fund.
@Harmonics (251)
• Philippines
17 Aug 11
Corruption has been at its very best here in this country. The perpetrators are even shameless and even had the nerve to say "prove it!" Only those people born yesterday will not know about it. The increasing number of poor families cannot be wholly attributed to corruption. There are many factors and reason why this number is increasing aside from corruption.