where did all my taxes go?

Philippines
April 9, 2012 7:56pm CST
My recent travel to Malaysia made me realize how bad corruption is in the Philippines. Our highways are nothing compared to the roads at their most remote areas. The thing is, we always see road constructions every now and then, but they never adhere to the right rules in operating such projects. The roads get easily destroyed, and there they go again with another road construction project and budget. We have been paying exuberant taxes month after month, yet we see only minimal returns. Most of the improvements in school infrastractures and hospital facilities have to be donated by private sectors. If only our leaders were more concerned of what they're job really means, this country would have been more progressive than its neighboring Asian countries.
7 responses
@lampar (7597)
• United States
12 Apr 12
"Our highways are nothing compared to the roads at their most remote areas", haha.. is that for real?? Phillippine's civil engineers can't design and build highway properly if that is the case, they may have graduated from some lowly graded university in Africa continent or in U.S, make sure your government award construction project to Malaysian company if you want to see high standard of construction work done in Phillippine in the future, it may not be just using the wrong rules, the problem may turn out to be the engineers and workers they used to construct highway are members of half past six engineering association.
• Philippines
13 Apr 12
I believe we have pretty good engineers here in the country, but of course they have to make do with the budget and materials they're given to work with. I strongly think that it's some government leaders who are not making things happen for us. Until then, this country will not benefit from their own money. That is why there are a lot of tax evaders.
@lampar (7597)
• United States
13 Apr 12
What you are saying is that those local engineers are getting order from politicians not to build long lasting highways so that they can turn bad after few months, then new contracts can be awarded to the same company again and tax payer money can be used legally to pay for a new highway soon. How is that possible for a company not to have enough materials and budget to work with on a contract they bid in the first place during government tendering process, the government leaders had no control over the cash flow and management of a company unless it is belong to their family members like the case in Malaysia, Singapore, Bruinei or Indonesia. Chances is that the local winning company is trying to cut corner and save money by cheating the government using sub-standard materials and unskilled workers to do the work so that they can have bigger profit at the end of the year.
• Philippines
14 Apr 12
Very well defined, lampar. You sound like you know a lot about this whole phenomenon. Are you working for the government? Or, just well-informed.
@yahnee (1250)
• Philippines
11 Apr 12
I don't really understand why every year we have to repair roads and bridges. Why can't they make these roads with better material so it doesn't erode easily. All the infrastructure projects are invested in the city streets specifically the Metro Manila area and nearby cities. Every year DPWH digs the streets which causes heavy traffic. The countryside is left as it is. There are no cemented roads but dirt roads. When I was watching the impeachment trial somewhere during the trial, they mentioned the millions that goes to the congressmen and senators for their projects. Where does this money go? We are so far behind the other Southeast Asian countries. Our local TV networks are doing better at helping the countryside. They invest in new schools, equipment and medical health missions. They reach the far off areas where cemented roads is only a figment of the imagination. If you are wondering where out taxes go, so do I.
@ybong007 (6658)
• Philippines
12 Apr 12
The answer to that is simple. It's the kickback. Every time a government project is up for bidding, some government officials receive "gifts" from the winning bidder. The same "gifts" that are haunting some personalities in the previous administration. The more projects, the more gifts. And we have to realize that the cost of the gift is not out of pocket from the winning bidder but it's deducted from the entire budget of the project. The administration may have changed but there was no major overhaul made as far as the entire bureaucracy is concerned, in effect it's simply doing a paint job on a dilapidated or corroded vehicle. Or simply put, same dog wearing different collar.
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• Philippines
13 Apr 12
That's right ybong007. And, even if there were political leaders who want to do the right thing, they will in turn get threats and will put their political career and family at risk. So, it would be easier and wiser to just ride with the flow. tsk tsk...
• United States
14 May 12
I think ybong just explained how almost every modern government works.
• Philippines
10 Apr 12
It goes to the pocket of corrupt government employees and politicians. :D
• Philippines
10 Apr 12
It goes not to the pocket but sometimes to their belly. hehehehe..it is sad but ever since I was born it is always like that. More so with the ongoing impeachment case. I do not ever think that Filipinos are very interested in the result of the trial. They are wasting our money in there and it seems to me that there were no progress at all. A pity actually.
• Philippines
12 Apr 12
Corruption? don't ask the public,, ask the Government officials
• Philippines
12 Apr 12
Hello jureathome, even though i already have my tin no. i still don't like paying taxes anymore. but that's probably i prefer working in the business sector like the call center companies because they handle the taxes for me. sometimes i don't think they deserve to be in the position there, some people just go there for the JOB
@asdomencil (4276)
• Philippines
10 Apr 12
You are right. Taxes are not just the one being deducted from our salary, everything in our contry have tax. When you eat at fastfood or any restaurant, you can see in your bill the tax. Yes we can see roads being made every now and then becuase of the poor quality of the materials being used in that project. Another thing is that roads are being reconstructed only when the election is nearly approaching. Tax being deducted in my salary is too much, but I can't see too much improvements in our country. You are right, most of the taxes are being corrupted.
@ARIES1973 (9539)
• Legaspi, Philippines
10 Apr 12
Sometimes, it's really sad to know the real situation. There maybe some leaders who are corrupt but let us also remember that there are also some who are honest and sincere on their jobs. Most of these leaders, who are holding high positions in the government as far as I know are there because we choose them to serve us. it only means that being a voter, we are responsible for what is happening in the country right now. Let me say, they are stealing money from us because we allowed them to do so.