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aquino admin – hunger on the rise again

January 11, 2011 2 comments

poverty is an endemic problem in the country and one that many previous administrations tried to fix but failed. that apparently includes the current aquino administration.

the aquino admin likes to say they are pro-poor and are dead serious in alleviating poverty. this survey results tell us the aquino admin better get their programs in place and running and hopefully effective.

but that will be asking too much. unfortunately the next quarterly survey of SWS on hunger will probably be even worst than this for the following reasons:

  • toll fees are on the rise
  • public transport fares (bus, jeepney, train, taxi) on the rise
  • NFA rice has been increased
  • bread prices on the rise
  • gas prices are rising (always)
  • power costs increasing
  • jobs still hard to find
  • US$ depreciating – remittances will get hit

the above will surely boost inflation and with not enough new jobs around, incomes will continue to be scarce and hunger will rise even more.

 

 

Hunger again rising

Yearend SWS survey estimates 3.4M families affected

HUNGER HAS GONE UP among Filipino families after declining for most of last year even as the number of households that consider themselves mahirap or poor basically stayed the same, a new Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey found.

A Nov. 27-30 SWS poll, the results of which were made exclusive to BusinessWorld, had 18.1% of the respondents — or an estimated 3.4 million families — claiming to have gone hungry in the last three months because they lacked anything to eat.

This was up from the 2010 low of 15.9% (3.0 million families) recorded last September and — given the 21.2% in March and 21.1% in June — was slightly below the 19.1% average for the year.

It was also four points over the 12-year average of 13.7%, the SWS noted, but still far from the record high of 24% hit in December 2009. The record low is 7.4%, hit in March 2004.

Some 9.2 million families or 49% of the respondents, meanwhile, considered themselves poor, barely changed from September’s 48%. Over a third — 36% or an estimated 6.7 million households — considered themselves food-poor, down from 38% previously.

Government officials blamed higher food prices in the last quarter of 2010 and noted the need to deliver on promises to reduce poverty.

The rise in overall hunger, the SWS said, was due to a two-point increase in moderate hunger — experiencing it “only once” or “a few times” in the last three months — to 15% or an estimated 2.8 million families. Those not stating their frequency of hunger are included in this category.

Severe hunger — experiencing it “often” or “always” — remained at 3.1% or 588,000 families.

Overall hunger rose in all areas except in the Visayas where it stayed at 15.3%. It increased by nearly four points in the Balance of Luzon to 18.3%, almost two points in Mindanao to 18% and a point in Metro Manila to 21.7%.

Moderate hunger was up in all geographical areas: to 16% from 13.3% in Mindanao, 14.7% from 12.3% in the Balance of Luzon, to 17.7% from 15.7% in Metro Manila and to 12.7% from 11.7% in the Visayas.

Severe hunger rose by over a point to 3.7% in the rest of Luzon but fell by an identical amount in Mindanao (2.0%) and the Visayas (2.7%). It fell by nearly a point in Metro Manila to 4.0%.

read in full here: http://www.bworld.com.ph/main/content.php?id=24243

noynoy aquino reverses trend and sets record in performance satisfaction rating

November 30, 2010 Leave a comment

 

Record score for Aquino gov’t

Net rating at ‘very good’ +64 from Arroyo administration’s final ‘bad’ -45

PUBLIC SATISFACTION with the government has hit a new high, bouncing back from depths plumbed during former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s term and erasing a record set during the Estrada administration.

A new Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey, the results of which were made exclusive to BusinessWorld, had 73% of the respondents saying they were satisfied with the new government’s general performance versus the 9% who said otherwise.

This gave President Benigno S. C. Aquino III’s administration a “very good” net satisfaction rating of +64, beating the previous record of a “good” +36 notched in November 1998 during Joseph E. Estrada’s term.

The result also marked the reversal of a run of negative net scores — culminating in a record low -45 last March, classified by the SWS as “bad” — posted starting December 2007 by the Arroyo government.

The SWS qualified that its surveys of the national administration’s general performance began in 1989, three years into the term of the current president’s mother, Corazon C. Aquino, “and therefore no longer during her honeymoon period.”

Mr. Aquino is just five months into his six-year term.

A Palace spokesman said the results were welcome and gave assurances that the Aquino government remained committed to fulfilling expectations.

http://www.bworldonline.com/main/content.php?id=22061

the insult noynoy aquino found in donald tsang’s letter – tsang treated aquino as his maid, his alila

September 13, 2010 2 comments

in a recent news report, aquino said he found the letter sent to him by donald tsang as insulting, that it was a 2-page letter, had detailed items  and contained “demands”.

now we have this:

Tsang letter ‘said what HK wants to know
Ambrose Leung and Raissa Robles in Manila
Sep 11, 2010

Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen says he knows better than Philippine President Benigno Aquino what Hong Kong people want, which is justice for those killed in the Manila hostage crisis by getting to the bottom of the tragedy.

“Eight Hong Kong people died there,” Tsang said yesterday, a day after Aquino said he felt insulted by a letter from the Hong Kong government spelling out issues it wanted addressed in the inquiry into last month’s bloodbath. “I trust that my understanding of the people’s sentiments in Hong Kong is deeper than that of the Philippine president and thus was a valuable reference.”

these are the things we can draw from the above:

  • what aquino said is highly consistent with what tsang said
  • the “demands” aquino was referring to were those tsang described as “what hong kong people want”
  • tsang must have enumerated a laundry list of what HK people wanted and that is why the letter ran into 2 pages
  • tsang in enumerating what hong kong people wanted must have sounded as demands in the way it was written and most likely its contents. maybe a to-do list type or  a laundry list of deliverables. it must have been very detailed that the letter  reached 2 pages.

with that, we think :

  • it is inappropriate for tsang, chief executive  of hong kong to tell aquino the head of state of a country, the philippines, to tell aquino what needs to be done
  • equally important, it is wrong for tsang to tell aquino what to do for the purpose of satisfying the wants or demands of the people of hong kong.  aquino is NOT answerable to hong kong people,  aquino is answerable only to filipinos. filipinos may demand things from aquino, but hong kong people has no right to demand anything from aquino.
  • hong kong people can make demands on tsang but tsang was wrong  in  telegraphing  those same demands to aquino. tsang should have translated the “demands” hong kong people made into more diplomatic terms
  • tsang disrespected aquino in not treating  aquino as an equal and insensitively making demands on a leader of another country
  • tsang’s statement saying  “he knew best what the hong kong people wanted than aquino does” can be true. but what does it matter to aquino? aquino is not seeking to satisfy hong kong people’s demands.
  • that statement of tsang shows his arrogance and a feeling that he knew more than aquino did
  • tsang was clearly wrong on this one and aquino was right on the dot to feel insulted by the letter sent by tsang

to us, it looks like tsang behaved like many hong kong residents behave towards filipinos. many hong kong residents have filipinos as their maids and drivers, tsang behaved exactly the same way many hong kong people behave towards their filipino maids – give demands, utusan ang alila.

tsang must have felt he needed to give very detailed instructions and demands to aquino like the way he probably deals with  his filipina maids in hong kong. what tsang forgot was he was dealing with the head of state of a country and there are very basic rules he needs to follow in dealing with someone who has the stature as aquino has – the head of state of a country.

footnote: if you live in hong kong even for any number of months,  one of the first things you notice is that hong kong people are very rude people.  it is one character that hong kong people are known for among foreigners who live in hong kong. this rudeness may have been shown by tsang in his letter to aquino.

google “rude hong kong people” or click here:

http://www.google.com/webhp?hl=en#sclient=psy&hl=en&site=webhp&q=rude+hong+kong+people&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=&pbx=1&fp=ab5cdb1806fef4aa

noynoy aquino – President of Get-Arroyo or President Of The Philippines?

July 25, 2010 4 comments

we heard from noynoy aquino himself, his first SONA (State of the Nation Address) will shock us. the shock according to him will come from his expose of newly uncovered anomalies committed by his predecessor, gloria macapagal arroyo.

when i first read that, i shook my head and my hand involuntarily went up to my head to scratch it and my involuntarily thought the fertilizer scam, the macapagal highway and the NBN-ZTE deal. these went on a horizontal scroll in my mind with a headline flashing at the top that said “These scandals are not the most shocking yet?”

aquino seem to be on a relentless pursuit of  gloria macapagal arroyo, errr graft and corruption in national government. he did get elected to the presidency on huge anti-corruption platform so we are not really surprised why aquino is doing what he has been doing.  it is an election promise and i guess much unlike previous politicians before him, we should not blame him for relentlessly pursuing GMA, errr corruption in national government.

now i am wondering – noynoy does look good when he is wearing his “President  of Get-Arroyo” hat but when will we see much of his “President Of The Philippines” hat? we hope we will see that during the SONA or at least even a little over half of the time spent on the SONA  would have him wearing his “President Of The Philippines” hat.

when we see him on that hat, i bet he will even look much better. let’s hope his “President Of The Philippines” hat is much bigger and prettier than the other hat.

to DOJ chief designate Leila de Lima – it is the constitution and the law, stupid

June 23, 2010 1 comment

we celebrate noynoy aquino’s choice as DOJ chief in Leila de Lima. this woman knows her laws and has more balls than all the men in arroyo’s cabinet members have.

in her new role, we hope de lima will remember her true role – defender of the constitution and laws of the country, nothing more and nothing more. she serves the people in doing that job.

we are saying that as we have seen the various DOJ chiefs under arroyo forgetting what their job is.  under arroyo, the DOJ chief lawyered only for gloria macapagal arroyo, the person and the president, not for the country, not for the people and certainly not for the constitution and our laws.

we hope de lima will return DOJ  to its rightful place.

Rights chief to head DoJ

De Lima’s job: Pursue big grafters

MANILA, Philippines—A woman is poised to take on the toughest portfolio in the Cabinet of President-elect Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

Leila de Lima, the outspoken chair of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), met with Aquino at his Times Street residence shortly before 2 p.m. Tuesday and left an hour later.

“He offered the position, I accepted. He will make the announcement,” De Lima told reporters after the meeting. She did not specify the position but it is widely assumed to be that of the justice secretary.

She said she would have to resign from the CHR where she is in the second year of a 7-year term.

The feisty legal eagle rose to prominence as a tough-talking election lawyer for the Genuine Opposition in 2007. She was appointed CHR chair when President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was parrying criticism for the record number of extrajudicial killings in her term.

Aquino had earlier told the Philippine Daily Inquirer that the justice portfolio was very crucial in his fight against corruption. He said his justice secretary would serve as his attack dog in pushing corruption cases against the First Family and its allies, crime syndicates, drug lords and smugglers.

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20100623-277073/Rights-chief-to-head-DoJ

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