Of Corruption and Poverty

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Photos Source: http://rapidis.blogactiv.eu/files/2012/12/corruption.jpg

The slogan “Kung Walang Kurap, Walang Mahirap” (If there is no corruption, there will be no poverty) has become a very successful political slogan that catapulted a number political allies of the current government into power. The slogan conjures a strong connection between poverty and corruption. Linking corruption and poverty convey images of people in power getting rich while most continue to live in their impoverish state.

In the Philippines, the incidence of poverty is most evident in the rural areas where almost 80 percent of the country’s poor people live, accounting to more than one-third of the country’s 88 million population. It is in these areas where those considered poorest of the poor live as they are the ones who have least access to business opportunities and basic public services which further pushed them to remain economically strapped with only a few alternatives for livelihood.  Furthermore, literary rate is low in areas where poverty is high which made these poor people often more vulnerable to exploitation. Even more poignant reality is that those areas in the country with high incidence of poverty are the same areas where corruption is prevalent.

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Photo Source: http://petervandever.com/2013/07/philippines-a-hellhole/

 

Although corruption is not solitary root of poverty in the country, there is a great need for all of us to stand up and do our share in eradicating corruption in our system. The recent scandals involving the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of the senators and representatives should be a wake-up call for us to stand together and push for reforms to reclaim the basic rights which should have been accorded to every citizen of this country and not just to a limited few who are holding the reins of power. 

 

 

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