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Poverty In The Philippines Essay

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Poverty in the Philippines has been a major issue throughout the years. Typhoons, natural disasters, and its poor economy are some of the many reasons that have caused poverty in the Philippines. Natural disasters have lessened economic growth and development. According to WSJ, their countries economic growth rate has grown around seven percent recorded between the years 2006 and 2012. The actual number of poor families has risen from 3.81 million to 4.21 million due to population growth(WSJ). Of these people, almost half live on less than two dollars a day and around 1.2 billion live on less than one dollar a day(World Bank). Poverty can lead to many other problems like infectious diseases, abusive child labor and air pollution.
Poverty has been a major problem in the Philippines for over 50 years. Major causes leading the Philippines to poverty have been natural disasters and its poor economy. The Philippines is located in the ring of fire which is more prone to natural disasters. Many of these past disasters have been typhoons, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions. These natural disasters have destroyed many communities and have lessened economic growth and development. According to WSJ, the latest storm , the Typhoon Haiyan, was the most significant storm to ever hit in the Philippines and has brought many deaths and left severe damage to Philippine communities, this disaster has so far amounted 805 million dollars. Between 2010 and 2012, eight severe typhoons have hit the Philippines.
Poverty in the Philippines leads to many other problems. WSJ states because of widespread poverty, many children are more vulnerable to diseases and as much as one million children have not been immunized in rural areas. Another major problem caused by poverty is child labor abuse. “The International Labor Organization estimates that at least 250 million children between the ages of 5 and 14 are working, mostly in the developing world.”(John Tierney). The majority of the 250 million child laborers are found in Asia followed by Africa, Latin America, and the Carribeans. Most of these children work under bad conditions. “Child labor is associated with cultural traditions, lack of educational opportunities, and low levels of development.”(John Tierney). In some countries, it is necessary for children to work to be able to survive. Many of these children work full time under harsh conditions with very low wages.
Throughout the years, many organizations and government officials have showed their concern on poverty in the Philippines and have tried to bring a change. International public attention regarding child labor has grown steadily over the past years however In 1998, 1,400 Non-Government Organizations showed their concern over the plight of child workers by supporting the Global March Against Child Labor(John Tierney). The Economic Planning secretary Arsenio Balisacan said the recent poverty statistics will be used to finetune poverty reduction strategies...

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