According to the latest survey conducted by SWS last month, a record number of Filipinos are experiencing involuntary hunger. Inquirer.Net reports,
“Of the 2,100 registered voters interviewed from March 19 to 22 by SWS, 43 percent (representing 8.1 million families) considered themselves poor, matching the record-low self-rated poverty set in March 1987.
A record-low 31 percent (5.9 million families) said they were food-poor. The previous record-low was 35 percent, set in June 2004.”
To read the rest of the news report: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20100420-265313/SWS-More-Filipinos-are-going-hungry
What’s interesting to note is that Filipinos seem to have adjusted to the country’s immense state of poverty because in the 4 million families that experienced involuntary hunger, 1.4 million did not rate themselves as poor.
“The reason why self-rated poverty is relatively low and at the same time hunger is relatively high is because living standards have dropped so low that many families do not rate themselves as poor even if they suffered from hunger recently,” according to SWS.
Needless to say, the recent global recession has contributed enormously to the country’s current predicament. What the government has done to cushion the blow of the spillover however, backfired.
The E-VAT Law, authored and pushed into legislation by VP wannabe Mar Roxas, imposed a 12% additional cost to all expenditures, including our most basic necessities. That means, the additional Php 12 you pay for every Php 100 that you spend, could have gotten you half a kilo of rice, 3 packs of instant noodles, or around 2 gallons of purified drinking water instead. And while this may not have much of a bearing for the middle and upper classes, this definitely imposes a substantial burden on the lower classes.
It seems as if Mr. Palengke still needs to learn a thing or two about humanitarian efforts, don’t you think?