MANILA, July 4, 2013—A
Catholic priest has urged government leaders to bridge the widening gap
between rich and poor Filipinos by improving the government’s economic
policy and adopting a concrete development program to settle the
perennial problem of poverty in the country.
Fr. Edwin Gariguez, executive secretary of the National Secretariat
for Social Action-Justice and Peace of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference
of the Philippines (CBCP-NASSA), said that setting the government’s
priorities to the needs of the less fortunate would address this
imbalance and drive poor Filipinos toward financial stability.
“First, we have to scrutinize the program of the government. How are
we empowering the poor ones? If actions do not match the promises
delivered by the government, genuine change will never be attained,” he
Gariguez downplayed the reported growth of the country’s economy and
said that while statistical growth may really be a good indicator of an
economically improving nation, real progress will only be manifested if
the effects of the growing economy would trickle down to poor families.
“Essential development is neither measured by the increase of
monetary resources nor the improvement of certain economic indicators.
It is measured by maintaining equity and bridging the gap between the
rich and the poor,” he said.
According to the National Statistical Coordinating Board (NSCB), the
country posted a 7.8 percent Growth Domestic Product (GDP) in the first
quarter of 2013, a notable increase from its 6.5 percent from the same
period in 2012 and the highest since President Benigno Aquino III
assumed his post in 2010.
The country’s credit rating was also raised by international debt
watchers from the “junk” bond status to the minimum investment grade of
BBB-. The investment grade rating symbolizes a sound fiscal economy that
assures the prompt payment of debts to the creditor. “We can only say that we have attained notable growth once poor
families already enjoy the supposed benefits of a robust economy,”
Gariguez recognized the poverty alleviation efforts done by the
government, but noted that the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program,
which involves money dole-outs to poor families, only provides a
short-term solution to poverty.
He said that to come up with a more comprehensive solution to the
problem, the government must adopt a stricter economic policy that takes
the plight of poor families into careful consideration.
“With the widening gap between rich and poor families, you could not
help but ask: Does the economic policy of the government favor the poor?
Or is it only designed to make rich investors grow richer?” Gariguez
“The issue on poverty alleviation remains a complicated matter. The
government must adopt a more comprehensive approach in order to let
equity reign and help poor individuals attain progress,” he added. (Jennifer M. Orillaza)
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