Posts tagged ‘poverty’

July 12, 2012

Poor Old Lady

by endlessthinker

A person is considered poor if his/her income lies below the official poverty line or poverty threshold.  This threshold measures the income needed to obtain basic and non-basic needs for one year. According to the data from the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) of the Philippines, more than one-quarter (26.5%) of the population falls below the poverty line in 2009. That is roughly 30 million children, women and men, not getting enough food or water for a day, the needed shelter, medication, education, and all the necessities a decent human need.

This scene is common on the streets of the Philippines. Old ladies that are supposed to be resting and enjoying the remaining days of their lives are forced to go out in the streets to earn money for them to live, for their children to live, and for their grandchildren to live. I am starting to wonder, where do all those taxes being imposed on all commodities, services and goods go? Where are the social services when needed most?


de la Cruz, Leland Joseph R. “Measuring poverty”.

May 31, 2012

The Sleeping Child of the Street

by endlessthinker

It was around midnight when we arrived at Butuan City to grab some food for a late dinner. We stopped by at a fast food chain. Then I saw this kid sleeping on a bench. Farther to the right is a small restaurant which sells fried chicken. And a little more to the right is the fast food chain we are heading.

I was groggy and hungry at that time, driving for several hours and did not know what to do with him. However, I am confident that someone will take care of him because at that time, there were a lot of people to his left, thinking they were his companion. So I just took a photo then ate. After the late dinner and passing by that sidewalk, we did not see him again.

More than 10 years ago, statistics said there are about 1.5 million street children in the Philippines. These innocent young people are facing a daily life in which they are not supposed to experience yet. They have the first hand experience of the cruelty of the world — drugs, health issues, human trafficking, prostitution, and all kinds of exploitation.

There are NGO’s and other foreign funded projects that aids the government in resolving this societal issues. It may not be sufficient to help all of those in need but hopefully, many kind hearted people will lend a hand, together with the government, to give these kids a future they always dreamed of.