Tuesday, February 10, 2009


The other day, my nephew shared the news that the City Mayor has issued a cleanup order by demolishing squatters along the railroad tracks. For the squatters caught in the impending sweep, this is part of an endless cycle of being uprooted by the city only settle somewhere else, a hopefully less visible location.

Will the removal of squatters from along the railroad tracks offer better chances of survival for both? True enough, poverty has a way of distorting one's sense of priorities sometimes even eroding it. Living in subhuman conditions always boils down to simply a matter of survival. The immediacy of food and shelter first, before the comforts of cleanliness. Poverty is a serious problem. It needs to be recognized, addressed, and resolved. It is found everywhere. Every country has its percentage of low-income earners, but some countries have many more people living in unfortunate circumstances than others do. Poverty is an area of concern as it brings with it a host of problems within the country, as well as on a global scale.

The worst kind of poverty is when people cannot get food and therefore they are thin and weak and many starve to death. Unfortunately, this is still happening in many parts of the world. The gap between the world's rich and poor has never been wider. Malnutrition, conflict, disease, and illiteracy are a daily reality for millions.

But it isn't chance or bad luck that keeps people trapped in bitter, unrelenting poverty. It's man-made factors like a glaringly unjust global trade system, a debt burden so great that it suffocates any chance of recovery and insufficient and ineffective aid. It doesn't have to be this way though.


Rene said...

I heard this, too! So malinis na ulit sa daang riles, wala ng "ebak". I fondly remember the days na lagi mong sinasabi, "baryo matae," ha ha! E di wala na ang "barmat?"

Pit said...

Saan nga ba galing ang mga nag-iiskwat sa along the riles (Dolphy yan)?

Anonymous said...

Hoy natira ako sa iskwater ha!

Jhun said...

It's a welcome sight kapag malinis na ang paligid ng railroad tracks!

Rudd said...

Very nicely worded descriptions of poverty. Question: Is poverty inherited, or we make poverty.