Typhoon “Yolanda” has shown the world the best in the Filipino.
In the last few years, we’ve seen how rains brought about by typhoons or simply by seasonal monsoons trigger flash floods that can cripple Metro Manila (MM) almost immediately.
“With THE launch of the United Nations International Year of Family Farming 2014, IFOAM is calling for concerted action to support and strengthen family farming. Smallholder farmers grow 70 percent of the world’s food, but 50 percent of the world’s hungry are small farmers. Climate change induced weather extremities such as droughts, floods, destructive rains and winds threaten their farms and livelihoods. Organic agriculture and other agro-ecological models provide science-based solutions to these challenges and can bring prosperity to family and small farmers.”
A farmer observed that young people in his village were leaving in favor of the cities. He thought “if this continues, what will happen to the rural areas?” He figured it out that there must be a way to educate these young people to keep them in their villages and work to develop the rural areas. This way, there is no need for them to look for a better future outside their communities.
Now we know why our farmers are poor. The report released by the Commission on Audit (COA) on the use of Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), commonly referred to as the pork barrel, for the period 2006-2009 provides ample reasons for the high levels of poverty prevailing among Filipino farmers. They were simply used as “tools” for grand schemes.
Manila, up to the early 1960s, has been dubbed the “Pearl of the Orient”. Lately, a new title has been given to Manila as the “Gates of Hell”. The story of the City of Manila may be a microcosm of the story of the country as a whole. From the envy of our neighbors and touted as second only to Japan, we are now down at the totem pole of economic development.
We do have French connections in our Philippine history, education, and struggle for economic development.
Poverty statistics released recently must have shocked even P-Noy against the backdrop and drum beatings of a healthy and robust economy, stock market at all-time highs, and pronouncements of an inclusive growth and not leaving a single Filipino behind.
Poverty is a tell-tale sign of the failure of governments in instituting reforms for the betterment of its citizens.
I was elated to know that P-Noy is going to South Korea for a visit.
The first Family Farm School opened its door in 1937 in southern France. Thus, this year marks the 75th year from its founding.