27 September 2016
AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook
Geographic areas




  • > Africa
  • > Central Asia
  • > Europe
  • > Middle East
  • > Nord America
  • > North Asia
  • > South Asia
  • > South East Asia
  •    - Brunei
  •    - Cambodia
  •    - East Timor
  •    - Indonesia
  •    - Laos
  •    - Malaysia
  •    - Myanmar
  •    - Philippines
  •    - Singapore
  •    - Thailand
  •    - Vietnam
  • > South West Asia
  • > Sud America
  • > East Asia

  • mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato


    » 04/02/2014, 00.00

    PHILIPPINES

    Card Tagle: Economic boom excludes Filipino people



    The Archbishop of Manila criticizes the government's management of the economy, saying it has “abandoned the real country". The GDP is growing, says the cardinal, but "ordinary people remain poor". In January, the unemployment rate was at 7.5%, up 0.4% compared to last year . 55% live below poverty line.

    Manila ( AsiaNews / CBCP ) - Despite the much-vaunted economic growth in the country, large pockets of poverty and unemployment are growing at an alarming rate. This is the paradox denounced by the Archbishop of Manila, Cardinal . Luis Antonio Tagle, who says that while the Philippine government continues to boast of economic and commercial development it does not correspond to the real situation of the majority of the population. The prelate stresses that it is only right to highlight the progress made by the executive and the business sector but, he adds, is "alarming to see also that the level of poverty has not gone down".

    Interviewed on Everyday Faith Live, a program broadcast by the New York based Catholic network Tele Care, Cardinal Tagle addressed the issue of imbalances in the economy of the Asian country. The cardinal noted that, last year , in spite of the fact that the Philippines last year registered the highest gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate in Southeast Asian regions, the question has to be asked "where is this growth going? How come ...ordinary people remained poor?".

    The national statistics authority ( PSA ) said the unemployment rate climbed to 7.5 % from last year's 7.1 % even after the GDP last year grew 7.2 % - the second fastest in Asia next to China's 7.7 %. The report means that there are 2.96 million jobless Filipino families at the start of 2014, up from  2.78 million in 2013. A Social Weather Station (SWS) survey released last January also found that more families considered themselves poor at the end of 2013. SWS data showed that 11.8 million or 55 % of families rated themselves as poor, while some 8.8 million families or 41 % said they were "food-poor".

    Cardinal Tagle's remarks confirm the Church's attention to the poor, as was the case in the recent past with the strong comments from the auxiliary Manila against abuse and discrimination of institutions towards the weaker fringe of the population. Msgr. Broderick Pabillo recalled how the government's economic policy contributes "significantly to the enlargement of the gap" between rich and poor.

    The root cause of the economic growth in recent years is the policies promoted by President Aquino, who was elected in 2010 with a campaign devoted to the fight against corruption and widespread poverty. It has taken hold in a context in itself full of potential compared to other countries in South-East Asia, for the common use of the English language, the relative freedom of the press and established democratic tradition despite pockets of violence and internal resistance. However there are many unresolved problems particularly linked to poverty - 28% of the population live below the minimum threshold of survival - the strengthening of infrastructure (airports, roads, hotels) and fight against unemployment, which registered an increase in April (from 6.9% to 7.5%) compared with the same period in the past year.

     

    e-mail this to a friend Printable version










    See also

    18/10/2008 PHILIPPINES
    Caritas Manila launches "Community of hope" program against hunger
    The 55th anniversary of Caritas Manila is being commemorated with celebrations and with a new program to aid those in need. Collection of things "no longer useful" to raise funds for aid. Tomorrow, 5,000 volunteers will clean the streets, as a sign of concern for society and solidarity.

    12/10/2013 PHILIPPINES
    Year of Faith: Filipino Church launches challenge to a New Evangelization
    In Manila, October 16 to 18, a Conference sponsored by Card. Tagle . The cardinal urges people not to give in to shadows and doubts, but "seize the opportunities that are offered to the mission ." At the end of three days a Mass presided over by the Nuncio and a message fromPope Francis.

    11/09/2014 PHILIPPINES
    Card. Tagle: Pope Francis’ visit will make a difference in the lives of the Filipino people
    The Archbishop of Manila writes a pastoral letter to the Catholic community. His memories of Paul VI’s journey (1970) and its influence on his spiritual life. An invitation to share - at the end of the trip - their own stories.

    30/08/2016 18:24:00 PHILIPPINES
    Card. Tagle: extrajudicial killings and abortion, two faces of the same plague

    The Archbishop of Manila condemns the "unpunished massacre" taking place in the country, but widens the field: "Life must be defended in all its forms. We must be concerned for what is happening on the streets, but also of abortion! These are also the forms of murder ".



    31/05/2006 PHILIPPINES
    Card. Rosales: "New South Rail must not destroy lives of the poor"

    To construct the railway tracks from Caloocan to Los Banos, the government has displaced thousands of very poor residents. The archbishop of Manila has written to vice-president De Castro in their defence.





    Editor's choices

    ASIANEWS SYMPOSIUM
    Mother Teresa, Mercy for Asia and for the world (VIDEO)



    We publish the video recordings of the presentations made at the international symposium organised by AsiaNews on 2 September. In order of appearance: Fr Ferruccio Brambillasca, PIME Superior General; Card Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation of Propaganda Fide; Sr Mary Prema, Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity; Father Brian Kolodiejchuk, postulator of the Cause of Mother Teresa; Card Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Mumbai; Fr John A. Worthley, on the influence of Mother Teresa in China; a witness to the influence of Mother Teresa in the Islamic world; and Mgr Paul Hinder, Apostolic Vicar of Southern Arabia.


    CHINA-VATICAN
    Beijing issues new, harsh draft regulations on religious activities

    Bernardo Cervellera

    Fines of up to 200 thousand yuan (27 thousand euro) for "illegal religious activities" by Catholic or other members of underground communities. "Illegal activities" include "dependence from abroad" (such as the relationship with the Vatican). The regulations preach non-discrimination, but party members are forbidden to practice their religion, even in private. Strict control of buildings, statues, crosses. Clampdown on the internet. It could be the end of the underground community.
     


    AsiaNews IS ALSO A MONTHLY!

    AsiaNews monthly magazine (in Italian) is free.
     

    SUBSCRIBE NOW

    News feed

    Canale RSScanale RSS 

    Add to Google









     

    IRAN 2016 Banner

    2003 © All rights reserved - AsiaNews C.F. e P.Iva: 00889190153 - GLACOM®