Up to this very point, like the rest of my co-students in UP (together with every concerned citizen in this country), I am still hopeful that the President, Her Excellency Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will declare a “war” on poverty, a supposed immediate solution a leader should at least do for his constituents.
What’s so disheartening is the very fact that she instead announced the allotment of P1 billion for her anti-insurgency campaign. P1 billion is still P1 billion and it is a big money for the Philippines. I have this theory, or shall I say an observation more than a theory, that the Arroyo administration easily finds the money to spend for guns, bullets and other hardware items, well, any means that would pertain to her stay on top position. But for programs that would provide the poor the means to buy food and other basic needs to at least alleviate them, it is so stingy. We cannot expect it from our government now; it’s a way too impossible.
For example, last November 2004, the government launched the food for work program. It was supposed to provide P1,200 worth of food vouchers for 50,000 families in five depressed provinces. The total amount of the project for six months was P360 million. But what actually happened, as anticipated? The program was implemented only for one month with the Department of Social Welfare and Development spending only the amount of P60 million. Where is the bigger portion of the funds? Where is the P300 million?
For a number of times, I’ve already questioned this: What kind of persons do we have in the present government? The President and her top advisers have no reluctance to splurge on billions of pesos just to survive politically and keep the loyalty of the generals but they cannot shell out just P300 million for 50,000 families.
With due respect to the President, who has been trying to present a good and loyal front to the Filipino people, Madam, your people are already sick and tired since the day we claim ourselves to be Filipinos – that’s even a hundred years ago. Up to this very point, under your governance, we were never freed with this concept of deception and egotism. The Filipino people cannot tolerate anymore your acts of selfishness and rudeness that we don’t even deserve from the very start. The Filipinos can no longer swallow even your own guilt because of the misleading acts you did and you are doing just for you to preserve your power for selfish and personal intentions. The President has got all the insolence from every upright Filipino. What more shame can she still take? Or is the notion on shame out of her perception, thus absurd?