Why is the Philippines Poor?


Dear Friends,

Here is a good article sent by Dr. Arsenio Martin of Fort Arthur , Texas ..
Enjoy reading.


The difference between the poor countries and the rich ones is not the age of the country:

This can be shown by countries like India & Egypt , that are more than 2000 years old, but are poor.

On the other hand, Canada , Australia & New Zealand , that 150 years ago were inexpressive, today are developed countries, and are rich.

The difference between poor & rich countries does not reside in the available natural resources.

Japan has a limited territory, 80% mountainous, inadequate for agriculture & cattle raising, but it is the second world economy. The country is like an immense floating factory, importing raw materials from the whole world and exporting manufactured products.

Another example is Switzerland, which does not plant cocoa but has the best chocolate in the world. In its little territory they raise animals and plant the soil during 4 months per year. Not enough, they produce dairy products of the best quality! It is a small country that transmits an image of security, order & labor, which made it the world’s strongest, safest place.

Executives from rich countries who communicate with their counterparts in poor countries show that there is no significant intellectual difference.

Race or skin color are also not important: immigrants labeled lazy in their countries of origin are the productive power in rich European countries.

What is the difference then? The difference is the attitude of the people, framed along the years by the education & the culture & flawed tradition.

On analyzing the behavior of the people in rich & developed countries, we find that the great majority follow the following principles in their lives:

1. Ethics, as a basic principle.
2. Integrity.
3. Responsibility.
4. Respect to the laws & rules.
5. Respect to the rights of other citizens.
6. Work loving.
7. Strive for savings & investment.
8. Will of super action.
9. Punctuality.
10. and of course…Discipline

In poor countries, only a minority follow these basic principles in their daily life.

The Philippines is not poor because we lack natural resources or because nature was cruel to us. In fact, we are supposedly rich in natural resources.

We are poor because we lack the correct attitude. We lack the will to comply with and teach these functional principles of rich & developed societies.

This things happen because of our lack of discipline & laziness
our love for intrigue and politics, our indifference to saving for the future, our stubborn attitude.

If you love your country, let this message circulate so that many Filipinos could reflect about this, & CHANGE, ACT!


7 responses »

  1. Well I hope we could sum all the reason why we are in ‘poor’ – we seem to have the mindset that we could never get big. Nick Joaquin’s essay entitled a heritage of smallness hits it.

    Great blog you have here. I just happen to pass by but I’m sure this visits would be more frequent from now on.

    Link up with site if you find it worthy, thanks!

  2. ang ganda naman ng kwentong pinas,tama ka discipline ng bawat isang mamamayan ang kailangan natin,imagine pag nasa ibang bansa ang pinoy sumusunod tayo sa regulation nila at law’s,isa pa kahit sinong tao ang naka upo sa gobyerno mahihirapan ng makabangon ang pinas sa kahirapan. kaya nga maraming pinoy nag umaalis ng pinas kasi nga pag hindi ka pumunta sa ibang bansa di mo mabibigyan ng magandang future ang mga bata lalo na sa merong pamilya.God Bless!

  3. ang problema kasi sa tin di lang minsan kundi most of the time, sita lang tayo nang sita, reklamo nang reklamo, sisi dito sisi don* kahit na ang totoo wala naman tayong ginagawa para makatulong. minsan nga kung sino pa yung puro dada, siya pang mas malala ang mga ginagawa.

    kung hindi man tayo makatulong ng malaki para sa bansa natin, at least try not to make the situation worse.

    magbago na tayo… “tayo” walang exempted…

    cheerz! para sa writer nito!

  4. hate to say this, but the Phils should 1) ditch English, stop pretending to be American, cast aside the pathetic dependence on foreign employers and forcibly unify the regions under a tagalog culture; 2) revert to authoritariansm for a few decades, break the power of the rich elite, build tax revenues, forcibly, and build infrastructure, again forcibly with work brigades. You need roads, rails, healthcare. At the moment the Phils could be cut in half by four hundred armed men controlling a couple of ferries. It is hard to take seriously a country that does not have a single fixed communication line from top to bottom. Forty years of democracy have done almost nothing for this land. Democracy is the ideal, but it only works when the fundamentals are solid.

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