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Written by Bobby M. Reyes   
Thursday, 12 November 2020 19:25

How To Eliminate Or Minimize Poverty in the Philippines
(A Template for THE “ReVOTElution of Hope-2022)

How Sorsogon (the 19th-Poorest Province in the PH)

Can Be the Pilot Province for the “ReVOTElution of Hope) in 2022

In 1982 and 1983, with a fellow director of the then-Sorsogon Ceramic Manufacturing Corp. (SOCERMAC) as a traveling companion, we visited Switzerland (Geneva and Lugano), Italy (11 cities), the Vatican, Madrid (Spain) and London (UK). During our travels, I asked also my newly-found friends, industrialists and businessmen questions about the safety nets of the European Union (EU) in addressing the question of how to drastically solve poverty, especially in rural areas.

I did the same in my visits to Canada in 1977 and 1978 (Vancouver, BC, and Toronto, Ontario), I also did the same study on poverty alleviation.

I observed also the practices of some American federal and state-and-local governments on safety nets.

As a result of my studies, I wrote in some of my articles that it was time to redo the saying of then-President Ramon Magsaysay that "'those who have less in life must have more in law' AND MUCH-MORE IN SAFETY NETS" (the words in capital letters are my suggested addition).

(Pls see more comments in a video posted below about the social programs in Denmark, particularly about socialized medicine, education and other safety nets.)

Please look at this video on poverty:

(Con't.) In all the countries that I visited, social programs succeeded only if there is almost-zero corruption when it comes to dispensing safety nets for the economically-disadvantaged citizens, especially the poorest of the poor. All of these I proposed -- with the help of a few Sorsoganon leaders way back in 1987-1988 -- but then the incoming provincial government did not bother to even reply to our 52-page single-space sets of proposals to undertake socioeconomic projects in the Province of Sorsogon.

Why? Because any government can only help the poor if it has enough resources to address the issue of poverty.

As then CA Gov. Ronald Reagan said, "The government cannot give what it does not have."

I ran for governor of Sorsogon Province in the May 9, 2016, election. And I discussed in my revived "Economic Viewpoints" at DZGN-FM and five other radio stations in Sorsogon the need to do our 1987-1988 proposals.

Please view this video about the social programs and safety nets in Denmark, as compared to those of the United States:

In 2011 and 2012, I wrote these article and comments that I summarized in a Facebook Note about how the Philippine leadership could not make a dent on the poverty of the Filipino people and how a Sorsogon provincial government can turn it (the social cancers) around:

I analyzed also why the Bicol Region (and many regions in the Philippines) and why Sorsogon -- as the pilot province -- why our people are poor. I told of the failure of a provincial government to eradicate or minimize poverty in this Facebook Note:

I did not stop at just analyzing the causes of a people’s poverty but I proposed some projects that they can undertake -- with the help of their provincial-and-local governments -- to make them financially independent, if not rich. I wrote this Facebook Note: Ten-to-20 Priority Projects to "Reinvent" the Quality of Life in Sorsogon & its "Isles of the Future" AND Create 300,000+ Jobs

As a trained journalist, my duty is only to write about the social problems, the cancers of society, and how to solve them. And so I started writing about the solutions, as in this Facebook Note:

BTW, on August 5, 2018, I registered the domain name, At least on the Internet, I appear now as the “owner” (sic) of the Province of Sorsogon’s most-prized asset, the Sorsogon Bay.

This writer also started discussing with his Taiwanese-American friends. And this Facebook Note summarizes probably the best-and-most-viable way of getting the job of developing the economy of Sorsogon done (or at least getting started). Here is the idea of how Taiwan and the Taiwane-American community can help make Sorsogon “a Little Taiwan”:

I wrote also a series of articles on how to finance the socioeconomic development of Sorsogon Province. Here is a Facebook Note about it:

I wrote not only about how Sorsogon Province could eliminate poverty but also how to do it -- by citing specific projects. I wrote likewise the ancient history of Sorsoganons, its history of earthquakes and even the Sorsogon of Old (like in the early 1950s and 1960s, when I was a young student at Sorsogon’s public-and-Catholic schools). Here are the links to the articles and Facebook Groups:

(To be continued ...)

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 November 2020 19:32

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