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Why Is The Philippines Poor?

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 and 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. After all Japan has a limited territory, 80% mountainous, inadequate for agriculture or raising cattle, but it is near second in the 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.

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Post: James Horan says:


October 20, 2010 at 7:19 pm

Reading over this post and answers, most I fear are right when they speak of the problems: Corruption, values, personal, political its just a mess. From tribal groups w/ their religious groups in the north, the Catholics and finally arrogant Muslims in the south. Barangay Thiefdoms to National demigods…its a real mess. And of course, no national language pervasive throughout the country… Tagalog in the north, Cebuano in the south. Hell…the Philippines government named Spanish, then English, then Tagalog, then Wikang Pambansa, then Filipino and the “official” National Language. It just seems the country is a mish-mash of all that can go wrong. And with so many islands I guess its a little natural for each to take pride in self, not in a national identity…lolzzz I’m a Texan first.
Seems to me, as an American who has never been to the Philippines, but has fallen in love with the country through the internet and Filipino friends both here and on the internet, the Philippines is a place…a people, that are Screaming for a National Leader (and Leaders) that are devoid of personal ambition. National leaders that will work for the good of the people and the country even if its unpopular. I think the country is so hungry, so in need of a self-less leader the nation would accept a non-Filipino if he/she would be up to the task.
(Filipino Gandi, where are you?).

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