‘Candidates should focus on poverty’—INQUIRER.net survey

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MANILA, Philippines—Poverty is the number one concern that candidates should focus on, INQUIRER.net’s survey reveals on Thursday.

The question that has been posted for a month on the site goes: “Which socioeconomic issue do you think candidates should focus on? Choose one.”

“Poverty” tops the list with 31.39% or a total of 1,877 votes.

“Economy” follows with 25% or with about 1,495 votes.

“Peace and order” comes third with 18.11% or about 1,083 votes.

“Education” is fourth with 16% or about 957 votes.

Fifth is “health care” with 5.32% or about 318 votes.

“Food security” got 4.18% or about 250 votes.

Meanwhile, there were mixed reactions.

A reader named Lewis posted: “Education is the most important agenda for all politicians, less knowledge will end to nothing.

Grace believed it’s the economy. She posted that if the economy is improved, all the rest goes with it. She admitted though that an improved economy may be too hard to reach. She said we shouldn’t look only into one aspect and focus also on education, especially of the poor children who are forced to work at an early age.

She said even if these children are provided with education but if they’re not given proper nutrition, they couldn’t perform well in school.

She added provision of health care wouldn’t matter if there’s no job or proper education. “Babalik at babalik din sa kalugmukan (We will go back to the same economic quagmire),” she said.

“Pag na-improve ang economy magkakaron na madami at maayos na trabaho, mapapag aral na nang ayos ang mga anak nila, makaka-afford na ng quality healthcare, dahil afford na bumili ng pagkain, maiimprove ang kalusugan, at malaki ang possibility na magtagumpay din mga anak nila. Kung lahat ng pamilya ganito, indi na kailangan magnakaw at kumapit sa patalim ng mga tao.”

(If we have an improved economy, there will be more good-paying jobs. Parents can now provide their children quality education and proper health care because they can now afford to buy enough food and mind their health. There’s a big chance for their children to succeed. If all families are like this, there’s no need to steal or do bad things.)

A reader named Ike wrote: “The Filipino voters should face the new era on how to value their vote…Corruption in our country is like a cancer. Stop picking politicians who pretend to be good government leaders”

Another reader named Rolan wrote: “This is very basic survey. Everything goes well when the economy is good. Improve the ECONOMY.”

A reader named Gerry wrote: “Food security! Even the voters are not choosing, almost neglecting it. The politicians might as well work on this gap provided by your own survey.”

Sofia wrote: “AS LONG AS THE PHIL. POLITICIANS CONSIDER THEIR OWN WELFARE FIRST AND FORMOST, POVERTY IN MY COUNTRY WILL NEVER DIMINISH.”

A reader with the initials H. N. posted this comment: “Education, for with well-educated people, over time all other issues will fall into place. Economic and health-related issues as well as poverty will be resolved with proper education.”

A reader named Marie Elizabeth Sy believed education should be the focus though she voted for health care.

She wrote:  “Economy…is hard to control it. Peace and order will not exist because everyone’s selfish. Food security is not that essential if the economy is uncontrollable with many disputes. And it will make the poor lazy because you’re only going to feed them with more laziness.

“And since selfishness is present to us all. Businesses will not lower their food prices because there will be no profit for them in return and this will make our economy bad. But I voted for HEALTH CARE. Why? Because if you’re unhealthy, you will have “Poverty” and you won’t be able to work hard to buy food as well as to work properly to either educate yourself or pull yourself together or to send yourself to school or your kids.”

She added, “Without proper health care, people will suffer and there will be an increase in poverty, it will make the economy suffer, it will weaken peace and order and scarcity in food supply will suffer. Why? Because farmers must be fit and healthy in order to work hard for the industries to produce more food. Get it?”

Veny wrote: “The focus should be on education.  Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day, teach him how to fish and he will eat for the rest of his life.”

A certain “Ambs” wrote: “I agree with Veny that education is most essential, but we need to focus more on the most basic thing which is food security ,,,,,,,i hope i could see hunger-free nation one fine day .”

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  • batmanlaijai

    focus? poverty?… FOCUS SA BULSA NILA SIGURO!

  • a1phantom

    Team Malaysia po tayo.

  • Edward Castro

    focus on the causes of poverty…. lack of educatioon, corruption, etc  

  • tanga_hanga_ni_abnoy

    poverty is the result of voting useless politicians, corrupt gov’t officials and undisciplined and uneducated constituents..kaya nga tawag dyan right of suffrage..pwes, magdusa kayo sa mga ibinoto nyo

  • Jay Alvin Madrigal

    i hope inquirer does a mock election survey of senatoriables. it would be interesting to see who their readers choose to vote. would team pnoy or una rule it? in my point of view, INQ is a little biased towards the administration, no offense. i wonder if their readers are too. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/LLZUWWYWTSB4APE7SV2R64AU3A Rody

    I would say the most pressing problems are economy, education and health care. The rest will be taken cared but only few pretentious candidates are talking about these. They are after their well being because they know voter’s can be bought.

  • pedronimo

    May I suggest to Inquirer to please make a survey of opinion of college students in Metro Manila on their Senatorial choices? Ateneo and UP had held mock elections in the past. The big schools in the University Belt can follow suit.  Unlike other dubious commercial surveyors, school  are apolitical, impartial, and competent and therefore reliable. School can hold and manage these surveys because they have the human resource. Inquirer and other media can fetch and help disseminate the results with transparency.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PYGLPYCIHV4RRCYCRWR5XNGJ6Y Sarrah

    the candidates should focus on poverty,yes,because in poverty there is money.you can be alloted with huge pork barrel to be pocketed

  • EdgarEdgar

    The recent World Bank report says it all. Much of the wealth of this nation is in the hands of the oligarchs, the hacienderos-turned-oligarchs, and the political dynasties that use or peddle their influence to gain more of what is already an inequitable distribution of wealth. This is the fundamental cause of poverty. The problems that preclude a fairer distribution of wealth in society is structural. Expecting candidates who come from the very same group that has tilted the playing field in their favor is akin to expecting looters to return their loot voluntarily and unconditionally.

    Defending political dynasties in a recent TV interview with Luchi Cruz-Valdez, Bam Aquino inadvertently twisted himself: “There’s nothing wrong with political dynasties. I’m proud of my Tito Ninoy and Tita Cory. Concentrating the powers and the wealth of the nation in a few families is wrong.” No mention of how ashamed he is of Tita Tessie the dancing queen and Tito Butz the free rider. No mention of how the structural flaws of our society should be fixed. No mention of how the Aquino-Cojuangco dynasty brought more grief to this nation.

  • buttones

    This ‘focus; [whatever that means] has being going on for 67 long years- what a load of tripe! There was NO FOCUS, had there been so the result would have been a reduction- is this not true? There are more of us living in abject poverty now than in 1946, now who will tell me this is not true? I DARE you, I even DOUBLE DARE you- give me the stats . I’m waiting….

  • Shea Karina De Silva

    I think the
    survey must have miscalculations; corrupt politicians are the roots of poverty! – 

  • julymorning

    HAHAY! KAHIT ANO PA TOPIC, KAYA LUSUTAN YAN NG MGA SINUNGALING AT MAGNANAKAW NA MGA PULITIKO. SASABIHIN LANG NILA NA MAG FOCUS SILA SA KAHIRAPAN BAGO ELEKSYON. PERO PAGKATAPOS ELEKSYON, GOOD BYE NA MAHIHIRAP KASI SIMULA NA NAMAN NG KANILANG PAGNANAKAW SA KABAN NG BAYAN PARA MABAWI ANG PINAMBILI NG MGA BOTO. AT ANG MGA WALANG HIYANG PULITIKO NA IRE HINDI TALAGA TITIGIL HANGANG DI MAILAGAY SA KANILANG MGA BULSA ANG KABAN NG BAYAN, KAYA PATATAKBUHIN PATI ANAK NG MGA APO NILA. JUNG PUEDI PA NGA, PATI MGA KATULONG NILA AT MGA ASO, GAGAWIN NILANG MGA KONSEHAL O KAPITAN DEL BARYO. WELKAM TO DA PILIPINS, ANG LUGAR NG MGA MAGNANAKAW, SA LAHAT NG AHENSYA NG GOBYERNO HANGANG SA MGA WALANG SILBI, MGA PAPOGI, MGA MAIINGAY, MGA AROGANTE, AT MGA POLPOL NA MAGNANAKAW SA KONGRESO AT SENADO!!!!

  • JasonBieber

    Yes candidates should focus on poverty just like the President should focus on poverty. But as it goes thanks to the President the focus is on former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

  • WAJ

    Philippine government should invest in some kind of business that hires poor people. Those people should be taken off the streets and put to work even for a minimum wage, not only in the cities but in the provinces also.  

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