By Macon Ramos-Araneta | Manila Standard Today
Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. said on Wednesday that the problem of poverty under the administration of President Noynoy Aquino was essentially the same problem during the term of his predecessor, former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
“The problem is the same during the GMA administration when the growth rate of the economy was strong, the beneficiaries of that growth were only large corporations and rich investors, not ordinary Filipino citizens,” he said.
Marcos said that poverty condition is caused by the inequitable distribution of wealth, which was also the situation during the Arroyo administration.
“The problem (during GMA) was inequitable distribution of wealth and that is the same problem that we have now. We see that there is strong growth but there is terrible distribution of wealth, hence the continuing poverty rate,” Marcos said.
While he didn’t question the 2012 growth figures, he reminded the government that the true measurement of progress is gauged by the improving lives of the Filipinos.
“My point is that the NEDA findings that the poverty (situation) did not improve, has been something that I had suspected from going around the country and talking to people and looking at their condition,” Marcos said.
The senator said the poverty level as measured by National Statistical Coordination Board, an attached agency of the National Economic Development Authority, should serve as a wake-up call for the government to implement an honest to goodness poverty alleviation programs such as investment in basic services, transportation, and infrastructure.