POVERTY IN THE PHILIPPINES
The Philippines has a population of 89,468,677. Prior to the onslaught of Typhoon Ketana (named typhoon Ondoy locally), 16% of this (or roughly 14, 315,00) lives on less than one dollar ($1) a day. 9% (or about 8,052,180) are unemployed.
By the end of 2008 (before the onset of successive natural disasters), poverty level was estimated was estimated to be at 33% of the population. With three successive devastating typhoons hitting the country just recently, the tens of thousands more of Filipino families already living below the poverty line will be further pushed into extreme difficulty and long term poverty.
Now, no amount of window dressing can hide the economic failure of the Arroyo administration despite being in power for more than 9 years now!
Take a look at the faces of poverty in the Philippines before and after the onset of Typhoon Ondoy.
FACES OF POVERTY IN THE PHILIPPINES BEFORE 'ONDOY'
AT THE AFTERMATH OF TYPHOON ONDOY