|Posted by feedmindanaochildren on July 21, 2010 at 9:38 AM||comments (0)|
Posted on 11:44 PM, July 20, 2010
Hunger remains high in RPOver 20% in the last three quarters -- SWSHUNGERCONTINUES to haunt many Filipino families, with the Social WeatherStations’ (SWS) overall measure barely improving and more claiming tohave frequently lacked anything to eat.
The number of households which experienced involuntaryhunger at least once in the last three months was at 21.1%, equivalentto some four million families and down very slightly from March’s21.2%, results of a June SWS survey showed.
Hunger has now been over 20% for the last three quarters, theSWS said, taking into account the record 24% notched last December 2009.
The average since 1998 has risen to 13.6%.
Although overall hunger hardly changed, its composition worsenedgiven increased severe hunger (experiencing it "often" or "always")coupled with a drop in moderate ("only once" or a "few times")responses.
Severe hunger rose to 4.2%, equivalent to some 780,000 families,from 2.8% (530,000) previously. Moderate hunger, meanwhile, fell to16.9% (3.2 million) from 18.4% (2.4 million).
"Thus the severely hungry became 20% of the overall hungry, up from 13% in the previous quarter," the SWS said.
A Cabinet official asked to comment on the results said thegovernment was in the process of reviewing all programs related toaddressing hunger, while an economist said the data highlighted theneed to address poverty.
By geographical area, hunger rose in Metro Manila to 22%(550,000 families) from 17.3% and in Mindanao to 26% (1.1 million) from24%.
It declined in the rest of Luzon to 18.3% (1.5 million) from20.9%, and was hardly changed in the Visayas at 21% (790,000) from21.1%.
Broken down, moderate hunger rose in Metro Manila (19% from13.3%), fell in the Balance of Luzon (14% from 18.1%) and in theVisayas (17.3% from 18.8%), and barely moved in Mindanao (21% from21.4%).
The new rates , the SWS said, "are higher than their 12-year averages for all areas."
Severe hunger, meanwhile, rose in all areas except Metro Manilawhere it was down a point to 3%. It rose to 5% from 2.6% in Mindanao,to 4.3% from 2.8% in the rest of Luzon, and to 3.7% from 2.3% in theVisayas.
The SWS said the severe hunger rates were also higher thantheir 12-year averages in all areas except Metro Manila, where thelatest score was slightly lower than the 3.5% average.
Told of the results, Social Welfare and Development chiefCorazon J. Soliman said the government was seeking to improve thecoverage of its services.
In particular, "The conditional cash transfer is ongoing andeffective but we are looking for areas of improvement particularly inthe delivery of the cash," Ms. Soliman said.
For his part, University of Asia and the Pacific economistVictor A. Abola said: "It goes to show that despite the gains of thelast quarter ... the new administration should give [importance] tolower the poverty rate [by providing] regular long standing jobs."
"It also supports my view that drastic reduction in poverty isthe number one priority of the new administration. And this can be doneonly by growing faster at 7-8% and having a weaker peso, as these areemployment drivers," he added.
The SWS survey, conducted last June 25 to 28, utilizedface-to-face interview of 1,200 adults nationwide. The error marginsused were ±3% for national and ±6% for area percentages. -- Ana Mae G. Roa
|Posted by feedmindanaochildren on May 28, 2010 at 9:12 AM||comments (0)|
Sometimes I get downheartened when I see the immense poverty in Mindanao and even in Manila. When there is a brownout....which there is every single day here in Mindanao which lasts from 4 to 8 hours a day, I get hot and frustrated.
But then I see the smiling faces of these children who are so receptive to Christianity. It is part of the culture here. I take for granted the freedom that they have to post "God is good all the time" on their motorcabs or even on their government buildings.
Despite being in Mindanao where Muslim rebels cause some problems, I don't feel the persecution toward Christians that others in ministry work experience. I just read an article that talked about the persecutions of Christians in the world and it made me realize how easy we Christians have it how are living in countries where this does not exist. To read the article click on the link
|Posted by feedmindanaochildren on May 18, 2010 at 7:51 PM||comments (0)|
To celebrate my wife's birthday we decided to share the celebration with the village children in Dipolog. This is something that Manny Pacquiao, the Filipino world champion fighter, did on his birthday and I admired the deed. So this is something that Jeanny and I wish to do when we celebrate our birthday. Since Jeanny's birthday falls in May, hers was the first. My birthday will fall in June and I will do the same thing, probably in Oroquieta. Then our son celebrates his first birthday in July and we will do the same for his birthday. We use our own funds to do the birthday celebration feedings so that any donations we receive during the year can be used for the large feeding we do each year at Christmas which, in the past has fed and clothed (and gifted) over 500 children.
|Posted by feedmindanaochildren on April 26, 2010 at 1:40 AM||comments (1)|
I struggled whether to post my pray request here or not. I also struggled with how I should word the request and how much I should devulge as it involves a sensitive issue.
A volunteer of mine has had an episode involving a nervous disorder of which she is suffering. I was not aware of her condition and have worked with her for 15 months. She is the most reliable person I have met here in the Philippines and is always punctual, if not early. She is honest and she is faithful. She has been my right hand and left hand which is why it is so difficult to see her in the condition she is in now. I can not elaborate on her condition because I do not know very much except that she is in her sister's care as I write this. A good friend of mine and hers has agreed to share the cost of her medication and to help seek further evaluation for her. As I know more I will post more but please pray for this volunteer of Walk Thy Talk Ministries. I will not post a name but I know God will know for whom you are praying.
|Posted by feedmindanaochildren on March 27, 2010 at 11:15 PM||comments (0)|
There has been a drought here in the Philippines due to El Nino since the end of 2009. This has caused the Hydro-Electric power plants to shut down periodically (daily) for 4 to 8 hours per day. The frustrating part is that one never knows what those hours will be. It could begin at 8 a.m. and last until 10 a.m. or 12 p.m. or it could start at 4 p.m. and last until midnight. It does make it a challenge to plan one's day.
What I find interesting is that this has been a way of life for over two months now and yet when I am in a place where there are many people and the power goes out, there is a gasp of disappointment but that's it. I haven't heard alot of complaining (not that I could understand Visayan that well anyway, but I could pick up enough to know if the people around me are complaining about it.).
I don't know how long these brownouts will last, but it has taught me the true meaning of patience.
|Posted by feedmindanaochildren on March 26, 2010 at 7:41 PM||comments (0)|
My wife Jeanny went to the store to buy some food yesterday and the cashier had been pregnant at the same time that Jeanny had been pregnant. Jeanny asked her how the baby was doing, since her child would be about the same age as our son, Thomas Albert born July 15th, 2009. The young woman stated matter of factly that the baby (boy) had died one day after birth. She did not give the reason for the death but I am aware that here in Mindanao there are many infant deaths. Jeanny's mother has five living children but two died within the first six months of birth. I hear stories all the time of infant deaths here in Mindanao. Although the infant mortality rate here in the Philippines is only 20 (per thousand) I believe in Mindanao it must be higher. Although the United States has only 6 deaths per thousand they are still linked #177 in the world and the Philippines is #103. Although it is not as high as Angola with 180 infant deaths per 1000 (highest in the world) why is it that the lowest infant mortality rates are SIngapore, Sweden, Japan, Hong Kong, Macau, Iceland, France, Finland, Norway and Germany with 2 or 3 deaths per thousand?
Although the Philippines has brought the IMR down from 25 to 20 in the past few years, possibly through education of curing diarrhea through Oral Rehydration Solution, a combination of water, salts, and sugars, it is still far too high compared to it's neighbors 600 nautical miles away (Hong Kong and Macau).
The tap water here is filled with amoebas that get into the baby's intestinal tract. Our child had one and he never uses tap water, only bottled water but the doctor said that the purification system for the bottled water is not so good here (gulp) so he possibly got the intestinal amoeba through the purified water.
Although the health care here in the Philippines is much cheaper than in the U.S., it is still expensive for the people here whose median income is around a thousand dollars a year. I asked the doctor how these poor people afforded all of the medical and the doctor replied "Many babies die here."
|Posted by feedmindanaochildren on March 25, 2010 at 1:30 AM||comments (0)|
Something that gets some getting used to is the driving rules here in Mindanao. I have driven a Yamaha 1200 cc motorbike since I arrived here. In Oroquieta city there are no stop lights and I have seen two stop signs although I have been told there are three but they are ignored. Right of way, as I understand it, is decided by the size of the vehicle, which leaves motorbikes at the bottom of the list in priority of right of way. I have had only three mishaps since I have been here, one caused by a dog running out in the middle of the street (there are hundreds of stray dogs here) in front of my bike (I did not hit the dog but laid down the bike while doing 45 kph). The second incident was similar to the first but the third incident happened about ten minutes ago (hence the post as I vent somewhat here). I was coming up to the driveway that leads to my rental unit when a bicycle came out cutting off the left side of the road where I was turning. I laid the bike down (luckily I was only doing about 20kph) without hitting him but my wife and I were scraped up a bit and the bike's kick start is bent as is the exhaust pipe. Had the man on the bike been on the right side of the street as he is "supposed to be" then no incident would have occurred.
I thank God that it wasn't a larger vehicle and that my young son wasn't with us.
|Posted by feedmindanaochildren on March 13, 2010 at 8:31 PM||comments (0)|
Yesterday we fed some pastry to children in one of the villages in Lopez Jaena. We had handed out Bibles (Visayan language version) with the help of Gideons a week ago and this week our quest was to give a Bible study. Pastor Jonathan from a local Pentecostal church and my volunteer GeneLiza made the journey on Jonathan's motorbike as his van, which we used the previous week, was broken. I am praying to God that this year Walk THY Talk Ministries will have it's own van. Someone offered to donate a van last week from America but unfortunately it required us shipping it here to Mindanao which also emcompasses paying a 50% import tax so I found it necessary to decline this generous offer.
Today I gave pastry to the children in Taboc Sur outside Oroquieta City. Some of the children were gathered outside the shack of a local fisherman who drowned two days ago in the rough seas as he was attempting to make a second trip out at night to get more squid as they were plentiful that night. A second fisherman is still missing from that night and I saw a Coast Guard Cutter offshore yesterday, I presume looking for his body.
I queried the children on memorized Bibles verses. Of the 50 children only three had memorized any Bible verses from the Bibles we distributed last week. I gave a reward of 2 pesos (5 cents) for their diligence.
|Posted by feedmindanaochildren on February 14, 2010 at 5:42 PM||comments (0)|
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