Reaction Paper About Poverty In The Philippines

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The Philippines has been tied to poverty since Ferdinand E. Marcos’ administration. Martial Law brought economic problems and social conflicts which led to the country’s economic downfall. Six administrations followed and poverty still remains to be one of the main socio-economic issues in the country today. Even with the global improvement of the economic situation, the Philippines still gets left behind; and this could be the reason behind chronic poverty in the country. (Encyclopedia of the Nations, n.d.) Chronic poverty is poverty experienced for a long period of time and is usually passed on from one generation to another. (Chronic Poverty Research Centre, n.d.) Being chronically poor, they are deprived of their basic needs and would depend on other people. Those living in chronic poverty are usually found in the slums or streets, a location example would be Baclaran.…show more content…
Poverty is damaging to a child’s physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual development; this makes them more vulnerable to exploitation, abuse, violence, discrimination, and stigmatization. (Unicef, n.d.) Child poverty is evident in Baclaran; street children begging for alms can be seen from left and right. When the child’s living condition does not improve as he grows older, it is likely that the poverty he is experiencing would be passed on to another generation. The traditional activities of street children and the cycle of poverty is what various youth and family centers aim to abolish. This study focuses on Bridge Builder Foundation, a non-government and non-profit organization situated in Baclaran. It seeks to analyze the advantages of having an organization concerned with the informal sector where chronic poverty is rampant. The study will look through the workings of the organization and its possible contribution to their clients’ poverty situation as a

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