The Vicious Cycle of Progress and Poverty

The Vicious Cycle of Progress and Poverty

By Apolinario Villalobos


Poverty is a mean excuse to do things for easy money by the weak in spirit. But the strong are ready to go hungry in the name of ideals and principles. The exploiters use poverty in blackmailing the unfortunates, one result of which is the dirty election due to rampant vote buying.


Exploitation of the illiterates and impoverished also result to virtual land grabbing because they are made to “sell” their ancestral domains to rich real estate developers at below  the decent value level. As subdivisions, golf courses and resorts sprout, the displaced former landowners and the fortune-seekers from other parts of the country huddle in not so far depressed areas with many of them working as low-waged employees of the mentioned business institutions that sprouted.


Poverty is the corner where the impoverished are pushed to make a choice between death and survival. Also, when the government alleges progress, poverty trails a few steps behind. Along this line, poverty breeds animosity in a community, especially, on matters of politics. In this regard, while some members of the community are ready to sell their soul for a few pesos in exchange for their vote, others are steadfast in protecting theirs which has always been viewed as a “sacred” right. Even some of the clerics of the Catholic Church have joined the confusion by counseling their members to accept the bribe but vote according to their conscience.


As soon as the corrupt candidates are finally put in place, thanks to the rampant vote-buying, in no time at all, they start to engage in schemes designed to insure the “return of their investment”. Projects that involve infrastructures are conceived, supposedly to carry on the “progress”…the bigger project, the better, as assurance for fat commissions. The worst scheme is connivance with non-governmental organizations for ghost projects. While all these things are going on, the suffering constituents see around them towering manifestations of progress in the shadow of which, they cringe in poverty.


Progress and poverty are the two forces that push each other to create the never ending loop that goes round and round…a never-ending cycle that plagues the people of the third-world countries such as the Philippines, and the culprit are the “investors” – exploiting nations that promise comfort in exchange for “developments”. Yet, despite the prevailing realities of the time, the rest of third-world nations still bite the bait.

10 thoughts on “The Vicious Cycle of Progress and Poverty

  1. you hit the nail on the head…pero nakakabahala ang ganitong attitude dahil despite sa mga ongoing shenanigans sa government, parang hindi na rin apektado ang mga Pilipino kaya lalo lang nai-encourage si Pnoy at mga tauhan niya…kaya ang mga dapat mag-resign ay nandiyan pa rin dahil ang isip nila “lilipas din ang galit ng mga tao”, na nangyayari na nga, unlike noong panahon ni Marcos na violent ang reaction ng mga tao..


  2. Anoyher great post. Ang sabu sa akin, marami raw ang excited pag eleksyon na dahil alam nilang maraming mga kandidato ang bibili ng mga boto nila. Ibig sabihin ay may makukuha silang pera. Hindi nila iniisip ang long-term, na kung corrupt na ang mga kandidato sa kampanya palang, mas lalong corrupt ang mga yan pag naupo na sila sa posisyon. Tapos magrereklamo ang mga tao sa corruption, eh sila ang bumoto sa kanila dahil ibinenta nila ang mga boto nila.

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    • sa simula, patago pa kung gawin ang pagbili, pero lately, in the open na dahil bistado namang lahat ng mga kandidato ay gumagawa nito at ang mga botante ay nagpapalakihan ng perang tinanggap…personally, nakakita ako kung paanong gawin ito…yong friends and relatives ko na concerned, simula nanag mag-blog ako tungkol dito ay umiwas na sa akin…

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      • Ay, ganoon na ba ngayon? Grabe naman. Kailan kaya matitigil ang mga ganyang gawain?

        Umiiwas sila sa’yo? Grabe naman. Pero bilib ako sa’yo kasi matapang ka na isinisiwalat ang mga ganyan. Dapat lang para naman malaman ng mga hindi nakakaalam na ganyan ang mga nangyayari, at para rin kahit papaano ay ma-realize ng mga gumagawa ng mga ganyan ang mga maling gawain nila.

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  3. Paanong hindi iiwas ay mga natumbok ko ng blogs tungkol sa corruptions kaya guilty! Thanks sa pagpapalakas ng loob ko. I don’t mind na mawala sila dahil napapalitan naman ng mga matitino tulad ninyo. Matindi ang corruption dito sa Pilipinas ngayon.


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