Anti-poverty officials: We can survive even w/out aid from other countries
The National Anti-Poverty Sector Summit, Sec. Liza Maza, said that the country can survive even without financial aid from other countries and international groups.
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“Sa totoo lang, lagi tayong nakadepende sa aid, foreign investments at alam nating hindi naman ito taagang nakasugpo o nakatugon sa kahirapan ng ating kababayan,” Maza said.
(Honestly, we have been too dependent on aid, foreign investments even if we know that these are not the direct solutions to address poverty.)
“Siguro sa panahon namang ito na tayo ay tumindig sa ating sarili. Hanapin natin ang paraan, yung kinakailangan at atin mismong i-maximize yung sariling lakas at talino ng mga Pilipino para tayo ay makahanap ng solusyon sa kahirapan,” she added.
(I hope this time we will learn how to stand on our own feet. We should look for ways, maximize the strengths and skill of Filipinos to fine ways to solve poverty.)
“We can survive. Maraming programa na makakakuha din tayo ng pondo. Sinasabing bilyon-bilyon ang nawawala dahil sa kurapsyon. Ngayon, kung magiging thoroughgoing yung labas natin sa kurapsyon, makakadagdag pondo yan,” she added.
(We can survive. We have a lot of programs that can generate funds. We lose billions because of corruption, but if the fight against corruption will be thoroughgoing, we can have more funds.)
“I is the patriotic duty of every Filipino to join and participate in this struggle against poverty,” she said.
Presidential Commission on the Urban Poor chair Terry Ridon also supported the stance of the President.
“I think it is foolish for anyone to think that just because the aid is gone, the country will go to ruin,” Ridon said
“I think the President is very clear na sigurado siya na hindi mangyayari sa Pilipinas yon. (I think the President is sure that it will not happen to the Philippines.) We have such rich resource in terms of agriculture, national resources,” he said.