By: Elena Grace Flores
Some people might agree that Philippines is a poor country, where there’s no government welfare in place and no health system in store for the Filipino masses as portrayed in Manny Pacquiao’s documentary – but for sure, many can’t accept this. What about SSS, Philhealth and 4 Ps (Pangtawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program) Assistance for the poorest of the poor – to name a few?
The Social Security System can be availed only when you are employed by accredited firms. Filipinos with ad hoc jobs in unregistered businesses can’t be a member of SSS of course – not unless you pay a voluntary subscription as self-employed. Philhealth covers 20 percent of medical bills when subscribed for at least 6 months at around 100 Pesos premium per month. There are anomalies also concerning the government assistance (4 Ps) because many families who are better off than their peers are beneficiaries of this assistance designed for people belonging to the less privilege smallest social unit of society.
Bottom line is, there’s financial support system in store for the citizens of the Philippines but due to corruption, people in remote places are not educated about these programs. On top of that, the funds allocated for these benefits are either misused by corrupt officials or unfairly distributed. If Philippines is really poor, why are there billions of taxes amassed by corrupt government officials? Poverty is all in the mind. Filipinos are rich with natural resources, culture and fighting spirit to be what want in this world of opportunities. If Manny Pacquiao can do it, why can’t others?