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Don’t turn a blind eye: Street Kids on Solvent Addiction


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Community efforts are vital in solving the problem of poverty in the country. Most crimes happen in the poor sector of society because of lack of guidance. It’s a way of life for the. As long as they feel good and relieved, the practice continues. Thereby, solvent addiction finds its way to the vulnerable children.

[VIDEO]: Society’s problem starts within families where children are neglected. Some prioritize their solvent supply over food just because it make them feel good.

Government Statistics

Government statistics show two in 10 Filipino families were poor, as of 2015. But the latest survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) says 45 percent or around 10.5 million Filipino families consider themselves poor.

Solvent Addiction Comes Handy to Street Children

Street children often find their way away from their family to try to ease the hardships in life. That quest can endanger them. Since they are not guided properly by parents, they are prone to bad influences. Peer pressure introduces them first to solvent addiction.

Making Money from the Needy

Syndicates thrive in impoverished areas because the youngsters are desperate to feel good at very cheap cost. “Rugby Boys” (also called “Solvent Boys”) and even girls do the sniffing in the streets. The chemical is placed in a plastic bag. It is inhaled from the bag to achieve euphoria.

Solvent is as deadly as any dangerous drug

Rugby is an aromatic hydrocarbon solvent that is widely used as an industrial feedstock. Just like any other dangerous drug, rugby could be as deadly. But in the absence of a concrete law to stop the sale of this addictive substance, the problem escalates – damaging our children.

The Power of Volunteerism

Local governments have the power to initiate an information campaign visiting depressed areas in Manila, teaching values and reading and writing to street children under five years old. This should make them aware of the proper way of life.

Government Influence

Top offices in the government can form a joint venture with private companies to organize community outreach program like the Jolllibee Family Values Awards. Now on its sixth year, the annual search will recognize six more exemplary Filipino families who have made an impact in their communities. We need more of these sorts.

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Absolute Poverty: Recounts of Jojo Binay’s former Media Officer

Absolute Poverty

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
It’s disappointing knowing the truth and hearing all the lies about a person you know so well. The only outlet you have is to write. Here’s the recount of the former media relations officer of Jejomar “Jojo” Binay.

[VIDEO]: See the faces of poverty as recounted by the former media relations staff of Jejomar “Jojo” Binay as they tour the poorest of the poor places in the country.

Life’s Learnings

To the man who can’t keep still, who can never do “nothing”. I am grateful that through you I was able to give my voice a wider range. Thank you for the messages of hope that, over 5 years, I had to force into a mind clouded by disillusionment, spoken by a man of the masa (masses) who embodies what they can achieve through hard work, guts, and thick skin to ward off hurtful words. What more can one ask?

Value of Stillness

To the man who always kept me on my toes, alert to every need whenever I was with him, thank you. Throughout the hectic out-of-town sorties you have made me appreciate more the value of stillness, and of seeing the beautiful amid the ugly and mundane.

Absolute Poverty is the Enemy

Most of all, despite the weariness from travel that still lingers in my bones, thank you, because, through those travels, I have seen the enemy. I have seen poverty in its many faces. I have seen mobs smeared with grime, and people shit on highways next to low-set bamboo tables showcasing the wares, vegetables, or fruits that they were peddling.

Smelling the Stench of Absolute Poverty

I have smelled the stench caused by the lack of running water or a day’s hard labor, made more intense as laborers massed together to hear the things they deserve from their government. I have heard people from places rarely visited by government –  and witnessed their amazement that someone would dare visit them despite the absolute poverty around them – as if it were a gift from the gods rather than a right guaranteed them by the state.

Just like Us

(He is small! He has a dark complexion! He is just like us!)

How many times have I stopped myself from bawling out, or from shouting that I was rooting for them, that I hope they could rise above the squalor and the dirt and the wretchedness that bow their heads and back, and keep them from seeing the cold comfort of the moon and stars. Make them curse the sun as an added burden?

You are not the villain your opponents tried to paint you to be. You are the doting grandfather whose eyes light up immediately after seeing your grandchildren, proceeding to grasp their cheeks with both hands

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Binay: All out war against poverty

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Vice President Jejomar Binay said during the last presidential debate that the problem in Mindanao is rooted back to poverty. This was his answer to Babu Amina who asked if there could ever be peace in Mindanao. Lasting peace will be attained only if people are not anymore struggling for their lives trying to provide for their daily needs due to no opportunities for good livelihood. This is true not only in Mindanao but also elsewhere.

Many groups wanted to separate from the government of the Philippines believing that they will have better lives on the other side – because current and past governments did not prioritize addressing the massive problem of poverty.

He reiterated that under his Presidency, livelihood will be better off in Mindanao. I vowed that our fellow Filipinos will have better lives there and it will surely happen if given the chance to be president; he said.

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Poverty Contributed to Philippine Disasters

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Provinces and regions of the Philippines
Provinces and regions of the Philippines (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Due to the powerful effects of social media, media propaganda cannot anymore cover the widespread poverty in the Philippines. As you travel around, just look beyond street walls, under the bridges and hidden dwellings. This can just be a short walk from where you are. If robbery or other crimes are rampant in one area, this can only mean that many poor and desperate people are living there. This can be clearly seen through calamity aftermath. Know the reasons why Philippines is a disaster prone country:

5 Reasons the Philippines Is So Disaster Prone

By: Dan Vergano

The unofficial death toll for Super Typhoon Haiyan is expected to exceed 10,000 people in the Philippines, but the country is no stranger to catastrophic natural disasters.

From earthquakes to volcanic eruptions to previous super typhoons, death tolls following cataclysmic events in the Philippines tend to be high. Here are 5 reasons why:


If there’s no substantial remedies in empowering people who don’t know any better in terms of livelihood, it’s just a matter of time that those who have nothing will loot those who have. Yes, Filipinos are very strong when it comes to trials but this strength can also work against us when we are already competing for the needed resources. It is a must to work not just to eat in a daily basis but to gain financial stability in life!

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Worst Disasters Expected in Poor Countries after Philippines

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
All countries were blown away after knowing the aftermath of the Storm Surge in the Philippines when Typhoon Yolanda with the International name Haiyan devastated the Eastern region of the country. However, this will not be the worst nightmare that we can expect. Philippines is only 40 years behind in Climate Change preparation – compared to poorer countries which is 100 years back. Bookmark this article:

World’s Poorest Nations 100 Years behind Richest on Climate Change

By: SI Admin

It will take the world’s poorest countries more than one century just to reach the level of climate change readiness that the richest countries already enjoy, according to data released Dec. 12 by the 2013 University of Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN).

Just imagine that Philippines was divided politically after the disaster up to this time of writing because of factional ways of leadership during the relief operations. Imagine what will happen to the poorest of the poor when a calamity of this magnitude strikes. Everyone will be affected because the desperate ones will end up looting the ones who have. This chaos will be unimaginable so before that happens, let’s empower the ones who do not have the slightest opportunity to be prepared not just for the calamity but for living sustainably in a daily basis.

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