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Old 07-07-2013, 02:43 AM
 
Location: In the heights
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The Philippines have been slated to become a developed country for decades now, but it still hasn't quite got there. It has a large expat population which has been decently successful and that population have sent an incredible amount of remittances over the last decade. However, it's still in an incredible rut. It seems that its devotion to religion has brought it little but conservatism that takes it nowhere but overpopulation and that Christian charity it might have as a bonus takes it a pretty short distance. It seems crazy that it was once slated to be one of the developed countries of east asia (along with Burma/Myanmar which went terribly for different reasons) and it has such an incredible poverty in not just the basic gross domestic product, but also political clout and cultural spread to bring in new investment.

Can you see the Philippines in our lifetimes becoming a developed nation? Do the current political developments seem like they'd make a great difference? What is the political climate like these days? Is there a strong progressive party that can effect real changes?
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Old 07-07-2013, 03:09 AM
 
Location: Texas
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None of the developing countries today seems to have the potential to join developed world in foreseeable future. Philippines isn't an exception.
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Old 07-07-2013, 03:10 AM
 
Location: Macao
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Can you define 'developed'?

Whenever I've been in the Philippines, I see mega shopping malls absolutely everywhere....internet access is everywhere, as is texting culture on their cellphone. I see suburbs and roads and bridges and hospitals and everything I see everywhere else, if not more.

I'm just trying to imagine how it could be 'more' developed.
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Old 07-07-2013, 03:24 AM
 
Location: Brisbane
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Can you define 'developed'?

Whenever I've been in the Philippines, I see mega shopping malls absolutely everywhere....internet access is everywhere, as is texting culture on their cellphone. I see suburbs and roads and bridges and hospitals and everything I see everywhere else, if not more.

I'm just trying to imagine how it could be 'more' developed.
Getting rid of the large slums would be a good start.
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Old 07-07-2013, 03:43 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Can you define 'developed'?

Whenever I've been in the Philippines, I see mega shopping malls absolutely everywhere....internet access is everywhere, as is texting culture on their cellphone. I see suburbs and roads and bridges and hospitals and everything I see everywhere else, if not more.

I'm just trying to imagine how it could be 'more' developed.
By your definition, Shanghai is probably a very developed city,lol.
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Old 07-07-2013, 04:09 AM
 
Location: Filipinas
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Getting rid of the large slums would be a good start.
Well the government's target population within Metro Manila to relocate the illegal settlers is 10 Million within 2015 before the term of Benigno 'Noynoy' Aquino ends on 2016.

I'm glad that the government is now focusing on illegal settlers to relocate but some of these people kept on demanding a lot. They already have place for relocation this coming October around the City and Outside the City so they will just choose which relocation they want and even gave them money. I hope these Illegal settlers should not demand too much in the government. It's time to at least clean the Metro Manila, those who live near floodways and bridge are the 1st priority.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gfVFY93wSo
^The Video says they already start the processing those
families who are qualify for relocation. These people live in Slums near the floodways,
They are not allowed to come back, I hope the government should stick on their laws regarding
illegal settlers. There are some people who live in slums who are 'Professional Squatters'
they are usually the one who doesn't want relocation because they use their house to rent to
other people or they make it as a business. You'll see them in riot, so I'm glad its time to give
them a lesson. Government is actually giving them a place for relocation but they demand too much.

This is one of the relocation site, some already moved

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_opv4i9L5xk
1yr free and after 1 yr they will pay 200 Php (in US$ they will only pay like US$6) Monthly
This relocation is outside the city.

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Old 07-07-2013, 05:24 AM
 
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Yeah I was gonna mention that. They're clearing out more and more slums every year. The slums around the waterways are supposed to be cleared out and demolished by the end of this year. I just wish that they would opt for more mid and high-rise apartments because 1 level buildings take up too much space. Manila needs to start building up, not just with the fancy skyscrapers, but with the regular residential homes.

Anyways, I believe that the Philippines can be a 2nd world country in my lifetime, maybe even 1st.
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Old 07-07-2013, 07:24 AM
 
Location: SGV, CA
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I wouldn't hold my breath. Former Spanish colonies don't exactly have a great track record for booming economies.
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Old 07-07-2013, 07:38 AM
 
Location: Washington State
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They will become a developed country soon after they get control of corruption. They could also open more doors to foreign investment. BTW, their economy is growing at a pretty good pace lately witha 6.6% GROWTH IN 2012

Filipinos are about the kindest people you will meet. I've had and currently had many Filipinos working for me and they're the best employees for the money anywhere. It's a shame their government corruption prevents more development.
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Old 07-07-2013, 09:13 PM
 
Location: Macao
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Getting rid of the large slums would be a good start.
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They're clearing out more and more slums every year. The slums around the waterways are supposed to be cleared out and demolished by the end of this year.
As soon as the gov't can get rid of the large slums and clear them out...than viola, the Philippines is First World?

So 'developed' by definition means a country where the gov't goes in and destroys, clears out, and displaces their poor people?
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