Food for Thought – Why the Philippines have Ineffective Government Leadership


Ayala Avenue, Makati
Photo Credit – Patrickroque01@English Wikipedia

A friend of mine, Benjamin R. Punongbayan, the founder of Punongbayan and Araullo, one of the largest accounting firms in the Philippines and founder of Buklod National Political Party, spoke at a virtual book launching event recently. He gave some insights on why the Philippines have an ineffective government leadership.

The Philippine government, being run by mostly the oligarchs of the country, is part of the problem. Ben Punongbayan, in his speech, offers some suggestions on how to fix the country’s problems. For those who still maintain ties with the Philippines, you’ll find his solutions commendable. Time will tell whether he is right in his vision for the country.

Poverty in the Philippines – Photo Credit – Phil. Star

Since I have been out of the country for so long, I have to admit that I have no idea about what’s happening in my old country. I see the rise of beautiful skyscrapers, and it looks like the country is doing very well. But against that backdrop of a beautiful façade lies a widespread of abject poverty among the populace. We, who are abroad, do not see it. Most of the tourist attractions that we see when we go home show the beautiful side of the country. But not all is rosy, though. We could do a lot better. With our natural resources and resilience of the Filipino people and the ardent desire to improve their livelihood, we can do it. All we need is a leader who can guide us toward the common goal.

Politicians, like here in the United States, are a big part of the problem. We need someone who truly cares about the country and its citizens and can fix the problem instead of enriching themselves while in office. Sounds familiar?

To listen to Benjamin Punongbayan’s comments, click on the the link:

Please share it with your Filipino friends. Thank you.


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