Philippines Asia's Strongest Performi...

Philippines Asia's Strongest Performing Economy

There are 6095 comments on the Manila Bulletin story from Nov 23, 2012, titled Philippines Asia's Strongest Performing Economy. In it, Manila Bulletin reports that:

THE value of Philippine merchandise exports grew by 22.8% to $4.8 billion in September, 2012, higher than the $3.9 billion shipped out in the same month in 2011, making the country the strongest performer among Southeast and East Asian nations.

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Since: Apr 09

Olongapo City, Philippines

#819 Jan 20, 2013
lol wrote:
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You mean to say the US is paying the military of PH?? Wow very generous that it's now reaching the peak of debt limit? Bottomline, it's always your blame game ...it's the Filipinos fault? lollllllllllllllllll
Well then who's fault is it the Philippines has no military to defend itself.
Observer

Canada

#820 Jan 20, 2013
lol wrote:
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You mean to say the US is paying the military of PH?? Wow very generous that it's now reaching the peak of debt limit? Bottomline, it's always your blame game ...it's the Filipinos fault? lollllllllllllllllll
USA only donates used and obsolete stuff to PH's military.

Not very generous.

I think it still makes sense to appreciate the donation though. Otherwise, PH won't have the stuff.

Since: Apr 09

Olongapo City, Philippines

#821 Jan 20, 2013
bisaya aku wrote:
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they're just jealous!!!!hehehehehehheheh!!! while philippines & ASEAN in general are fast rising, we still do admit that there are still a lot of other sectors that we need to improve such as poverty & corruption but I'm still optimistic that all of these challenges will be eradicated sooner to boost further development not just in the philippines but in the ASEAN region as a whole!!!
Ok look at the here and now. Economic development must have one thing to move forward, INTERNET SPEED!!!! The telecoms here refuse to invest in laying more fiber optic internet lines into the country. It is now impossible for large parts of the day and weekends to do business that needs internet.

Corruption reigns. The sell more and more plans slowing the system down more and more. They refuse to guarantee minimum speed. An 8mb package here cost $100.00 U.S. My neighbor just back from the States pays $20.00 U.S. for 25mb of speed.

E-Commerce is everything and the Philippines just like always is shooting themselves in the foot because they are unable to make investments for the future. The President is equally stupid for not forcing Telecoms to invest in this infrastructure.

Mark my words this issue will cripple the Philippine economy.
Observer

Canada

#822 Jan 20, 2013
great indog wrote:
I'm just curious guys. The Philippine economy grows. So what's the problem with that? Why is it that you reacted so much to the Philippines? In our forum, many Indonesians keep boasting their smelly shieeet country about their economy and others. They even post their comments vulgarly. I don't want any racism at all.
No need to attack Indonesia. Each country has its merits and problems.

We should be happy to see all Asian countries, China, Taiwan, ASEAN countires, Bangadesh, India ... improving.

The yellow and brown people are rising and it is good to eliminate/minimise tragedies in these countries (regardless of your ethnic origin).

Remember how the colonial powers treated Asian people? Where were the basic human rights that they preach all the time?

Do not fight each other, but co-operate.

Since: Jan 12

Location hidden

#823 Jan 20, 2013
Don the American wrote:
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Ok look at the here and now. Economic development must have one thing to move forward, INTERNET SPEED!!!! The telecoms here refuse to invest in laying more fiber optic internet lines into the country. It is now impossible for large parts of the day and weekends to do business that needs internet.
Corruption reigns. The sell more and more plans slowing the system down more and more. They refuse to guarantee minimum speed. An 8mb package here cost $100.00 U.S. My neighbor just back from the States pays $20.00 U.S. for 25mb of speed.
E-Commerce is everything and the Philippines just like always is shooting themselves in the foot because they are unable to make investments for the future. The President is equally stupid for not forcing Telecoms to invest in this infrastructure.
Mark my words this issue will cripple the Philippine economy.
The lack of common sense of the Philippines is just deplorable. The Internet is now the way of the world and the BPOs in the country depend on this to communicate and do transactions with their headquarters in other countries. Not only that, but also vital information is located in the World Wide Web, as Filipinos can learn from the sources it offers, possibly learn even more than from the education system.
Observer

Canada

#824 Jan 20, 2013
AussiPino wrote:
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The lack of common sense of the Philippines is just deplorable. The Internet is now the way of the world and the BPOs in the country depend on this to communicate and do transactions with their headquarters in other countries. Not only that, but also vital information is located in the World Wide Web, as Filipinos can learn from the sources it offers, possibly learn even more than from the education system.
PH officials and business leaders are extremely complacent and short-sighted.

Unless they can eliminate this attitude, nothing will be done, and it is likely the PH will be locked in low-value-added growth resulting from labour-instensive economic activities such as what we see in recent years.

The economy is growing. It is a good sign. But the leaders are not competent enough to lead the country towards prosperity.

Since: Jan 12

Location hidden

#825 Jan 20, 2013
Observer wrote:
<quoted text>PH officials and business leaders are extremely complacent and short-sighted.
Unless they can eliminate this attitude, nothing will be done, and it is likely the PH will be locked in low-value-added growth resulting from labour-instensive economic activities such as what we see in recent years.
The economy is growing. It is a good sign. But the leaders are not competent enough to lead the country towards prosperity.
Like I have been saying over and over, the Philippines should learn the lessons of Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong and South Korea, where they made drastic changes in their business practices, laws and political monitoring. Like what you have said, Philippine officials and business leaders are just too complacent and short-sighted.

Also to add that Filipinos don't have the Confucian work ethic as the countries mentioned above.
jkjkhardcore

Westbury, NY

#826 Jan 20, 2013
lol wrote:
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All citizens in your wonderful place are tall and rich? Nobody is living below poverty?
If we had 25% poverty the nation screams and everyone tries to do something or blame someone, when you have 25% poverty its a good day can you honestly say (since your posting from cali one of the worst states with high poverty level) that 1/3 californians are homeless compared to the phillippines where 1/3 are in poverty?
jkjkhardcore

Westbury, NY

#827 Jan 20, 2013
AussiPino wrote:
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Like I have been saying over and over, the Philippines should learn the lessons of Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong and South Korea, where they made drastic changes in their business practices, laws and political monitoring. Like what you have said, Philippine officials and business leaders are just too complacent and short-sighted.
Also to add that Filipinos don't have the Confucian work ethic as the countries mentioned above.
No they were brainwashed by catholicism and are stubborn and refuse to change their ways. Religion is the opium of the people in this case.
Ya know when the portuguesse tried to convert the japanese, they brought with them a lot of other western gadgets and technology, but most of the Japanese did not convert no instead they took Gunpowder and used it to their advantage. It was japan who despite being isolated prior to this, become the strongest asian power, and though they lost to the USA they have continued to become one of the strongest economic powers in the world.
jkjkhardcore

Westbury, NY

#828 Jan 20, 2013
great indog wrote:
I'm just curious guys. The Philippine economy grows. So what's the problem with that? Why is it that you reacted so much to the Philippines? In our forum, many Indonesians keep boasting their smelly shieeet country about their economy and others. They even post their comments vulgarly. I don't want any racism at all.
Because the phillippines is ruled by religion, the usa, and poverty. And while I would like to say go Phillippines woo hooo, the conditions are not changing and it upsets me to see a country with potential being destroyed and used as a slut base. Where the big boot of the US is licked for handouts, as if the usa would want to give you any more money considering the amount of debt we already have. There is potential with being the ally of the USA but if you are not gettign nothing they opt out and fix your country.
As many have stated before they instead beg for money, glorified begging is pathetic. While Israel does it all the time, and are our #1 on handouts, they have a very strong military and they also beg fashionably with petitions to congress and lobbyist in the white house. Not throwing a temper tantrum at a couple million. IN addition they also have a strong economy something that the phillippines lacks.
*I'm just using Israel as an example because they have progressed much given their circumstances and they have also strict religion teachings and also rely on USA donations.

Since: Jan 12

Location hidden

#829 Jan 20, 2013
jkjkhardcore wrote:
<quoted text> No they were brainwashed by catholicism and are stubborn and refuse to change their ways. Religion is the opium of the people in this case.
Ya know when the portuguesse tried to convert the japanese, they brought with them a lot of other western gadgets and technology, but most of the Japanese did not convert no instead they took Gunpowder and used it to their advantage. It was japan who despite being isolated prior to this, become the strongest asian power, and though they lost to the USA they have continued to become one of the strongest economic powers in the world.
I have mentioned on numerous occassions that Catholicism has held the Philippines back, similar to Latin American countries. That's why more secular education is needed to advance the country more efficiently, instead of just half-half.

In regards to what you have mentioned about Japan, South Korea has learnt the lessons from the Japanese, and that's why they are doing well with their vehicle and technology industries. Also the Confucian work ethic is what they have in common, but the Philippines doesn't have that in their general culture (apart from the Chinese-Filipinos), and passiveness and fatalism are major setbacks.
Observer

Canada

#830 Jan 20, 2013
jkjkhardcore wrote:
<quoted text> No they were brainwashed by catholicism and are stubborn and refuse to change their ways. Religion is the opium of the people in this case.
Ya know when the portuguesse tried to convert the japanese, they brought with them a lot of other western gadgets and technology, but most of the Japanese did not convert no instead they took Gunpowder and used it to their advantage. It was japan who despite being isolated prior to this, become the strongest asian power, and though they lost to the USA they have continued to become one of the strongest economic powers in the world.
Filipinos do not have the same work and family ethics as people in PRC, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, etc.

Filipinos live on excuses rather than taking responsibilities and plan for their own life.

People in PH have very short-term goals of gratification.

While the govt and wealth distribution systems are unfair, and officials are corrupt, but they also have put all the blames on others rather than taking responsiblities to improve themselves.

They do not have a tradition of respecting the rules and laws. The upper and middle classes are like that so that they can accummulate a lot of wealth.

How about the poorer people? Do they have better attitudes and ethics?
Observer

Canada

#831 Jan 20, 2013
If we do not see any changes to these problems, the PH will eventually lose the opportunities of creating a wealth strong country.

The rapid growth based on labor-instensive jobs created limited wealth for the PH and PH people, but mostly has enriched foreign companies.

When labor in PH is no longer cheap, foreign firms will move away in a short-while.
jkjkhardcore

Westbury, NY

#832 Jan 20, 2013
Observer wrote:
If we do not see any changes to these problems, the PH will eventually lose the opportunities of creating a wealth strong country.
The rapid growth based on labor-instensive jobs created limited wealth for the PH and PH people, but mostly has enriched foreign companies.
When labor in PH is no longer cheap, foreign firms will move away in a short-while.
I agree, it is up to the Phillippino people to get together and build infrastructure and companies that they run, and they control. But the problem is they are pretty much America's pet and under the foot of the USA they are not allowed much room to grow especially if they only rely on foreign interests.
And to be fair, the Phillippines did not exactly have it easy, they tried to fight the USA for their indepenedence and were slaughtered. They did not gain independence until the treaty of manilla, but they have not ever gained the kinds of improvements that they need.
lol

San Francisco, CA

#833 Jan 20, 2013
Don the American wrote:
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Well then who's fault is it the Philippines has no military to defend itself.
"Modernization

Republic Act No. 10349, approved on December 11, 2012, amended RA7897 to establish a revised AFP modernization program."

I believe Pres. Aquino is in the right tract.
lol

San Francisco, CA

#834 Jan 20, 2013
Observer wrote:
<quoted text>USA only donates used and obsolete stuff to PH's military.
Not very generous.
I think it still makes sense to appreciate the donation though. Otherwise, PH won't have the stuff.
True, and if it's obsolete and not safe to use, they can always reject it.
lol

San Francisco, CA

#835 Jan 20, 2013
AussiPino wrote:
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The lack of common sense of the Philippines is just deplorable. The Internet is now the way of the world and the BPOs in the country depend on this to communicate and do transactions with their headquarters in other countries. Not only that, but also vital information is located in the World Wide Web, as Filipinos can learn from the sources it offers, possibly learn even more than from the education system.
Be specific when you say "lack of common sense" that makes you believe Philippines is deplorable? I believe millions of Filipinos like lawyers, doctors, engineers are educated more than you are. Do you know that you're too critical of everything Filipino?? Do you own a business that makes you believe you are talking to the best interest of the Filipinos? I'm sorry to say you're so critical and judgmental which are best described "deplorable".
lol

San Francisco, CA

#836 Jan 20, 2013
jkjkhardcore wrote:
<quoted text> If we had 25% poverty the nation screams and everyone tries to do something or blame someone, when you have 25% poverty its a good day can you honestly say (since your posting from cali one of the worst states with high poverty level) that 1/3 californians are homeless compared to the phillippines where 1/3 are in poverty?
Poverty is everywhere, not only in the Philippines. Yes I know that California is in the verge of bankruptcy ...but can you give your source saying that 1/3 Californians are homeless. In the Philippines, yes there is existing poverty ...and a big gap between the rich and the poor.
lol

San Francisco, CA

#837 Jan 20, 2013
Observer wrote:
<quoted text>Filipinos do not have the same work and family ethics as people in PRC, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, etc.
Filipinos live on excuses rather than taking responsibilities and plan for their own life.
People in PH have very short-term goals of gratification.
While the govt and wealth distribution systems are unfair, and officials are corrupt, but they also have put all the blames on others rather than taking responsiblities to improve themselves.
They do not have a tradition of respecting the rules and laws. The upper and middle classes are like that so that they can accummulate a lot of wealth.
How about the poorer people? Do they have better attitudes and ethics?
Where are you getting your facts???? Just reading your post...it's just soooooooooooooooooooooo unbelievable, all but lies.
jkjkhardcore

Westbury, NY

#838 Jan 20, 2013
lol wrote:
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Poverty is everywhere, not only in the Philippines. Yes I know that California is in the verge of bankruptcy ...but can you give your source saying that 1/3 Californians are homeless. In the Philippines, yes there is existing poverty ...and a big gap between the rich and the poor.
I never said that 1/3 cali's are homeless I was saying that 30% of ppl in the Philippines are in poverty stricken conditions, and even though Cali is one of the worst areas in the country you still won't see any where near to 1/3 californians living in poverty.

This was in reply to oh so what if there is poverty there is poverty everywhere.... post.

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