VICE President Jejomar Binay on Sunday described poverty as immoral as he lamented the administration's failure to improve the lives of the victims of Super Typhoon "Yolanda" two years after it struck.
Yolanda, the strongest typhoon to hit land in history, slammed into Eastern Visayas on Nov. 8, 2013, killing more than 7,000 people and leaving hundreds of thousands of others homeless.
“Imoral ang mapabayaang nagugutom at lubog sa kahirapan ang karamihan ng mamamayan, samantalang ang iilan ay nagtatamasa at nagpapakasasa,” Binay said during the founding anniversary of Alangalang town in Leyte.
“Inuulit ko: imoral. Hindi dapat mangyari at siyang unang-unang dapat ayusin ng isang pamahalaan.”
According to the Annual Poverty Indicators Survey or APIS of the Philippine Statistics Authority or PSA, the poverty incidence in Eastern Visayas reached 54.9 percent in 2014, an almost 10-percent increase from 2012 figures. This translated to 2.25-million Filipinos in Eastern Visayas that did not have enough income and were languishing in poverty.
Yolanda caused the poverty incidence in Eastern Visayas to increase after it ravaged several towns in the region and other parts of the country.
Binay scored the administration for the slow pace of rehabilitation of the areas affected by super typhoon two years ago on Sunday.
“Nakakalungkot na dito sa Leyte. Kahit na may pondo naman para pagandahin ang buhay at tulungang makabangon ang mga biktima ni Yolanda, hindi naman ito nakakarating sa tamang panahon,” Binay said.
“Pangarap ko na ang bawat Pilipino ay makabahagi sa kaunlaran ng bansa. Ang bawat Pilipino ay dapat magkaroon ng patas na pagkakataong umangat sa buhay, upang sabay-sabay nating malasap ang tamis ng kaunlaran.”
He said that his administration will strive to create jobs and provide adequate social services that will especially help the poor once he is elected President.
He also vowed that under his term, the indecisiveness that had been associated with the present administration would be eliminated.
“Hindi tayo magiging indecisive. Walang teka-teka, kundi ang maaasahan ninyo ay mabilisan at epektibong aksyon sa mga problema,” Binay said.
“Mamadaliin natin ang pagsagawa ng mga planong nakabitin dahil sa paralysis by analysis, partikular na sa mga Private-Public Partnership programs,” he said.