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Jerald M.

Fantilano BASS Economics 4C

Managerial Economics
Current Issues in the Philippines
Environmental Issue
The Philippines is prone to natural disasters, particularly typhoons,
floods, landslides, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and tsunamis, lying as
it does astride the typhoon belt, in the active volcanic region known as the
Pacific Ring of Fire, and in the geologically unstable region between the
Pacific and Eurasian tectonic plates. The Philippines also suffers major
human-caused environmental degradation aggravated by a high annual
population growth rate, including loss of agricultural lands, deforestation,
soil erosion, air and water pollution, improper disposal of solid and toxic
wastes, loss of coral reefs, mismanagement and abuse of coastal
resources, and overfishing.

Corruption in the government

The people are charged with taxes but we end up having inefficient
implementation of road and traffic rules, lack of a flood control system, and
"road constructions" (They destroy some roads then immediately "fix" it, as
a tactic for kickback). Even if, let's say, we have a good president, it would
still be difficult for him to implement good governance practices nationwide
because the rest of the politicians would not support something that has
nothing in it for them. This problem is passed from generation to
generation, more so considering the fact that the strongest politicians form
dynasties. The problems in the government, collectively, are the primary
reason for the rest of the problems.

Lack of agricultural reform and national industrialization

Without these we will not attain food security and would not be able to
establish proper heavy industries.