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Can the Philippines ever become a first world country?

Asked by: Mexecutive
  • Philippines had already made it before

    After the destructive World War II, the Philippines showed a significant rise on its economy. Say it was because of the American's support to their brown allies, but it was the Filipinos who managed to maximize its resources.

    During the post war era, the Philippines was the biggest economy in Asia (if the writer would correctly recall). The country topped its Asian neighbors in terms of economic activity, infrastructure, education, manufacturing, to mention some. It also topped in terms of technological advancement. The Philippines can be described as at par during the era when it was supposed to have a shrinking economy.

    Yes, Philippines, at this point of time, might be poor, but its present economic performance shows that it is growing despite recession in the Southeast Asian region. That is a clear sign that the Philippines is stable-that it can still manage to hold its economy. For what it is dubbed as the "Asia's Economic Tiger?"

    Plus, a good number of multi-billion dollar investments are going in the country every now and then. So it means to say that although the country has been known under the negative light, businessmen are confident enough of putting their ventures here. Thanks to its skillful people-who are also very hardworking and hospitable.

    The Philippines has a very big chance to become a first world country, as its current economic growth shows signs that it is preparing to take back its olden glory. The effort is now seen and felt. Let's just behold and see. :)

  • Philippine Workers can handle anything

    The Philippine citizens can manage any role at any work place. With the proper coaching, training & education, combined with solid laws governing the nation & moral ethics & discipline, we could bring a community that would bring the best in us & provide the right standards of human life.

  • Of cource yes

    I think its important to analyze their economic stability. This country has provided international business for over 2 countries that i know one is uae and the other qatar. The business they have provided is there people where they go and join in a job, this in fact is really singnaling something out to their country about money. Their poplulation in these two countries are increasing dramatically out of control. Believe it or not where ever i go i see them. Are they here to make money and send it to their home country or what? For sure yes

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  • Philippine Economy's Continuous Growth

    It wouldn't come as a surprise if that happens. The Philippines' economic growth momentum is higher, and is expected to grow seven percent this year, according to reports. It continues to thrive despite the fluctuating growth in Southeast Asia. Two factors that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has seen that contributed to the country's robust economy are: (1) "robust consumption," "resilient remittance inflows." Also, given the improving employment rate due to the advent of the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry, providing a 35% growth in employment by the end of the year. The industry is expected to bring in about $25 billion in revenues at the end of Q4.

    Nielsen revealed earlier this week that the Philippines ranks as 2nd most "bullish consumer market," next to Indonesia.

  • Nationalistic sentiment can breed economic gain.

    I would argue that the Philippines, being a democratic government, can achieve a first world status provided that both the government and the mass citizenry work together for both social and economic development, along with the participation of the private sector. There's no harm in saying that by having another set of leaders, the nation can move up.

  • It will become a first world country.

    Current government is busy wiping out corrupt politicians, drug syndicates, etc. and Trillions of Philippine peso investments are coming in.
    Since most Filipinos are more educated, and not easy to be fooled by the corrupt media, voting for a clean president is possible. Fake and Real news are easy to be identified from Social Networking Sites because real, valid news always include credible sources, such as full speech video, real documents, etc. although exhange rate of USD-PHP rises because some investors got fooled by those corrupt media, claiming that there is Extra-judicial killing in the country, which they also blames Pres. Duterte to be responsible of the killings, which in fact false.

    New useful projects are being built.
    Within just few months of the current administration, a lot of infrastructure got approved by the current admin, more railway systems, more roads, etc.

    There is still corrupt politicians trying to stop the current administration from their good and useful projects, notably the fake vice president, trillanes, Liberal party, etc. trying to destabilize the current admin, which indirectly destabilizes the entire country.

    The Philippine army is already working on wiping out the terrorists in the country, and so for they are doing good.

    Now lets move away from the current admin and move on to where i live.
    My home town was a not-so-popular province, with little to no tourist attraction, but as i grow up, i see a lot of changes. Vacant lots used to be a dumping area of dead bodies of persons who were killed, later became small resorts. Eventually, larger resorts came in, and those small resorts grew larger. Its a chain reaction, what was a dumping field, now a tourists attraction. Currently there is a 5 star hotel being built. If you ask me what that area looks like, it looks like you are in a 1st world country, with bright, good looking street lamps, and the streets is quite clean. Our "bayan" that used to look like an old, rusted market, now looks even better. More businesses popping out everywhere, and if you talk about crime rate here? It remained low, and i even used a phone on a restaurant table to indicate that its reserved, and no one would even dare to steal it.

    Its possible, especially that most of us in my class are business-oriented (we Computer Engineering students tho), we could help the country to rise even more just by starting a Tech-related business. Our generation will continue to help the country rise again, we wont be working for other countries, but we will be working for our country.

  • It will become first world country

    Current government is busy wiping out corrupt politicians, drug syndicates, etc. and Trillions of Philippine peso investments are coming in.
    Since most Filipinos are more educated, and not easy to be fooled by the corrupt media, voting for a clean president is possible. Fake and Real news are easy to be identified from Social Networking Sites because real, valid news always include credible sources, such as full speech video, real documents, etc. although exhange rate of USD-PHP rises because some investors got fooled by those corrupt media, claiming that there is Extra-judicial killing in the country, which they also blames Pres. Duterte to be responsible of the killings, which in fact false.

    New useful projects are being built.
    Within just few months of the current administration, a lot of infrastructure got approved by the current admin, more railway systems, more roads, etc.

    There is still corrupt politicians trying to stop the current administration from their good and useful projects, notably the fake vice president, trillanes, Liberal party, etc. trying to destabilize the current admin, which indirectly destabilizes the entire country.

    The Philippine army is already working on wiping out the terrorists in the country, and so for they are doing good.

    Now lets move away from the current admin and move on to where i live.
    My home town was a not-so-popular province, with little to no tourist attraction, but as i grow up, i see a lot of changes. Vacant lots used to be a dumping area of dead bodies of persons who were killed, later became small resorts. Eventually, larger resorts came in, and those small resorts grew larger. Its a chain reaction, what was a dumping field, now a tourists attraction. Currently there is a 5 star hotel being built. If you ask me what that area looks like, it looks like you are in a 1st world country, with bright, good looking street lamps, and the streets is quite clean. Our "bayan" that used to look like an old, rusted market, now looks even better. More businesses popping out everywhere, and if you talk about crime rate here? It remained low, and i even used a phone on a restaurant table to indicate that its reserved, and no one would even dare to steal it.

    Its possible, especially that most of us in my class are business-oriented (we Computer Engineering students tho), we could help the country to rise even more just by starting a Tech-related business. Our generation will continue to help the country rise again, we wont be working for other countries, but we will be working for our country.

  • It will become first world country

    Current government is busy wiping out corrupt politicians, drug syndicates, etc. and Trillions of Philippine peso investments are coming in.
    Since most Filipinos are more educated, and not easy to be fooled by the corrupt media, voting for a clean president is possible. Fake and Real news are easy to be identified from Social Networking Sites because real, valid news always include credible sources, such as full speech video, real documents, etc. although exhange rate of USD-PHP rises because some investors got fooled by those corrupt media, claiming that there is Extra-judicial killing in the country, which they also blames Pres. Duterte to be responsible of the killings, which in fact false.

    New useful projects are being built.
    Within just few months of the current administration, a lot of infrastructure got approved by the current admin, more railway systems, more roads, etc.

    There is still corrupt politicians trying to stop the current administration from their good and useful projects, notably the fake vice president, trillanes, Liberal party, etc. trying to destabilize the current admin, which indirectly destabilizes the entire country.

    The Philippine army is already working on wiping out the terrorists in the country, and so for they are doing good.

    Now lets move away from the current admin and move on to where i live.
    My home town was a not-so-popular province, with little to no tourist attraction, but as i grow up, i see a lot of changes. Vacant lots used to be a dumping area of dead bodies of persons who were killed, later became small resorts. Eventually, larger resorts came in, and those small resorts grew larger. Its a chain reaction, what was a dumping field, now a tourists attraction. Currently there is a 5 star hotel being built. If you ask me what that area looks like, it looks like you are in a 1st world country, with bright, good looking street lamps, and the streets is quite clean. Our "bayan" that used to look like an old, rusted market, now looks even better. More businesses popping out everywhere, and if you talk about crime rate here? It remained low, and i even used a phone on a restaurant table to indicate that its reserved, and no one would even dare to steal it.

    Its possible, especially that most of us in my class are business-oriented (we Computer Engineering students tho), we could help the country to rise even more just by starting a Tech-related business. Our generation will continue to help the country rise again, we wont be working for other countries, but we will be working for our country.

  • It's Been A First World Country Before, Well Why Not Again?

    It's a very poor country at present, but its economy is rising quickly. It could definately become a first world country within 10 to 30 years from now. I'm no Wall Street Pro or anything, but I know that its economy is go up. I really do wish it well and I hope that all of you Filipinos reading this know that.

  • Yes the philippines could become a first world

    Because the philippines is one of the fastest growing economy in the world it could become a very rich country in any type of economic potential in the islands and the philippines have a chance to become a first world country because due to signing aggrements because of it's resource and it could join the whatever unoin that could help the people even more when it become a developed country to improve itself to better state holder to govern it's own people not only the developed the cities , social enterprices , advertisements , economic potential etc but to stop the corrupt and fight criminals in the country to solv this problem it could lead to a better nation

  • Poor infrastructure and urban development planning

    The massive transportation woes being experienced now will only become worse. Let's backtrack to another Asian country 50 plus years ago, Japan in the late 50s and now see how there planners developed transportation infrastructure. We as a people don't have that mental vision and collective discipline to see where we want to be and become 5 to 10 years from now.

    Perhaps we set the standard too high for the Philippine government. Let's see another Asian country and ASEAN partner , Look at tiny Singapore see there urban developement and public transportation infrastructure.

    The Philippines will always be a third world country and always be the sick man of Asia. Good job GSIS!!!!

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  • Honestly, it'd be better to...

    Have the Philippines be controlled by a first world country for awhile. Personally, I have only read a little about how the politicians are in the country and it seems as if they have a very toxic voting environment where they encourage poor people to vote for them by bribing them-- and if you consider that millions of Filipinos are homeless, given how long this has been going, it's clever in itself. While this works to feed a poor family, you give up your freedom in order to prevent your family from starving and it works because poor families worry about living the next day instead of years from now.

    If it's not that, it's the mindset of Filipinos themselves for being so careless in the voting process: voting for celebrities, famous last names, comedians-- how ridiculous! There needs to be more people who care enough to vote and every candidate. It would be tedious and might seem like it would do nothing, but at the same time, if thousands of people were to do this and find dirt on the candidates, it'd be easier to see which individuals are in it for the money and who's actually running to make the country better, and the votes would slowly add up for the ideal candidate.

    With all the technology everyone has now, it is possible to do all this but no one is doing anything because they don't think their contribution will do anything. Rome was not built in a day: it took awhile with a combined effort. Now if people in the country could stop whining because the people working overseas aren't bringing in enough money and do the best with what they can in their workplace and education, the country today would be a first country with all its natural resources.

    If people worked hard like Korea did after their own war, would have ended up with a economy like or even better than South Korea as of today. Instead, the Philippines has been rapidly declining in terms of potential since and I'm afraid that its natural resources (a.K.A basically what the country lives on) will be depleted after 50 years and the people left there will be left to die unless a country strides some shady deal with us. And if the people continue to act in a way that serves them for the present than the future, there is no hope for a better Philippines.

    Maybe the best way to solve this conflict is to hand off power to another country, while cutting a deal that says "you can use x resources we have but after x years, the country needs a sizable economy within x years". While that plan is in session, the growing economy can sustain stricter laws for education and possibly some updated technology. That way, under the control of x country, the Philippines makes future leaders that handles the country better and break the cycle of corrupt politicians running the country.

  • The Poor People Who Think They'd Be Poor Forever

    Election comes....... New president who says he will improve the economy...... 3 years pass by....... Poor people would say: " WHERE IS THE MONEY THE NEW PRESIDENT PROMISED US???!!!" I would love to tell them: " WHAT THE HELL HAVE YOU BEEN DOING FOR THE LAST 3 YEARS???!!!" The people would slack off or do nothing but whine because they don't have money. I'm not saying all people are like this, but I just want to tell you that we should eradicate this mentality of poor in order to make the Philippines first world, but this won't actually happen to be honest.

  • Not in any of our lifetimes

    I'll say first I love the place and wish it well. I wish Filipinos would love their country as much as I did and they wouldn't mistreat it so much. When I first got three in 1992 there were signs everywhere "Philippines 200", suggesting first world status by that year, just 8 years away. But everyday Ii went home there was no power, and it stayed that was for 8 hours a day. President Ramos did a good job to gt power operating again quickly.
    The problems faced are:
    1. The best people leave. Productivity will never improve while OCWs are encouraged as heroes. These people, through their skills, are also able to migrate - and they do;
    2. Reliance on remittances. While this is useful money to the Philippines, it creates a culture of entitlement and laziness. Too many people put pressure on the OCW to send money home for the family, and the money is not used productively, but wasted on flashy items like Iphones, plus for drinking and gambling. How many OCWs receive requests for money for nieces and nephews schooling, only to get feedback that tito Bong won x amount at Jueteng, or the lechon bought for the fiesta, but never hear that the kids graduated. It leads to a culture of dependence instead of work.
    3. Foreign Investment unfriendly. Any developing country without enough of its own money needs foreign investment or to borrow if it is to start new industries of the future. Companies and moneyed venture capitalists are reluctant to invest when only allowed a 40% share. Who would accept that? The same for land. What is the Philippines worried about with land, its not like the foreigner can take it home with them.
    4. All the obvious things, infrastructure, slow approval processes, personal security etc.
    5. Short-termism - Political corruption is covered by this, but while I blame the political class themselves, more blame needs to go to the voters themselves. Peso 100 today for a vote is better than having a cleanskin in Government. Don't blame political corruption when you voted for them. Also covered by this short term vision is that the population are easily distracted by celebrity and gossip.

    There are other problems, but, I never see the Philippines making it to developed status. And that's a real shame because I would love to see it.


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