Social Problem I Feel Connected To

On our third session of Social Innovation class with Steve, he asked us what social problem we felt most connected to. And the first thing that came to mind was the widening gap between the rich and the poor.

Cartoon Movement: “Economic Inequality in the Philippines” by Angelo Lopez Source:https://www.cartoonmovement.com/cartoon/11154
The Philippines was described as having the “second fastest-growing economy” (in 2015)— only next to its territorial rival China. Economic reports reflected that about US $16.6 billion were added to the Philippines’ GDP.
But where is this so-called growth? Why can’t we — the working class Filipino — feel its effects?
It appears that only the wealthiest individuals and their families can feel this boom in the economy. It’s a terrible cliché, but indeed — the rich just got richer.

Read more about the issue below:

Back in the Philippines, one will easily see the socio-economic disparity — just behind the tall buildings are people living in slums. Just by looking outside the window, it is truly undeniable that this problem is real. There are many apparent reasons to why this issue is a reality — measly salary increase, staggering income tax rate, and prevailing corruption. Addressing this issue is not an easy task, but this shouldn’t be an excuse or hindrance to not do anything.

Source: http://thestagnantfilipino.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Manila-Slums-02.jpg

Mr. Jan Albert Suing, a political scientist, in his article below mentions a few ways in which inequality may be reduced and emphasizes that equality is everyone’s business:

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