‘Economy of exclusion’ leaves out poor

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The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) took the government to task over “sluggish” implementation of laws in the country meant to close the gap between the poor and the wealthy.

CBCP President and Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, reiterating the call of the Holy See, said that the people “should not support abet, encourage an economy of exclusion and inequality, as such economy kills.

“Laws enacted to close the gap between included and excluded the wealthy and the poor, the powerful and the disempowered, the housed and the homeless are sluggishly implemented or implemented in the breach,” Villegas lamented.

He explained that the “economy of exclusion” in the country is an economy that pampers only the powerful, wealthy and privileged people, but not the poor.


“It concentrates decision-making in the wills of an entrenched elite, and reduces participation of the poor in these decisions to empty formalities,” Villegas said.

The Church is asking for the inclusive growth that must be expanded not only among the wealthy people, but “as much as possible and cascade as low as possible to the poorest,” the prelate said.

He said that the government or the people who in government must change their attitude, noting that the system and the structure will follow if there is the right attitude.

“Even if you put structures and the networking it will not work so it is really a call for a change of attitude, a change of paradigm to look at one another as brothers and sisters and look at yourself toward as you are not an owner, mamamatay ka rin and you will have to face God,” he explained.

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