Bishops say PH eco growth 'not inclusive'

Posted at 01/31/2013 9:03 PM

MANILA - Church leaders said the strong economy being trumpeted by Malacañang has not translated to food and better lives for the poor.

In an interview with Radio Veritas, Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes said the numbers disclosed by the government do not mean inclusive growth.

“Many people remain very poor. It’s not inclusive…My observation is that the growth gives more advantage to the rich, rather than poor,” he said. He said the gap between rich and the poor continues to widen.

Retired Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz said it’s only the people in Malacanang who are “parading” the supposed strong economy.

“Nakakalungkot pong sabihin na bagaman yung ating Pangulo at kanyang mga kaalyado, panay sinasabi halos langit na itong Pilipinas, kapag po talaga mga ibang bayan ang nagbibigay ng pagpapasya tungkol sa kalagayan natin, talaga pong nakakaawa tayo,” he told Radio Veritas.

The Church leaders said President Benigno Aquino III should show where and how the gains translate to jobs and food for the poor.

“Instead of simply parading their achievements, the most important is where those economic gains go, does it really help the people, parang kulang pa yan,” Baste added.

For full year 2012, officials said the economy grew 6.6 percent, surpassing the government's 5-6 percent forecast and market expectations of 6.4 percent.