1. The Philippines was once a Colony of Spain.
2 . The Philippines Lacks in Advanced Infrastructure
3. The Philippines is Developing Economy.
23105170 – construction site workers
4. The Philippines has Low Quality of Life .
5. The Philippines suffers from Political instability such as Insurgency.
6. The Philippines has High Rates of Poverty Incidence.
epa04540777 Filipino residents living in shanties along a river bank collect usefull items in Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines, 27 December 2014. Philippine President Benigno Aquino signed a 2.6-trillion-peso (47.7 billion euro) national budget for 2015, which he said further limits opportunities for corruption and will partly be used to improve housing for the poor. EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG
7. The Philippines has Overpopulation
Aerial photo over Manila, Phillipines
With it’s 11 million inhabitants Manika is one of the worldÕs largest and most densely populated cities. The Philippines is the 12th most populated country. Photographer: Mads Nissen
28. A family eats dinner in the slum area near the garbage dump ‘Smokey Mountain’.
10. Two boys are sleeping in city’s toxic garbage dump. The dump provides food and shelter for the many homeless. Photographer: Mads Nissen / GraziaNeri
8. The Philippines Suffers from low level of Sanitation.
9. The Philippines generally doesn’t have access to Quality Health Care .
A view of a crowded makeshift hospital after patients are evacuated from a hospital in an earthquake stricken Cebu city, in central Philippines October 15, 2013. Picture taken October 15, 2013. REUTERS/Erik De Castro (PHILIPPINES)
10.The Philippines is still a Low Income Country.
Note : Pictures wasn’t mine.
ASEAN unity is crucial, period. We can’t genuinely progress in political integration if we lack an institutional security architecture and political vehicles to better this security structure.
In the so-called ASEAN roadmap, we have the ASEAN Political-Security Community as the pillar for common political & security challenges in Southeast Asia, particularly the South China Sea disputes. The SCS fiasco’s commenced a de facto arms race among claimant states, and now we’re witnessing 100%+ increase in defense spending of some of them like Vietnam.
As an appendage to the dangerous arms race, the threats to fishermen are also equally concerning. In 2000, one Chinese fisherman was shot dead by the Philippines near Palawan Island, while for the last 3 years we witnessed Chinese naval ships deliberately attacking and sinking Vietnamese fishing vessels in both Paracel and Spratly Islands. Many of the claimants, despite their worries about their fishermen’s safety, encourage continued fishing activities in the most contentious areas of the disputed waters in order to reiterate firmly their sovereignty claims.
The seemingly unceasing onslaught against fishermen -who’re not all guilty of illegal fishing and poaching- is barely jointly tackled by ASEAN+3 summits. Although we have both the Fisheries Consultative Forum and the Strategic Plan of Action Cooperation on Fisheries 2016-2020, ASEAN still has no mechanism concerned about attacks on fishermen in South China Sea, most especially if the attacker’s from an outside state like China. We have to set ASEAN ad hoc committees concerned with all tangible activities in SCS, and the review that they will conduct must be submitted to ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting for serious discussion.
We need to have a common policy and approach on both the conspicuous militarization of SCS and armed threats against civilian life & fishing industry at large.