In his State of the Nation address, our President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III reports,
According to [the National Economic Development Authority], the 27.9 percent poverty rate during the first semester of 2012 went down to 24.9 percent for the same period in 2013. These three percentage points are equivalent to 2.5 million Filipinos who have crossed the poverty line.
I thank the Lord that in the past 2 years, 2.5 million Filipinos crossed the poverty line. But we must keep in mind and heart that, of the total Philippine population of 100 million, there are still 24.9 million individuals who live below the poverty line, who struggle to survive on a daily subsistence of PHP 37.27 (the equivalent of 0.87 U.S. cents). The situation is still grievous beyond words. We must press on with prayer and missions to our suffering people.
Pray. Help. Give.