In the Philippines, the current state of the economy has been the subject of much debate. With very low minimum wage and bad mass transportation, many netizens are angry with the latest statement of Donnalyn Bartolome about being grateful that we still have work this 2023.
It is undeniable that the Philippine economy has long been suffering from various issues, such as the high unemployment rate, poverty, and low wages. The minimum wage, for instance, has been on a downward spiral since the pandemic began. The current minimum wage rate stands at Php 533.00, which is far below the very basic necessities of living, such as food and rent. This means that a large portion of the population is not able to make enough money to pay for their basic needs.
Additionally, the state of mass transportation in the Philippines is also in a sorry state. The bus system is overcrowded, while the trains are often delayed and unreliable. This has made it difficult for people to go to work and make a living. This has been exacerbated by the pandemic, as many people have lost their jobs and are struggling to make ends meet.
The statement of Donnalyn Bartolome about being grateful that we still have work this 2023 has been met with much criticism from netizens. Many feel that it is an insensitive statement, as the current economy is too dire for people to be grateful for having work.
It is true that we should be grateful for what we have and for the opportunities we have. However, the current state of the economy is too dire for us to be content with the situation. Low wages and bad mass transportation have put many people in a tough spot, and it is only right that we demand better living conditions and wages for all. It is time for the government to take action and create policies that will help improve the economy and create more job opportunities for people. Only then can we be truly grateful for what we have and for the opportunities we have.