ss_blog_claim=d8a5111701cf57875c439c4ad0134984 ROSELLE'S BLOG: Arithmetic Lesson

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Arithmetic Lesson

This is quite a long post but I think its worth reading. This is a forwarded email from my friend Cel S. I'm not sure of the source of this post but I would like to share it with you. This is one of the reasons why our country, The Philippines, is considered as one of the countries in the third world. Not sure if this allegation is true though. But we all know how politicians in our country are.


Subject: Fr. Ed Panlilio - Gov. Of Pampanga

I'm 100% sure this income disparity is replicated in all the provinces of the
Philippines . If we had more Ed Panlilios in our government, we would be
just like Singapore in a short time. Read on...... We hope we are witnessing
what will be a sustained revolution in good governance in the
Province of Pampanga , under its newly elected governor, Fr. Ed Panlilio.
According to the Philippine Daily Inquirer of August 26, only one month
after Fr. Panlilio assumed his gubernatorial duties, the province's income
from the quarrying of volcanic ash from Mount Pinatubo had reached P29.4
million. (Haulers pay a fee of P300 per truck of volcanic ash that they haul
from the quarry.) By contrast, during his predecessor Mark Lapid's
term as governor, the province's income from the same quarrying operations
amounted to only P29 million a year. This gaping variation in official incomes
from the same activity should inspire a new set of textbooks in Arithmetic,
especially for the school children of Pampanga. There is nothing like local
color and local
situations to cultivate comprehension in young minds.

Sample problems: If Fr. Ed's provincial government can collect P29.4 million
in 26 days (we assume no quarrying on Sundays), how much does it
collect in one day?

Answer: An average of P1.130 million.

If Fr. Ed's provincial government collects an average of P1.130 million a day
from quarrying operations, how much can it collect in one year of 313
days (365 days less 52 Sundays)? Answer: P353, 690,000, or P354 million.

If Fr. Ed's provincial government can collect P354 million a year, and Mark
Lapid's provincial government collected only P29 million a year, what
is the difference in their official yearly collections?

Answer: P325 million a year.

If Mark Lapid was governor for four years and his provincial government's
annual collections from quarrying amounted to an average of P29 million,
how much did his provincial govt. officially collect in four years?

Answer: P116 million.

If Fr. Ed manages to remain as provincial governor for four years, and his
provincial government's annual collection from quarrying were to
average P354 million, how much will his provincial government collect in four

Answer: P1.416 billion.

What is the difference between P1.416 billion and P116 million?

Answer: P1.3 billion.

Where did this P1.3 billion go?

Answer: Only God and the Lapids know. ('Lapids' is in plural because Mark, as
a second generation political dynast, succeeded his own father,
now Sen. Lito Lapid.

We don't know how much Lito's provincial government officially collected from
quarrying operations during his watch. Should be a good investigative
project for media.) If Gawad Kalinga spends an average of P75,000 per low cost
house, how many low-cost houses can P1.3 billion build?

Answer: 17,333 low-cost houses.

If the average Pampanga family were to consist of five persons (father,
mother, three children), how many people would be benefited by 17,333
low-cost houses?

Answer: 86,665 persons.

End of Arithmetic lesson.

Fr. Ed is to be congratulated for setting a high benchmark for collection from
quarrying operations against which his predecessors have a moral
obligation to explain why their collections were so low, and against which
future governors will be judged by the people of Pampanga.

Volcanic ash, by the way, is a superior building material. Many of the
buildings, aqueducts & monuments of the Roman Empire that have survived for
almost 2,000 years are known to have been built w/ volcanic ash, quarried from
the environs of Mount Vesuvius after it erupted in 79 AD.

We don't expect Fr.Ed's moral victory in Pampanga to be remembered for the
next 2,000 yrs. We would be happy with five, ten or 20 years, enough, we>
hope, to spawn a moral-revolution- by- example to save the Filipinos from
their worst enemies - themselves. GOOD LUCK Philippines !

"Therefore, the primary cause of poverty is not overpopulation of the Phil!
It's because our country is overpopulated with corrupt officials"!

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