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Marcos completed Power plants in 20 years—–
1). Bataan Nuclear Power Plant, completed 1983
2) Leyte Geothermal Power Plant, completed 1977
3)Makiling-Banahaw Geothermal Power Plant, completed 1979
4) Tiwi Geothermal Power Plant, completed 1980
5) Angat Hydro Electric Power Plant, completed 1967
6)Kalayaan Hydro Electric Power Plant, completed 1982
7) Magat A Hydro Electric Power Plant, completed 1984
8)Magat B Hydro Electric Power Plant, completed 1984
9)Pantabangan Hydro Electric Power Plant, completed 1977
10)Agus 2 Hydro Electric Power Plant, completed 1979
11)Agus 4 Hydro Electric Power Plant, completed 1985
12) Agus 5 Hydro Electric Power Plant, completed 1985
13) Agus 7 Hydro Electric Power Plant, completed 1982
14) Pulangi Hydro Electric Power Plant, completed 1985
15) Agus 6 Hydro Electric Power plant, recommissioned in 1977
16)Masiway Hydro Electric Power Plant, completed 1980
17) Main Magat Hydro Electric Power Plant, completed 1983
18)Calaca Coal Power PlantCompleted in 1984,
19) Cebu Thermal Power Plant completed in 1981,
20) Palinpinon 1 Southern Negros
Geothermal production Field completed in 1983.
Not mentioned are diesel plants
Cory Aquino, Ramos, Estrada, Gloria Macapagal,
Ninoy Aquino III COMBINED in 26 years:
ZERO –
every new power plant built During their time
were all privately Owned
( mostly by Lopezes, AboitIz, Aquino And Cojuanco Family )
and is now owners of some Power Plants completed during Marcos.
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Marcos completed Bridge projects in 20 years
1) Biliran Bridge150 meters long of Leyte, completed 1975
2) Buntun Bridge 1369 meters long of
Tuguegarao-Solana, Cagayan, completed 1974
3) Candaba Viaduct Pulilan 5000 meters long of
Bulacan-San Simon, Pampanga, completed 1976
4)Mactan-Mandaue Bridge 864 meters long of
Lapu-Lapu-Mandaue, Cebu 1972
5) Magapit Suspension Bridge 449 meters long of
Lal-lo, Cagayan completed 1978
6)Mawo Bridge 280 meters long Victoria,
Northern Samar completed 1970
7) Patapat Viaduct 1300 meters long Pagudpud,
Ilocos Norte completed 1986
9)San Juanico Bridge 2060 meters long Tacloban,
Leyte-Santa Rita, Samar. Completed 1973
Not to mention the unnamed hundreds of
bridges under 100 meters long.
TOTAL LENGTH = 11472 meters long
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Marcos Established/Founded
State Colleges/Universities in 20 years
1)Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University
in La Union founded in 1981
2)Mariano Marcos State University
in Ilocos Norte founded in 1978
3)Kalinga-Apayao State College
in Tabuk Kalinga founded in 1970
4)Abra State Institute of Science
and Technology in Abra founded in 1983
5)Pangasinan State University founded in 1979
6)University of Northern Philippines founded in 1965
7)Philippine State College
of Aeronautics founded in 1969
8)Cagayan State University established in 1978
9)Quirino State University established 1976
10)Isabela State University established 1978
11)Pampanga Agricultural College established 1974
12)Mindoro State College of Agriculture
and Technology-Calapan City established 1966
13)Occidental Mindoro State College established 1966
14)Palawan State University established 1965
15)Bicol University established 1969
16)Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges established 1983
17)Rizal Technological University established 1969
18)Technological University of
the Philippines established 1971
19)Capiz State University 1980
20)Guimaras State College 1968
21)Northern Negros State College of
Science and Technology established 1971
22)West Visayas State University became
established as university in January 1986
23)Leyte Normal University 1976
24)SLSU- (Southern Leyte State University)
- Sogod 1969
25)SLSU- Hinunangan 1975
26)SLSU- Tomas Oppus feb. 1 1986
27)SLSU- Bontoc 1983
28)SLSU- San Juan 1983
29)Basilan State College 1984
30)Western Mindanao State University became a
university in 1978 followed with
building the satellite campuses in:
WMSU-Alicia campus, Zamboanga del Sur
WMSU-Aurora campus, Zamboanga del Sur
WMSU Curuan, Zamboanga City
WMSU-Diplahan, Zamboanga Sibugay
WMSU-Imelda, Zamboanga Sibugay
WMSU-Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay
WMSU-Mabuhay, Zamboanga Sibugay
WMSU-Malangas, Zamboanga Sibugay
WMSU-Molave, Zamboanga del Sur
WMSU-Naga, Zamboanga Sibugay
WMSUOlutanga, Zamboanga Sibugay
WMSU-Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur
WMSU-Pitogo, Zamboanga del Sur
WMSU-San Ramon, Zamboanga City
WMSU-Siay, Zamboanga Sibugay
WMSU-Tungawan, Zamboanga Sibugay
31)Central Mindanao University established1965
32)Misamis Oriental State College of
Agriculture and Technology established 1983
33)Northwestern Mindanao State College
of Science and Technology estbalished 1971
34)Davao del Norte School of Fisheries
established 1969 ( now known as
Davao del Norte State College)
35)Mati Community College (MCC) founded in 1972
(now known as Davao Oriental State
College of Science and Technology)
36)Malita Agri-Business and Marine and
Aquatic School of Technology founded 1966 now known as:
37)Southern Philippines Agri-Business
and Marine and Aquatic School of Technology
38)University of Southeastern
Philippines established 1978
39)Cotabato Foundation College of
Science and Technology established 1967
40) Cotabato City State Polytechnic
College established 1983
41)Mindanao state university-
Iligan city founded 1968
42)Mindanao state university- Gensan city founded 1971
43)Surigao del Sur State University founded 1982
44)Surigao Del Norte School of Arts and Trades
(Founded in 1969) now known as
Surigao State College of Technology
45)Sulu State College founded in 1982
46)Tawi-Tawi Regional Agricultural College founded in 1975
47)Adiong Memorial Polytechnic
State College founded in 1970′s
48) Makati Polytechnic Community College-
Technical High School founded in 1972
( that i have found so far) out of 108 state universities
and colleges are established and accomplished projects of
FERDINAND E MARCOS. He also improved and re equipped
the remaining colleges/ Universities
that were established/ founded before 1965.
Cory Aquino, Ramos, Estrada, Gloria Macapagal,
Ninoy Aquino III combined Established/Founded
State Colleges/Universities in 26 years:
ZERO– the remaining of 108 State Colleges/
Universities are built and founded before 1965.
They though renamed few Colleges
and Universities and Refounded them after 1986.
National Manpower and Youth Council (NMYC)
founded 1976. Now changed to TESDA to discredit Apo Marcos.
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Few in not a fraction of high schools all over the Philippines.
Built and founded during Marcos leadership
1) Amlan Municipal High School was established 1972
2) Amparo High School was established in 1979
3) Aplaya National High School was established 1969
4) Balayan National High School (BNHS) established 1985
5) Balibago National High School established 1970
6) Bayugan National Comprehensive
High School established 1980
7) Buenavista National High School established 1972
Dalupaon National High School established 1972
9) Don Emilio Macias Memorial National
High School established 1982
10) Dona Francisca Lacsamana de Ortega Memorial
National High School established 1972
11) Dr. Juan G. Nolasco High School established 1966
12) Eastern Samar National Comprehensive
High School established 1969
13) Francisco P. Felix Memorial National High School
(FPFMNHS) established 1973
14) Gen. T. de Leon National High School establsihed 1969
15) Ismael Mathay, Sr. High School, formerly called
the GSIS Village High School established 1971
16) Jose Borromeo Legaspi Memorial National
High School established 1981
17) Kaong National High School 1974
18) Lawang Bato National High School established 1967
19) Liloy National High School established 1974
20) Mag-aba National High School established 1977
21) Mandaluyong High School established 1977
22) Navotas National High School established 1983
23) Parañaque National High School (Main Campus)
(Formerly known as Parañaque Municipal
High School) established 1969
24) Pasay City North High School established in 1969
25) Pedro E. Diaz High School established 1977
26) Philippine High School for the Arts established 1977
27) Pinagtongulan National High School established 1967
28) Punta National High School established 1971
29) San Juan National High School established 1968
30) San Mateo National High School established 1985
31) San Pablo City National High School established 1969
32) San Pedro Relocation Center National
High School established 1970
33) San Ramon National High School established 1967
34)Tabon M. Estrella National High
School established 1981
35) Makati Polytechnic Community College-
Technical High School founded in 1972
36) Tomas Cabili National High school Iligan city 1971
37) Dasmarinas National high School 1971
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I. Food sufficiency
A. Green Revolution
Production of rice was increased
through promoting the cultivation of IR-8 hybrid rice.
In 1968 the Philippines became self-sufficient in rice,
the first time in history since the American period.
It also exported rice worth US$7 million.
B. Blue Revolution
Marine species like prawn, mullet, milkfish,
and golden tilapia were being produced
and distributed to farmers at a minimum cost.
Today, milkfish and prawns contribute
substantially to foreign exchange income.
C. Liberalized Credit
More than one thousand rural banks
spread all over the country
resulting to the accessibility of credit
to finance purchase of agricultural inputs,
hired labor, and harvesting expenses
at very low interest rate.
During 1981-1985, credit was available
without interest and collateral arrangements.
Some of the credit programs were the ff:
1. Biyayang Dagat (credit support for fishermen)
2. Bakahang Barangay –supported fattening
of 40,000 head of cattle in farmer backyards
3. Masaganang Maisan, Maisagana,
and Expanded Yellow Corn Program
–supported 1.4 Million farmers
through P4.7 Billion loans from 1975-1985
4. Gulayan sa Kalusugan and Pagkain ng Bayan Programs
–provided grants and loans of P12.4 Million
to encourage backyard and communal production
of vegetables and improve nutrition of Filipino households
5. Kilusang Kabuhayan at Kaunlaran (KKK)—
supported 25,000 entrepreneurial projects
through P1.8 Billion and helping 500,000 beneficiaries
D. Decontrol Program
Price control polices were implemented on rice and corn
to provide greater incentive to farmers to produce more.
Deregulation of trading in commodities like sugar
and coconut and agricultural inputs like fertilizer
were done for more efficient marketing and trading arrangements.
II. Education Reform
Access to free education widened during the Marcos Administration.
The biggest portion of the budget
was allotted for Educational Programs (P58.7 Billion in 20 years).
The literacy rate climbed
from 72% in 1965 to 93% in 1985
and almost 100% in Metro Manila on the same year.
III. Agrarian Reform
Tenant’s Emancipation Act of 1972
or PD 27 was implemented without bloodshed.
This was the first Land Reform Code our country.
Since it was implemented until December 1985,
1.2 million farmers benefited,
either they became the owner or leaseholder
in more than 1.3 million hectares of rice and corn lands.
IV. Primary Health Care
The Primary Health Care (PHC) Program made medical care
accessible to millions of Filipinos in the remotest barrios of the country.
This program was even awarded by United Nations
as the most effective and most responsive health program among the third world countries.
With PHC life expectancy increased from 53.7 years in 1965 to 65 years in 1985.
Infant mortality rate also declined from 73 deaths per 1,000 live births in 1965 to 58 in 1984.
V. Housing for the masses
Bagong Lipunan Improvement of Sites and Services (BLISS)
Housing project had expanded the government’s housing program
for the low-income group.
Massive slum upgrading projects have improved
to 14,000 lots in 1985 from 2,500 in 1976.
The Tondo foreshore, for instance,
is one of the biggest and most miserable slum colonies in Asia
was transformed into a decent community.
A total of 230,000 housing units were constructed from 1975-1985.
The laws on socialized housing were conceptualized
by President Marcos through a series of legal issuances
from the funding, the lending, mortgaging and to the collection of the loans.
These are governed by the Home Mutual Development Fund (Pag-Ibig Fund),
the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB)
and the National Home Mortgage Finance which remain intact up to the present
VI. Energy Self-Reliance
Indigenous energy sources were developed like hydro, geothermal,
dendrothermal, coal, biogas and biomass.
The country became the first in Asia
to use dendrothermal and in five years
we became number two, next to US, in geothermal utilization.
The extensive energy resource research and exploration
and development resulted to reduction of oil imports from 100% in 1965 to 40% in 1985
and in the same year, more than 1,400 towns and cities were fully energized.
VII. Export Development
During 1985 textile and textile products like garments and embroideries,
furniture and rattan products, marine products like prawns and milkfish,
raw silk, shoes, dehydrated and fresh fruits
were exported aside from the traditional export products like coconut,
sugar, logs, lumber and veneer.
The maritime industry was also dominated
by Filipinos wherein 50,000 seamen
were employed by various world shipping companies.
VIII. Labor Reform
The Labor code was promulgated which expanded
the concerns of the Magna Carta of Labor
to extend greater protection to labor,
promote employment, and human resource development.
The minimum wages of the workers were boosted
through the guaranteed 13th month pay and cost of living allowances.
Employment potentials of Filipinos were enhanced through skills training.
During that time, there were 896,000 out-of-school youths
and unemployed graduated from various training centers all over the country.
IX. Unprecedented Infrastructure Growth
The country’s road network had improved from 55,778 kilometers in 1965
to 77,950 in five years (1970),
and eventually reached 161,000 kilometers in 1985.
Construction of irrigation facilities was also done
that made 1.5 million hectares of land irrigated
and increased the farmer’s harvest and income.
In addition, nationwide telecommunication systems—
telephone systems, telex exchange too centers,
and interprovincial toll stations were also built.
X. Political Reform
The structure of government established by President Marcos
remains substantially the same except the change of name,
inclusive of superficial features in laws,
to give a semblance of change from that of President Marcos regime.
The only significant department that was abolished
after the departure of President Marcos was
the Department of Ministry of Human Settlements under Imelda Romualdez Marcos.
It was dismantled but the functions were distributed to different offices.
XII. Fiscal Reform
Government finances were stabilized
by higher revenue collections
and loans from treasury bonds,
foreign lending institutions and foreign governments.
XI. Peace and Order
In 1966, more than 100 important smugglers were arrested;
in three years 1966-68 they arrested a total of 5,000.
Military men involved in smuggling were forced to retire.
Peace and order significantly improved in most provinces
however situations in Manila and some provinces continued to deteriorate
until the imposition of martial law in 1972.
What ever happened to these?
Did the suceeding administration just forego these just because it had Marcos’ signature?
These,though made in the 1970′s address problems that we are facing today.
Had these not been abolished and maintained for the last 30 or so years, things may be so much different.
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And the list goes on and on and on…..
(to be continued)
Although Marcos was branded as dictator, corrupt, human rights violator by fictional tales
passed on from generation to generation and his achievements were expunged subtly
by the manipulation of mass media and vindictiveness of the administration that succeeded him,
the impacts of his interventions remained and are undeniably germane part of our country’s system.


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Coleman,

When Gloria was in power the government auctioned of all of the power plants and power infrastructure for pennies on the dollar to private companies  like Lopezes, AboitIz, Aquino And Cojuanco Family plus San Migel corporation

No new government power plants will be built any new power plants must be built by private companies

Since this has happened the price of Electricity has taken off Like a Rocket

Marcos did more for this countries infrasturcture then all of the cuurent past presidents put together his record speaks for it self

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One could also take a cynical approach and say that in doing these great works the freedom of the people was completely suppressed and all the works served to improve an infrastructure which lined the Marcos's pockets. You might call them a 'personal investment' towards the cost of designer shoes and bags.

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More than you and I are thinking the same thing; Great sums of money are massed by many here, even in this day and time;.. get a 50,000.00 peso a year job and amass millions in no time;.....hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. i will leave that alone.
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I suppose you could say that, but you could also say that since him, the politicians have done the same thing, and accomplished nothing.  As I live in Tacloban and that was where his wife was from I can see some of the stuff they built here falling down and rotting away...There is a (use to be) library he built here public, the kids that didn't have money for books use to be able to study there after school, now closed, the books are rotting but they use it for a market about 4 times a year. I would suppose that when you are dealing with a mostly uneducated populaces sometimes its better to do the thinking for them.  You dont let children out on a busy hwy without supervision.
And yes I know that last statement is very controversial but having dealt with some of the less fortunate here who sell their vote every season for 500php and who can not read or write...I think its appropriate.
 
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Coleman, I mention I taught English and Politics at four universities in the PRC for you comment “. . . when you are dealing with a mostly uneducated populaces sometimes it is better to do the thinking for them.” This was a key issue in many of my politics classes. I explained  democracy is not magical but is simply a mechanism for making decisions that can lead to good policies as well as bad policies. Students countered “the dictatorship of the proletariat” prevented poor policies for during this period the leadership made policy and the proletariat was being educated. When I suggested utilizing democracy would be a better way to make policy the students countered I was arguing for a dictatorship of the bourgeoisie forging policies while excluding the broad working class from the process. I certainly am not arguing you are a proponent of any Marxian theory but merely noting who makes political decisions is an extremely complex issue  still needing a great deal of thought.         

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Marcos was a plundering,murdering tyrant of gigantic proportions.
Its not much use cherry picking historical facts.
 

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bcnorth,  Excellent observation, however I prefer the usage closer to Roman times as described here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proletariat
After I retired from the military, I found that some of the things I did not like while in, orders with no room to question actually had their place.
While working for the DOD where rule by committee was the norm I found that often times decisions were never made or watered down to the point of being useless.  Its the difference between Obama and Regan...Or the difference in Marcos and the rest since then.  One thing I do believe is that if Marcos had been president when Yolanda hit, we would have had some help..and the looting would not have been on the scale it was. As it was the government did nothing for at least a week...It is my opinion that if there were stronger leadership here, the country could get back to the economic status it use to have and not continue to spiral into political and economic chaos.

Marcos was a plundering,murdering tyrant of gigantic proportions.
Its not much use cherry picking historical facts.
 

Fred, obviously you have strong opinions on the subject, I will not attempt to change your mind.  Your entitled to your opinion.  However, I wish you would take a look at those who have plundered this country since Marcos times..
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I tend to think that, before forcing intercourse upon the average Filipino, Marcos bought them dinner.

Nowadays they're lucky if they get an order of Shoti balls before.


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I tend to think that, before forcing intercourse upon the average Filipino, Marcos bought them dinner.

Nowadays they're lucky if they get an order of Shoti balls before.


JD

Excellent observation, even better comparison :-)
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Re: Found this today, is decidly toward Marcos but I found it interesting
« Reply #10 on: July 10, 2014, 08:12:53 PM »
Coleman..

Its not so much about opinions but what happened in actual fact..
Marcos`s first term was was a productive one and thats hard to deny.. He set records as far as infrastructure development goes but unfortunately it all went pear shaped after that.
After he declared martial law in 73 due to mass demonstrations and to secure a third term he began to sequester large private businesses and install his cronie kiss assess to take control of them..He dispensed of monopoly laws that kept them in his favour as they went on to build their national social and industrial empires.. This group of individuals were given tax exemptions etc and then the crony capitalist system plus mass corruption evolution evolved.
The P.I trade deficit rose to well over one billion $$`s(back when 1 Billion $$ was a lot of money) and the s*** was about to hit the fan for the Filipino people..
When I arrived in 1980,a naive and stupid kid drinking SMB in local sari sari stores, naturally being a little inquisitive about P.I politics etc I was often warned by friends not to mention or ask questions about Marcos etc as these places were full of Barangay Tanods,Councillors etc that quite often relayed such conversations to the Barangay chairman..
I heeded the advice real quick as I learned of how people were "salvaged" and regularly found in sacks in vacant lots the next day.
A lot of people in Manila (Certainly not all) would speak fondly of the martial law days.. Many married women for example felt far more secure as their husbands were forced to break the habit of a life time and go straight home after work instead of their previous long visits of pleasure with their mistresses!! (due to a strict evening curfew)
If you look at all the facts that are freely available these days,its really not that hard to find out about the incredible damage that the Marcos regime inflicted on the Filipino people and the repercussions that can still be witnessed to this very day.
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Re: Found this today, is decidly toward Marcos but I found it interesting
« Reply #11 on: July 10, 2014, 09:51:52 PM »
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the country could get back to the economic status it use to have and not continue to spiral into political and economic chaos.


Like it or not..The Philippine economy has been booming since the last 3 years GMA was President!!

Now? Possibly the fastest growing economy in Asia!

Philippine economy ‘well positioned’

http://www.bworldonline.com/content.php?section=TopStory&title=Philippine-economy-%E2%80%98well-positioned%E2%80%99&id=90514
« Last Edit: July 10, 2014, 09:53:47 PM by fred »

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Re: Found this today, is decidly toward Marcos but I found it interesting
« Reply #12 on: July 11, 2014, 04:00:47 AM »
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the country could get back to the economic status it use to have and not continue to spiral into political and economic chaos.


Like it or not..The Philippine economy has been booming since the last 3 years GMA was President!!

Now? Possibly the fastest growing economy in Asia!

Philippine economy ‘well positioned’

http://www.bworldonline.com/content.php?section=TopStory&title=Philippine-economy-%E2%80%98well-positioned%E2%80%99&id=90514


Reading that article, and reading elsewhere reports, comments and forecasts about the 'improving' Philippines eceonomy my only thought is: When will the average man in the street see a difference in his standard of living.

I suspect that any growth in the economy, and associated inward flow of monies, will only help the rich grow stronger and leave the 'normal' people in the same situation they are in now.

I have known my wifes family for over 6 years, and they and their relatives don't appear any better off, and neither are there any improvements in infrastructure, health care and government support etc which they could point at. To me this is the true test of an improving economic situation, not hopeful reports of a booming Philippines economy.

Regretfully I don't have enough knowledge of the Marcos era to add anything to the argument, but I know that a lot of Filipinos still support him for the things he did do, though in his case it was ultimately absolute power corrupting absolutely.
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Re: Found this today, is decidly toward Marcos but I found it interesting
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I have known my wifes family for over 6 years, and they and their relatives don't appear any better off, and neither are there any improvements in infrastructure, health care and government support etc

Do you think it was a life full of blissful social care in the Marcos era even with the low levels of population compared with today?
Actually,I don't believe I have ever seen so much infrastructure development in this country then I have seen in the last 5 years..
Thats an honest statement based on my experience whilst living in Bohol anyway..


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Re: Found this today, is decidly toward Marcos but I found it interesting
« Reply #14 on: July 11, 2014, 09:23:59 AM »
I first set foot in the Philippines as a young man on the way to another tropical paradise somewhere around September 1967, intermittently from then until Sept 1970 I returned.  Then in Sept 70 I left Asia to return to the US.

  In Sept 1978 having completed my degree I returned to Okinawa where we flew throughout Asia.  One of our primary jobs was the re-fueling of aircraft coming out of Guam.  To accomplish this we were based in either Clark or Subic.  From 78 until 92 I spent usually 6 months out of every year in one of those two locations. During that time I think I got a fairly good view of the Philippines though admittedly limited in area and scope.
 However most of my time when I was not flying was spent in the provinces. barrios and not in Olongapo or Angeles City.  I was here when Pinatubo blew and took part in both the relief and rescue/recovery efforts.  I also took part in the base pullout when they closed.  Most of my friends at the time (not counting the guys I worked with) were Filipino. 

I can only compare my experiences from then to my experiences since I have been here this time.  I returned March 2011. 
It seemed to me that the average Filipino was far better off at least economically  then than they are now.    I live in Leyte now, an though its much more rural than where I was in Luzon when your talking about the economics now, I suppose its a fair comparison.   I see a lot of desperation now I did not see before.
  I have the opportunity to see both Tacloban City and the provinces south of us almost everyday.
  More than that I have made it kinda a mission to talk to the older Filipinos that were here during WW2 to get first hand knowledge of how it was then as the history of that time is one of my hobbies.
  Invariably during the conversations the time of Marcos comes up and all I can say is having talked to over a hundred older (quite old) men and women, not one has said anything but they wish Marcos was back.

I can only make judgements based on what I have been told by those that lived it and my personal observations. 
As far as infrastructure I can only base that on what I saw when I was here before and what I see now, mostly based on schools, hospitals and roads.  Most of the schools in my area were built during the Marcos administration as were the hospitals and roads and if you went there the maintenance was pretty much non existent . 

However at the moment due to Yolanda several NGO's are rebuilding both the schools and the Hospitals.  NGO's not the government.

I looked up comparative economic status between now and then and yes according to the figures GNP is up now.
Quoting the World Bank
Filipinos who go aboard to work–-known as Overseas Filipino Workers or OFWs—are a significant contributor to the economy but are not reflected in the below sectoral discussion of the domestic economy. OFW remittances is also credited for the Philippines' recent economic growth resulting to investment status upgrades from credit ratings agencies such as the Fitch Group and Standard & Poor's.

I have always wondered why a country would export its brightest people when they are needed so much here.
I suppose we could discuss this for days and weeks, both sides of the coin are correct in many ways but I doubt anybody on this forum can effect change other than our respective families. ....Lee
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