Wednesday, May 21, 2008

OPEC

This is one of the detailed editorial cartoons I drew in 2005. With oil price increase going wild now, courtesy of our beloved oil companies and of course the helpless government, this drawing holds semblance to our current woe. I don't blame the OPEC if they want to make profits from Earth's non-renewable resource - fossil fuel. They make profits (see the dollar element) out of it while we bear the brunt of their exploration and continued exploitation.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

The Magicians

The new round of oil price increases occurring under the nose of our government proves that our country is one of the best places to do business. Here, businesses can always do what they want to do unmolested. The recent OPIs indicate that we have a government that is helpless before the oil companies. In fact, DOE Sec. Angelo Reyes entered the scene only after a series of OPIs had already occurred. Worst, it offered nothing to remedy the situation. Tsk. Tsk. Tsk.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Food Crisis on Global Scale

All the governments in the global community are obliged to act as one in response to the global food crisis. In one of its press statements, the United Nations said that "the recent dramatic escalation in food prices worldwide has evolved into a unprecedented challenge of global proportions that has become a crisis for the world’s most vulnerable, including the urban poor."

UN further said that: This crisis has multiple causes, including rapidly increasing energy prices, lack of investments in the agricultural sector, rapidly rising demand for food, trade distorting subsidies, recurrent bad weather and environmental degradation, subsidized production of bio-fuels that substitute food production, and the imposition of export restrictions leading to hoarding and panic buying.

I think all governments in the world still have time to react to this reality. Make up for the wasted time to supposedly address one of the most urgent concerns we were/are facing. Locally, response should be done immediately to cushion possible impact on the most vulnerable section of the society.

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