By James F. Eder
For many of the twentieth century, migrant settlers from the Philippines have confirmed homesteads and new methods of existence on Palawan Island, a one-time wooded area desert. at the island's coastal plains and within the hilly inside, settlers have created dynamic and wealthy groups in accordance with in the community variable mixtures of agricultural and non-agricultural lifeways. This quantity offers an research of socioeconomic switch in a single Palawan settler group based in the course of the Nineteen Forties. in response to special info on the degrees of neighborhood, loved ones and person spanning a 25-year interval (1970-1995), the chapters focus on 3 simple topics: the advance of a post-frontier village economic climate; family ideas for survival and prosperity; and person objectives as they relate to principles approximately social status and private worthy. those topics are hooked up into an built-in research of switch in the neighborhood throughout time and set in the context of wider alterations in society.
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But by 1986, per capita income in the Philippines was only one-seventh of Taiwan’s (Boyce 1993:1–4), and the international reputations of the two countries had diverged apace: Taiwan was a new Asian Tiger, while the Philippines was widely regarded as an economic laggard. Developing Community, Developing Region 19 In another local version of the nation’s economic woes, the rich have become richer while the poor have remained the same—or have become poorer. There are data to support this contention as well, seen in a marked polarization in the distribution of income in the Philippines between 1962 and 1986.
This reputation is based in part on the simple fact of the community’s relative prosperity and in part on the related perceptions that San Jose presents numerous opportunities for agricultural and other entrepreneurial activity and possesses an open social hierarchy in which good sense and hard work are rewarded by advancement. ” If these perceptions are only partially accurate, they are widely repeated and periodically reinforced. It came as no great surprise, for example, that San Jose was recently proclaimed Puerto Princesa City’s “most beautiful barangay,” defeating forty other communities, and collected a one-hundred-thousandpeso award in a recent citywide beautification campaign.
Significant deposits of chromite, nickel, iron, mercury, manganese, silica sand, marble, limestone, guano, talc, and sulfur are found on Palawan (Bureau of Mines and Geosciences 1986). Of these, nickel is the most important. Palawan’s forests are an important source of timber both for use locally and for export to Japan and other countries. Dipterocarpacae are not dominant in Palawan’s forests as elsewhere in Developing Community, Developing Region 31 the Philippines; apitong (Dipterocarpus grandiflorus) is the principal commercially important species.
A Generation Later: Household Strategies and Economic Change in the Rural Philippines by James F. Eder