"With enough caring and sharing...poverty need not be inevitable",so says Dr. Cielito F. Habito, BSA 1975 scl, during his lecture held on June 16, 2010 at CAS Annex 1, UPLB, College, Laguna.
Habito expounded his talk by saying "no one is poor as to have nothing to share, no one is so rich as to need nothing from another."
Statistics show that one out of four Filipino families is poor. "But this also means that 3 or 4 are not" he continued. Further "we only need one out of every three non poor Filipino families to "adopt" one poor family and help nurture them sustainably out of poverty." Habito said that in order to help the poor we should "teach them to fish."
His talk is the fourth of theseries of the UPLB Centennial Lecture, a vital element of the Reflection and Commitment Building Component of the UPLB Centennial Program.
Habito is currently a professor of Economics in the Ateneo de Manila University where he is also director of the Ateneo Center for Econmics Research and Development (ACERD).
Prior to this, he served as Secretary of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) in 1992 and chair of the sixth session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (UNCSD VI) in New York in 1998.
Dr. Habito finished his PhD in economics (1984) from Harvard University in USA where he also earned a Master of Arts (1981). He also holds a Master of Economics (1978) from the University of New England in Australia. He is hapilly married with former Pilar A. Relova, also a UPLB alumna, (BACA 1978, MPAEM 2006), with whom he has five children. (Emy S. Mariveles)