Monday, April 25, 2016

Voters Turnout and Poverty Incidence

In the heat of the national elections this May 9, most of my friends, particularly on social media, have been actively endorsing their preferred candidates and to the extent of mudslinging that could have resulted to unfollow or unfriend each other. 

With the recent commitment of the government to provide open data for analysis and since most of my friends are in the NCR, I wonder how we stand in terms of actually making our stand by going  to your precinct on election day. Apparently, during national elections, it shows a cyclic pattern that peopleare more active in participating compared to the local and senatorial elections which happen in between the two national elections. It is noted that the lowest turnout is the National Capital Region. Why?

I have this hypothesis that the poverty incidence, which is the proportion of the families over the population. Since this data is not periodically collected, an aggregated measure was done. It follows a logarithmic curvilinear trend which is statistically significant at 90%. Also, the regions have been categorized into four quadrants:

  • Quadrant 1: High Poverty Incidence and High Voters Turnout
  • Quadrant 2: Low Poverty Incidence and High Voters Turnout
  • Quadrant 3: Low Poverty Incidence and Low Voters Turnout
  • Quadrant 4: High Poverty Incidence and Low Voters Turnout

There are other factors that may affect the voters turnout - the poverty magnitude (number of poor families), income gap, severity of poverty and other political, social and economic factors which were not included in this scatter plot; I'll keep looking for relevant data that could improve this model.

So, dear friends, please make time to go to your precinct and exercise your vote. If you are not actively registered, after this election, you have another 3 years to register/activate your profile at your nearby COMELEC Office.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Spreading Love and Equality

This week, Manny Pacquiao was interviewed and asked what is his stand on same-sex marriage. He inserts his judgement based on his religious beliefs with no scientific basis at all. A day after it caused violent reactions not just from the LGBT community but those who support our plight, he apologized that he does not condemn anyone.

Manny Pacquiao on same-sex marriage
"Mas masahol pa sa hayop." Senatorial aspirant and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao had this to say when we asked him for his stand on same-sex marriage. #BilangPilipino
Posted by Bilang Pilipino on Monday, 15 February 2016

Look, Mr. Congressman, everyone is entitled to their opinion and I honestly could say that the Philippines is not yet ready for this change, even we call it a civil union. We are not second class citizens who happens to be paying taxes, too.

The issue here does not just stop how he demoralizes people treating them as animals but how can the common good benefit all - equality. If heteronormative practice has their benefits because 90% of the population is straight, the minority should still enjoy the benefit of the former.

Even this event opened a can of worms, nevertheless, Manny Pacquiao never gets my vote, not just because he is a bigoted hypocrite but also has not proved worthy of being a senator nor a congressman.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Natty Or Not?

The Baymax friends and I always keep a fun conversation talking about daily rants, sides of what we feel and talk about people who are featured in fitness articles for having an awesome transformation. Look, I know that some people may really do it naturally but once your genetic ceiling hits, you may no other ways but to use magic beans.

In bodybuilding space, this is very much accepted except you're one of those hypocrites who look down in using artificial hormones to improve your appearance. What is annoying is when they claim to be that they are but they are not! Gets?

//end rants