Did you know (well, of course you didn't) that 34% of the population of the Philippines lives under the poverty level? That's 26.5 million people (about 4.3 million families).
Of course, that in itself is awful. But then you must realize that the poverty level here is not the ~$15K/year it is in America. Oh no.
Here, the poverty level is ~$300/year. And over a third of the population is trying to subsist on less than that.
(From Friday, 3 October 2003, Philippine Daily Inquirer)