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From: Glenn E. Hamilton
To: Rosalito Nardo
Sent: Thursday, March 29, 2007 9:21 AM
Subject: Re: Support

Dear brother,

I did a bit of research and here is what I found from your government. If I understand DOLE's statistics (first chart), then a family of 6 in Region XI would need approximately $350 per month to be in the middle class (between the 40th and 70th percentiles). It seems you are doing rather well. By the second chart (nominal and real wages for non-agricultural jobs), it shows that most workers in your region only make about US$ 3 per day ( $90 per month). It also shows that a salary of $4.5 per day (appx $150 / month) is considered the highest nominal wage for the region.

You are making more than double the highest nominal wage, and if I understand your first letter you used to make $175 per month more than that. Perhaps you should be content with what you have. Paul taught that one should be content with food and clothing.

As I look at your breakdown of expenses, I am shocked. It seems you are saying you need about $1,000 per month to survive. Your figure of P28,000 per month for preaching expenses is clearly exaggerated. I don't think you could spend P10,000 per month on your kid's schooling unless they are both in private colleges. But no, they are only 5 and 8, so only one is even likely in school. Your public schools are free, so the only expense should be uniforms, a few books and supplies, and perhaps an occasional field trip. Milk and vitamins costing $75 per month is hardly realistic.

If you would examine your heart, study the Bible, and preach the word in your own community, you would realize how blessed you already are. Seeking additional support when you are not in need gives all preachers in your country a bad name.

Yours in Christ,

Glenn Hamilton

Estimates of Family Living Wage Per Day

For families in the 41st -70th percentiles (middle to upper middle class)
(Family Size is 6)

May 2006 estimates from Philippine Dept of Labor and Employment www.nwpc.dole.gov.ph

US $ conversions made on XE.com for 7-24-06 ($1=P52.1994)

Region Pesos US$
NCR 749 14.35
CAR 725 13.89
Region I 702 13.45
Region II 621 11.90
Region III 642 12.30
Region IV 660 12.64
Region V 628 12.03
Region VI 553 10.59
Region VII 725 13.89
Region VIII 469 8.98
Region IX 655 12.55
Region X 627 12.01
Region XI 623 11.94
Region XII 600 11.49
ARMM 981 18.79

CURRENT NOMINAL AND REAL WAGE*, By Region
Non-Agriculture
May 2006
(2000 = 100)

REGIONNOMINAL WAGE a/REAL WAGE b/
NCR325.00232.64
CAR225.00161.52
I212.00153.29
II208.00157.93
III263.50197.67
IV-A277.00202.93
IV-B216.00163.02
V209.00154.93
VI205.00153.67
VII223.00156.38
VIII206.00156.30
IX200.00149.81
X218.00157.29
XI224.00159.43
XII213.50160.65
XIII200.00145.77
ARMM180.00124.57

* Includes COLAs
a/ Highest nominal wage, May 2006.
b/ Based on May 2006.CPI.

Source: National Wages and Productivity Commission
Department of Labor and Employment

[Editor's Note: Nardo's defense found here.]