To: Mr. Jun A:
…Good day and my warmest greetings!
Definitely-Maybe, the term “corruption” has been abused, corrupted and over-used word already in the country today, (sa tv, radio, newspaper, forum, debate, talk show, etc.) referring to malfeasance, nonfeasance and misfeasance in office and stealing government funds while in office. Nonetheless, we cannot avoid citing or talking about the term corruption as always, because every time we talk about good governance and public service in government as this country is being run like hell by unscrupulous public officers/politicians with insatiable greed for money and power….as if corruption is already part and parcel of the public service… Sadly, corruption has been with us since time immemorial. As a matter of fact, “It only took 30 pieces of silver for Judas to betray and sell our Lord Jesus Christ”… Thus, we cannot distance ourselves from discussing corruption in conjunction with good governance, public service and election as well. Because, each time, we see a government project, we always have the impression that no doubt a certain official or officials must have profited from it… sigurado ako dyan at ipapaputol ko ang daliri ko kapag walang komisyun o kickback dyan si meyor, si congressman, si gobernor, si district engineer, including the contractor and his sub-contractor, he-he-he-he. And, we are not born yesterday, ika nga…S.O.P baga ine!
Maybe, I was interpreting you literally on this subject, but it does not matter…
Truly, the word corruption implies negative thing simply because it is contrary to public policy, good customs, honesty and good values…
…that instead of talking about corruption as negative, we must talk about progress being a positive thing… You are correct…. It’s just a matter of interpretation and connotation of a given word or term…
consider this….Another word that implies negative thing is the term “politics” per se, now a days, politics has a distorted or twisted meaning conceptualized by politicians themselves to defend their positions and/or contradict the accusation made by the people in the opposition… i.e., ‘pinupulitika ka lang niyan”, “namumupulitika lang ang mga yan”, “pulitika lang yan”, “malayo pa ang election namumulitika na”. These phrases connote negative thing. But, what is politics anyway? Politics, in political science lingo, “is the art of good government”… if politics is the art of good government, why is it that the word politics has been commonly equated with graft & corruption or character assassination and other black propaganda. In that case, people cannot be wrong in trying to equate politics with that of graft & corruption…after all, most, if not all, of the politicians, particularly those who, are in power, have been corrupted already, contrary to the constitutional injunction re, full accountability of public officers which reads that “Public service is a public trust. Public officers and employees must at all times be accountable to the people, serve them with utmost responsibility, integrity, loyalty, and efficiency, act with patriotism and justice, and lead a modest lives”… (modest lives??? Sino??? eh si meyor, si congressman, o si governor…. habitual gambler at biglang yumaman ng maupo sa pwesto sabi nila)… based on the above mentioned criteria, mukhang bagsak yata lahat ang mga public officers natin saan mang lupalop ng pilipinas)
Perhaps, right now, right then and right here, a change must begin from the youth of today as future leader of the country… Bulan, in particular, is now looking for the principled leader whose integrity cannot be compromised in exchange of financial advantage, political affiliation and other monetary consideration…. We are looking for the real “mr. clean” in public service, who will become future leader of bulan, the incorruptible with progressive mind, so that we can translate the word politics at least into positive and progressive thing in public service.
The FUTURE OF BULAN LIES UPON THE YOUTH…..
By the way, a point of clarification… Senator Nene Aquilino Pimentel Jr. did not actually move for the total abolition of the SK, as a training ground for youth leaders and a means of getting the youth involved in community development.
Pimentel, however, said an alternative mechanism should be created to ensure continued youth representation in local government units (LGUs), or, replace the existing SK with some other mechanism,”.
With or without SK as an organization, I would believe that there is always a Future of Bulan (…& goes with the saying that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel)…after all, there is no law against hope and hoping. Thus, the hope of our town lies upon the hands of the youth of tomorrow who will become future leader, who is beholden to anyone, except to his/her oath of office, with no personal and vested interest being insulated from any form of political patronage or partisan or political party’s affiliation and so on and so forth.
We call upon the Youth of Bulan to be a catalyst of change and beneficiary of progress…but, that time is yet to come….. in the near future…..The youth must be progressive not regressive, move forward not backward, pro-active not inactive, more so the youth must be a dreamer, reactionary and visionary of tomorrow.
Talking about SK matter, I would recall that since the establishment of the SK many years ago, I cannot find a project undertaken by the SK for the advancement, upliftment and betterment of the youth in the countryside (social, religious, economics program, etc.) despite the gargantuan yearly appropriation of funds made by law for each and every barangay, except for the commonly visible projects such as barangay kiosks made of bamboo and anahaw (This kiosk is project of SK)
In fact, the establishment of the kiosk would invite the youth to become lazy and indolent all the time, eh ginagawang tambayan lang ng mga kabataan all day and all night long for no reasons at all….
Adding to the problem of the youth is the insurgency in the rural areas, they are afraid to till the soil or plow the field and plant kamote or kamoteng kahoy to support their daily sustenance because they are afraid to be caught in the cross fire between the insurgents and the military men. Because of this circumstance they become idle, indolent and lazy all through out, not to mention also the lack of moral support and encouragement of the parents, due to economic hardships and scarcity in life to support the education of the children until college…
….”anak hirap ang buhay natin, pwede ba pagkatapos mo ng high school magtrabaho ka na lang bilang katulong or housemaid, para makatulong ka naman sa mga nakababatang mong kapatid at para makaahon-ahon tayo sa kahirapan”…. This is a sign of surrender on the part of the parents to support the education of the children to become productive citizens of the country.
Children who did not finish college due to extreme poverty are always susceptible to becoming unemployed in the year or years ahead. And, unemployment will make the youth vulnerable to, and at the risk of committing crimes due to lack of opportunities of employment, as the saying goes, “a hungry stomach knows no law”, then if stealing is the only way to survive, committing a crime would justify the means in order to feed the hungry stomach…
Relative to your Article (as response to my comment) the “FUTURE OF BULAN”…. and may be as a challenge to the youth of Bulan, as future leader/s of the country, (local or national level) allow me to quote and reproduce hereunder salient portions of the message delivered by Filipino Ambassador to Spain, Isabel Wilson during the 1998 WYD in Portugal, alluding to the youth as the catalyst of change and beneficiary of progress… Here they are:
“TODAY’S YOUNG PEOPLE WILL BE TOMORROW’S LEADERS OF A WORLD WHICH IS IN CONSTANT FLUX. THEY ARE AT THE THRESHOLD OF THE 21ST CENTURY AND THEIR FUTURE WILL DEPEND ON HOW THEY HANDLE NEW CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES.
TECHNOLOGICAL BREAKTHROUGHS HAVE ENABLED THE YOUTH TO GAIN ACCESS TO UNLIMITED INFORMATION. STATE-OF-THE ART COMMUNICATIONS BRINGING INFORMATION TO THE MOST FAR-FLUNG AREAS HAVE MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR THE YOUNG TO BE OUTSPOKEN AND MORE AWARE OF THEIR RIGHTS UNDER INTERNATIONAL LAW.
WHILE MODERN SOCIETY HAS MANY ADVANTAGES, THERE ARE CERTAIN GRIM REALITIES WHICH MUST BE FACED. TODAY’S FAST-PACED, FREEWHEELING LIFESTYLES HAVE SPAWNED THE GROWING MENACE OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE, AIDS, AND UNWANTED PREGNANCIES EVEN AMONG THE VERY YOUNG. THE SPECTER OF POVERTY, AS WELL AS UNEMPLOYMENT AND ILLITERACY, LOOMS OVER THE YOUTH, ESPECIALLY IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES. WHEN WE CONSIDER THAN IN 1995 , THE TOTAL WORLD YOUTH POPULATION WAS ESTIMATED AT 1.03 BILLION, POSITIVE ACTION TO ADDRESS THE NEEDS OF OUR YOUTH IS URGENT YESTERDAY, TODAY, AND TOMORROW.
THE PHILIPPINES HAS ALWAYS PLACED PARAMOUNT IMPORTANCE ON THE SIGNIFICANT ROLE OF THE YOUTH IN NATION BUILDING. IN 1870, OUR NATIONAL HERO JOSE RIZAL, IN HIS MESSAGE “TO THE FILIPINO YOUTH”, CALLED THE YOUTH “THE HOPE OF THE FATHERLAND” AND EXHORTED THEM TO BREAK FREE FROM THE SHACKLES THAT BOUND THEIR HEARTS AND MINDS SO THAT THEY MAY SOAR TO THE HEAVENS AND ATTAIN THEIR ASPIRATIONS. GREGORIA DE JESUS, HERSELF A GREAT WOMAN AND THE WIFE OF ANOTHER PHILIPPINE HERO, ANDRES BONIFACIO, ALSO RECOGNIZED THE ROLE OF THE YOUTH IN SOCIETY AND THROUGH HER DECALOGUE TO THE FILIPINO YOUTH, REMINDED THE YOUTH OF THE 1800s OF THE FILIPINO VALUES THAT PROPELLED THE NATION TO INDEPENDENCE AND PRESERVED ITS TIME-HONORED TRADITIONS AS A DISTINCT RACE.
A HUNDRED YEARS LATER, FILIPINOS CONTINUE TO PUT GREAT FAITH AND CONFIDENCE IN ITS YOUTH. THE 1987 CONSTITUTION OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES CLEARLY STATES THE COUNTRY’S YOUTH POLICY IN ARTICLE II, SECTION 13: “THE STATE RECOGNIZES THE VITAL ROLE OF THE YOUTH IN NATION-BUILDING AND SHALL PROMOTE AND PROTECT THEIR PHYSICAL, MORAL, SPIRITUAL, INTELLECTUAL AND SOCIAL WELL-BEING. IT SHALL INCULCATE IN THE YOUTH PATRIOTISM AND NATIONALISM AND ENCOURAGE THEIR INVOLVEMENT IN PUBLIC AND CIVIC AFFAIRS.”
THE NATIONAL YOUTH COMMISSION (NYC) WAS CREATED THROUGH RA 8044 TO SERVE AS A POLICYMAKING AND COORDINATING BODY OF ALL YOUTH PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS OF THE GOVERNMENT. BEYOND MERE COORDINATION, THE COMMISSION IS ALSO INVOLVED IN THE POLITICAL, SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT OF YOUTH. THE NYC HAS ENSURED COMMITMENT AND YOUTH PARTICIPATION IN LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES ON GLOBAL YOUTH CONCERNS. THUS, FILIPINO YOUTH ADVOCACY GROUPS WORK TIRELESSLY TO CREATE A BETTER AND GENTLE WORLD.
THE NYC HAS ALSO FORMULATED A MEDIUM-TERM YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PLAN (MTYDP) FROM 1999 TO 2004, WHICH WAS APPROVED IN MARCH THIS YEAR. IT CONTAINS THE COUNTRY’S VISION FOR “A GENERATION OF MORE ENLIGHTENED AND EMPOWERED FILIPINO YOUTH WHO ARE VALUE-DRIVEN, ACTIVE AS WELL AS INNOVATIVE, WITH A STRENGTHENED BELIEF IN A SUPREME BEING AND IMBUED WITH PATRIOTISM YET OPEN TO GLOBAL COMPETITION AND COOPERATION.” THE PLAN ALSO IDENTIFIES THE GENERAL CONCERNS THAT CHARACTERIZE THE FILIPINO YOUTH’S ENVIRONMENT AND MAPS OUT STRATEGIES TO ADDRESS THESE CONCERNS.
VARIOUS INITIATIVES INVOLVE THE YOUTH IN ACTIVITIES OF GOVERNMENT AND BUSINESS TO MOULD THEM INTO MATURE AND WELL-ROUNDED INDIVIDUALS. THE CREATION OF A YOUTH COUNCIL CALLED THE SANGGUNIANG KABATAAN (SK) FOR YOUNG PEOPLE FROM 15 TO 21 YEARS PROVIDES THEM WITH OPPORTUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE MORE ACTIVELY IN AFFAIRS INVOLVING ALL LEVELS OF GOVERNANCE, FROM THE GRASSROOTS TO THE NATIONAL LEVEL. THE NATIONAL YOUTH PARLIAMENT WHICH IS HELD EVERY TWO YEARS PROVIDES YOUNG FILIPINOS WITH A FORUM WHERE THEY CAN VOICE THEIR NEEDS AND PROBLEMS IN THE FORM OF RESOLUTIONS WHICH ARE THEN PRESENTED TO CONGRESS.
THE YOUTH ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAM EXPOSES YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN TO EXPERIENCES WHICH WILL HELP HONE THEIR SKILLS IN BUSINESS.
VULNERABILITY TO UNDESIREABLE ACTIVITIES IS CAUSED BY A LACK OF MATERIAL AND FINANCIAL MEANS TO DO OTHERWISE. THE SUPPORT AND GUIDANCE OF THE FAMILY IS CRUCIAL FROM CHILDHOOD TO ADULTHOOD. STUDIES INDICATE THAT YOUNG PEOPLE TEND TO LOOK AT THEIR PARENTS AS ROLE MODELS, WITH THEIR MOTHERS PLAYING A MORE CRITICAL ROLE. IN THIS REGARD, GOVERNMENTS NEED TO STRENGTHEN SUPPORT FOR THE FAMILY., IN ADDITION, STRONG EMPHASIS MUST BE GIVEN ON SOUND SOCIAL VALUES NOT ONLY IN THE HOME BUT ALSO IN THE SCHOOLS.
WE MUST ACCEPT OUR RESPONSIBILITIES NOT ONLY AS PARENTS AND ROLE MODELS BUT ALSO AS A MATURE AND RESPONSIBLE GENERATION CONCERNED WITH THE DEVELOPMENT AND WELL-BEING OF OUR YOUNG. WE CANNOT ALLOW FUTURE GENERATIONS TO FACE THE FUTURE WITHOUT A SOLID FOUNDATION BASED ON SOUND VALUES, LOVE AND PEACE. LAWS TO ENSURE EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL OUR CHILDREN MUST BE IN PLACE AND IMPLEMENTED WITH URGENCY SO THAT THE YOUTH OF TODAY CAN FACE UP TO THE CHALLENGES OF THE NEXT MILLENNIUM.”.
Mabuhay ka Mr. Jun A…. god bless..
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