Fourteen party-list winners proclaimed
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) proclaimed Friday 14 winners in the party-list elections. Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes
said the 14 party-list groups are already ...
he Philippines has
experienced tremendous growth in both its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and
Foreign Reserves over the past decades.
Quarter after quarter, year after year remittances from Overseas Filipino
Workers (OFW) have been steadily increasing, so much so that those
remittances have almost singlehandedly turned the Philippines into one of
the fastest growing economies in the world. For the first time ever, rating
agencies such as Fitch, Standard and Poor, and most recently the Japan
Credit Rating Agency have raised the country's sovereign rating to
“investment grade.” This action is expected to further boost the country’s
already spectacular rise by bringing in more foreign investment as well as
reducing the cost of borrowing.
With the Philippines now
awash in good fortune, now might be the perfect time to begin the next phase
of the country’s continuing plan to lift its people out of poverty. This new
phase should be the creation of good-paying, permanent jobs in the country
so no Filipino need go abroad just to find work. For too long the
Philippines has relied on other countries to provide what it has been unable
or unwilling to give its people—jobs! And now that Filipinos are working all
over the world, the Philippines seems to owe the whole world a favor. Sure,
you can say our OFWs do great work and earn every cent of their pay—and then
some, but the sad truth of the matter is the Philippines is now at the mercy
of every foreign government that allows Filipinos to work in their country.
it stands today, the Aquino administration can stand up to no foreign
government for fear of retaliation against its OFWs. President Aquino dare
not act or speak too forcefully with Hong Kong, or China, or Malaysia, or
even Taiwan lest those countries send our OFWs packing. When the United
Nations Human Rights Council voted to condemn Syria’s massacre of 108
people, including 49 children, in the village of Houla in 2012, Aquino
sheepishly ordered the entire Philippine contingent to absent itself,
fearful that Syrian President Hafez el Assad would retaliate against
Filipinos working in Syria if the Philippines voted along with the rest of
the council in condemning his brutal regime.
The dispersing of our youth to
the four corners of the globe to look for work must come to an end.
Unfortunately we Filipinos seem to always try to get by on the cheap: why
create jobs when it is easier to send our people abroad; why repair and
expand our crumbling infrastructure in order to create development throughout the land, when other countries are already doing that, and
therefore it is easier and quicker to simply send our folks over there to
work. Immediate gratification at the expense of real progress!
But with each passing day
we are beginning to clearly see, the actual price we have to pay. Do we want
to be known as the country that the rest of the world can easily kick
around? Or do we want to remain true to our proud heritage and stand
shoulder-to-shoulder with the rest of the global community? If we choose the
latter, then we must roll up our sleeves and start finding ways to create
more jobs…right here, right now. There is no other way. Published
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Name: GFJ City/State/Country: California IP Address: 18.104.22.168
Condemn the drawback of 11 million OFW scattered throughout diaspora in increasing number, but there are no set in stone foreseeable alternatives on sight. Nothing on the drawing board. All we have here is adverse rhetorical statements, and the political campaign, and over emphasized talk of massive upgrading and construction of needed infrastructures, since I can remember, that has not happened since McCoy (FM). OFW is the biggest/largest PHL industry keeping the people & ship of state afloat. Corruption is the biggest PHL industry enriching politicians. Grin and bear it.
Name: Manuel C. Diaz
City/State/Country: Montclair USA IP Address: 22.214.171.124
With the wide spread corruption in Islas de Ladrones OFW will still be the only employment opportunity for the enslaved indios.
Name: JRH City/State/Country: Montreal, Canada IP
This new editorial is a bit misleading & a total paradox. Question: How could the Phils be at par with other wealthy countries who can pay them better? It's false pride, in the name of a nationalistic appeal, to suggest that we can make it happen. Yes, it used to be that we are a part of the 'tiger economy in Asia' until our learned leaders got attracted by the glow of easy money & started stealing it wholesale. Thus far, they squeezed it dry. I don't agree in your assessment that it will soon change for the better. Our OFWs will save our country. Our
gov't will not,
Name: ASTIG AKHO City/State/Country: EMPIRE STATE IP
Contrary to the PNL's headline for this cycle, there are always negative consequences for OFWs. First the long absence of a parent or both affect children's development as well as marital relationships. OFWs have no control over social, political, and economic situations of their hosts' countries. OFWs per se take no side on political issues. Their priority is to work and make a decent income to support a family they left behind. The fear that OFWs will be repatriated should conflict arise or incident arise between countries and their citizens is driven more of paranoia than anything else. It never happened with the Luneta hostage taking of HK tourists. And even murders of some foreign nationals here whose countries receive migrant workers from the Philippines.
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With midterm elections just days away, it bears repeating that from our perspective, Philippine elected officials leave so much to be desired. And one reason why we seem to have such a dearth of top-rate individuals is because political dynasties are pervasive throughout the archipelago. Political dynasties from a Philippine context are in some ways akin to the fiefdoms that existed in Europe during the middle ages.
With elections a little over a week away, Filipinos need to take a long and hard look at who they are choosing to lead them for the next three to six years—for the Philippines is a country sorely lacking in leadership. For decades we have been electing celebrities, entertainers, and relatives of past and present politicians who are totally unfit for public service. They have neither the training, the experience, nor the intellect needed to properly do the job voters elected them to do.
Swift Justice in Boston, Something You Hardly Ever See in the Philippines
You have to give it to American law enforcement; they really seem to have their act together. When the horrific explosions occurred during the Boston Marathon it appeared almost impossible that whoever did it would be apprehended. But just a few days after that bombing incident, authorities seem to have cracked the case. One suspect is dead and another is now apprehended. Large swaths of the greater Boston area were on lockdown and door-to-door searches were conducted in the suburb of Watertown.
Will the PCGG go after Imee Marcos’s Offshore Trust Account?
The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ), cooperating with Washington DC-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) recently published a two-part report that revealed that Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos Manotoc, eldest daughter of the late dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos is the beneficiary of a secret trust account held in the British Virgin Islands.
Crucifixions, They’re More Fun in the Philippines
During this Holy Week like others in the past, for as long as this author can remember, a small minority of Filipinos have been whipping themselves raw or nailing themselves to crosses in a supposed show of atonement and piety. This odd spectacle now draws worldwide interest with curious tourists flying in from all over to witness firsthand flagellants who whip themselves to down to raw flesh or penitents who are nailed to wooden crosses on Good Friday.
With a Simple and Humble New Pope, What Should Happen to the Philippine Catholic Hierarchy?
Celebrating his first mass as Pontiff a day after being elected, 76-year-old Pope Francis told the assembled cardinals to guard against “the worldliness of the Devil.” Here was a man who made it an annual practice to celebrate Holy Thursday by washing the feet of the poor, and the downtrodden of his native Argentina. Here too was a man who took the bus to and from his work despite having chauffeured vehicles available to him. He preferred living in a modest apartment, cooking his own meals despite access to the well staffed bishop’s mansion in the ritzy the suburb of Olivos where no less than the Argentine president has his summer residence.
Will We Ever See a Filipino Pope? Not with the Way the Philippine Catholic Church is Run Today
Reeling from the resounding victory of the Reproductive Health (RH) Bill, the Philippine Catholic Church has decidedly jumped in the electoral fray (despite the constitutional separation of church and state) to influence the outcome of the country's 2013 elections. The church recently launched a “Team Buhay/Team Patay” (Team Life/Team Death) campaign that identifies legislators running for re-election who voted against or for the RH Bill. Those who voted against the bill are part of Team Life, while those who voted for the bill are part of Team Death—at least as far as the Church is concerned.