Current Issues In The Philippines Essay
According to the Greek philosopher, Plato, "Nothing is more important in human life as education. It is an indispensable necessity for mankind." Education is the key that levels the playing field of opportunity between the rich and poor, amongst social classes and races. In the Philippines, the lack of education is the primary reason why it cannot move forward towards progress, and has led to social problems such as: scarcity of job opportunities, impoverished family life, and lack of environmental concerns among the marginalized members of our society. The lack of education of Filipinos living in the slum areas in major cities of the country is the void that keeps the gap between the rich and the poor. It is one of the major contributory factors that has caused the Philippines to remain as a third world country, aside from corruption in government. Our president, Benigno C. Aquino III, strongly believes that education is the first step that will lead the Filipinos to the "tuwid na daan."
The lack of education can be equated to poor job opportunities. Job hiring, nowadays, is highly competitive among fresh graduates. In fact, the degree or course of an individual is not only the basis for getting a good paying job, but from what university or college he/she graduated from. Hence, since good job opportunities are scarce for those who have not gone to school, low paying "blue-collar jobs" is the only means to survive. Most often, these people are the victims of contractualization from which they do not receive benefits as compared to regular employees, and the protection from the abuses of companies that give below daily minimum wage that is set by law. In the survey conducted by the National Statistics Office (NSO) in 2011 on Child Labor, it showed that out of the 29.019 million Filipino children aged 5-17 years old, about 18.9 percent or 5.59 million were already working, usually in hazardous conditions. For parents who lack education, they actually pressure their children to work. Instead of sending them to school, they force them to do so in order to help in the family's financial needs. It works to the advantage of companies, those cost-cutting with their labor over-head, to employ children at a low cost. In reality, even these children themselves are unaware of their rights. They choose to work because they witness the poverty in their own family for which they feel the responsibility to help. In the remote provinces, young women who lack education are victims of white slavery or women trafficking, either domestically or abroad. They are forced by their parents who are bribed by recruitment agencies, without knowing that their daughters will be turned into sex slaves by foreigners or even local sex dens in key cities in the country. Out-of-school-youth is increasing every year as the population increases. There have been crime syndicates...
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POVERTY IS NOTHING
Poverty - it is everybody's problem. Everybody in a sense that boy or girl, young or old, even rich or poor, that is one of their problems. The rich ones are affected for the fact that they are irritated by the poor ones, isn't it true?
Almost all of the Filipinos are considered poor. And it is so hard to accept the fact that the innocent children are the one who are affected too much. At their very young age, they are taught how to earn for a living, just for their own selves and for their family as well. At their very young age, they are already prone to accidents or diseases which can kill them and their future. No play, no childhood, no education - no progression.
As a student and one of the youths, poverty is a serious problem to deal with. If you are poor, your future is not secured. You have to pay first to have a security of your future, which is not present to the poor ones. Your education seems to be endangered when you are poor. There are instances that you have to be absent because your money is not enough. And of course, your grade will be affected. When a student is poor, his seems to be miserable. He cannot pay the obliged school fees for his money is only enough for personal necessities, but sometimes, it is not even enough. He cannot avail the required projects. Even a single peso is very important. Every single peso is his future. That is what a typical poor student is experiencing.
Financial problem is the hardest thing faced by the poor people. Without money, no future. But, there is always a hope. Poverty is not a hindrance to ones' success. If you will work very hard, nothing is impossible. Determination-that is the word. One word that could change ones' life. One word that can defeat poverty. If everybody is determined and working hard, no one is poor, no one is begging for help.
As what was mentioned, poverty is the greatest obstacle of ones' education. But, let us just treat poverty as a challenge. When you are poor, that does not mean that you don't have the right to dream big. When you are poor, that does not mean that you will never succeed. When you are poor, and you don't have anything to pay for your education, make an action. Prove to them that they are wrong. You can escape from poverty because you are striving hard. You can beat the odds because you have enough determination.
There are many people who proved that there is nothing impossible even when you are poor. There are many people who were once poor, and now they are one of the elite people. They are now owning those tall skyscrapers out there - from rags to riches. Yes, they didn't have enough money when they were still poor, but they had the character which is the best armor in a battle. That is why they are now enjoying life, opposite on what they had experienced in the past.
Poverty is a big problem of the society. But, even how big is the effect it is making to us, let us not focus too much on that problem. Yes, poverty acts as an obstacle to our education, but it will not last forever. Let us just make an action to beat it. Find a solution. Don't rely too much on others. Work hard. It is important to develop ourselves holistically. Study well and focus on your spiritual life-there must be a balance of everything. Love what you do, motivate yourself to keep working hard. Then it's up to us to make our own choices and live by these choices. After all, our future is still in our hands. Don't take problems very seriously. Follow what was written and you will see. Time will come and you cannot even notice that you had already escaped from poverty.
Furthermore, as a student and one of the mostly affected by poverty, I can say that "No Guts, No Glory". In dealing with poverty, you have to take risks. If you have the guts, you can do what you want to. You can really gain glory if you will take risks. Swim against the current - beat the odds. If you will not move, nothing will happen. Yes, you must focus on it too much, but you must take an action. Don't be too lazy. See what is happening to people who are not working for their selves. Of course, they are just relying on others. They are looking pathetic.
If you want to progress, strive for more. Start making a progression on your own self. Don't settle for good, go for the better and if possible, for the best. But despite of striving for more, be contented. Never ask for something which you don't have if you are already hurting others' feelings. Always remember that if you have the freedom, there are also limitations. Never invade others rights. You must always mind not only your own feelings, but also others'.
Your education is the most important thing to be successful. It is the key to ones' achievement in their dreams. It will be the nicest gift for your own, especially when you worked hard for it. So, never let anyone, or anything stop you in achieving such things. Grab each opportunity that comes your way, if you think it would help you. This is the only thing that would change your life.
Nothing is impossible in this vast world. Even if there are problems that would come your way, you can still beat them and be successful. Always remember that poverty will never become a hindrance to success, if you want it. Be determined and work hard. Take risks. Be spiritually complete. Balance everything.
We can change not only ourselves, but also the whole world if we can beat poverty. Dream big and believe in your own self, and it's up to us on how to develop it. After all, success will come on your way.
Award-winning essay by B. R., 3rd year high school Scholar, Cebu
My school is far from our place. It is located at the city of our province almost 100 Kilometers from our hometown. Only few students from our place able to study in college because it is more expensive to live in the City where most of the University and colleges located. Aside from school obligation, we have high cost of living and space for us to live. The prices of groceries are increasing. Some students went home once a month because of expensive bus fare. Because of this given situation I decided to be a working student so that I’ll be getting free of board and lodging that student also spent aside from tuition fees.
Being a working student our common problem is the time. We always run out of time in working and studying. It is hard to keep our journey going just to get especially college education. Everyday, before the sun shines, we’re out from our bed and start working my daily chores. I tried to finish it early so that I will not be late in the school. If we happen not to wake up early, we might miss the class for that day. Even though when we got sick, still we work for our daily house assignment and accomplish them all.
Sometimes, I missed my meals just to be there before the class starts. We are not able to concentrate because of hunger and tired. Sometimes, when our master gets mad to us because of our mistakes, we can’t escape his anger. At the start was a big adjustment in my part to cope up the situation. However, this problem was minimized when I taught myself a time management and discipline. I make a weekly schedule. I finished all the works I supposed to do each day. The heavy works which requires enough time like cleaning the garden was usually scheduled at the weekend.
I am both time pressured at my house work and school. At dawn, I have to study my lesson. It is nice and good to study anyway if you used to it already. No one can disturb me. I can concentrate well and easily understand. When I’m studying, I should not think about my routine work which can normally disturb me. On other hand, I just set aside my lesson when doing other house work and give all attention on it. I spend an hour to fix myself to be completely ready to go to school. In my situation, I learned how to consume and manage time and its importance. I must not waste time. If I waste it, it might be complicated afterwards.
I may consider obstacles to be some of my teachers in my class. There were two teachers that I considered problem in school. They are opposite to each other in attitude and the way they handle discussions. The first teacher is our Physics 1 instructor. A very strict and terror instructor. Although he is good in discussion, we disagree with his attitude. His voice is the rule and must be followed. He always demanded a good performance from us. In examination, we are given a very difficult problem. The topics were notsubstantially tackled and he will then discuss later after the examination. Almost all failed. In one session, while I’m writing, he looked at my paper. He scolded me about my penmanship and advised me to transfer to other course. It was one of the insults that I experienced being with a teacher like him. It hurts me a lot. After all the discouragement I accept it, I still controlled myself. I considered it as a challenge and inspiration to continue my hard work. I knew it was common to meet a teachers like him. My goal is to deal with him with passion and perseverance. We follow his rules and are humble unto him by serving like a servant. We didn’t react his preachings. We just listen until he stops. We do always our counterpart as a student by doing our project that fits his criteria.
The second teacher was our Physics 2 teacher. By looking at her, she seems okay. She is kind, friendly and approachable. Almost all students in her class were friends. One thing that I complain was that the way she teaches. She lacks of experience enough to share with us. Sometimes, she can’t answer our question. We are confused if she can’t solve a problem. Her subject is one of the foundations for higher subjects. We needed to be knowledgeable on this subject. Our bonding was a way that remedied solves our problem. In our vacant time, some of us together with our teacher stayed in the library and study the topics which we didn’t understand. Sometimes, we just ask the topic and we just do research about it. After all, I realized how important the teachers are though they also limitations that they need our cooperation. Teachers are our second parents and they assumed our parents’ responsibility. Discipline was their purpose to build each of us. They train us to be good and responsible someday.
One of the main obstacles to get education is our payment in our entire school obligation. Sometimes we got shortage to pay especially during examinations not allowing us to take if we have still balance for the period. Sad to note when failed to pay the balance there will be score deduction. So, I just find ways to approach my teacher about it and asking a favor to take the examination. With this, I learned to discussed things with my teacher and I am able to conquer my shyness.
One Sunday morning, while attending a mass, my attention was caught by the homily of a pastor about our journey in life. It also deals about obstacles. The priest said that life is like a dish and obstacles and problems are the spices. It makes our journey more exciting. Every problem we conquer teaches us a lesson and be able us to be ready and aware if we encounter it again. Our life is boring if there’s no problem and conflict that challenges us. Be thankful to have a problem. You may have an unforgettable moment in this world. Don’t be afraid that it may not be solve. Never stop fighting and play the game of life. Always think, “God is with us and always behind us”. We can conquer all the problems and obstacles and get the reward of success and joy.
Award-winning essay by J. D., Bohol college Scholar
Making Heaven on Earth
In my own thoughts, heaven is a place where everyone is happy. It is where no one is hungry and there is no problem. Heaven is a very peaceful place where the people there are always singing and dancing. Everyone is always helping each other and heaven is so clean because the people there are not throwing garbage anywhere and are keeping the surroundings clean. Everyone there are friends.
While earth for me, is a place where people are always quarreling. It is a place where there are parts of it that there is no peace. Here on earth, sometimes people are happy and sometimes sad. The air is also dirty because of the pollution from the cars and trucks which are smoke belching. The surroundings here on earth are also dirty because the people here are always throwing garbage anywhere. There are also lots of problems encountered by the people here on earth because of different circumstances we cannot control.
There are many things that we can do to change and things we should work on to make our world a better place. One is that we should help each other so that the people on earth will be happy. To make people around us happy, we should show them also that we are happy. In showing others that we are happy, we can influence others to be happy also. We should also be responsible in keeping the surroundings clean by sweeping the floor, cutting the tall grasses, plant more trees and water the flowers. We should also make sure to throw the garbage in the proper places. We must also segregate the garbage properly in the designated places where they should be placed. We also need friends so that if we have a problem we will have someone to ask for help. Friends also make us feel happy and beautiful. When we feel happy, our friends are also happy. When we feel sad, our sadness is lessened because our friends are there. Everyone should be more understanding with each other so that there will be no quarrels and fights. All of us should also be respectful in order for everyone to be at peace with each other. Respect is an important character that we should have. It helps in making everyone appreciate other people more.
The two most important things that we can do to change the world are to keep the surroundings clean and help each other. Our surroundings are very important because it provides us with everything that we need. Plants in our surroundings provide us with foods like fruits. We are also provided with oxygen by the plants. We also get our materials for clothing and shelter from plants and trees that’s why it’s important to keep our surroundings clean. Without trees and plants, it would be very hard for us to survive because the things we get from the trees and plants are important for us to live in this earth.
The second most important thing we can do is to help each other. It is important that we do this so that the people around us will not have difficulties in the things that they do. Helping and supporting each other is good for the people because it will make their life easier. If we help each other the world will be peaceful and united.
By helping each other we become better people. It will help us to be more concerned with our surroundings and the people around us. If everybody will help each other in the problems and trials that are encountered in our everyday life, all the people will be happier and contented with their lives. Happiness is essential in making the world a better place because when people are happy, they do good things to people around them. If people are happy, it is like heaven on earth.
In order for heaven to be felt here on earth there are also things that I can do to make that happen. I will plant some trees and plants to make our surroundings beautiful and clean. This will help in making our surroundings beautiful and clean. The trees in our surroundings should also be taken cared of because the trees are important for us and our surroundings. I also have to help keep our surroundings clean and neat. Some of the things I can do to make this happen are to sweep the surroundings and not throwing garbage anywhere. So that there will be less garbage in our surroundings, I will also practice recycling. Recycling is one thing that people around us should practice because it can lessen garbage and trash in the environment. There are also other benefits that we can get from recycling like new things from the used garbage that can be used again. We can get the following from recycling; bags made from plastic juice packaging and decorations for our home from old newspapers and magazines. In our home, we practice recycling. We have some decorations in the house that made our place beautiful. We also have a compost pit where we throw the wastes from the kitchen like peels from vegetables and fruits. We can use the compost as fertilizer. We have a very small space to plant in our place. But my mother planted many kinds of plants and trees around our home. Every morning we can hear the birds on the trees singing. Another thing that I can do to make the people happy is by helping them. I can help my friends and classmates by listening to them and giving advice if I can, if they have a problem. I can also help by being good to my friends and be nice to them always. I will not quarrel them and always make sure that if we quarrel, we will immediately be friends after.
There are many things we can do to make our world a better place. We should start small in our own ways and show to others that changes can happen if we do it all the time. Being a good example is good so that others will follow us and help us in making our world like heaven. We should also follow the good example shown to us by those who are older than us and follow what our parents say. We should do our best to make heaven on earth possible.
First Place, High School Essay, 2012 S. G. Bohol
An ideal concept of theologians to have “Heaven on Earth” is excellent one yet not that easy to realize, so this call for essays will be of great assistance by providing valuable information to come up into a good decision on what are the best things to do to make this concept a reality.
First we must differentiate Heaven from Earth. We knew already that GOD created the Earth in a way that is perfect for all his creations to live in; we can read this in the Book of Genesis Chapter 1 Verse 1-31. And according to the Bible also in the book of Revelation Chapter 21 Verse 4 which described the new Heaven states that “And GOD will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away”.
As we observed the Earth now, it is so disgusting to view that what GOD had created before was now changed in such a way that is not pleasing to see. We can think what might cause these changes? Probably because of the following reasons: Because of early marriage andrapid increase of population , many people will experience shortage in terms on their basic needs, other tend to do illegal things to survive like committing crimes; people became wise in holding the funds of government and corruption is very rampant nowadays; the drug abuse done by human specially youth; the poverty suffered by many because of lack of support from government and underemployment; also the improper waste disposal method adapted by most businesses especially manufacturing type of organization and unconcern citizen that would cause pollution to air and water, which in turn causing the extinction of our marine resources and destroy the ozone layer; and the politics problem. Those underlined words are the things which I believe that people could possibly change to make this world a better place to dwell in.
I propose that early marriage and rapid increase of population must be the priority number one. The molding of one’s physical, moral, and spiritual aspect is done at home. Every parent has a responsibility to make their children good citizen. The problem started when their kids become many, the lack of time to oversee their offspring, the scarcity of food and other basic needs, and the financial difficulties causes them and their children to do immoral things. Other will commit crimes and abuse drugs since they are hopeless and frustrated of the life they had. If every couple will do family planning, the result would be the decrease in birth rate and if this will be followed by generation to generation, surely the problems relating to overpopulation will diminish gradually. Making people aware the awful effect of overpopulation and the importance of birth control will be of great help to solve this existing problem. This can be done through conducting seminars and orientation, educating them on how to use birth control method effectively and teaching them on how to be a good and responsible parent. Other country like China had a policy concerning birth control.
Priority number two will be the corruption. Corruption causes also numerous problems which everyone has experiencing now like poverty, poor public assistance and etc. Too much love of money can make someone do bribery. The solution of this problem will commence within one’s heart. Learning on how to be in command of yourself will make you a well rounded individual. Another possible solution will be implementing an effective internal control on the funds of government. If the assets of government will be guarded perfectly, proper allocation of funds will be attained. If that so, many projects can be extended to different areas and surely the government can give jobs to those who are unemployed, grant quality education to students, support the poor, build public hospitals, allocate a specific dumping place for waste and garbage and help everyone alleviate its economic status.
It is true that changes can be started through the actions of only few people acting together. Changes could be achieved if there is teamwork. As a student, I can persuade the Barangay Health Worker Association of each Barangay in our municipality to conduct the seminar regarding family planning, the different methods involving it and its proper usage. And so the head of BHW in our municipality will get in touch with her colleague in another municipality to do the same, little by little the changes would be made if every married couple will understand by heart the rationale of the orientation and will cooperate.
With regards to corruption, the possible way to lessen if not eliminate this problem can be done prior to election of officials. As I observed during election, the running candidate who had more money will win. People will choose him/her not because he has a good personality and capable enough to manage his constituents but because of money, undue influence and fear. This bad practice lead to corruption in the since that the candidates who spend too much will surely do fraud to cover up his expenses during the election. If all voters will use their conscience in casting their votes, so that the right officials will win then corruption can be reduced. One more potential solution is having a law which will forbid the use of money during election and letting people choose the candidate whom they think the right one.
Above are the problems which I consider encumbrance towards the realization of “having heaven on earth”, and its corresponding proposed solutions. Everything would be useless without application so it is a must that everybody will give his/her utmost support for this matter. Let’s begin this by evaluating ourselves, how dedicated we are to commit the changes we’ve wanted? “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your understanding. In all your ways acknowledge HIM and HE shall direct your path” proverbs 3:5-6.
First Place, College, 2012 D.G. Bohol