A recent discussion opened up on what is wrong with Filipino society I just wanted to add the various materials here and add to it.

Filipinos cant progress if they can’t follow even the most simple of rules is written here which I would like to state also that its written by an OFW and not a foreigner as the no.1 excuse I hear is that “foreigners don’t understand” Filipino society or culture when in reality the problems are nothing to do with it.

The next is something my wife was reading to do with 12 little things :-

The 12 Little Things We Can Do For Our Country are Small Acts of Patriotism

  • 1st : Follow traffic rules. Follow the law traffic rules are the most basic of our country’s laws. If we learn to follow them, it could be the lowest form of national discipline we can develop as a people. A culture of discipline is crucial to our destiny as a nation. Whenever we follow traffic rules, we show our love for our neighbour, our love for the Filipino.
  • 2nd : Always ask for an official receipt asking for ORs leads to higher tax collections, which means more funds for our government, which could strengthen our economy and lead us to progress.Whenever we help our government in helping our people, we show our love for our neighbour.
  • 3rd : Don’t buy smuggled goods. Buy Local. Buy Filipino our money should support our economy, not the economy of other countries. Buying Pilipino means supporting the Filipino. Whenever we support one another as Filipinos, we show our love for our neighbours.
  • 4th : Speak positively about us and our country every Filipino is an ambassador of our country. Each one of us, wherever we maybe, is a salesman of our country. Whenever we speak positively of our people, we show our love for our neighbours.
  • 5th : Respect your traffic officer, policeman & other public servants respect honours and dignifies a man. It compels him to do his job right. There is love of neighbour whenever we respect those in authority.
  • 6th : Throw your garbage properly. Segregate. Recycle. Conserve Philippines is the country given to us as a people. It is the birthplace of our race. It is the home of the Filipino. We should keep it beautiful. When we keep our environment and our country clean, we show our love for our people.
  • 7th : Support your Church when we help our church, we help our Creator in His works on earth. Whenever we help our church, we show love for our neighbour.
  • 8th : During elections, do your solemn duty when we fight for our votes, we fight for our right to make our own destiny, as a people and as a nation. There is love of neighbour when we elect good leaders for our country and people.
  • 9th : Pay your employees well a company must bring prosperity not only to its owners but also to its employees. Blessings must be shared. It builds families. It builds our nation.
    There is love of neighbour when we value and pay our employees appropriately.
    10th : Pay your taxes
    Taxes are the lifeblood of our government. It is what builds our public schools, hospitals and roads. It is what pays our teachers, soldiers and other public servants. There is love of neighbour whenever we pay our taxes properly so our government can help more people.
  • 11th : Adopt a scholar or a poor child investing on our youth is investing on our country’s future. Every family who can afford, should adopt one poor child as a scholar. There is love of neighbour whenever we help a child get an education.
  • 12th : Be a good parent. Teach your kids to love our country if we start planting seeds of patriotism in the hearts and minds of our youth today, they would become giant patriots of our country someday.There is love of neighbour whenever we teach and raise our children as patriots, by loving our country through loving our people.Love of neighbour, God’s Second Highest Commandment, is contained in each of these 12 Little Things. »
  • Based on the Book
    12 Little Things Filipinos Can Do To Help Our Country
    by Alexander Lacson

You see the thing that brought all this up was the fact of writing about the poor workmanship and skill level of construction workers in the Philippines as like the health care industry its shipped all its best abroad. Which then dragged the conversation out as someone’s justification to it was that it must have just been a bad batch of workers but from all the construction jobs I am aware of including that lovely hotel outside SM mall in Cebu they have all suffered with bad workmanship. Correct me if I am wrong but I believe that building stood empty for over a decade due to problems caused by local labour using poor construction methods and bad quality of materials.

Either way though its comes down to the fact many people live in a dream world by just justifying the faults as “but this is the Philippines”. Your a foreigner and you can understand the phycology and culture of the Philippines. These things have nothing to do with either its a decay in society, the UK is suffering the same issues but in different ways and a lot of it is caused by the hand out mentality that someone else will take the burden. E.g. UK unemployment benefit, Philippines ship off a relative and get a remittance every month, Haiti receive Aid from the U.N. Doesn’t matter which you pick the problems are all tied with some simple things that shine throughout because society has changed the rules from having to earn to being carried by others. Not true in all cases but the majority in reality in the UK are on benefits same as the voting majority in the Philippines are the poor.

The articles above complicate the actual solutions as time working with social housing as well as young offender units and within a prisons walls there are simple things most people lack.

  • Respect – For ones self, their surroundings and other people. Nothing can develop without regaining respect into society as most things function based on actually taking part in a positive way ourselves.
  • Pride – Taking pride in ones work as well as pride in everything one does as well as the area they live to improve it, not littering but adding blooms of flowers or painting walls to beautify the area to encourage others to do the same.
  • Ignorance – Needs to be removed the blaming of things on culture and the way things “just are” don’t help. Same as accepting things as they are and refusing to change yourself mentally.
  • Corruption – Needs to stop or at least contained, everything here is riddled with it from the dynamite fishermen to the buying of votes its going on at every level. This is not part of society people should be accepting as normal its like a cancer on the country.
  • Importance of education – People wonder why China and India are jumping leaps and bounds against other countries its because they understand education is the key to everything. Economies and countries are built on this. For the Philippines it needs to stop losing its smartest and brightest to other countries and find out what will make these people stay and rebuild the education systems in all its sectors.
  • Dignity – Something many people don’t give to people that are what would be assumed
    a lower class of society or different race yet its these boundaries that are helping hinder development. Everyone needs to play their part in society, if someone works and provides for their family they deserve to be given the same dignity and respect as everyone else.

The list isn’t long just these 5 things are enough to start major changes for the better because the responsibility is YOURS not the government to mop up the rubbish in the street it simply shouldn’t be there in the first place. Not the corrupt official you give a bribe to jump the list as simply you should not only be refusing but also contacting corruption hotlines to get rid of these leeches. They are paid already to do a job jumping the queue is immoral and most of the time they seem to be slowing the workload down on purpose to cause the corruption pay offs for doing some work. Victim mentality is also something that needs to stop as its counter productive and doesn’t push the country forward but justifies things people shouldn’t be doing in the first place such as the drug mules in China. I read the other day Malaysia and other countries are picking out Filipinos more than others because they are seen as drug traffickers since the incident is this how you want your nation to be seen?

This isn’t a dig at the Philippines as many people assume it is the fact is things do need to change long-term and currently nothing is or has been for decades. Relying on the country being bailed out by OFWs every month could easily stop if the Philippines started producing its own foods  as well as many other goods that it hinders from growth caused by corruption. This corruption varies from customs right down to the caretakers who take care in taking all the stock when the landowners are abroad for themselves. People talk about creating jobs but first people need to RESPECT possessions that are not theirs and understand stealing the stocks today, this week, this year may cause the farm owner to just close the farm and wait for a buyer that may never come. This should be a government initiative to help local people understand the long term damage theft causes and the generations of jobs that have already been lost.

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