People often ask why things don’t develop as well as they should in the Philippines and the above statement plays a big part. People generally don’t think of family emergencies, education costs or the consequences of having a large family. I have seen the problems reappear time and time again and I often wonder why nobody learns the lessons from their relatives/parents. I have seen people complain at things being so hard and financially may be the only bread winner in the family to the next thing of becoming pregnant and expecting me to say “congratulations”.
The reason I cant say congratulations is many of the times we have talked they have talked about their dreams and what they wanted to do with their lives as soon as pregnant or their partner is pregnant their dreams seem to be ripped from them just thinking of today. This year alone I have seen 4 people quit work as soon as they found their partner is pregnant then ask me if I can find them a job.. Question from me is if you quit your last job without reason on a whim why would I help you?
Short term thinking is a plague of the developing world on all levels politicians only think of personal gain and everyone below is either thinking that or not thinking about a future at all. I hope this can change as the Philippines has the right tools in the right places to rebuild the country they are called OFWs give them support instead of feeding from them, let them build the country people want instead of people seeking to leave and always dreaming of coming back. The OFWs are not only financially the backbone of the Philippines they are also the one thing that can manipulate the country to a better government if there were no remittances even for a short period of time the entire economy would collapse. Not that this should happen but the importance is that OFWs should realise they are the voice of the country and not just the propping mechanism to keep their relatives in good living and corrupt politicians in power. Think of tomorrow there could be a very bright future.