Reforms started by
Robredo crucial for nation-building
By DILG-Office of Public
Affairs and MYLES JOSEPH COLASITO
August 21, 2012
Department of the Interior
and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jesse Robredo has advanced
reforms in local government and the interior sector that are crucial
for the country’s “matuwid na daan”, government officials, lawmakers,
civil society organizations, the academe, urban poor groups, and other
supporters said on Sunday.
Sec. Robredo’s body has been
found this morning by search and rescue teams in Masbate City, ending
almost three days of waiting. He was on his way home to Naga City
after two speaking engagements in Cebu City, when the twin-engine
Piper Seneca aircraft he was on crash-landed off Bgy. Obingay, Masbate
City around 500 meters away from the airport runway.
Fishermen rescued Sr. Police
Inspector Jun Abrazado after he lost consciousness trying to protect
the secretary, but Sec. Robredo and the two pilots unfortunately still
Movement for Good Governance
chairperson Solita Monsod said it was crucial that the reforms Sec.
Robredo has begun be continued and that his replacement would make
sure that the ideals he fought for be protected.
Up until the night before
his departure for Cebu, Sec. Robredo had been pushing his management
team to find more effective ways to advance reforms in local
governance and the interior sector. He was particularly focused on
drumming up public support for the Full Disclosure Policy (FDP), an
instrument that he hoped would advance transparency and accountability
in local governance.
The FDP, the crown jewel of
Sec. Jesse’s work in local governance, requires LGUs to disclose in
public places 12 key financial documents that show how funds are
spent. As of June 2012, 1,697 or 99% of LGUs have complied with the
policy. This is validated by latest Pulse Asia and Social Weather
Stations surveys that show more Filipinos now observe transparency and
accountability in their localities.
The FDP is a requirement in
the conferment of the Seal of Good Housekeeping, which is awarded to
LGUs every year. The Seal of Good Housekeeping rewards honesty and
excellence in local governance. As of June 2012, 856 LGUs who have
qualified for the SGH have been granted P1.1 billion from the
Performance Challenge Fund – money that based on the guidelines are
spent for the poorest of the poor.
“Lagi ko pong sinabi na
itinaas na natin ang antas o sukat ng paglilingkod. Hindi na sapat na
tayo ay matino lamang. Hindi rin sapat na tayo at mahusay lamang.
Hindi lahat ng matino ay mahusay, at lalo namang hindi lahat ng
mahusay ay matino. Ang dapat ay matino at mahusay upang karapat dapat
tayong pagkatiwalaan ng pera ng bayan,” the Secretary is fond of
Last Friday, he wanted to
start an advocacy campaign so that ordinary citizens would use the
maximum benefits from the tool to demand good governance and
transparency from their local leaders.
In Eastern Visayas, DILG-8
Regional Director Pedro A. Noval Jr. said the office will offer a mass
for Robredo and his two companions. The DILG in its regional and field
offices will also fly its flag at half-mast in honor of the deceased
“We grieve with the family
of Secretary Robredo. His death is a big loss to the DILG and the
cause of good governance,” said Dir. Noval. Secretary Robredo is
credited with initiating more participation, accountability,
responsiveness and transparency in both LGUs and in the Department
In response to Secretary
Robredo’s prime advocacy, the FDP, DILG field personnel and local
officials in Region VIII collaborated in achieving 100% compliance to
FDP by all towns, cities and provinces in the region in the first
semester of 2012, up from a low compliance in 2011.
He also gave instructions
that illegal logging be stopped, and those involved be made
Sec. Robredo had also been
tirelessly improving disaster risk reduction and mitigation
capabilities of local government units across the country. He has
introduced the Seal of Disaster Preparedness, another incentive
mechanism to help LGUs deal with disasters and calamities. “The
important thing here is reducing casualties to zero,” he said.
As of the first semester of
this year, 8,504 LGUs already have functional disaster management
councils. Exactly 1,539 have command centers and alarm systems. They
now have emergency response, rescue, and medical teams, and evacuation
Having been a Mayor in Naga
City for 19 years, Sec. Robredo was strict about ensuring that each
LGU’s business process licensing system are streamlined and highly
effective. The Department committed to the Millennium Challenge Corp.
to streamline the BPLS of 120 LGUs in four years. As of June 2012, 748
LGUs have already streamlined their BPLS within a two-year period.
This has raised revenue collection by as much as 7% in Lapu-Lapu City
and 18% in Butuan City.
The latest National
Competitiveness Survey results showed that 70% of businessmen
respondents received permits in three days or less. In fact, 17% did
so and less than two hours.
Sec. Robredo believed that
measuring outcomes lead to improvement. He enhanced the Local
Governance Performance Management System (LGPMS), a tool to measure
LGU performance, by turning it into an assessment tool validated by
third-party assessment. This is a departure from the old system of
Consolidated results of the
LGPMS shows that there has been a consistent increase in the number of
LGUs with high overall performance ratings, from 913 in 2009 to 1,050
in 2010, to 1,261 in 2011.
There has also been a 200%
leap in the number of LGUs that allow civil society organizations,
public organizations, the academe and religious groups to participate
in local governance. A concrete example of this is the DILG’s
partnership with the Ugnayan ng mga Barangay at Simbahan (UBAS) to
monitor LGU budgets and with Ateneo School of Government and De La
Salle University’s monitoring of public services in the local
In ARMM, Sec. Robredo was
instrumental in the promotion of transparency and accountability among
local governments through the Seal of Good Housekeeping in ARMM. The
DILG is also on top of the reform program in ARMM with funding of
In the interior sector, Sec.
Robredo batted for a vision that every Filipino can walk the streets
unafraid 24x7. In 2011, crime rate went down 23.8%. Financial reforms
in the Philippine National Policy also led to the 54% increase in the
budget for field units to P1,000 per capital from P650. This means the
police have more funds for uniform, shoes, bullets and other needs.
Police visibility has also increased with the field deployment of 90%
of the police force, as opposed to 85% previously.
Through the Criminal
Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), the DILG initiated
investigations and formally filed charges against individuals involved
in spurious procurement contracts.
“Tatapatin ko po sainyo,
minsan mabigat sa dibdib ko ang gawaing ito. Subalit pag nakikita ko
po yung ordinaryong pulis sa kaduluduluhang istasyon, sinasabi ko po
sa aking sarili kailangan ko pong gawin ito para sa kanya. Ito na lang
po ang kaniyang pag-asa at magsilbing huwaran din na dapat ang matuwid
na daan ang syang dapat nating tahakin,” Sec. Robredo told officials
of the interior sector during his New Year’s Call early this year.
Sec. Robredo declared just
last week that he intended to pursue all these reforms at whatever
cost, to ensure that the “matuwid na daan” of the President is well
lighted and easy to traverse for every citizen.
“Pinapangako ko po na marami
pa tayong pakikinabangan sa mga repormang pinalakas natin sa DILG.
Paiigtingin pa natin ang pagbabago sa lokal na pamahalaan at sa
interior sector upang suportahan ang ginagawa nyo sa national. Sa
tulog ng opisyal at kawani ng DILG, gagawin ko ang lahat ng aking
makakaya para maabot natin ang pangarap ng isang bansang matuwid at
maayos ang daan,” reads his prepared statement for his upcoming
Commission on Appointments hearing.
Open Letter to President Benigno
Straight in the Eye”
By CHANDU CLAVER
July 31, 2012
Your much-acclaimed State of
the Nation Address, “Report Kay Boss,” last July 23 was a big
disappointment. On your third SONA, you never even mentioned the white
elephant in the room – the human rights situation in the Philippines.
Human rights violation data
(Karapatan) show that during the Arroyo administration, there were
1,205 extra-judicial killings and 206 enforced disappearances. The
data also show that in the two years of your administration, there
were an additional documented 99 extra-judicial killings and 11
These cases do not include
the countless number of victims of threats, political vilification,
evacuations, torture, rape, and illegal detention. International human
rights bodies have similarly documented these violations. And there
was not a word of mention in that address. What does this mean, Mr.
President? Does this mean that the concerns of the families of these
victims of human rights violations are not important enough to merit
attention? Does this not fit your scenario of “where a citizen is
oppressed, he will find (you) an ally”? From your speech, I am
guessing that it does not. Does this mean that you are now tacitly in
agreement with these military terror tactics?
After two years of inaction
on your part, the families of the victims of the killings and
disappearances are now drawing that conclusion. In her 2006 SONA, then
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declared this sentiment when she
publicly praised General Jovito Palparan, a notorious human rights
violator. Right after your last SONA, you did a similar thing – you
designated the Morong 43 torturer Col. Aurelio Balabad to a division
command post. I am guessing that you are indeed encouraging these
Or does this also mean that
you are so afraid of the military that you dare not mention their dark
deeds? You talked tough against corrupt police officials coddled by
illegal loggers, but you were meek as a mouse about the bloody acts
arising from the military’s Oplans Bantay Laya and Bayanihan. I am
guessing that you do not truly believe that the people are your
“bosses” because, as I see it, you have higher bosses.
As one of the families of
the victims of extra-judicial killings, and on the anniversary of the
killing of my wife, I challenge you to “look (us) in the eye” and tell
us that my guesses are wrong.
Husband of Alice Claver
Extra-judicial Killing Victim (July 31, 2006)
The challenge of
Fr. ROY CIMAGALA
July 30, 2012
Parents of teen-aged
children or those still in high school and early college are really up
to some tricky and difficult challenge these days. I am sure they
would prefer to tackle other kinds of problems than dealing with their
adolescent boys and girls who are in the middle of a dizzying process
of transformation in their lives.
All of a sudden they
discover that their children are becoming independent-minded and even
rebellious, who like to stay out of the house most of the time to be
with their friends, and many times unmindful of schedules and other
Given the temper of the
times and the increasingly distracting character of the environment,
the challenge parents face with respect to these children has become
complex and complicated indeed.
It’s imperative that parents
be adequately prepared to handle this situation. They should not take
this responsibility for granted. It certainly does no harm to them if
they attend regular parenting formative classes, since there’s always
need for reminders of basic things, let alone, keeping abreast with
pertinent current developments.
For example, they need to
study the implications of the new things that are the common elements
in the adolescents’ lives today – the internet, other gadgets, malls,
fashions, the use of money and free time, etc.
Dealing with the adolescents
is definitely not a matter of controlling them. That is not the way to
bring them up properly. It is more a matter of guiding them, of being
with them to give them those timely pieces of advice, reminders,
suggestions and, yes, corrections. It’s a matter of motivating them to
use their freedom and their other talents and endowments correctly.
Everyone passes through this
difficult stage, and so parents should readily understand what their
children are going through at this stage. Yes, they can draw from
their own experience, but they should also deeply realize that there
are new things that they really need to know so as to learn how to
In this regard, parents
should always make it a point to create an atmosphere of harmony at
home. The idea is to make the home bright and cheerful, never gloomy
and tense. Regular and naturally established moments of dialogue and
family conversation, in meals and family get-togethers for example,
are a must.
It is in these moments that
the parents can closely monitor their children and listen to them so
as to understand them as well as to teach them. As much as possible,
these practices should become normal daily family activities, already
in place while the children are still young and very moldable. This
will prevent conflicts and war in the family when the children become
Very crucial for the
children to understand as early as possible is the value of faith and
religion, the need for prayer, the sacraments and virtues, the
development of the proper sense of rights, duties and
Children have to know the
value of time, the vital and intrinsic relation between work, study
and rest. They have to learn how to deal with their emotions and
passions. They have to realize the organic connection between freedom
These have to be taught, of
course, in a gradual way, as in an inclined plane, always considering
the concrete conditions of the children and the circumstances of time
and place. In this regard, parents should be pro-active, taking the
initiative to plan the formative program of their children and not
wait for problems to arise before they move.
This is all worth the
effort. There’s no bigger concern to the parents than the proper
upbringing of their children.
Parents, of course, should
set good example first before they talk. Adolescents are most
sensitive and resentful when given lectures. But when they see their
parents walking their talk, they readily obey and follow. Actions
speaks louder than words.
Parents have to know how to
tackle the relevant issues affecting their children – pornography,
laziness and idleness, complacency, consumerism and materialism,
affections and affairs of the heart, human sexuality, the ‘barkada,’
In this regard, a certain
firmness and clarity has to be exercised even if affection and
understanding should never be lacking.
That’s why a good degree of
intimacy between parents and children should always be maintained and
developed. Parents should take the lead in this, always coming up with
initiatives – like planning excursions, eat-outs, fiestas, birthday
celebrations, etc., plus continuing personal chats. These things
should not be taken for granted.
The art of motivating
children should be mastered. Children need constant affirmations of
The making of a
Fr. ROY CIMAGALA, firstname.lastname@example.org
July 26, 2012
I find it intriguing that
the latest rampage killer in the US was described as a loner. Someone
commented that the other rampage killers before him were invariably
We now wonder why the US and
many other supposedly rich and developed countries in the West and
Australia seem to be breeding loners who turn out to be rampage
It doesn’t mean that Asia,
Africa and the East in the general don’t have this kind of
individuals. There are many of them too in these places. But they are
usually described as ignorant fanatics, or at worst, religious or
political terrorists. Not so with their Western counterparts, who are
known to be educated and all that.
Is there anything wrong then
with Western culture, or is it their current difficult social and
economic condition, that turns loners into rampage killers? I suppose
there are many reasons and factors that can enter into the explanation
of this very disturbing phenomenon.
But we cannot discount the
fact that in these places, many broken and dysfunctional families,
children raised by single parents, and a good number of adults who
remain single and live alone, must contribute to the making of many
loners. They provide the elements that lead to horrible sicknesses,
mental, emotional, psychological, etc., that loners are most prone to.
The unavoidable relations
made among them are hardly of the deep and enduring type. They are
most of the time just casual flings, made for merely practical
purposes and not anchored on any stable basis, principle or spirit.
It’s really a pity that the
relations of people have turned out this way. But this could be
because many people do not know anymore what it is to be a person who
is supposed to be vitally connected with God and with others.
That a person is a rational,
intelligent individual meant to enter into relationship with God
first, his creator, and then with everybody else, his equal partners
in life, is lost on many people. A person is by definition meant for
love – to love God and others.
For them, to be a person is
just to enjoy freedom without realizing where it comes from and how it
should be used. To be a person is simply to enjoy oneself, unmindful
of any external and objective law to govern him. They make themselves
their own law, or their own lawgiver, their own God. Selfish in
character, it’s a freedom that does feel the need for prayer, for
Freedom has become a captive
of a purely subjective interpretation, detached from its objective
source and not oriented to its proper goal. It most likely gets
entangled in the realm of the material and carnal, the pragmatic
considerations, etc. It hardly goes beyond that level. The spiritual,
the supernatural, the religious aspects are ignored.
This is often the sickness
of liberalism that allows freedom to run wild on its own. It’s a
terrible disease because it gives the heady sensation that everything
is all right as long as one doesn’t inconvenience another. Any problem
can just be solved by some practical means that in themselves are also
very prone to manipulations and deceptions.
One of the architects of
liberalism and its relative of utilitarianism – the attitude of
valuing things according to their usefulness to an individual – was
John Stuart Mill, a 19th century British philosopher who actively
batted for extreme individualism and even eccentricism.
He certainly had a confused
understanding of how a person can be at the same time an individual
person and a social being, meant to enter into communion with God and
with others. He not only distinguished these two aspects of man’s
life, but rather separated them.
In his book, “On Liberty,”
he wrote: “It is desirable that in things which do not primarily
concern others, individuality should assert itself.” These words
already show his tendency to contrast individuality and community.
This attitude is reinforced
when he said in the same book, “Precisely because the tyranny of
opinion is such as to make eccentricity a reproach, it is desirable
that people should be eccentric.
“Eccentricity has always
abounded when and where strength of character has abounded...That so
few now dare to be eccentric, marks the chief danger of the time.”
This is a terrifying thought
that seems to enter into the ethos of Western culture. There is no
mention about God. It is just pure eccentricity that can be based on
This, I believe, is how
loners who can turn to be rampage killers are made.
Basic argument for
the elimination of police torture
A speech by Basil Fernando,
Director for Policy and Programme Development at the Asian Human
Rights Commission, Hong Kong. The speech was delivered at the Meeting
of Asian Parliamentarians in Hong Kong on the 22 July 2012, as part of
the Asian Alliance against Torture and Ill-treatment.
What does police torture
If we were to ask this
question, and then proceed to answer it, someone may ask in turn,
“Wait, how do you know?” It would take us into realms of epistemology:
“how do we know anything?”
Such a question been asked
through the ages. And, one answer that has emerged in the last few
centuries is that one knows by the collection and observation of data.
Our age is symbolized by the images of the telescope and the
microscope. And today, we answer questions about what something means
through observation and analysis of data.
What about the data on
This data is present in the
actual stories of victims of torture. The approach of studying torture
through the stories of victims differs from the study of mere
statistics. Through stories accurately recorded, we can know what
torture is, why it happens, and answer all other associated questions.
What does the known data on
torture tell us? What it tells us is of the contradictions in our
institutions. Observation and analysis of this data reveals to us the
malfunctioning of institutions, which defeat the possibility of
achieving rule of law. The study of torture thereby becomes a study of
the basic structure of key institutions in our societies, and their
The data garnered from the
stories of victims reveals to us the utter stupidity of the way our
major institutions function. It follows that torture is not simply a
study of cruelty. Rather, it is more a study about the stupidity that
has become a part of the way our institutions function.
Thus, asking a question like
“what is the meaning of torture?” is like asking the meaning of
pneumonia, malaria, or any other disease. Today, the methods of
studying such diseases have been well-established. The same principles
can be used to study the diseases that afflict our basic institutions.
functioning institutions, is a meaningless expression, an empty
balloon floating through space. Democracy, if it is to be meaningful,
is about functioning public institutions. The measure of
well-functioning institutions is the way such institutions are capable
of functioning under the rule of law. When a public institution is
dysfunctional, from the point of view of rule of law, it means that
such an institution has ceased to be an institution of democracy, and
has transformed into something else.
In our societies, where
police torture is widespread, what we are experiencing are public
institutions which have become "something else." This "something else"
may have gone as far as totalitarianism, or it may be along the path
to such an "ism", but what we can be sure of is that such institutions
have not only become non-democratic, they have become an obstacle to
In countries where there is
widespread use of torture, there is also a belief, particularly among
the leaders and operators of public institutions, that policing
without torture is impossible. However, the opposite is a more direct
reflection of reality. When torture is a widespread practice,
policing, in its democratic sense, becomes impossible.
The above reflections are on
the very basics of the discussions we have had yesterday.
As for AHRC, such
discussions started almost fifteen years back. We have answered
questions by stubbornly continuing with the methodology of studying
torture via accurately recording stories of victims, day in and day
out. Our documentation is testimony to the pursuit of finding-out the
meaning of torture through such study of stories. Our maxim in our
early days was "go from micro to macro”, which meant “to know through
individual stories of torture the problems of the basic structure of
When we know about these
stories, the knowledge we have about the basic structure of our
societies is explained in a very different way to what it is normally
believed or declared to be.
This is why the study of the
widespread practice of torture and the exposure of it is a vital part
of undoing what is wrong with the basic structure of our societies. It
is from this point of view that dealing with the issue of police
torture becomes an unavoidable task for anyone who is committed to the
pursuit of democracy in our societies.
Elimination of police
torture is one of the most essential tasks in working towards
democratization of our societies. It is a practical way of getting
about undoing the institutional obstacles to democracy.
It is this approach that the
Asian Human Rights Commission is presenting to the participants in
this meeting. And, in particular, AHRC is asking the legislators to
take this approach seriously in the strategies that they develop to
fight for the establishment of democracy.
The elimination of torture
and the enabling of the freedom of speech are inseparably linked. When
the possibility of the practice of torture is reduced, if not fully
eliminated, the psychological conditions for the freedom of speech are
thereby created. And the core element of democracy is the freedom of
speech. It is through the freedom of speech that we are able to get
the views of many, if not all, and thereby develop a collective
consciousness with the participation of all. Thus, in the development
of civic sense and in the development of people’s participation, the
elimination of torture is an essential component.
Remove the yoke of
injustice for political prisoners; Bishops support hunger strike
A press statement by the
United Church of Christ in the Philippines
July 19, 2012
The kind of fasting that I want is this: remove the chains of
oppression and the yoke of injustice, and let the oppressed go free.
(Isaiah 58:6, Good News)
We, Bishops of the United
Church of Christ in the Philippines, express our appreciation and
support for the on-going fasting/hunger strike by political prisoners
in the Philippines. In solidarity with the Filipino people who hunger
and thirst for justice and righteousness in our nation, we urge
President Benigno (Noynoy) Aquino III to consider the plight of
political detainees under his administration and their call for a
general, unconditional and omnibus amnesty.
We find it deplorable that
presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda has even been published in
the Philippine Daily Inquirer (8 October 2011) saying, “we have no
political prisoners.” A mere glance at the list of 385 political
prisoners in the Philippines as provided by the Samahan ng
Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (SELDA) makes it clear that
scores of people assert themselves as political prisoners in the
Philippines. In fact, 107 of these were newly detained during the
Aquino Administration. In the face of such callous dismissal by the
Aquino Administration, we are compelled to amplify the on-going hunger
strike of political prisoners.
The Universal Declaration of
Human Rights-Article 7 declares, “All are equal before the law and are
entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law;”
yet, these political prisoners uphold that they have been illegally
arrested, detained, and slapped with trumped-up criminal charges. Some
have executed affidavits of torture, inhumane treatment, and of being
forced to sign confessions under duress.
We challenge President
Aquino to consider the release of political prisoners in the
Philippines, especially those with conspicuously trumped-up charges,
those with health ailments requiring medical care, and the elderly.
All of these may be accomplished through a general, unconditional and
omnibus amnesty. Then, it could truly be said that there are no
political prisoners in the Philippines.
Likewise, we appeal for
President Aquino to consider the release of 14 National Democratic
Front Consultants, covered by JASIG. Their release was also agreed
upon by both the GPH and NDFP peace panels during the resumption of
talks in February 2011. As Church advocates committed to the peace
process, we view such action as a significant step in bringing forward
and revitalizing the GPH-NDFP peace talks.
We hunger and thirst for
righteousness and we pray that the world will hear the plight of
Filipino political prisoners through their nation-wide fasting/hunger
Unmet need for family planning?
Fr. ROY CIMAGALA,
July 16, 2012
This is another expression coined by population controllers busy
working in influential institutions like the UN. They define it as
“percentage of currently married women aged 15-49 who want to stop
having children or postpone the next pregnancy for at least two years,
but who are not using contraception.”
Yes, it is just as cold as that. No further distinction is made, much
less, any mention of moral, ethical or cultural considerations. It
makes the illegal and automatic equation that women who don’t want to
get pregnant are the same women who want or should want to have
contraception. That’s foul!
In short, it is all about unmet need for contraception, whether wanted
or not. Thus, this concept of unmet need is a license for population
controllers to indiscriminately spread the virus of the contraceptive
mentality all over the world.
While many countries are suffering from all sorts of economic problems
and many other more basic needs, population controllers just focus on
making contraception available or actively pushing it, branding it as
the panacea for poverty and other women-related problems.
And it is the so-called rich countries (we have to qualify it that
way, since many of them are actually now having tremendous economic
problems) that want to control the population of poor but bustling
countries, that are financing for this unmet need. These rich
countries seem threatened by the poor countries.
They say that “contraceptives are one of the best investments a
country can make in its future.” They still talk about the so-called
“demographic dividend” that illegitimately equates fewer people with
higher development. Everyone knows that this is not necessarily so and
that, in fact, the reverse can be true.
Some reports claim that the rich and famous of the world have donated
$2.6 billion recently in a summit in London to meet the “unmet need”
of 120 million women in the developing world for family planning.
This looks to me like a lot of moolah just going down the sinkhole, a
pure waste of precious resources, when there are many other more
important needs that require both immediate help and sustained
For example, Austin Ruse, the president of the Catholic Family and
Human Rights Institute (C-FAM), a non-profit institute that closely
follows the United Nations and other organizations on family and
population issues, claims that the real needs of women in many places
are still unmet: basic medical care, skilled birth attendants,
education, clean water, and nutrition.”
He also claims that many countries are now facing a demographic winter
where there is already a notable population decline, where older
people are outnumbering the younger population, where deaths are
getting higher than births.
He noted that even in Muslim countries that are long known to have big
population, a significant fertility decline is already taking place.
It seems they also are succumbing to the contraceptive mentality.
Here in our country a CNN report recently observed that while many
other Asian countries are experiencing some economic slowdown, we are
having an economic surge instead.
Economists attribute it to many factors, like a recovery of
electronics exports after a decline in demand last year, a strong
domestic consumption due to the money sent home to the Philippines by
its overseas workers, and the rise of outsourced call centers that
serve as the long-term stabilizers relatively unhindered by a sagging
According to Haz Narvaez, Manila-based head of research for the
Philippines at the Credit-Suisse, it is estimated that 11% of the 92
million Filipinos work overseas, and their remittances account for
about 10% of the country’s GDP, totaling $225 billion in 1991.
Since these Filipino overseas work often as domestic workers, nurses
or skilled technicians or in jobs that are less vulnerable during
global economic slumps, they can continue working and sending money to
Narvaez said, “You have an aging population in the West, and you have
a young population here in the Philippines waiting to do jobs that
some people in the West are not willing to do.” This must explain why
our overseas workers continue to find jobs abroad and support our
country significantly and rather stably.
We should be wary when we hear some political leaders talk about the
RH Bill because this is pure baloney. The RH Bill has no other purpose
than to integrate the contraceptive mentality and the population
control program into our country.
Let’s not be deceived by claims about women’s reproductive rights,
demographic dividends and unmet need for contraception. To me they are
decoys of the devil, not to mention, rotten fruits of bad thinking