on the Politics in my Country
March 21, 2012 4:25am CST
Poverty, inflation and unemployment constantly escalated during his one year in office as the president of this country. The purchasing power of peso continued to plummet as the wage rate is still inadequate for everyday cost of living. Instead of addressing the economic needs of people, he emphatically rejected the Php 125 wage hike for illogical reasons. While PNoy vowed that education and youth will be placed at the top of his priority list, his administration had done nothing in resolving the existing education crises. In his first month in office, he firmly approved the phenomenal and historical budget cuts in the education sector. Leaving the SUCs administrators resolve its respective financial difficulties through their own initiatives. This only shows that the state is blatantly abandoning its responsibility. Concurrently, while the budget for SUCs had been slashed exceedingly, there was superficial budget increase for the basic education sector. However, this is only for the purpose of supporting the proposed K+12 program which we viewed very whimsical proposition for a nation that can even barely address the age-old scarcity of classrooms, textbooks, and teachers. Moreover, the Aquino administration had never formulate resolutions to mandate the toothless and inutile Commission on Higher Education to stop the skyrocketing increases in tuition and the unjustifiable and ambiguous other fees. This annual phenomenon causes hundreds of thousands students forced to drop out of school. I don't wanna sound very pessimistic, however, I want to realistic in viewing the events that is happening around me.
21 Mar 12
for your information, poverty and unemployment go down in 2011. and inflation is on steady level. while all governments are on budget cuts, except those that need stimulus packages for their economy, our government tries to put priority on some areas by putting more money such as primary education and health care. it is not at all bad, considering what's happening in the global economy. what we need now is to contribute to our country by working hard and being honest to our work.
21 Mar 12
I do understand that almost everybody is experiencing such. However, putting behind health care and education amongst its priority and prioritizing the military where in fact the country is not in is a simple manifestation that the government is not putting importance on the need of the majority, which is the its people.
21 Mar 12
Many would not concur with you since the president still enjoys popularity from the "yellow" masa. He still has a very high approval rating in the surveys which they use to gauge the feeling of the people. It is very sad but I think the president while he has good intentions lack the kind of leadership that the country needs. I was one of those disappointed by the big slash on the budget for education. All countries realize that the road to a progressive and prosperous nation is for the youth to be properly educated. With the K-12 educational system, I have posted earlier in one discussion how the government will be able to afford the salaries of the additional teachers, the extra classrooms and major necessities. Do you know that in some public schools in the city, there are classrooms with close to a hundred students? Even if they add another 2 years of education for the youth, how on earth will you hear the lessons least alone participate in the discussion if the classroom is crowded, hot and uncomfortable? Enrolling in private schools is out of the question since families can barely afford the meager fees in the public schools.