So much about our neighbor. Looking around in our own backyard, what good is a super highway to the moon when there are people living in streets and gutters and without food on their tables, Sire/Ma’am?
In the other hand, of late report, we have more than 8 million Filipinos who are abroad either working or looking for work [OFWs]. I bet it does not include Filipinos who have immigrated for good.
Out in the world, Globalization has now tended to drown the working class of the developed countries. [Add to that overseas Filipinos competing for jobs and resources]. And that is not a problem solely of their working class because depression of them affects consumerism that in turn affects industries and whole economy of nations. There tends growing pressure mounting against governments in there. But their problem of unemployment is in fact superficial when compared to that of the underdeveloped world. A remedy to their problems may be lost opportunity, and burdens in underdeveloped countries.
Today, the dollar remittances of OFWs are gross estimated to amount P 475,000,000,000.00 [475 Billion PhP] a year. That, and ever increasing debt by government from borrowings, cascaded and rippled in the local economy, are the only things that literally keep Philippines on its feet at present.
[Gross estimate is based on partial report for year 2011.]
Expect things like this and brace ourselves for them, folks! No, they are not coming all-at-once. Garrote ito kay Juan dela Cruz that should be remedied or out-paced now. And the remedy – seemingly nothing short of a social overhaul – appears next to wishful thinking. And there are only two ways social-political-economic reforms are known to come. If they don’t come from the top then they must be coming from below. There’s the challenge, Sire/Ma’am.
And never mind arts and culture. They are just expressions that reflect the people of time. They are parts of a hard, real, world. They evolve with the world that is constantly changing with times.
Ohh…Maybe obese children left to fend for themselves in the kitchen would make more interesting and refreshing subject matter to write about next time. 😦