Wednesday, October 6, 2010

EXPLOSIVE ENCOUNTER: EATING OUT WITH A BILL ON EDUCATION?


Some people perceive that a person who eats alone is weird, introvert and anti-social. And for some, solitude while eating is stereotyped for someone who has a lot of problems and is on the verge of breakdown. Well, that’s how some individuals perceive the world of a person who opts to enjoy time alone. Since we live in a free world, perceptions and judgments are likely accepted.

Frankly speaking, for a bubbly person like me who loves to socialize and even befriend strangers, solitude gives me more than serenity. On top of the tranquility, utilizing my time alone makes me discover things, observe my environment and helps me ponder on my life goals.Plus, I am entertained with how people interact through words and gestures.

For the past months, I’ve opted to enjoy my lunchtime alone. Of course, there are days that I eat out with some of my friends. But most of the time, I enjoy my dining sojourn, alone. And in the past months that I eat alone, I just discovered some things about myself.

(1). Watching a television in a nearby restaurant is a luxury. As you all know, I don’t have a cable in our staff house. With that, it’s really a luxury for me to be able to watch some TV shows during lunchtime. Since I normally watch during lunchtime, I get to see MTV’s Sweet 16. 

(2). I can survive eating vegetables for lunch. Seriously, aside from Jollibee’s Chicken Joy Meal, a dish with vegetables is my comfort food. Siempre, go organic tayo!

(3). My mobile phone has become my lunch buddy. While eating, I read reports on showbiz and politics via online.

(4) I can survive eating at the same restaurant for months. Seriously, once I become comfortable with the restaurant through its food and service, I keep coming back for more. Di pala ako mapili.

(5). Through eating alone, I get to ponder on my goals in life. It’s the perfect time to reflect on my savings. Yes, despite being magastos, ironically, I’m a savings freak.

(6). I eat and tweet during lunch. Yes, I just love twittering. Well, not actually twittering but twitter-stalking.

(7). I can create stories in my head during lunchtime. I better write them all soon.

(8). I realize that I’m less magastos if I’m alone coz I think before I buy. Yes, I do the maths in my mobile phone.

(9). I can live eating fish, fish and fish. With that, I just had some recent break-up with Jollibee. Well, cool off muna kami. I have to keep up with my diet. I’m going home in April and it’s the summer season in the Philippines. I better prepare for it. Siempre, it’s beach time!

(10) Two of the most popular topics in Philippine news cross my critical thinking backyard. And so, it is just fitting to share my insight about it.

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News and intense discussions on the RH Bill have been everywhere. There's the protest. There's the excommunication news on Pres. Noy. And there's the grand shout of Carlos Celdran that put him "popular tourist guide" behind bars and was soon released. With the bombardment on whether to pass the bill or not as relative to the street protest and divided opinions of the Filipinos, I get to evaluate the issue and make my stand.

I come from a devoted Catholic family. I grew up and spent most of my time in the church. I have a lot of friends who go to church. However, with my exposure to the realities around, there are considerations that should be made on addressing issues especially on improving the lives of others. The RH bill is a solution on improving the lives of the millions of suffering Filipinos.

I would like to look at the issue on bringing positive change on Philippine Population not on the religious perspective, but on a developmental and scholarly approach. To me, there is nothing wrong with passing the Reproductive Health Bill. Yes, PRO-RH Bill ako. Sa aking palagay, hindi kabawasan sa pagiging Kristiyano ang pagsang-ayon rito. Hindi rin kabawasan sa kabanalan kung maipapasa ang Bill. Kung mabuting kapakanan lang din naman ng ating kapwa ang ating iisipin, ang RH bill ay isang kasagutan sa matagal ng sakit na nagpapahirap at pumapatay sa ating mga kakabayan - ang kakulangan ng maayos na Reproductive health na kaugnay ng kawalan ng tamang aksiyon mula sa kinauukulan. At ngayong binibigyan na ito ng pansin, wag naman sana tayong parang si 'Luci' na sinasabuyan ng holy water kung mag-react sa di pagsang-ayon.  Gayunpaman, dapat tandaan, hindi lang basta dapat ipasa ang RH Bill. May kaukulang stratehiya at proseso na dapat isaalang-alang sa pagpasa ng naturang batas at ang mga kaugnay na aksiyon rito.

Relatively, if you take a look and study Millenium Development Goals of the United Nations, most of its goals are formulated and directed toward the improvement of the lives of women and children. And relatively the RH Bill is a constructed backbone that can support the MDG’s goals.

I know that’s there more brouhaha on the issue especially on the aspect of morality. But I guess, it's time for us to open our eyes on the reality around. Ang mga Filipino ay may karapatan din sa tamang edukasyon lalo na sa usapin ng sex. Para sa akin, ang importante, more than giving out contraceptives or educating people about it, is the critical role of showing the people na ang pagpapamilya ay hindi basta pag-aanak lamang. Kailangan pinagiisipan din ang kinabukasan ng mga magiging anak as relative to one's earning or kita, lalo pa ngayong mas tumitindi ang inflation. Yan ang dapat ipamulat sa mga tao.

On one hand, contraceptives are just mere tools; education is the foundation. Tigilan na ang pagtatakip sa usapin ng sex bilang isang "taboo." Ang kailangan ay gumawa ng pamahalaan ng programang magpapakilala sa kahalagahan ng "reproductive health" at hindi natatali sa usapin at mapaglarong ideya ng "sex." Bottom line, well-informed choices will help people make responsible actions. At ito ay hindi lang basta suportahan ng RH bill, dapat maging ng mga mamamayan or stakeholders - NGOs, other government agencies, business sector at maging ng paaralan.

Bottom line, panahon na para imulat natin ang ating mga mata sa tunay na kalagayan ng bansa. Hindi masama ang pagbabago lalo na kung ang pagbabago ay para sa ikabubuti ng buhay ng mga taong matagal ng alipin ng pagwawalang bahala at hipocrisy.

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I read in one of the news that DepEd is planning to add two more years on basic education. I (half heartedly) disagree on this proposal.

I think, before DepEd add another two more years on basic education, they should evaluate the system and quality of education in the country. I know that their objectives in making the Filipino students competitive is upfront as articulated in adding two more years on basic education as similar with other countries, but there also be a careful assessment on the following: (1) availability of classrooms and school materials, (2) readiness of educators as relative to training support and salary, (3) financial capacity of families, (2) the core subjects development, and the (5) employability edge after finishing school.  If these aspects of the education system in the Philippines will be reviewed, addressed and fine-tuned with a proper budget, then we can move further in adding in two more years in our basic education.

Simple lang yan, parang pagbili ng damit. Gusto mong bumili ng bagong wardrobe para mapansin ka. Pero ang problema, hindi mo tiningnan ang proseso at kung ano ang meron ka. Dahil excited ka, bumili ka na agad. Sa huli, nagsisi ka. Bakit?

Eh pano, hindi mo inisip na may kakulangan ka pala sa budget so umutang ka pa. Hindi mo inisip na mas higit mo palang kailangan ng haircut sa kesa sa damit para mapansin ka. At hindi mo inisip, bumili ka ng mamahaling puting damit na end up, madudumihan lang sa umaga bago ka umabot sa opisina dahil kailangan mong mag-tricycle, mag-MRT at makipag-gitgitan sa pila ng Pedicab. Mas matindi pa niyan, hindi ka nakikinig sa ka-opisina mo na nagsabing magkakaroon na kayo ng Uniform mula Lunes hanggang Biyernes kaya't di na kailangan na mag-fashion show araw-araw. Bottom line, magisip bago gumawa ng hakbang. Magisip ng ilang daang beses.Ang kailangan ay strategic planning.

Strategic Planning ang kailangan ng pamahalaan. Yan ang dapat nilang pag-aralan.
 
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2 comments:

  1. Minsan pag gusto ko ng alone time at lunch, umuuwi din ako sa apartment at hulaan mo kung anong show ang palabas sa MTV pag uwi ko...My Super Sweet 16 hahaha!

    I totally agree with you on the RH bill issue. Kahit nakasulat sa constitution, hindi pa rin uso ang separation of church and state. The RH bill isn't evil. It's a huge step for us to move from a developing country to a developed one.

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  2. Ody! Every lunch time pinapalabas ang Super Sweet 16 ng MTV dito sa Brunei kaya naaaliw ako! hahaha!

    RH is not bad. Kung para sa kapakanan ng mga kababayan natin, bakit hindi. Kailangan lang samahan ng edukasyon ang bawat aksiyon. =)

    Uy, kakatuwa naman yung blog mo na Miss Igorota. Cool! =)

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