What We (Pinoys) Should Realize

Dear Kababayans,

Philippines has come a long way since the Arroyo regime. A lot of changes happened. Ever since President Aquino became our president, I started to feel hopeful that it’s not yet too late for a change to occur here in our beloved country.

It’s just truly saddening for me that not all Filipinos are very pleased with the Aquino administration. I know, I understand your frustrations about the never ending problems of our country. I too, feel hopeless sometimes. What’s just sad is, some of us are blaming our dear President for the things that are already too much for us to ask from him. For things that are beyond his control and for things that are not even possible for anyone to accomplish anymore, given the same situation.

Let me explain myself clearly my friends.

A journey to a thousand miles starts with a single step. And with continuous baby steps afterwards.

My point here is, we cannot expect President Aquino to fix all of our country’s problem just like that. He only has six years to do the BEST he can for our country. Change doesn’t happen overnight, folks. We should know that.

I am not saying that President Aquino handled everything perfectly as a president. There are things that shouldn’t have happened or things that he could’ve done better. Still, we should be understanding because he is human like us. Not because he’s the President of our country does it mean that he can’t make mistakes because that’s just plain impossible. We, as children of God, should know that.

Every single time I watch tv and see our fellow kababayans rallying against Pnoy, I can’t help but ask myself, “Do they prefer the Arroyo administration? Do they prefer a president who took all our money away from us? What did exactly GMA do during her reign that made other Pinoys so mad at what Pnoy is doing for our country now?”

If not, then why are they doing this?

It all boils down to human nature to not be contented and happy no matter what. People always find ways to bring other people down. People will always have something to say.

It’s just so frustrating for me because these Pinoys expect our president to solve every single one of our problems. It’s so frustrating because they expect him to just magically turn Philippines to Unicorn Island in six years. I’m just like, “You cannot even solve your own problems and you expect him to solve every single problem you have that you can blame to our government?”

Our government is here to serve as the country’s backbone. But we, on our own, should be the ones acting mainly towards the change that we’re aiming for.

For instance, people won’t stop blaming the government for the lack of action against floods. I know they have their shortcomings but my question is this,

As a citizen of our country, have you done your part?

Did you throw your garbage in the right place? When you can’t find a garbage bin, did you keep your trash inside your bag until you find a trash can? Or did you, like most Filipinos, throw your garbage carelessly on the streets? When you saw someone littering, what did you do? Did you politely ask him to not to litter? Or did you, like most Filipinos, just pretend that you did not see anything? Most of us think carelessly about these things. Some of us are thinking, “It’s JUST a candy wrap.” Probably. But we’re talking about 100M people’s trash, will it still be JUST a candy wrap?

During the election period, when there’s a politician who’s vote buying, what did you do? Did you tell him off? Or did you, like most people, accepted his “help” and voted for him? Just from the act itself, you know he will not do good. Still, you sold him your vote. And here you are expecting a “better” life in his administration. He bought it, let’s say for P1,000.00. After one or two days, that P1,000.00 is gone like you never had it. Your life did not become better. And it will not be, until he’s in the position. You’ve forsaken your better future, your family’s chance of better living, the community’s chance of a better life and the whole country’s chance of a better Philippines. You’re thinking it’s just you. But sad to say, a lot of people choose the wrong way. And all of us have to suffer the consequences of the wrong decisions made. I know life is hard and it can really be tempting to accept an offer of “HELP.” But let us all remind ourselves, is P1,000.00 worth 3 or 6 years of misery?

After the politician’s HELP has been long gone, now you’re here complaining about what’s happening in our country. Blaming everything to the president who’s trying his best to make things right. Poor PNOY. Everything became his fault all of a sudden.

What people fail to realize in this whole scenario is, our president is on the top. He can’t control everyone under his governance. He’s doing his best but still, there’s only so much he can do. If the officials in the lower offices are not practicing what he preached, how can we expect an all out change?

From where we were before, I think he’s done enough during his stay. He might not have accomplished a lot, but just the fact that he gave all the Filipinos hope that a corrupt free government can happen, that’s already enough for me. I saw how the hope he gave us Filipinos arose each and everyone’s desire to make our country better and to have high hopes for our country and fight those alligators.

He’s done his part. We, in our own little ways, should do our part as well. Instead of complaining, why don’t we act on those things we can do? Why not maintain the cleanliness of your own surroundings? Influence your kabarangays  and make your barangay famous by being one of the cleanest areas in our country? This is the easiest way we can get rid of floods. Take part on what’s happening in your area. Speak up and stand up to the problems that are happening. If there are things you know shouldn’t be happening, report it. There are ways where you don’t have to be known before you can report it. We have Bayan Patroller, You Scooper among others, which allows us to send and report things we think are suspicious or things we think should be applauded by others. You don’t have to show yourself if you don’t want to. Just let them know you want to keep your identity private.

Use social media to spread the wrong deeds in order to stop it. Use social media even more to spread good deeds to inspire everyone who can read your posts. Utilize the resources we have. Facebook is not just for lovelife updates. Twitter is not just for banters and for people who want to hate. Instagram is not just for outfits of the day. They’re so much more. They can offer so much more than that.

If we really want some changes to happen, we have to do something. How can we expect things to change if we keep on doing the same things over and over again? It doesn’t have to be grand. Just little things. Start on not littering. How hard can it be? Study and educate yourself about this coming election especially the candidates you’re considering to vote. Don’t just go with the flow. Stand up for what you believe in and who you believe in. Just make sure that you’re supporting someone who’s on the right path. (You know what I mean.) Inspire others and hopefully change their minds if they’re someone who needs guidance.

We must remember:

Change doesn’t happen overnight.

Change shouldn’t be left alone with the government officials.

Change should start within YOU.

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