Saturday, November 7, 2009
The Philippines is no doubt one of the most blessed countries in the world. It has rich natural resources and varied wonderful tourist attractions. Yet millions of its people do not enjoy a standard of living that is worthy of a dignified person.
Is there hope for a better future? Of course there is, provided every Filipino must act now.
There is a need to promote our country - our beautiful land, our glamourous products, and our wonderful festivals. Above all, our people must change. We have to patronize our own. Perhaps before travelling abroad, why not visit one of the idyllic islands in the Visayas? And in going abroad, why not wear Filipino-designed clothes and accessories? While enjoying oneself in one lazy afternoon, why not sip duhat wine from one of the towns in Quezon Province? These are some of the things we can do to help in making the Philippines a more progressive country.
For government officials, it is really high time to make a massive push for industrialization and export. Without factories in the countryside, there can be no decent jobs for the millions of unemployed Filipinos. There is no other way to achieve a sustainable economic growth of at least 7% if integrated industries are not located here.