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04-22-2008, 22:20
This is really nice.

The missing piece in Philippine devt

Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 00:44:00 04/22/2008

This refers to Romeo Encarnacion’s letter titled “With so much talents and skills, why is RP a basket case?

(Inquirer, 4/17/08) I come from another developing and equally corrupt country, but allow me to put in my two pesos’ worth of opinion on this question.

I am writing this letter because I lived in Manila for about six months in 2005. I was born and raised in India. For the past 10 years I’ve been living in North America.

While in the Philippines, I would start my day with a hearty breakfast. I would usually have some toast, butter (made in New Zealand), jam (made in Australia/United States) and some juice (made in United States/Thailand/Brazil). I assumed the bread for my toast was made in the Philippines.

Compare that with my similar breakfast in India. There I never came upon a breakfast item that was not made in India. The point is, daily needs—be it jam, juice, butter or rice—should be homegrown.

Just like India, the Philippines has a huge pool of cheap labor. The government and the people should insist that basic goods be produced locally. That will create jobs, save precious foreign exchange and protect the nation from external dependencies and threats. So with cars, electronics and household products. The Philippines must set up more manufacturing facilities—with the help of foreign experts if needed—but the country should make sure that the units and parts are manufactured in the Philippines, not merely “assembled” here.

Another thing I noticed, which was so glaring and evident in Encarnacion’s letter—more specifically when he compared the Philippines with America—is the entire Filipino nation’s low self-esteem.

Having lived in India until the age of 26, I could feel the Indian people’s high national pride. Yes, India is as poor as the Philippines; yes, we do have tall, shiny buildings and malls but they are right beside shanties. Indians are complaining all the time about our government agencies but seldom or never do we compare ourselves to America. But in the Philippines, you open any local newspaper and almost every day you read at least one article singing hosannas to America.

Every country has its own culture and way of doing things. There’s no one cap that fits all situations. I believe the Philippines can develop and do things its own way. If China can do it as a communist, if India can do it as a socialist, so can the Philippines, Filipino style.

Many Indians, just like many Filipinos, are going abroad every day, but the Indian exodus has not hampered India’s progress. The Philippines has better infrastructure than India, arguably better quality of English speakers, fairly fertile lands and a vast pool of human resources.

I believe that the day the Filipinos wake up and take charge of their situation and take less pride in being a “balikbayan” [visiting overseas-based Filipino] than in being Filipino, that day when the Philippines will become another “Asian tiger” won’t be far away.


04-22-2008, 22:40
the same way Japan did after the world war...

04-22-2008, 23:13
that is definitely right, but now that we enter into open trade??

even the basic hope equiptment like plates, spoon n pork eh gawa a katabing bansa..

04-23-2008, 02:43
I assumed the bread for my toast was made in the Philippines.

the flour was probably from Australia or the US... ;)

04-23-2008, 18:03
buying abroad is more lucrative to the powers-that-be! may tong-pats na, pagdating sa 'pinas papalitan ng mas mababang kalidad o kung sine-swerte si Juan de la Cruz kumpleto nga sa dokumento pero 'alang dumating na epektos!:crying:

04-23-2008, 22:33
that day when the Philippines will become another “Asian tiger” won’t be far away.

my opinion is this will never happen. ever. not bcos of the filipinos but more bcos of the cards dealt to us. why? do you know of any predominantly catholic equatorial country of first world status?

being catholic means our population will grow unhindered forever. being equatorial means the weather here is hot. that means people dress lightly and that also means they have less clothes to take off to procreate or they can procreate anywhere. even under the mango or coconut tree. ever wonder why people in cold places ask "your place or mine?". that bcos in cold places you better do it under a warm thick blanket or else you'll shiver while doing it. so basically my point is. its all about population control. control being the keyword.