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Education and Organization

Taurus Configurationare the keys to success, their lack causes failure, as Miyako Izabel points out (link): The EDSA Revolution has failed, primarily, because the people who have been pushing for the democratic principles promised by that revolution have not focused on professionalizing the government and intellectualizing its citizens, the requirements for the Philippines to become a knowledge society.. India is what it is today because of the Nehrus. Jawaharlal Nehru dreamed of a highly educated people and a government of experts and professionals. Indira Gandhi opened up science, engineering, and management institutes. Rajiv Gandhi introduced mass information and communication technology.  Well, one could point out that India always had a tradition of respecting knowledge and that the founders of the modern Indian state also built on that. Filipino BPO people sometimes sneer at the Indian accent, but are Filipinos launching satellites like India (link)?

The German state of Bavaria where I live also built its postwar progress on heavy investment in schools and universities, turning a formerly agricultural state into a powerhouse. There was also a foundation for that in the glorious period of the 19th century, where the newly founded Kingdom of Bavaria attracted a lot of scientists and other experts, many of whom are buried in Munich’s Old Southern Cemetery (link). The late 18th and early 19th century was also a period of institution building which accompanied modernization, creating the foundations for a strong civil service.

India of course built on the British civil service tradition, something Singapore also did. With emphasis on SERVICE, unlike the Philippine LTO. Little service there (link).

Now what does the Philippines have to offer? Public schools in the 1950s were still excellent. From what I gather, there were 7 years of elementary school and 5 years of high school before – in fact the first batches of Philippine Science High School which was founded in 1964 HAD five years of high school. K-12 is therefore not really new, but it may yet fail. There are excellent universities and private schools, but they cover too few people. Polytechnic and vocational education is still weak – due to feudal attitudes look down on “dirty work”?

So there you go – an elite that is often in higher spheres, theorizing about rule of law for example, while in the barangays of the poor that rule of law is practically non-existent. You either buy your way out of a bad situation, or go to a crowded jail for years without a chance of getting a hearing. Wonderful theorizing about democracy, while in the barangay it could well be that you are simply dead if you dare question something a local boss says – and I really wonder if this was any different before President Duterte.

While Miyako Izabel in her post quoted above mentions political dynasties practicing political patronage, extortion, and bribery, the strongest analysis I have ever seen is from Mila Aguilar (link); [the main bulwark of Dutertites] are the lower middle classes we have now, who went to public schools, got a low level college education in some diploma mill, and went abroad to earn their keep, sending enough money to their families to build houses, buy service vehicles from tricycles to jeeps, to the present Uber cars, as well as computers and cellphones to lighten their lives.

Many of them still languish in urban poor areas or extremely low-cost subdivisions, and cannot send their children or siblings to private schools, where they might become better informed. Used to be public schools were good, and the valedictorians and salutatorians of EVERY public school got an automatic UP scholarship. That was at least until the 1950s. A lot of the well-educated Filipinos from that period went to the USA starting in the 1960s – probably those who could not be absorbed by the always very small ruling class of the Philippines.

But what destroyed this road to opportunities? Was it in the Marcos period, when a new middle class also rose? Was it a case, conscious or unconscious, of of FYIGM (fuck you I got mine) which is defined as follows (link): in a race, whoever gets to be first across the bridge, destroys the bridge before the competitors can cross it. Now if one looks at the typical Duterte follower as described by Mila Aguilar, aren’t they applying FYIGM to those just one rung below them? Could it all be about being too comfortable and therefore afraid of potential competitors (link)?

The path of least resistance seems so very Filipino. Unfortunately those who do not keep abreast become laggards. It is like that with nations – and with people. There are educated Filipinos who stagnate afterwards, like an operating system that never goes online for an update, they just repeat what they learned once. Rich Filipinos are usually rent-seekers, trying to prevent competition.

But the world will not wait. The Philippines was richer than South Korea in the 1950s. Will it be behind Myanmar at some point? What a waste. Will it all finally be a story of might have beens?

Irineo B. R. Salazar

München, 25 February 2017







18 comments to Education and Organization

  • karlgarcia

    Filipinos losing jobs to artificial intelligence? Bam Aquino worried

    There seems to be no escaping a future where robots and artificial intelligence (AI) get to perform more and more jobs, as sci-fi films warn.

    But Sen. Bam Aquino is not too excited about reaching such technotopia, as he raised concerns about AI completely doing away with human intelligence and leaving thousands of Filipino workers jobless.

    Aquino, who chairs the Senate committee on science and technology, filed a resolution on Friday seeking an inquiry into the government’s preparedness to address the negative effect of AI on the country’s workforce.

    The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has been tapped to develop an AI program in the Philippines to optimize mass production, particularly in the country’s manufacturing sector.

    Artificial intelligence is defined as the capability of machines to imitate human cognitive functions in doing simple to complex tasks.

    It is the intelligence of machines which has the capability of perceiving its environment and taking the necessary actions to a given situation and carrying out a positive outcome.

    The use of AI technology is wide-ranging, from medical diagnosis, stock trading, robot control, law, remote sensing, scientific discovery and toy making, according to the DOST.

    Emerging technology
    The senator noted that AI is among emerging technologies in the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022, with the government engaging in more collaborative research and development activities and investing in infrastructure buildup.

    Aquino’s Senate Resolution No. 344 seeks to look into the government’s plan and initiatives to maximize the development of AI and other emerging technologies.

    “We want to know how developments in AI will affect jobs in the country and what government plans are to address possible negative impact on current and future employment for Filipinos,” he said.

    The senator cited reports on the increased use and capacity of chatbots and the introduction of other systems, which are capable of referring queries to human operators and sometimes adaptive responses.

    “These systems use AI and are capable of performing the tasks of human employees, putting their employment in peril,” Aquino said.

    He cited a working paper issued by the International Labor Organization stating that 49 percent of Philippine employment risks automation in a matter of decades.

    “This early, we should be preparing for any eventuality that may occur when automation goes into full swing,” Aquino said.

    • karlgarcia

      The Future Of AI And Automation In The Workforce

      Many captains of technology are openly predicting the demise of humankind from advancements in automation and artificial intelligence (AI). The Luddites — 19th-century textile workers who believed weaving machinery threatened their jobs — said much the same thing, sans AI.


      We must recall that mankind has created, endured and grown from nearly every technological advancement. The Luddites did not get their mill jobs back, but their descendants are doing quite well and wearing much less expensive clothing made from machines. My semiconductor industry all but did away with vacuum tubes, which would not be suitable for the smartphone in your jacket pocket. Milking machines did replace milkmaids, but I am hard-pressed to find a modern woman who wants that job.

      Why, then, do tech titans loathe automation and AI? For the same reasons the Luddites feared weaving machinery — they discounted human flexibility and overestimated the displacement power of technology.

      Automation And Scribes

      I suspect the Vatican is quite happy with Microsoft Word as compared to hiring warehouses full of scribes when it comes to mass production of Bibles.

      Automation exists to save manual labor. In my lifetime, banks employed rooms full of people who manually reconciled accounts on the original spreadsheet — large pieces of paper with preprinted grids of columns and rows. When IBM brought computation machines into banks, there was a transient (and isolated) spate of unemployment among the accounting class, who were quickly absorbed into other lines of work.

      So why are we fearful of new machines designed to reduce human toil further? Some fret that lower-income wage earners will be forever displaced, which was the Luddites’ claim. Others sense a need to increase job opportunities to meet the needs of the population but fail to incorporate the slumping birth rates (as side effects of general prosperity) or baby boomer attrition. Indeed, if, as one taxpayer advocacy group maintains, there is a $2 trillion economic drag from needless regulations, our tech industry leaders would do better to focus on the debilitating effects of Washington rather than robotics.

      The fact is that automation temporarily displaces workers and tends to do so in singular industries. Currently, the fast food industry is a prime target, especially once $15 per-hour wages bring annual price parity in line with automated burger flippers. But that is one industry, and the change will neither be instantaneous nor ubiquitous. Displaced employees will adapt.

  • karlgarcia

    Teaching our kids to be dumb

    The Manila TimesApril 18, 2017

    “We Filipinos spend a lot of money on educating our kids.

    By some estimates, a typical household spends more than 15 percent of its annual budget on education. By comparison, the rest of the world, on average, spends only about 8 percent.

    Why do we spend so much on sending our children to school?

    The answer is easy to grasp. We love our children, so we send them to the best schools we can afford in the hope that they will graduate and land in good, well-paying jobs. We see investing in education as a wise strategy. And it is…

    But, few of us have given much thought to what, exactly, our schools actually teach our children. We just take it on faith that the companies that we hope will hire our children really want the skills taught in our schools.
    As it turns out, the most desirable employers in the Philippines value these skills less and less every year.

    To understand why this is so, we have to understand that the world we live in today is not the same world your granddad grew up in. The world, today, is a fast-changing, complex place. It is filled with new, unexpected and constantly changing challenges. It is erupting with events and outcomes that are hard or impossible to understand or predict. It is overflowing with so much information that when we try to understand it we are overwhelmed to the point of paralysis. Today’s world is a chaotic place that is filled with maddening complexity and ambiguity.

    In today’s marketplace, rigidly trained professionals have become a liability rather than an asset. After all, today’s knowledge and training will likely be obsolete in a year or two. And then what?

    To be successful in today’s unstable and fast-changing environment, companies need employees who have the skills to perform dependably in a complex and fast-changing business environment. Companies now look to hire job candidates who are comfortable with solving problems and thinking flexibly. They are looking for creative thinkers who can foresee and solve problems before, not after, they arise.

    Companies as diverse as Honda, Procter & Gamble, and Google, as part of their hiring process, now screen prospective candidates for thinking and creative skills. They ask seemingly ridiculous questions and administer formal tests to determine whether a candidate has the “right stuff” for the dizzying world in which they will have to do business.

    Unfortunately, our high schools and universities here in the Philippines don’t seem to be getting the message these employers are sending us. They are providing our children with a suite of professional skills that are woefully obsolete and often counterproductive. As a result, big companies are assigning valuable jobs to graduates in other countries like Singapore, India, Thailand, Malaysia and China, where creativity and innovation are fostered by the educational process, from primary school through high school to the university and beyond.
    We are now at a crossroads. If we don’t align our country’s education system to this new reality, we run the risk of becoming increasingly irrelevant to the economy of both the region and the world. The best jobs will increasingly migrate to other countries.

    This problem is not going to be fixed, in the usual way, with new textbooks and syllabi. You cannot just print a textbook or issue a centralized set of rules to produce “instant” creativity. Fostering creativity requires an environment rather than a process. It requires the slow and systematic inculcation of “thinking” skills rather than the rote memorization of rules and techniques.

    In order to stay economically relevant in the world that is now unfolding around us, we must restructure our schools and classrooms. We must create an environment where students are comfortable embracing new and unfamiliar ideas, where they are able to detach themselves from existing viewpoints and, most importantly, we must create an environment that kindles in each of them an obsessive passion and curiosity to understand the problems and situations they will confront as professionals and citizens.

    Perhaps the most difficult part of this challenge will be encouraging our students to make mistakes, and to learn from these mistakes. Companies like Procter & Gamble already recognize that achieving success requires making mistakes and learning from failure. Our students must learn how to make errors that contribute to success.

    Ironically, education here in the Philippines seems designed to crush creativity and innovation. As our children are socialized and educated, they are taught to shun new ideas, reject new approaches and fear change and innovation. The aim of education here seems to be the production of a vast army of identically programmed drones and clones.

    It frightens me that the educational system here in the Philippines is making our children dumber, not smarter.”

    • Thanks Karl, that is an excellent article which shows that SOME people have realized what is wrong. First step in improving things.

        • The writer: “Mark Gordon is a senior professional lecturer of Marketing at the Ramon V. del Rosario College of Business of De La Salle University. An anthropologist by training, he recently developed a course in “Creative Problem Solving” for marketing students that is designed to address the issues discussed in this essay. The views expressed above are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official position of DLSU, its faculty and its administrators.”

  • karlgarcia

    About the K to 12 program.
    Here is an in depth report.

    K-12: Who loses, who profits

    Opposition to the Aquino administration’s flagship education program has snowballed, leading not only to protests but also to five petitions in the Supreme Court against Republic Act No. 10533 or the K-to-12 (kindergarten to Grade 12) law.

    With the Department of Education (DepEd) and the administration largely dismissing criticisms against the K-to-12 program, it is high time to elevate the discourse on the program’s real impact on students, teachers and even workers.

    K-12 ready?

    Perhaps, the most discussed pitfall of the K-to-12 program is the government’s ill-preparedness for the full-blown implementation of the curriculum.

    Despite the annual increases in the budget for school buildings, the administration has yet to close the classroom gap. At the beginning of the Aquino presidency, his administration stated in the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2011-2016 that the country lacked an estimated 113,000 classrooms.

    However, in the updated PDP published in 2014, DepEd reported that only 66,813 classrooms had been constructed since 2010. Curiously, the government also reduced the classroom backlog estimate from 113,000 to only 66,800 in an apparent attempt to hide the underperformance.

    As it stands, the administration has been able to meet only about 60 percent of the total classroom backlog stated in the original PDP. However, as the K-to-12 program introduces two additional years of senior high school, the shortage could only go higher.

    More classrooms needed

    In its latest report to Congress, DepEd states that every additional year in the basic education system requires 20,000 to 28,000 public classrooms, translating to a 40,000-56,000 additional classroom shortage for the two-year Senior High School (SHS) program. As a result, the official classroom shortage, including the requirements for the K-to-12 program, will reach over 95,000.

    DepEd says the implementation of the SHS program will also require an additional 60,000 to 82,000 teachers. The K-to-12 program also requires the printing of a minimum of 60 million textbooks, since textbooks designed for the previous 10-year curriculum will be rendered obsolete.

    Given the fact that the annual basic education budget has never reached 4 percent of the country’s gross domestic product, much less the global standard of 6 percent, there is a high probability that the shortages will go from bad to worse after the full rollout of the K-to-12 program.

    While these shortages and lack of preparation are enough to cause alarm, there are still more pernicious aspects of the program that need to be addressed.

    Downward spiral

    The main argument of the proponents of the program is that adding two years to the basic education curriculum will vastly improve the performance and competency of Filipino students and make Philippine basic education at par with international standards.

    However, such argument was never proven by quantitative research. On the contrary, in a study authored by UP professor Abraham Felipe and Fund for Assistance to Private Education executive director Carolina Porio, titled “Length of School Cycle and the Quality of Education,” it was shown that there was “no basis to expect that lengthening the educational cycle calendar-wise, will improve the quality of education.”

    While the K-to-12 program implements a “spiral progression approach” to teaching, wherein subjects are intended to be taught in a manner of increasing complexity, initial observations show that the new curriculum is rather redundant and overall focus on basic concepts is largely diffused.

    In chemistry, for example, the concept of the atom is introduced belatedly in Grade 8. This is in stark contrast with the curricula in countries, like Singapore or Germany, where the concept is taught in earlier grade levels.

    The quality of instruction under K-to-12 program is also far from being assured. With the severe lack of facilities and teachers, the practice of shorter hours of instruction is set to continue.

    Nationalists also decry the elimination of important aspects of Philippine history, literature, culture and government in the K-to-12 curriculum. In fact, Philippine history is absent in both junior and senior high school courses. To add insult to injury, even the social studies curriculum is derived from topics created by the US National Council for Social Studies.

    Impact on labor

    According to research think tank Ibon Foundation, the country deployed 4,500 workers abroad per day in 2014, far outpacing its 2,800 average daily job creation domestically. This situation will undoubtedly worsen under the K-to-12 program, as it clearly aims to produce graduates that are readily employable by foreign companies that seek cheap labor.

    Four career tracks

    The specialized curriculum for the SHS program has four career tracks that students of Grades 11 and 12 can enroll in. These are the academic, arts and design, sports and technical-vocational-livelihood (TVL) tracks.

    In its “Basic Education Midterm Report” to Congress in March, DepEd said it planned to put 32,000 or

    1.4 percent of incoming SHS students under the sports track and another 32,000 under the arts and design track.

    A total of 609,000 or 49.7 percent of incoming SHS students are set to take the academic track, while 596,000 or 48.7 percent of the students are bound to pursue the TVL track.

    The large proportion of students that DepEd aims to enroll under the TVL track is in line with its aim to produce more skilled workers and is, in fact, engineered to serve the government’s labor export policy. This is apparent in the way the TVL curriculum is designed to respond to the current demand of the international labor market for skilled workers.

    International market

    Aligning the basic education curriculum to the demands of the international market is problematic as the so-called “in-demand” jobs are more often than not temporary and subject to the rise and fall of global demand. Take for instance the sudden boom—and subsequent bust—of the demand for nurses abroad.

    Ultimately, the K-to-12 program is designed to push students to leave formal education early and not pursue college. In effect, the government is bringing down the age of the employable pool.

    With more high school students dropping out before finishing high school or choosing to join the workforce directly after Grade 12, more workers will soon be competing for scarce jobs, bloating the ranks of the unemployed.

    Such a scenario will result in the gradual lowering of wages as job competition will allow both local and foreign employers to forcibly introduce lower wage rates.

    Additional costs

    Adding two years to the basic education curriculum entails additional costs for students and their families. It is estimated that a senior high school student in a public school will need to shell out roughly P100,000 to cover expenses for the additional two years. A student in a private high school will need double that amount, or P200,000.

    The burden of the K-to-12 program on students does not stop there. Data from DepEd show that the SHS rollout is designed to force more students to enroll in private schools.

    While DepEd estimates that up to 2 million students will enter senior high school come 2016, it has reported to Congress that the country’s public school system can accommodate only 800,000 to 1.1 million senior high school students.

    DepEd expects that the remaining 800,000 to 1 million students will be absorbed by “non-DepEd schools,” which are composed of state colleges and private education institutions.

    In Metro Manila, only 43 out of 247 public high schools submitted budget proposals for senior high. Meanwhile, DepEd gave 287 private high schools and private higher educational institutions in the metropolis the permission to offer senior high. There are even cities, including Caloocan, Makati, Parañaque and San Juan, where no public high school has signified an intention to offer senior high school.

    Due to the incapacity of public schools to accept all incoming senior high school students, many are faced with two options: enroll in more expensive private schools or drop out.

    Voucher system

    DepEd argues that this is the reason it is pushing for the SHS “voucher system” in which students who will be pushed out of public schools can opt for a tuition subsidy, ranging from P8,750 to P22,000.

    What DepEd doesn’t emphasize, however, is that the voucher—even at its highest range—is not enough to cover the matriculation of most private high schools at present, where tuition ranges from P35,000 to P70,000 a year.


    Teachers are not exempt from the scourge of the K-to-12 program. Since higher education institutions expect up to zero enrollment following the full implementation of SHS, many colleges and universities are starting to lay off teachers and employees.

    The worst-case scenario reported by DepEd shows that about 90 percent of permanent faculty members who teach only general education courses would be retrenched. Also facing retrenchment are 30 percent of permanent employees and virtually all nonteaching contractual staff.

    All in all, DepEd estimates that 25,000 to 78,000 teaching and nonteaching college personnel would be retrenched due to the program.

    To mitigate the impact on labor of the K-to-12 program, DepEd plans to rehire displaced college teaching staff as basic education teachers. But there’s a catch: the college teachers to be rehired under the DepEd mitigation program will experience a “diminution” in salaries, with some losing as much as half of their former salaries. Current college faculty salary ranges from P21,000 to P41,000 a month, whereas the entry-level pay for Teacher II position under DepEd is only P19,940.


    DepEd designed the implementation of SHS in a manner that will guarantee higher enrollment in private institutions and, consequently, greater profit for school owners. Through the voucher system alone, DepEd is set to give P13.2 billion to P19.8 billion in profits to private school owners. This comes at a time when such private schools enjoy maximum leeway in increasing tuition and other school fees.

    With billions in public funding virtually waiting at the doorstep, large corporations, including STI Education Systems, Informatics Holdings Philippines and Ayala Corp. recently established “Apec [affordable, private, education center] schools” in partnership with United Kingdom-based Pearson Group. They immediately tied up with DepEd for the implementation of the voucher system.

    Additional years of schooling may, in the first instance, sound good. Yet, solving the crisis of education does not merely entail adding two years of education. The approach should be a combination of national interest, scientific analysis and sound policy judgment that is not hinged on profit or reaching global standards, but is imbued with a high sense of public duty.

    After all, basic education is neither a business enterprise nor a privilege. It is a constitutional right that must be upheld by the State.”

    • Better have a good K-12 degree that enables a person vocationally than a useless degree from one of the usual diploma mills to become a maid in Hongkong, is my opinion in a nutshell.

      Details can be fixed, social science / history curriculum may have to be redeveloped locally I think. Many parts of K-12 look good, other parts look as if somebody copied UNDP recommendations without properly localizing them or making sure staffing, rooms and equipment can deliver.

  • Mariano Renato Pacifico

    “…in a race, whoever gets to be first across the bridge, destroys the bridge before the competitors can cross it.” is not even crab mentality because nobody gets out of the pail of crabs. This phrase is second best that describes Filipinos, “NO ONE GETS AHEAD OF ME! ”

    “… in a race … ” also clinches the unconscious mindset of Filipino Media purveyors of irresponsble fake news that styles themselves as intellectuals but cannot analyze why 1stworld Countries rely in forensic evidence and forensic accounting while Philippine Justice system are addicted to witness accounts and typewritten notarized witnessed Affidavits as evidences.

    U.P. has produced “excellent” graduates since the 30s when it was founded yet Philippines is still in the quagmire of poverty slogging out to make it to become barely 3rdworld.

    Go west young men. Go West to Myanmar !

  • karlgarcia

    Recent developments showed that solutions can’tjust be rushed even if the problem existed for the last 20 or more years.

    Phasing out of jeepneys with out a plan how to implement it, would not work.
    The recent mining suspensions and closing without giving livelihood to those affected, I think will fail.

    You are correct. What a waste. But let us not give up on hope and dreaming.

    I still believe that the children are our future.

    • Konrad Adenauer: “one must never say too late. Even in politics it is never too late. There is always time for a new beginning”.

      The former mayor of Cologne became (West) German Chancellor in 1949 – at the age of 73 years. In a country that was ruined.

      While in his pre-war career as mayor, he had played local politics perfectly, national politics was a new game for him.

      His form of hardheadedness was his motto “No Experiments”. Meaning fix things pragmatically as needed, what ain’t broke don’t fix.

      So it was all about setting priorities, getting the fundamental things back to work again, NOT fighting on too many fronts at once.

    • Mariano Renato Pacifico

      Absolutely! If they closed down mining industries without supporting the minimum-wage unemployed there will be crimes … and when there is a spike of crime, Duterte will violate all lawbooks to go after the criminals … and the more Filipinos are happy and supports Duterte more.

      Gina is like those Republicans in the US. They wanted to replace Obamacare but still has no replacement. The difference between Americans and Filipinos is Americans did not repeal Obamacare outright like Gina until they have a replacement. Gina closed the mines and not feeding the unemployed.

      One Filipino told me, it is called “Filipino style-bulok”

    • Mariano Renato Pacifico

      Jeepney folklore is over. Jeepneys belong to the museum of romantics and culture. Jeepneys cannot withstand the trundling of Philippine economy. They will be phased out eventually and they have to understand and accept that. Heere is the problem: LTFRB. As what Donald said, “His first 100 days is “A” but perception is “C” because he failed to communicate his achievements”.

      LTFRB needs to get out of 5-star hotel seminars and meetings, instead, they should go out in the heat and dust of Metro Manila, Metro Davao and Metro Cebu to talk to the drivers. Ride shotgun with them in the peak hours so these “intelligent analyst” can know if these jeepney drivers make money sittinig in traffic engine running and going nowhere.

      These U.P.-graduate analysts cannot know blaming the drivers of traffic mess is obviously pretty lame and ignorant. It is counter-productive for jeepney drivers to create a gridlock. They cannot earn money. They waste gas. They waste time. Most of all, during peak hours, this is the time the students go home driven by poor 12-hour shift jeepney drivers who are forcibly to donate 20% as discount legislated by U.P.-graduate senators and congressmen.

      These U.P.-graduate senators, congressmen, analysts and statisticians and pollsters should check S.A.L.N. of drivers if they are liviing in cloud nine. No, they are not. They are poor. They snort coke and meth to stay awake the whole shift maybe more than 12-hour just to make the rent and earn enough to put money on the table. Drivers cannot operate 12-hour shift 5-day straight unless they are on drugs.

      LTFRB should enlighten the jeepney owners and drivers. Jeepneys doesn’t last 15 years throughout the phase out period. Jeepneys just give up and breaksdown because of Mean-Time-Before-Failure in engineering-speak in simpler terms the life-span of jeepneys.

      Stop the 20% student and senior citizen discount unless Jeepneys get a discount from the pump station. Unless if the low-IQ legislators refund jeepney drivers the 20%.

      They are poor. They are on drugs to stay awake. They do not leave in moat-and-drawbridge catles. They hardly get by. 20% discount should be repealed.

      Jeepneys should only be allowed to ply as feeder routes to bus stops.

    • Mariano Renato Pacifico

      Mining. Environment. Gina Lopez. Are not a good mix. Environment is how the 1stWorld countries subjugate the 3rdWorld countries for their travel, pleasure and entertainment. Protection of Environment makes 3rdWorld a 4thWorld. What Gina should do is do a barangay hall meeting with the employees enlighten them about the danger of Mining and working in Mining. Of course, Mining companies and their owners care more about their environmentally-controlled houses than the world around them. It is all about money. It is all about “burning the bridge after they crossed it”. Gina should tell these mining employees there are alternative employment outside of mining industry. It is the choice of emploiyees to work with Mining companies or leave for their own safety and the safety of the environment.

      With Gina Lopez around and other liberal pseudo-environmentalist makes me think the Philippines has no natural resources to mine. Nor Drill.

      Take for example the Strait of Tanon where bottled-nose dolphin frolick and sitting on an oil deposit. The Filipino pseudo-environmentalist didn’t want any exploratory drilling to protect the dolphins over the hungry Filipino children. I find this sick. Absolutely Sick.

      And the Americans who are giving free security to Philippines from China that wwas penalized by Philippine Government for accidentally running aground in the shoals of West Philippine Sea and destroying the corals.

      That is why I am totally absolutely against protecting the West Philippine Sea against China by buying second-hand frigates that has never ventured to Spratleys.
      1. The Filipinos will never ever explore Spratleys for oil. That is for sure. If they do not allow oil exploration in Tanon Strait right in Philippine backyard how much more in the Spratleys, Scarborough Shoals and the rest of Philippine Sea;
      2. They are wasting money by robbing Filipinos in “protecting” the contested sea
      3. Only the last-remaining-Spanish-colonists-turned-industrialist can go to see the corals and swim among the fish in West Philippine Sea
      4. The military arsenals that Aquino bought never was used to patrol the area. What a waste.
      5. The West Philippine Sea will never be developed TO PROTECT THE FLORA AND FAUNA
      6. 98% of the Filipinos can never enjoy the West Philippine Sea beauty that paid thru their taxmoney

      I just wonder what poor 4thWorld Filipinos trying to prove to the world by protecting their environment. If Filipinos given the Visas to move other places, they’d dump the Philippines to surrender to their former colonist and have themselves run by former colonists like haven than run by pseudo-environmentalist Filipinos like hell. So, why bother protecting the Philippine at all? NOBODY WOULD WANT TO LIVE THERE. Those who love the Philippines are those who were denied Visas to go abroad. And the only way is to make lemonade of out Philippine lemons.

      • The Philippines COULD be a great place… if it were not so mismanaged.

        Filipinos could be great people… if they didn’t keep messing things up.

        Those of us who try to look at solutions have not given up hope inspite of all.

  • karlgarcia

    I notice that you keep mentioning that Filipinos look down on others.

    You don’t have to be elite or elitist to look down on others.

    Mata pobre, mata kung anu ano.

    It can be seen in social media, Filipinos are just mean. Di na daw uso decency,bleeding hearts. political correctness.

    One more thing.
    If Laos makes us laos, wala na talgang pag asa.

    But I believe we can turn around, there are lots of mistakes to learn from.

    • The meanness has different targets depending on where the person is situated. But in the end it is totally useless because it indicated that people are not really satisfied with themselves – and putting others down does NOT make you happier.

      Instead of pretending to be better than everybody, why not invest time and effort in building a solid foundation – the wise man built his house upon a rock.

      Of course it has to be done while somehow keeping things going, and with the capability to utilize different strengths working together. Teamwork is key and that is where Filipinos are NOT strong – except in small teams like in basketball, or in teams where people know each other well otherwise the boss must be very authoritarian. Of course there is a need to be capable of sticking to a master plan, and not changing everything on a whim, or because it was invented by another person… 🙁

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