This near-sighted Ibaloy writer somewhat believes in the psychobabble that “We are the sum of the choices that we make.” In other words, who we are now is due, in great part, to the choices we made in the past and that our future will depend on the choices we make in the present. So, this early, let’s kiss ass or make sip-sip as much as we can to the powers-that-be for a brighter future. It worked for others. Just kidding.
Anyway, here’s Councilor Mylen Yaranon’s challenge to those in government when it comes to making choices: “Today, I am inspired by the quote, ‘It is not about making the right choice, it is about making a choice and making it right’. There are three kinds of people: Those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who ask ‘what happened?’ So, which one are you?”
She pointed to the heroism of National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal and Fathers Mariano Gomez, Jose Burgos, and Jacinto Zamora who chose to expose the abuses of Spain at the cost of their lives that ultimately led to the country’s independence more than a century ago.
“Our political leaders chose public service over the comforts of a private life. You chose to be in government as public servants to serve the people. If you work in government, you can see things that need doing. You can choose to stay out of trouble, or you can ask yourself, ‘If not me, who?’” Our choices lead to decisions, good or bad,” Yaranon said.
FYI: The Department of Education has issued memorandum 23, s. 2020, or the “Third set of policy directives of the DepEd task force Covid-19,” on Feb. 19 stating that all DepEd units may resume national, regional, and off-campus activities that were suspended due to the threat of Covid-19 starting Feb. 24 provided that all precautionary measures identified by DepEd and the Department of Health are strictly followed.
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