July 16, 2024

Choosing to become productive Filipinos

President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. on Oct. 6 gave us an update on what his administration has accomplished on his first 100 days in office.

We heard about billions of potential investments coming in such as immediate assistance to Filipinos affected by the earthquake in July and the recent Typhoon Karding, and the establishment of the Department of Migrant Workers, to name a few.

Many were appreciative of these accomplishments and expressed confidence on the way the current administration is handling the affairs of the country.

But some have also made statements of disappointment over issues on inflation, food shortage, oil price hike, sugar importation, and many other issues that even included personal criticisms on the President and his family.

We live in a democratic country; hence, we exercise freedom of expression. We can say what we have in mind including dissent on the government or the administration.

But like any other exercise of freedom, freedom of expression comes with great responsibility and consideration. The same is true with being part of a country. We cannot expect anyone to provide lasting solutions to all our problems in the country in just a span of 100 days. Not even the best leaders can take us out of poverty in such a short period of time.

As Filipino citizens, may we develop the attitude of always reflecting on what we can actually contribute for the country’s development and help the government in pursuing inclusive growth.

We can rant all we want but let us also do our share as citizens.

As former U.S. President John F. Kennedy said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”

Let us choose to be productive citizens and part of the success of our nation. — CRISTINA CATBAGAN, Chairperson, Nagkakaisang Samahan Para sa Kapayaan at Kaunlaran