July 17, 2024

The more things change, the more they stay the same, as the adage goes.
Just like in our beautiful archipelago of delicious coconuts and smiling carabaos, despite its pathetic Third World status, it is reported to be the texting capital of the world and its citizens are one of the top users of social media.
So, despite the obvious changes in our society, some remain the same including my pet peeve, greedy political dynasties.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but since time immemorial, until now, and maybe forever, it seems that the tentacles of these mafia-like dynasties continue to strangle and control most of our beloved country’s political and economic life. And there seems to be no end to this tragedy (tragedy for most Pinoys and not for members of political dynasties, that is).
Another thing that sadly stays the same in our beloved Philippines is the seeming lack of meritocracy (system based on merit or ability) when it comes to hiring and promoting people in some (not all) cases.
Again, please correct me if I’m wrong, but this near-sighted Ibaloy writer still hears or learns of persons being hired or promoted mostly on the basis of who you know (kapit or connections) and not what you know (knowledge, accomplishments and skills).
I am sure that some of you, dear readers, also notice this but are maybe afraid to say anything about it for fear of losing your jobs or not wanting to rock the boat, so to speak.
Very understandable.
Still, it is unfortunate that in our supposedly more enlightened and modern times, connections (who you know) appear to count more than knowledge, experience or skills (what you know) in being hired or promoted in some (not all) cases. Maybe it is just part of our Filipino cultural traits of pakikisama and utang na loob. I could be wrong, of course. Peace.

The Junior Chamber International (JCI) Baguio held its 75th anniversary celebration on May 25, at Plaza Avenue, Legarda Road. It reflected proudly on its role as one of Baguio’s oldest and immensely beneficial socio-civic institutions.
Anniversary chairman Timmy Mondiguing said since its inception in 1949, JCI Baguio has been a beacon of youth leadership development, nurturing individuals aged 18 to 40, and that as a non-profit organization, it comprises young, dynamic citizens deeply committed to fostering positive change within the community.
“Through JCI Baguio, these proactive individuals hone a comprehensive leadership skill set, fostering effective guidance and influence in both organizational and community settings. On our diamond jubilee, we celebrate 75 years of Jayceeism’,” he said.
Recognizing the evolving landscape of inclusivity, Mondiguing said it has chartered two female chapters, the JCI Baguio Sunflower and the JCI Baguio Las Chicas del Baguio, that are both leaving indelible marks on the community. Cheers!!!
May our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ continue to bless and keep us all safe.