August 29, 2013
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I am a Filipino citizen: How can I maximize it? What are my limits?
We are Filipinos and as citizens we have a number of rights and responsibilities. These rights and responsibilities we are privileged to have are our strengths of power to the nation; Power not in a sense to initiate authority and fame, but power to change the nation and mold it into a better one. Filipino citizens like us have the duty to participate in government making decisions by voicing out our concerns and be involved in advocacies and projects that will aid our nation to rise. We citizens have the power to elect into position the individuals who are worthy and will work their way to bring the nation free from corruption and poverty. Citizens should act and respond when there is injustice. It is our responsibility to be aware of the current events. Moreover, we must uphold our sense of public spirit. We must look out for our fellow citizens and practice good moral relations towards other people. Every citizen should also have the duty of working hard in order to help the nation’s economy.
As citizens, we must pledge allegiance and remain loyal to our nation. We must be obedient and follow the rule of the law especially we are under a democratic country. We should not be hesitant in following our constitution. Citizens should also pay their taxes to fund the administration of the nation building. Yes, we may have the capacity to vote, but it will only be worthy if it is only done in honest exercise. Citizens have the obligation to work with elected public officials in promoting a harmonious environment free of crimes and misdeeds.
We are Filipinos, and by doing all the things mentioned above we can achieve great heights. We can eliminate injustice and poverty step by step.
About two months have passed since I first encountered Jawbreaker’s article titled ‘Walang Kwenta ang Pilipinas’ and within those two months a lot has happened in our country. Probably the most significant event was the Million People March in Luneta last week. Millions of Filipino citizens gathered as one to make a step towards change. Finally, something that Jawbreaker would favor. (kidding aside) Anyway, I remember that I was somehow affected also by Jawbreaker’s anger towards our country, but at the end of my first reaction paper I was optimistic that our country will eventually rise and change for the better. Until now, I am still full of hope for our nation because the Million People March is a stepping stone in eliminating rampant corruption in our country. I was enlightened once more because I learned that a great number of Filipinos are hopeful as well, and are willing to take part in improving our nation’s development.
Ignited, motivated, propelled, driven – one day at a time, Philippines. We will reach a just society.
Citizenship and Governance: Powerful
It’s my first time to take a class like this. Yes, may I have History classes before but a subject specializing in governance is different. As an IS major, it was very interesting ofcourse to get to know more about your country. How the government works, what should be changed and what should be maintained. There are numerous lessons I’ve picked up from this subject, really. Especially it has left such a strong impact on me, particularly about not getting confused between theories and reality; The importance of building social capital in the advancement of a society; The concept of freedom in the aspect of development. CITIGOV was a great journey, no regrets in having it in my first year, first term in college because I will be able to apply all the lessons I learned here in other subjects and more importantly in my everyday life.
I believe that citizenship and governance is a very powerful tool in educating students about the future waiting after college. It opens a student’s eye to reality. The real world is vast, harmful yet beautiful.
As I continue on my college journey, I would bring with me the armor of my readings and reaction papers – armor of wisdom and choice.