Dark Horizons: When will Filipinos learn?
Bright days are ahead. Another brand new year unfolds. A spark of newfound hope burns anew, as the Filipino people are driven by one similar ground – a stronger economy and a better standard of living for everyJuan.
However, this seems not to be the case as the prices of onions escalated high enough to be more expensive than meat. What a great way to start off the year!
On January 10, 2022, the Department of Agriculture has given its approval for the importation of 21,060 metric tons (MT) of onions in response to the market price that has remained at the level of PHP 600.00 per kilogram.
As inflation keeps on rising, the Philippines must invest more on its agricultural sector to address the food insecurity that has led to escalating prices on the market.
Time has come again. It is like a never-ending cycle. Instead of patching up band-aid solutions, the government should focus on implementing concrete initiatives, permanent programs, and long-term solutions to our problem.
In the face of ineffective leadership, the poor are often left with no choice but to make difficult compromises and hasty adjustments to make ends meet. Due to the government’s half-baked public service, it has led us to suffer way more than necessary compared to any other countries around the globe.
Inflation hike? Use your ‘diskarte.’ Low minimum wage? Find more jobs. Traffic jams all over the place? Leave your space early and get on the road ahead of schedule. Sexual harassment? Stop wearing skimpy clothes. ‘Golden’ onions? Master the art of living without them.
But for how long should Filipinos endure? Until when will we keep our eyes closed to the harsh truths and bare minimum efforts that has been served on the table?
Should we wait until all there’s left is our rotting corpses floating around the edges of the dark horizons?
Tell me, until when will Filipinos learn?
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