“Kailan man ay hindi naging tunay na malaya ang Pilipinas!”
Different fierce voices shouted as they held hand-written placards while some elders silently raised their organizations’ flags, closing their eyes as they hope for all of today’s cries to be one day heard.
As part of the commemoration of the 121st Philippine Independence Day, roughly a hundred members of PISTON- Cebu, College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP) Cebu, Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), Kabataan Partylist, Bayan Muna Partylist, Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU), among many others, marched from Brgy. Pari-an to Colon Street earlier to voice out concerns of the different sectors of the society.
The program was highlighted with the burning of both the American and Chinese flags, symbolizing the need of the Philippines to cut ties with the said nations for the country to be truly called free and independent.
One of the issues that were tackled was the implementation of the K-12 program, which they described as “hurriedly done” without much preparation.
“K-12 results in cheap labor, instead of encouraging the youth to go to college and develop themselves, they’ll look for jobs abroad with low salaries,” CEGP Vice President for Visayas Claire Obejas said.
Another speaker voiced out her concern regarding the treatment of teachers, proposing that an increase in teachers’ wage is a must since, according to her, it’s the teachers that suffice the shortcomings of the Department of Education (DepEd).
“Ilang tubagon ang mga kakuwangan, dili ang mga magtutudlo ang magpuno sa ilahang mga kakuwangan,” she said.
Other issues like junking of CHEd Memorandum Order 20, series of 2013, which would remove all Filipino subjects in the new General Education Curriculum, Philippine imperialism centered on America, increase of minimum workers’ wage, among others, were also discussed during the program proper.
Meanwhile, the Liberty Shrine in Mactan, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu, which is the center of today’s 121st Independence Day Commemoration, was held with DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones representing Pres. Rodrigo Duterte.