By Harvey S. Keh
- Stay informed and updated about what is happening in our country. It’s so easy to stay in our comfort zones and just turn a blind eye on what is happening to our country especially if we aren’t directly affected by these problems. Find time to read the newspaper, watch the news on TV, surf the internet or listen to the radio.
- Organize discussion groups among your friends and peers to discuss current issues in our country. Don’t be apathetic and encourage your friends to also know more about what is happening to our country. By talking about these issues, you are able to make more people aware and ultimately be made more vigilant against rampant corruption in our government. The government is just waiting for us to stop talking about these major scandals such as the corruption-laden ZTE Broadband Deal, Hello Garci and the 1 billion peso Fertilizer Scam, let us not allow them to get away with it by ensuring that these issues are very much in the minds and consciousness of the general public.
- Share your thoughts and opinions to the public by writing Blogs on what you think about these current events and national issues. Many Young Filipinos maintain Livejournal, Blogger, Friendster, Multiply and Facebook accounts and these can be used to make many other Young Filipinos aware of what is happening to our country. Use these internet tools to post and promote statements by credible institutions and individuals on the current state of our country. You can even make a video blog expressing how you feel and sharing your thoughts. Whether you are Pro-GMA or Anti-GMA, it doesn’t really matter as long as you are able to take time out to think critically and share your thoughts with others.
- Support the Sumilao Farmers. Its been more than 10 years now since they held a hunger strike, they walked more than 1,500 kilometers last year to bring public awareness to their cause and they still don’t have their land. Pres. Arroyo met with them and promised to give them back their land but two months have passed and nothing has happened. Read the rest of this entry