After being fortunate to have visited the Philippines on multiple occasions, I have come to really see how the country has grown (and how it hasn’t). But, that is not to say that these are some very exciting times for the country. There is something unfortunate in all this though.
Let’s not forget the poverty that still blankets the country – but that is not what I’m trying to get at with this particular blog post. I will tend to it in a future post. My point is that Filipinos, abroad, who have been born, or have left to live and work elsewhere and have not looked back; are missing out on something very promising about the very country they left behind or fail to come acquainted with.
For those of you who have not peeked at what is going on in South East Asia, not just the Philippines – now is the time to take a look at it with an dose of optimism. Lets start with specifics i’d like to cover:
- GOVERNMENT: Whats very bright about the Philippines is that the government is finally showing signs of determination to fight corruption. As a person looking outside in, reading the news and keeping up to date with the current affairs of the country (What 20 something Fil-Am does that?) it really does look like things have been improving. President Aquino III has been going after corruption on different levels, especially with politicians and law enforcement. Don’t take my word for it, several prominent investment firms have already donned the Philippines investment grade. Which leads me into:
- ECONOMY: The economy of the Philippines has always been the laughing stock of South East Asia for years. But from the reports I’ve read, things are looking up for the country. The middle class is growing larger and stronger each day. More people are spending more. With the remittances of OFWs that come in constantly more Filipinos have the opportunity to spend and that in-turn fuels the economy. World renowned brands are entering the Philippines. But, what still needs attention is the lower class, and aid and support is slowly tricking down with regards to heath benefits and government services. I really do hope to see things continue to improve. All of this is a start.
- PEOPLE: One of the greatest assets of the Philippines is its youth. Most of the population who are part of the Philippine workforce are young, energetic, determined and best of all – hungry. Hungry for change. With a forward looking society ready to bring about change to their lives and the Philippines
Let’s face it, I’m not an economist in any sense. But what I do know is that change is happening. As a Filipino-American, I’m excited for the Philippines to finally get out of the rut it is in. And that is why I started this blog. To bring about the news that things are happening, and the world needs to see it.