Lenten blues and Exodus

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By Nef Luczon

Pencalibur

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


IT’S a Holy Wednesday, as majority of Christian Filipinos would observe this day along with all Christians in the world.

As part of the Holy Week, most are expected to reflect on the spiritual side of things, just like how Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. did ahead in Jerusalem before he said he’s willing to face the corruption charges against him in relation to the pork barrel scam when he came back to the country.

We, as mere mortals of this world may experience similar realities that we are ready to face our own nightmares and fears, and even so on challenges that seems to be too hard to handle. It’s just a matter of time before we will be humbled of these experiences and learn new lessons in life.

The Lenten season may only serve as a reminder to the Christian majority about their faith, so as to Ramadhan for the Muslims and other significant holy months for the Jews, Buddhists, Hindus and other forms of religion.

For atheists and agnostics, this may come in a form of the day they were enlightened of things and begin to question the structured semantics of believing in a supreme being or the essence of having a religion.

It’s life. It’s diversity. It must be respected, and in respecting, it must be applied.

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Our lives are Exodus in themselves, in whatever aspects that we may see it. This realization came in recently after observing that after college students graduate, the immediate plan of action is to find a career or job – even it means trying its luck in other places.

It has been a trend that I have observed, especially in the university where I teach part-time, when I heard of stories of my previous students who graduated to be leaving their homes and in Cagayan de Oro / Northern Mindanao, for a better-paying job elsewhere, and mostly it has to be in Cebu City.

Most of them found their careers in a Business Process Outsourcing industries or commonly known as “call centers,” for one, it’s easy to get in (given you have the required skills), and most of all, it pays better compared to other Philippine-based companies.

This may be a normal trend for fresh graduates in pursuit of their own place in the real world, but these phenomena of graduating college students migrating outside Cagayan de Oro or Northern Mindanao region may imply a looming issue as far as the job or career market in Region 10.

This may mean that the BPO industry is still a growing industry and requires more manpower, however, because there are only few BPO players in the city or region, the local workforce are losing able and skillful college graduates to Cebu City’s demand on human resources.

Another implication is that the city or region has not opened its doors yet to other industries that can cater the career path of new college graduates. This means that local government units have to be more aggressive in inviting more investors and businesses in order not to lose its locally produced human resources.

The situation is like a local version of brain drain, where our most talented and skillful human resources, college graduates or not, go overseas and work for big industries in different countries. They may send dollars back to our country and help in our economy to grow, but we are giving away the quality that our country deserve in terms of productivity and working values.

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On the April 9 column, I partly discussed the recall petition being mobilized by alleged barangay officials to technically oust Cagayan de Oro City mayor Oscar Moreno.

Part of it reads that: “In simple terms, recall elections will take place if the number of registered voters will reach to a certain percentage out of the total registered voters in the city, otherwise it will go to a waste, just like the previous recall campaign when the Commission of Elections validated the signatures and it only totaled to more or less 38,000, when the needed signature should be double than that.”

Tito Mora, one of the prime movers of Save CDO Now movement, and initiators of the recall election campaign against then mayor Vicente Emano, clarified some points:

“We did not submit the signatures to Comelec for verification. We ourselves conceded that we had about 8th (eight thousand) signatures which we found spurious or fake or taken under false pretense.

“It was choice of engaging a pay war by submitting the petition with 47 signatures (including the suspicious ones) or just coming clean and being simply honest about it.

“As the originator of the recall, I had to convince the group, overnight to do the right thing, even if we had the money for the verification process.

“My point there being ‘if we stand for good governance, then we ourselves must be honest to ourselves.’”

Mr. Mora, who ran for city councilor in the 2013 elections but did not make to the final cut, also made a surprising “revelation” in relation to the current recall petition against Moreno, but for now, it’s still off record and a “blind item.”

[Email: nefluczon@gmail.com | nefoi.blogspot.com]

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on April 16, 2014.

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