It will never be fun in the Philippines

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Saturday, January 11, 2014

WE HAVE always been deprived of visionary leaders. That is why now, I am just one of the millions of Filipinos paying for the price of this cursed development. Will this curse come to an end? Are we still up for grandeur concept of progress?

Every time that I go downtown in Davao City, getting stuck in the traffic always gives me the chance to think and reflect about what I observe around. High-rise buildings situated in an area where the roads are very narrow. The vehicles are very close to each other that anytime they might just bump in and collide. I think of delayed business transactions and commercial trade when I see trucks and other vehicles loaded with products stuck in the traffic.

Staying in Manila even just for a couple of days is something that I always consider as an experience not worth remembering. And if I try to recall those memories, expect nothing but the worst. Just like last December 2013, we stayed in Manila before leaving for Baguio City. The problem that we faced was really the monster traffic problem. I could not remember how many times we transferred from one bus to another and from one taxi to another. The traffic was terrifying. It was endless. I felt terribly exhausted. I have never seen a cleared street or high way the whole time that we were traveling around Manila. All sides were occupied with vehicles and yet a lot of people were still struggling to commute.

From those experiences, I came to realize of how remarkable the effects of the limited access to transportation and the never-ending traffic. The everyday struggle of the people to commute brings backward growth for our nation. Just imagine an employee waking up very early and then travels for work two hours before the time. When the employee arrives in the office, he/she is already exhausted. Thus, the work becomes no longer efficient. Or a student like me who is also a victim of the situation, goes to school and then fails to fully understand the discussion because a part of me is still dysfunctional after that tiring travel.

All these happenings are the result of unplanned developments. Our nation leaders (past and present) never envisioned for the biggest picture of progress that our country can ever achieve. It is important to invest in transportation. But from the very start our government failed to do so. If only we have subways, wider roads, and high-end railway facilities, I am certain that the hope for developments for our country can exceed beyond limits. But sad to say, we are bound to deal with limited access. We are going nowhere. Our government today is just making remedies for the sprouting problems. But a genuine solution is still unknown.

Are we still up for greater concept of progress? For me, higher concept of development is already close to impossible (Unless we start building very wide sky ways. LOL). I believe that as of this moment, what we are capable of doing is more of personal development. We have to improve ourselves as better individuals and as productive citizens of the Philippines. In this way, we can positively influence the passive people around us. (Jezrel Olaer)

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Jezrel is a student and campus journalist of the Davao Merchant Marine Academy.

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