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Addressing Social Inequality in the Philippines

Government initiative to solve social inequalities in the Philippines begins with four essential factors

For two generations, the Philippines government has been trying to alleviate poverty and inequality blamed on Marcos. Despite decades of the “Yellow Revolution,” these problems persist. The irony is that more Filipinos clamored for the Marcoses to return as if it were the solution.

With God-fearing government leadership, the school is a critical venue for programs to teach and develop godly character, which leads to successful students and generations of Filipinos who take personal responsibility.

1. Culture and Patrimony

Social inequity tapers when citizens work together with a single mindset for their country—the love of the country.

Singapore, South Korea, and Vietnam were the poorest countries in Asia half a century ago. Their national and cultural identity was a critical bond that pushed citizens to move as one and save their country.

In the USA, patrimony is relative. They have two national anthems, and the pledge of allegiance is optional. Hence, the growing number of Americans who hate their own country.

In the Philippines, the government can do more to foster patrimony. It begins with arts and culture, and we saw this in the 1970s, the height of national pride shaped by Imelda Marcos.

When Corazon Aquino took over, Imelda’s contributions to patrimony were deemed elitist. Since then, the Filipino culture, as we know it, has lost luster. The identity we have as Filipinos is being replaced by social media influence and liberal ideologies.

love of the country.

2. Education

Helping the poor is not always the solution

In the United States, the issue of social inequality is constantly blamed on racism, where Blacks are accorded more privileges, such as welfare and affirmative action. However, it is not working. Much of the Black community continues to live in poverty; they commit the most crime, abortion is high, and single-parent households are common.

According to writer and podcast host Colman Hughes, policies that are better at reducing racial disparities are using socioeconomics as a proxy for disadvantage and are more effective in reducing racial inequality because they focus on individuals’ economic circumstances rather than their race.

This approach ensures that support is allocated based on need rather than race, which leads to a more equitable distribution of resources and opportunities and, ultimately, helps reduce racial disparities.

The fruits of free education

Financial assistance can be provided to those who need it most by targeting the economically disadvantaged, regardless of their racial background. Unfortunately, this is not always effective. Also, the Philippines does not have the capacity to provide welfare like the American government.

Instead of spreading resources thinly, government funds should be focused on helping Filipinos escape the financial burden of learning. After all, education has proven to be an effective cure for poverty because ignorance is not bliss.

We’ve seen this work in South Korea, Singapore, and Japan, where value education has been a critical contributor to their success.

Free and heavily subsidized education in countries like Japan, South Korea, and Singapore has resulted in a more skilled workforce, increased social mobility and economic growth, reduced poverty, enhanced civic engagement, and improved global competitiveness.

Therefore, the government should rethink its education budget instead of prioritizing financial incentives for individual families. After all, distributing cash is largely a political stunt, a means for buying votes in the guise of compassion.

Ignorance is not bliss.

3. Personal Responsibility

Collectivism is strong at the University of the Philippines. For decades, student rallies have always cried victimhood. Thus, the government must ensure that schools teach students that socialism and Marxist ideas ruin society—not improve it.

In the USA, left-liberals blame capitalism yet demand “big government” to provide universal health care, free housing, and education, along with entitled people ranting about how difficult a 40-hour week job is with little pay. They cry out for wealth distribution, and a vast number of Blacks demand reparation.

All these are social contagions of a generation steeped with growing demonic influences. After all, Karl Marx is an atheist. An ungodly generation reigns in America, and lawlessness is slowly replacing personal responsibility amidst a growing epidemic of laziness.

The point is that collectivism and victimhood mentalities are selfish atheist ideologies. Neither the government is the solution to social inequities, but a citizenry that takes personal responsibility results in peace and prosperity.

the solution is personal responsibility.

4. Godly Character

Throughout history, government and society’s failures have always been rooted in corruption. The only solution is to create a generation that fears God, who has the final authority. Hence, godly character should be learned at the grassroots. Education has value, but a godly character is more valuable.

GMRC Curriculum

An expanded “Good Manners Right Conduct” (GMRC) is an effective strategy as a DepEd school curriculum. Filipino’s harmonious nature and godly character ensure good governance, respectful citizens, and hard-working people.

That is why the government cannot waste resources on cosmetic solutions but rather on values education based on godly morals. After all, a godly character begins in a godly home.

This groundwork should have been laid generations ago; therefore, who we vote into office is critical. The church can help, not by telling members who to vote, but by the power of the Holy Spirit, who guides us.

Ultimately, a nation that submits to God’s moral authority is blessed.

values education based on godly morals.

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