LETTER:  A BLEAK  FUTURE AMID LAVISHING PROMISES

MANILA,  August 5, 2004
(MANILA TIMES)
I HAVE a feeling my quandary regarding finances will take a long time, perhaps for the next six years, before I can claim stability at my age.

I believe this goes the same with my friends who are either stuck in some private companies or government agencies, struggling to make both ends meet. Ever since I worked for a department secretary until I landed in a supervisory job in a private firm, my financial status hasn’t changed much. Although my salary has been usually higher than what regular employees (young professionals my age) receive, still I find it difficult to sustain even a middle-class lifestyle.

My precious pay and other financial benefits all go to monthly bills and payables. I am not certain if I could hold on to my nationalistic ideals and keep my promise to myself not to give in to the “drawing power of greener pastures” abroad, which many of us have opted to grab because this nation can’t offer jobs to keep them. Erstwhile classmates and friends who are professionals in their respective fields have given up and are now spread as legitimized citizens in the America or in Europe.

Ironically, here comes the newly proclaimed President promising 6 to 10 million jobs, as if having a local job would outrightly make our people live satisfactorily. My personal case speaks well for this pessimism.

During the campaign, she wooed us with her K-4 and assured us of a whole lot of promises, which she did in three SONAs before the last one. Her recent SONA came as expected: all talk, all flare. Times had been so hard and I know, even if GMA extends her presidency, it’ll be a bumpy, roller-coaster ride for all of us.

I urge the media, the so-called Fourth Estate, to use its influence to pressure Mrs. Arroyo into keeping her promises. The people are tired of empty promises.

Since we’re training our sights on media’s role toward the realization of our government’s target goals such as the creation of jobs for the people, I only wish that the government-owned or controlled television networks (NBN-4, RPN-9, IBC-13) as well as their counterparts in radio and print will stop at tolerating the prevailing trend of sugar-coating the accomplishments of the government, as they have always been.

KRISTIAN JAMES G. SERRANO JR.
CPA/Freelance Media Relations Professional
Makati City


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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