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Leaving Mediocrity


           You cannot open doors of opportunities if you won’t welcome change as a key. It is considered a must for all governments to build their foundation with a leader who’s actually not just all talk. Clearly, the last thing a country would need is a leader that was bound to just settle on what’s easier at the first glance. The emphasis on the need for a leader who is capable of changing the complacent mind set of the people is being stressed – specially in our country.

            It would be an understatement to say that Filipino people are just thirsty for change. Our country was subject to the same monotonous government with usual campaign for economic boost and eradication of corrupt officials for a couple of years. It has been just this year’s election when the people finally saw a ray of hope for a whole new form of government. Fed with traits of a transformational leader, people came hurrying towards it.

            Our current national leader strongly reflects the adjectives of what a transformational leader really is. Through offering energized vision and challenging goals, our president has successfully changed the expectations, perceptions and motivations of his followers, at least for the majority. He exercised his authority in giving strong orders for a change of scenery – particularly in the field of illegality – aiming beyond one’s concern but towards the common good. His initiative for transformations has brought the almost reachable benefits for the organizations nationwide and for the country as a whole.

            Transformational leadership promotes cooperation not just for the leader’s immediate alliances but also among local governments and even among residents themselves. With the president’s own example of the strong opposition towards illegal drugs, people were hooked and are persuaded by his proposal of reasons with great conviction. With the new approach the president projected, he earned both respect and admiration from his followers. Being the one that encourages new ways are altering our current environment towards success, he surely did get the approval of the nation.

            The change really has come on our own country. Strongly after our new leader sat on his position, his promised goals are now slowly turning into achievements. Being a leader that motivates higher level of performance, workers under both government and non-government organizations are now engaging themselves in the president’s challenge of clearing mediocre performance off the record. People are now also the idea that the country is gradually becoming a safer place.

            There’s no such thing as opportunity if not preceded by change. We all need to welcome a whole new set of standards set upon us by our new leader in order for us to achieve a much victorious state for the country. Because as Filipinos, we all know we need a leader who actually walks the talk, inspires and motivates. We all need that leader who shows concern for his followers and is also a great manager who could challenge his subordinates to execute innovative and creative in order to perform better for the benefit of the nation.


New Reforms as Opportunities

Academic excellence is one of the things that Filipinos strive for. Practicing global competitiveness stands as one of the goals of the Filipino youth which makes this years’ first Senior High School implementation not surprising at all. Yet as Senior High School officially begins this school year 2016-2017, the program will be running with many Filipinos still mirroring their doubts on its success and necessity – particularly in Manolo Fortich National High School.

Additional two years on secondary education appeals to be just additional burden to most families in the community. Years of additional expenses and hardships for the less fortunate became another term for this pre-university cycle alteration. But what most missed is the government’s emphasis on how this new curriculum can thoroughly affect our nation’s progress and even uplift our country’s leadership if given full acceptance and support. It gives a brighter chance whether or not one would choose to continue to a higher education or settle with finding a job after graduating.

Offering specified strands under academic, technical vocational livelihood, sports, and arts and design tracks, SHS assures more skilled high school graduates by the end of the program. Aiming to produce employment ready graduates, this two-year skills training will focus on nurturing the students’ potentials according to what strand they’ll choose to study. This will provide the students with abilities to become employed and even to establish their own business as early after completing grades 11 and 12. If one would look closely, the program could give us an opportunity to spend less in preparing for our employment or entrepreneurship.

We are one of those few countries who remained with the 10-year educational cycle before college. Manolo Fortich National High School is one of those who are producing a great number of potential graduates whom some unfortunately didn’t get the capacity to proceed to college. But having an imposed law concerning the implementation of the K to 12 program, the Philippines now has moved a step forward to a much better education which can equip our youth in a much lesser time. Granted a child wants to pursue higher education, the SHS program would enable him/her to be more prepared whatever lies there in college.

Manolo Fortich National High School was given the ability to cater senior high students who would like to study under the academic track and technical vocational track. Facilities are on their way of making themselves useful for the coming huge wave of students. It was understandable that people were doubtful on how this program would end up. But it will also be vital for our nation’s future if we will open our eyes on what really is about to happen if we’ll support this program as we take into consideration the greatness its aftermath could give.

Through implementing SHS, the Manolo Fortich National High School sees a much better chance for to equate with the current trends of the educational system. Our present administration knows that through intensifying the Senior High School program in our school, it is greatly possible for us to create a 21st century-skilled generation with equipped minds and great leaders who can help uplift our community and our nation to progress.

Henceforth, Senior High School is a big opportunity for the Filipinos to just let it pass. It has genuine purpose of improving the educational system of the Philippines. This change is not just another problem we need to surpass but another opportunity we need to grab. Yes it may affect many plans already laid ahead by some or prolong the hardships of the people, but on the other hand, it opens a lot of doors after the completion of Senior High School. It all comes down to willingness to embrace change for a better outcome. After all, excellence cannot be achieved without stepping out of our comfort zone and accepting reforms as challenges to become better.


New Administration Same Hopes

“A leader must be a terror to the few who are evil in order to protect the lives and well-being of the many who are good.” Brave words from President Rodrigo Duterte. His journey in becoming the 16th president of the Republic of the Philippines has somehow been controversial seeing as he is quite different from past candidates.

Duterte is known for ruling with an iron fist, seeing that he has served Davao City as mayor for more than a decade and during that time he made Davao City one of the safest city in the world. Despite saying profanities even on-screen Duterte said that even with his mouth he will give the Filipinos a clean government.

What is important for us is that he will walk his talk. We are hoping that what he did in Davao City he will do to the whole Philippines as well. The president has already named his Cabinet members, the ones who will be part of the Duterte Administration. The trusted ones who will hopefully be people who will help our country progress and our economy develop.

The people have chosen him to lead this country to greatness and have given him our trust. The Duterte Administration must do their job and give us the progressive change he has planned for the whole nation. As a nation all of us must cooperate and follow the laws so that this new administration is also new hope for us.

Coverage of Transformation

duterte-inauguration            President Rodrigo Duterte delivered his first ever State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 25, 2016. As expected, it claimed a handful of both positive and negative feedbacks. Serve enough, the President expected it yet, the people must be clearly clear in understanding the major points of the president’s speech.

Ever since the campaign period, the president undeniably charmed the people and earned millions of followers and loyal believers. His fervid opposition and desire to clear illegal activities in the nation – specially concerning illegal drugs – was the one that captured the attention of millions. His strong personality, his different approach on things and his unusual choice of words and statements made him a target of media above the other candidates. And in his speech he once again held the attention.

He made his opinion about illegal drugs crystal clear to everyone. He promised that in his administration, they wouldn’t stop until the last drug lord will be put behind bars. He was even willing to put them under the ground if the situation needed. Also, he addressed another big problem the Philippines is facing – the dispute over the West Philippine Sea. Respecting the decision of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, it is believed that the president will ensure the safety of our countrymen along the area.

President Duterte also emphasized the need to strengthen the security precautions of the country. He ensures that security dialogues with other countries and would rather strengthen the partnership of the country with foreign nations. He also declared a ceasefire with CCP, NPA, NDF. He called for an end to the war between the government and some of our Muslim brothers.

Another thing that the president raised is the country’s need for generation of a thousand more jobs for the poor and skilled members of the workforce. Business capacities and country’s tourism is also on the need of improvement. It is also in the president’s plan to conduct a nationwide soil analysis for the benefit of the farmers. And another thing that didn’t miss his speech is his demand for emergency powers particularly to aid in the solution of severe traffic in Manila.

The president has many other points, both to propose his goals and to call for the nation’s cooperation. He’s giving us a picture on how he envisioned our country six years from now. We cannot expect a perfect government, that’s a given, but we can always look for a better country. We just need to keep in mind that a leader can’t do it all on his own, he needs his followers – he needs us.