LOUD WHISPERS| ASEAN integration to consolidate regional efforts

BEGINNING this year 2015, all South East Asian Nations will merge its strengths to consolidate their efforts to enhance their economic powers.

According to the Regional GAD (Gender and Development) national office, this will give impact to various areas of development including human capital, social inclusion, literacy, education and business, infrastructure and technology.

My question is: Can we really cope at par with other Asian countries? How long will it take us to be truly educated? Can we also cope with their culture and tradition? Of course, I think we can not. Unless we change our nationality. But slowly and surely, we will soon cope with them and level up with them.

One formula I think is to partner with foreign neighbors, in blood and physically. This will also make our structure and physique strong and formidable.

Our country is not yet at par with our Asian nation’s capabilities in terms of development, thus we are trying hard (I just hope it is not too late) and fast to cope with them. Lately, we have implemented the K to 12 Program of the Dept. of Education and Commission on Education (CHED). In terms of the tertiary level, the Philippines is on its way (pa lang) of leveling up with the curriculum of international schools but it will take perhaps another five (5) years for the Higher Education Institutions to establish the schools into a higher level.

With the new curriculum in the schools, we expect our graduates to level up with students in other Asian countries and other Nations. Well, I guess this is timely and the right time. We have to have graduates who can easily find professional jobs abroad. (Albeit, not just odd jobs like being domestic helpers or laborers.) They say Filipinos are genius. Why don’t we prove them that we can mentally and intelligently compete with them?

Our country must be aware of the goals of ASEAN Integration. We must learn how this endeavor can reduce various forms of disparities among and within member states and identify the implications and repurcussions it will have to various concerns of development.

This thing about GAD mainstreaming is a decade old. Funds have been appropriated to local and national governments, but I still see a dearth of implementation. Male executive officials still dominate government offices and the executive and legislative bodies of government. Worse is, in the judiciary where we see 2 is to 10 ratio of male and female lawyers and judges.

But ASEAN integration is not only about man and woman equality. It also means equal opportunities for the market and commerce. We have to forget the “kanya-kanya” attitude experts say. It calls for full cooperation and consolidation efforts and harmonized actions. We have to strenthen our team spirit and we have to work together to achieve our goals. We are not only work for our individual selves, but for our youth and the next generation.

I, for one, would really want this integration to come to reality. I am now a director of an international leadership college here in Tanay, Rizal and I find this integration thing very relevant to our mission and vision. This college is founded by a Korean citizen (known as a Global Citizen) and I can feel the atmosphere of the college having the desire to cope with other ASEAN countries and even United States, in terms of quality education. The college has a curriculum that is values-oriented and its vision is to nurture students for world leadership, morality and integrity.

But I still see that women empowerment is limited in scope and in academics. But we need to gain more on women empowerment together with our aim to attain the global vision for gender equality. We must motivate more people especially the women, to embrace new opportunities and strengthen their potentials for better life.

I believe that women are more efficient and effective. If this is told to them, they will realize that they are really potentials. At home, fathers don’t do what mothers usually do. Who takes care of the children? Who nurse the children at home? Who feeds the children right at their mouth? And who gives milk to the children? Of course, it’s the mother? And right from her nipple!!! Oh, can a father do this? No, isn’t it?

When the husband is sick, who usually cares and nurse for him? Isn’t it the wife? If there is a work to be done with utmost care and effectivity, who can do it? Isn’t it the woman?

So, can the woman empower the governance this time? Why doesn’t the government try? (FVS)

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