3 Things We Can Do to Change the PH in 2013
Yep, I’m talking to YOU — the young Filipino “idealist”. You’re probably under 35 years old, have regular access to the Internet, and probably in the middle class? We’re very much the same. We go about our work everyday, earn a living, and every now and then go out to have fun with friends. We also probably get the news via social networks or through TV and each time we hear of certain politicians doing stupid things we think to ourselves:
“Why the same faces keep winning in elections? Siguro dahil yung masa yan ang binoboto. Hay nako.”
You’re probably thinking that my one single vote doesn’t matter and that there’s nothing I can do to change the situation because the masses will vote for the same old faces or the celebrities and they will always win.
Here’s my message for you:
SCREW THAT WAY OF THINKING.
Times have changed. You know why I say that? Because unlike a decade ago, we can now talk to each other with just one click of the mouse. The simple fact that you’re reading this article without knowing who I am personally is proof.
Next thing I want to say: hindi ka nag-iisa. Madami tayo. According to Facebook there are 16M registered accounts in the PH that fall within the age of 18-25 (hindi na ako 25, I’m 30 years old pero you guys get my point, lol).
Using the Facebook Advertising Tool
We can make the country better. We can change things around this place. Here are three things you can do to make that happen.
1. Get to know the candidates. Google them. Research about them. Check out their track record. Also understand that Cong. Jack Enrile who’s currently ranking 5th in SWS surveys IS NOT Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile. Congressman Sonny Angara also isn’t Senator Ed Angara. Also, don’t get swayed by surveys. Find the ones that are truly worth voting for. Ipagdasal niyo rin kung sino ba dapat ang iboto ninyo. Don’t base your vote just on names. Base it on merits, track record, and values.
2. You NEED to REGISTER and VOTE. Understand that your VOTE actually counts. We keep saying that the only traditional politicians keep getting elected because the masses vote them in. Well screw that. Why? Because like what I said earlier, we have the numbers. We just don’t use them. Madalas tinatamad or walang pakialam. Tama na yang way of thinking na yan. I want to see a better and brighter Philippines before I die. I want to leave the world knowing that we did our share in making the country a better place to live in for the next generation.
3. You need to share who you’re voting for on Facebook. Your post will be more credible to your friends than advertising that they see. You can affect how they will vote as well. Let them know who you are voting for and most importantly, WHY.
Simple lang naman diba?
I don’t know about you pero sawang-sawa na ako manood ng balita about corruption, ridiculous laws (like the inclusion of Libel in the Cybercrime Bill), and seeing the several faces again and again in leading the country.
I have one last tip that I want to share pala and I hope those who have the calling for this will take it to heart.
There is nothing wrong or shameful about public service. If you feel that you are being called to be a public servant, then pray about it and then be the best at what you’re doing right now. Over time build your character, values, and integrity so that when your time comes (and it will come), you will be ready to answer, we will vote for you, and you will win.