National illness is the unhealthy condition of our body and mind. It is very easy to point to the greedy persons as the biggest problem. Ineptitude, corruption, graft, nepotism, just to name a few of the qualities associated with Philippines Government practices. Here are the top illnesses that prevent our government in its economic progress.
- GRAFT AND CORRUPTION
A cancer for development. The act of taking advantage of one’s position in government to gain money, property, etc. It’s also committed by government officials and employees like a ghost contractor/employees, falsification of document for their own benefits.
Exactly, corruption covers a complete host of abuses, of which graft is one. Graft and corruption are responsibilities that are normally leveled at highly-placed government officials, who are able to use public funds to improve their own wealth. When a government official uses the access, control, knowledge or power that comes with a higher position and involve in graft, they abuse public trust and may be charged with misconduct.
- PATRONAGE AND POLITICS
The appointment or hiring of a person to a government position on the basis of family loyalty. Voted officials at the national, state, and local levels of government practice such appointments to reward the people who assist them to win and maintain their position.
- APATHY AND PASSIVITY
The characteristic of lacking enthusiasm for or interest in things generally without action and care, in Filipino “walang pakialam” at ”walang ginagawa”.
- POVERTY AND MENDICANCY
People who live off begging can be called mendicants while Poverty is not having enough material possessions or income for a person’s needs. Poverty may include social, economic, and political elements.
- FACTIONALISM AND DIVISION
A condition in which a group forms within a greater group, especially one with slightly different ideas from the main group
- Ethnic grouping
- Religious diversity
- Cultural differences
- LACK OF PATRIOSM AND LOYALTY
The quality of being nationalistic; devotion to and vigorous support for one’s country.
- Colonial mentality
- non payment of taxes
Immorality is the abuse of moral laws, norms or standards. Immorality is normally applied to people or actions, or in a broader sense, it can be applied to groups or corporate bodies, and works of art (Wickedness, sin, depravity, corruption, heinousness, depravity, indulgence, a gap to the accepted standard of divine behavior.)
- JUVENILE DELINQUENCY
The characteristic committing of criminal acts or crimes by a young person, especially one below the age at which normal criminal trial is possible.
- SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROBLEM AND GAMBLING
The excess in or dependence on an addictive substance, especially alcohol or drugs and take risky action in the hope of a desired result
- REBELLION AND INSURRECTION
Doing of violent or open conflict to recognize government or leader and a violent rebellion against an authority or government.
As a Filipino citizen, the changes begin within our self. We need to eliminate the illness that hinders our economic progress. If Filipinos can change themselves for the better (self determination), they are on their way to ensuring “true lasting change” for the Philippines. The nation and its persons are, in a way, one.