Wednesday, May 29, 2013

State (Undone) Agenda

The 1987 Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines is now wherefore some twenty-six years old. One government after another came and disappeared. The present on has but some three more years to wield power before another one takes over. Sad to say though, there is on outstanding State Policy in the said Constitution that tot this date remains largely but an outstanding wish written in superb words. And with the way the present government is doing things from its very start – taking into account the kind of leadership it has plus the degree of competence it displays – there appears to be the certitude that the said Policy would remain but a dream up to 2016 at least.

State Policies, Section 9: “This State shall promote a just and dynamic social order that will ensure the prosperity and independence of the nation and free the people from poverty though policies that provide adequate social services, promote full employment, a rising standard of living, and an improved quality of life for all.”

“A just and dynamic social order,” what is that?! “Prosperity and independence,” how is that?! “Adequate social services,” where is that? “Full employment,” really?! “Rising standard of living,” what?! “Improved quality of life for all,” ha?! For all intents and purposes, there is the perception that no such Policy has ever been written at all – or the same must instead be found in the Constitution of this or that foreign country.

This is not meant to say that a Policy is something concrete and palpable whereas it is but directional in nature and qualifying in spirit. This is neither intended to claim that absolutely nothing has been done towards that goal, considering that a policy is some kind of a work in progress. This is simply aimed at pointing out the sad truth that nothing much really – if any – has been done to incarnate in the Philippines the lofty directives of the Policy written precisely in the Constitution of the Philippines. In fact, if majority of the Filipinos would read the Policy, they might readily say it is something strange and therefore alien in the Philippines.

Before the last midterm election – and before all other elections in this country for that matter – all the candidates, and this means all of them aspiring for public offices from the local to the national levels made loud and repeated promise along the line of the above cited State Policy. The “winners” have been proclaimed. But upon assumption of their respective seats in government, no one needs to be a prophet to foretell that the Policy will once more remain but words, words, and more words.