Change is happening
By The Builder’s Block
It was almost midnight when all of our neighbor’s household lights were turned off. I was still wide awake and alone in the living room when all I could hear is the ticking of the clock. I needed a buddy to accompany me while I was still studying back then, so I decided to turn on our television set without any hesitation. Audio came in first before the visuals, and I immediately recognized Ted Failon’s voice in his show Failon Ngayon, talking about thousands of self-confessed drug users and pushers who surrendered themselves to the authorities by signing a document that they intend to reform without being forced to do so.
Hearing that phenomenal thing was alarming in a way that there are thousands of people who surrendered. Knowing that we still don’t have enough facilities for it, how can our government cater them? And, what is the government’s plan when it comes to changing their lives? These are our concerns that the government should prioritize.
As what I heard during the well-calibrated inaugural speech of Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte on June 30, he said, “There are many amongst us who advance the assessment that the problems that bedevil our country today with need to be addressed with urgency, are corruption both in high and low echelons of government, criminality in streets and rampant sale of illegal drug in all strata of Philippine society and the breakdown of law and order.”
I think that our newly president’s speech in cracking down illegal drug activities, is the reason why there is an incremental increase of numbers of people who choose to surrender. This may sound ridiculous but it’s halfway true. Thousands of people surrendering every day is not a joke anyway. This is a great responsibility that the government needs to prioritize.
I am not against Duterte’s plans for change. Everybody loves to have change, because it is a good start for the betterment of our country. But the government should first strengthen its foundation before implementing whatever is needed to be implemented in order to have a strong post to start. There should be a good quality of service and an enough allocation of funds not just for food and health but also for the facilities, especially rehabilitation centers that the Peace and Order section needs. Also, the government should create some programs for those who have undergone rehab so that they will no longer be tempted in doing illegal activities again and will be more focus on improving their own lives into a better one instead.
Well, I hope that all of those aforementioned suggestions will be given attention by the government. But, it is up to our president on how will he cater the concerns of his people.
Looking through the result from the hard-strive implementation of Duterte’s rules, thousands of drug users and pushers who chose to surrender can be considered as a one-of-a-kind-nation-journey experience. Hopefully, this move is a sign of a good quality of change that will happen in our country for the upcoming six years of service of Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte in the government.
So, let’s adapt to changes for it is happening-NOW!