My poor, poor dear countrymen! What is to become of us? I have this usual habit of reading the daily papers, listening to the AM radio, and watching news on television. And all that I see bade bad news for all of us.
From the news about the elections, to the use of the AES (Automated Election System) or the PCOS (Precinct Count Optical Scan) machine of the COMELEC (Commission on Election), to the unscrupulous tactics of politician vying for position in the coming May 2013 elections, to the various fires that has hit the country, and the pounding of Tropical Depression “Crising” of the Mindanao area. These news worries me, but not as much as what has transpired and will be transpiring soon.
Just last week, petroleum prices went up by as much as P1.50 per liter, on top of the already expensive petroleum prices. And just this week, reports or news of an impending energy rate hike approved for this coming March, and the impending water rate hike to be approved for the month of July. All of these hikes are taking a toll on the Filipino citizenry. The wages of the ordinary Filipino has not increased in proportion to the increases being implemented by the petroleum, energy, and water conglomerates. How will we cope with all these hikes coming one after the other?
The increase in petroleum prices, will definitely affect all of us one way or another. The fares in public transport will definitely increase as well sooner or later. The prices of basic goods such as vegetables, fish, and meats, will surely increase as well, as the cost of transporting these goods has increased. The prices of prepared foods will surely increase as well.
The approved energy rate hike for this coming March, will surely add another burden, to the already heavy burden the typical Filipino family is already carrying. The use of the television, which is the only form of entertainment of most typical Filipino family, will be limited. The use of the electric fan, the air conditioner, the refrigerator, and other home appliances will also be limited, causing undue inconvenience, and discomfort to all members of the typical Filipino family.
The impending water hike due for July, is another heavy burden. We, the Filipinos, is one of the most hygienically conscious people in the world. We regularly take baths, some of whom take two (2) baths a day, to cool ourselves down from the extreme heat of the Philippines. We regularly brush our teeth from two (2) to three (3) times a day. We hand wash our clothes daily. We wash our kitchen utensils pots, and plates, after every meal. The use of the bathroom is common among all households, to relieve ourselves. All of these requires the use of water.
The thing that irate me is the wages/salary of the typical Filipino, does not increase as much as the increase in the prices of these utilities. The already tight budget of the typical Filipino household, would be even more tighter with the introduction of these price hikes.
I pity the typical Filipino family. I pity all of us. Only a few of us are unaffected by these price hikes. But the majority of us, the 99%, will surely cringe, and suffer. Why is the government doing nothing, to help alleviate the lives of the majority, the 99% of the Filipino? Are we not important enough to be given notice? Are we minuscule to be noticed? Are our sufferings too little to be significant enough? When will our government act? When shall we taste an easier, more convenient, and more relaxing life? Will we taste it when we are dead or dying?
Its time for our government to act. Its time for us to wake up! Its time for us to choose the people, who will lead us to a more greener pasture, a more easier, a more convenient, and a more relaxing life! Wake up Filipino!