Optimizing Media Outfits to Supplement Informed Choices

The reportorial schemes and media landscapes have constantly changed throughout generations. It’s not a product of lip service. It’s the internal plight of media itself trying to dynamically assert its worth and its social value. Watchdog journalism or accountability reporting is one of those increasing trends. By principle, it means thorough investigation of a crime, political corruption or corporate wrongdoing by freelance journalists, newspapers and wire services.

What then is the exclusive benefit that investigative journalism provides? And corollary to that, what are the inherent risks of this kind of journalism that makes it a non-mainstream choice?

The Threads of Investigative Journalism

The sound successes of investigative journalism in the past have earmarked the big door for watchdog journalism in the Philippine media industry. Indeed, it has catalyzed different development layers for reporters to take risks than going traditional, which is feeding shallow and sensational news each and every time.

The direction of journalism itself is crossed with confusions. But in this case, the only important juncture is the existence of those who don’t live with the shallow. Sometimes, the most interesting storylines are the stories behind stories, like exposes on sub-standard food supplements and underground state operations. This form of accountability reporting is the brand of journalism that the media industry deserves.

Investigative reporting is not easy. It entails a lot of repercussions that sometimes border extreme lines of interests. Journalists can face court trials, corporate allegations, lawsuits and many more. At the bottom line of the reality, it’s a big reputation compromise. It’s not about the public accolades and awards after. It’s about fighting for what the public deserves to know.

Inherently, investigative reporting is a strong tool to watchdog secretive operations by the state, corporations and different groups. Media has an important role in the process of embarking democracy a justice. And almost all institutions are afraid of the public eye. Given media’s capacity to dig further and expose these crimes, it has been intrinsically helpful in fueling transparency a chance for the government and other corporate institutions.

Investigative Reporting on Good Governance

According to Nieman Reports, there’s an increasing trend of secrecy that impedes public scrutiny, obscure process, avoid accountability, suppress dissent and concentrate power. And this is very likely in the context of abusing the confidentiality of “Official Use Only” documents, thus neutering the oversight capability of the public to scrutinize the state actions.

This is also likely in trials being closed to public scrutiny. Court trials on potentially dangerous products existing in the market, medical malpractices, age and race discriminations, etc. are things that the public deserves to know in the process. In not so doing, we alienate the public of their capacity to make informed choices because we only engage them in the eventualities of the discourse.

Institutional secrecy is the foundation of the need to investigate. In the context of governance, transparency is an important precondition in honing public trust. Since we empower democracy where informed choices are promised, it’s integral that the state will be the primary actor who will make such promise a reality. There’s a pact of engagement between the public and the state when the social denominations are the ones who will bear all the brunt of effects of such political decisions.

Investigative reporting is an asset to make good governance more possible. With freelance journalists and media companies working hand-in-hand with crime operation agencies, we can track down profoundly secretive operations that are working underground. We can force these institutions to be more transparent with their operations and we can also mitigate corruptions that are based on secretive engagements.

The Role of Media in Good Governance

What is the role of media in exposing these crimes and promoting good governance and informed choices?

Good governance, in and of itself, is the responsibility of everyone. We have to be self-regulatory as well as vigilant with what’s happening around. In this case, media is in an exclusively strategic position. It can enable informed choices out from its capability to tell both sides of a story, as well as expose those who constrain us from making rational choice through investigative journalism. For example, informed choice is hampered when people are deprived of background information about political candidates, party-based platforms or exposes about political turncoating or dynasties.

Secondly, media has been tying up with legitimate actors right now who are willing to promote informed choices. Indeed, advertisements always have public cautions and media companies sometimes tie up with the state. Given these overwhelming partnerships, these institutions can regulate each other most especially on how these institutions behave. They become each other’s strongest watchdog.

Thirdly, media are the strongest information channels of the state to reach out to its denominations. Indeed, investigative reporting can deal with electoral abuses, buying of votes, political butterflies, party-list systems and many more. Internally, elections, where future governance is at stake, is a sea of corrupt electoral practices. Thus, Investigative reporting enables us the chance to expose these malpractices and aid us in shaping an informed choice. When we constrain the possibilities of these corrupt electoral practices, we give public informed choices better by letting transparency work. And the media can do that in aid of public debates, social media discussions, making platforms more accessible and all other things.

Improving the Facets of Investigative Journalism

Of course, in the field of dynamic risks, the playing field has been heavily challenged. Some influential bodies think that media has gone too far on its processes of investigating, like wiretapping scandals and many more.

In public service, we have to defend the reasonable. And sometimes, but not all the time, the ends justify the means. But it doesn’t mean that in light of pursuing one’s goal, media can’t practice ethical standards with professional work. This is the reason why sanctions are given if justified. Let libel be a civil liability because we have to err on the side of caution. And if it does take surmounting risk to go through the extreme lines of defending who we wanted to defend, we should be willing to take that. After all, our discretions are reflections of who exactly are we defending. In the end, it’s all about balancing our responsibility towards the people, to our professions and to the state.


At the bottom of all these things, investigative journalism is necessary in pooling informed choices for the public. Given the people’s right to know on extreme ends of malpractices, we inadvertently give people the chance to know which institutions are transparent and which are not. That way, we aid informed choices by believing on people’s rationality to decide.

After all, we’re not in the position to border what information serves the public best. It’s the public choice that matters and we’re here to make that choice fully exercised by means of serving what is right.





Youth and Nation-Building

If it seems difficult to understand, what do we usually say?


Most of us would say that the teacher doesn’t know how to teach, we don’t have enough resources, we complain of the difficulty of the subject matter, and things like that. Maybe, it’s about choosing the best scapegoat that would reason out when we fail at the end of the semester. And I’ve seen different people with different scars of life, trying to do this all the way. If it’s how the youth of today think, where do we find the light of optimism that Rizal used to insinuate?

If you try to look at it, a lot of factors make the youth complacent. It’s not just about computer games, and not just about doing nothing to be more active as a youth. I believe that there’s something wrong with the culture that we used to imbue to the youth. And precisely the reason why there seems to be an unending roster of youthful generations we expect to do the change.

I, being part of the sector at stake, also feel stagnancy. It’s not just an everyday routine, but I think it’s a cycle that encompasses generations. And I always ask myself, what kind of change can we expect the world to bear? Or is change an elusive word to cap on our mistakes, yet we still do it over and over again?

Being a student-leader, I always vie to make everyday somewhat productive. Then the next day I realize, I haven’t been as productive as I expect myself to be. Because if it was, I couldn’t have lost certain opportunities propping out in the myriad in efforts of seeking for a greener pasture. Either way, this world is lured of competition. Indeed, if we don’t compete, we feel bored. Competition spices everything. We embraced the reality that it’s a necessary precondition for us to do better.

If you try to look at the youths around you, people live asserting themselves over others. When you see students playing “Defense of the Ancients” in Internet cafe’s, it seems like the competition is too extreme. Young people are enticed to join exchange programs, and given the limited slots, they contest for the best CVs and references.

People are always of diverse interests. And we can never standardize what they should do all the time. But given this context, I think there’s a need to look at what exactly transcends on the perception of a youth. And I think it’s culture.

Youth subscribe to a norm you wanted to subject on them. Maybe not all the time, but on most cases, their actions are reflections of the mentality that every actor at stake affect on them. That is the reason why if we do portray barhopping as trendy, they would do that frequently, or at least prop actions as to where its reality lies. If we do consent on youth delinquency, no change will happen.

Of course, culture is something that cannot be directly changed. But the government can do a lot more to shape transformational leaders in the future. I’m not talking of people who will follow the same trend they used to see when they were still any younger. What I am talking of specifically are individuals who would trigger the change that are inherently necessary for national development and would reflect on the lives of the greater majority they used to govern. Those are the same people who would invest primarily on youth empowerment, mobilization of young leaders, and will make it as much as possible to not fractionate these opportunities to certain social groups only. These leaders who are impartial and listens to grievances of young individuals whose intentions are pure at heart, and seeks to strike a balance on all dissenting interests from different parties involved, are the very leaders that we need to initiate the social reform that would make ends meet. Those ends that are longed to achieve, but were left as promises and remained as they are.

After all, change is never an abrupt process. It’s taken one step at a time.

Marriage and Love

If you try to analyze the context of a home, you’ll find different values that seem to be not obvious. These things lie on the context of a real home existing, where love for each other binds the strength of the family.

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But as time goes by, people come to complain a lot. Husbands, for example, complain that their wives are not able suffice their sexual demands. Wives, in return, contest that they’re already assuming the paternal responsibility and they can’t accept that external obligatory exchanges.

Either way, do all these things couple to the fact that love is stained in the context of marriage? For when couples took their oath to love one another for the rest of their lives, why is love seemingly a diminishing value as marriage continues? Is it really true that there is a measure of what love is? For when history told us that marriage is the ultimate manifestation of your love for that person, why are cases of legal separation in an all time high? Or is love in marriage solely bounded by the legal framework and the use of which is to formalize a social norms that are flexed on the societal acceptance?

When exactly, can we really say that the person we love today is the person really intended for us for the rest of our lives? When this generation has an ultimate tolerance of relationship hopping, why is emotional investment to anyone seem to be a very simple thing for other people to do?

This is life. The sad reality is, despite all the efforts to keep people we wanna treasure in our lives, everyone can hold to their very own discretion. There are choices that we think are best for ourselves, yet most choices are predetermined by social acceptance. In the context of marriage, choices are shared and discussed together most especially if these decisions affect the entire family. If only one party assumes the decision for the rest of the family, it’s not going to be a successful marriage. Because monopoly breeds war in marital relationships.

Inside the frame of marriage, transitional feelings do evolve. The first thing that you feel is love. But beyond that, you need to concede that it’s also a matter of lust. Yet love must overcome that longing for physical intimacy,because marriage and love is more than that. But don’t undermine its value. It’s one of those things that keep you together.


During marriage, there’s an evolution to the feelings that you feel towards your partner. There’s a shift towards assumption of responsibility and commitment, not just towards yourselves, but towards society as well. It means that such love is also the love to take the entire responsibility that comes at the cost of pledging that you want to be with that person for the rest of your life.

But does this automatically dwindle the love you have for that person? The “should-be” answer to that is no.

Love is when you totally accept a person for who he is, not just on the happy times, but on times when both of you have to bleed for the greater good. It shouldn’t be bounded by ages. Holistic acceptance is never encompassed by time. Furthermore, it must be never be stringed with materialism.

The moment you started paying attention to a person, you judge him based on his physical attributes. The next acquaintances are all about getting to know each other. Any negative aspect must be overwhelmed if the feeling is real and genuine.

But love is not as shallow as a physical judgment or a stream in the narrow pile. It has its own depths and problems are just challenges to test the reality of that love.

One of the biggest choices a person will make for himself, if it isn’t, is the choice of which person to marry. Imagine living the rest of your life with a single person, ’till death do you part.That alone badly needs not just double-thinking but thousand times of intuition feeling. If you feel that’s it. If you feel like you wanna ennd up with that person for the rest of your life, then fight for it. Because marriage is not a game with an easy escape. You need to live with that commitment.

Marriage and Love

West Philippine Sea And The Underlying Stories Within

Jose casts his forehead high as he stares in the waving Philippine flag one dusky afternoon. His few friends were playing ‘patintero’ in the dunes while he, on the other hand, is waiting for the coming of the giant metal dragonfly where people from the big cities come out. They call this dragonfly a ‘helicopter’, carrier of information and goods from somewhere. But to him, it’s an outlet to a bigger world he never knew, carrier of dreams that someday he will pursue.

Jose, a 9-year-old boy, son of a fisherman in Panatag Island, always wondered what kind of life there is nearby where colorful lights reside. His father used to tell him, “That’s Vietnam!” And every time he sees those lights, he remembers the threat to life that is attached in a quest of finding what’s behind.

But Jose is not alone. He probably shares the same sentiments with the rest of 350 people in the entire island. His family is paid about a hundred dollars a month by the government for simply living in the area. Yet the question still remains – what kind of future will there be for Jose?


(image courtesy of Graffiti Review)

The Thin Line between China and Philippines

At the verge of the tense maritime territorial dispute between China and Philippines, only one thing is certain – that there are further repercussions beyond the legal set-off that places the seething divide between the two parties. How then, do we strike a balance between fighting for our sovereign rights and maintaining our composure of diplomacy in the international community?

The Continuous Tension among Claiming Countries

The rich resource in the West Philippine Sea and its overwhelming potential as an economy fuel is what sets the bar of interests from countries to pursue claims in the political stand-off. Brunei, Vietnam, Taiwan, Philippines and Malaysia have inked their claims on shoals and islands that China deems it has a superior control into. It has been said that reasonably large parts of West PhilippineSea are ideal fishing grounds. The major island groups that form the triangular reef can be major shipping lanes across Asia-Pacific for its strategic location. And it has been said that the area has potentially huge reserves for oil, natural gas and fossil fuels that can salve an entire nation for more than 30 years of energy needs.

Apparently, these common stakes of different countries across the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has strained diplomatic relations and placed an interim in partnership developmental agendas. Aside from worsening threats to regional stability, the issue on West Philippine Sea has flagged on attention from the international community, waving on soaring pledges of alliances and strong support from US to Philippines, Pakistan to China and many more.

Panatag Shoal, Bajo de Masinloc, Spratlys Islands, Huangyan Island, Truong Sa, Scarborough Shoal – all these names refer to one area. And that is the area of dispute that has caused tensions in the entire community. Surin Pitsuwan, the outgoing secretary-general of the 10-member ASEAN, even dubbed the place ‘Asia’s Palestine. These names apparently show how complicated the claims are. Given the number of countries forwarding their own territorial claims, who exactly has the exclusive right to claim the place truly theirs? Should the legality of a territorial claim be hinged on historical discovery, as what China asserts? Or should it be reflective of the current grounds and laws in the international treaty, which is the battle cry of Philippines?

Normalizing Extreme Ends of Negotiations

Across the times, both extreme ends of constructive engagements continue to pave their individual tracks. In one side, we have proposals for reconciliation like sharing of resources, mapping territorial claims, declaration of the shoal to become an international site of marine preservation, amicable settlement and all other things. But on the other hand, despite the sound calls to reconcile, both parties’ entrenched interest on the area has lead to the worsening of the situation.

Philippines continues a legal fight out of mutual respect. It continually asserts that the shoal is indeed part of the province Zambales, if we follow the 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ) that is specified in the UN Convention of the Seas. And the maintenance of a military force in the area will assure the safety of the people who are staying in the islands and keeping an eye with the operations going on in the area.

The Recourse of International Arbitration

Philippines has continually set a word for peaceful dialogue as the operational tool for resolution in the long-standing conflict. With international laws at hand, the Department of Foreign Affairs stressed out that the shoal is bluntly ours. Corollary to this, Philippines called for the formation of the international arbitration tribunal which will lay-out the implementation of the parameters stipulated in the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

“The Philippines has exhausted almost all political and diplomatic avenues for a peaceful negotiated settlement of its maritime disputes with China,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario said in a news conference last January 22.”To this day, a solution is still elusive”, he added. And Rosario was right. A solution is still elusive as China calls Philippine’s the ‘Asia’s trouble-maker’ in a state-governed newspaper.

Despite the resounding call for cooperation for a peaceful arbitration that Manila echoes, China has maintained an aggressively dismissive stance in the negotiating table and stands absolute in its claims for good, stating that bilateral negotiation is the only option that fits their core interest. Yet, they’ve constantly rejected a dialogue founded out of mutual concessions. And they have continually asserted military aggression in the shoal.

The Future Generation’s Stake on Filipino’s Control of Resources

The Scarborough Shoal issue is more than just claiming what is ours under legal jurisdictions. It’s also about preserving our sovereignty, while maintaining leverage on territories that was laid to be ours by the existing international laws of the sea. Apparently, we have an exclusive right to fight for our national interests. And what we do now will certainly affect the future of the next generations of Filipinos.

YES. China might not even be affected economically if it loses its hold on the West Philippine Sea. The only thing it’s cleaving on is its supranational leverage and the inability of a disinterested third-party to present a bargaining chip for concessions to cave in on its part.

On the practical lens, petroleum exploration in the West Philippine Sea is the only one of its kind to Philippines. Therefore if we allow China’s absolutist claims, we’re compromising the energy needs of the future generation of Filipinos, plus the living potentials that the area has to offer. Yet in the principle level, China’s aggressiveness is a direct insult to our sovereignty. And we will never allow anyone to ditch on our rights if we can take a legal fight peacefully.

Dynamics of Youth Involvement in the Issue

Awareness is primarily important in going through the grassroots of what youths can do to contribute in the discourse of the West Philippine Sea. If we can amplify education to as many youths as possible, we also invite more people to be more responsive on national issues that all of us as citizens have a common stake into. This can be done by harnessing youth talents on utilizing a rich multimedia content to simplify the complicated strings attached to the issue and reach out to more social denominations.

Youths can enter into online forums and discussions where people meet dissenting opinions on sovereignty. Debates and thesis or term papers about the Scarborough Shoal dig on the different angles of the issue and can contribute to the knowledge production scheme that may be essential in profiling strategies of the projection of our country in the conflict.

Young people can also defend our sovereignty by earmarking a strong presence online by tweeting and posting about ideas on the issue. That way, we’re making the discourse about national issues part of our everyday lifestyles which is important in honing nationalistic ideals.

Defending our National Interests

“The Philippines has the inherent right to defend its national interests when deemed necessary.” Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said, quoting the statements of President Aquino to his fellow leaders.

The conflict might not end very soon. It may even take generations, unless mutual concessions from both parties will finally take place. Arbitration might not even be effective without China’s consent and cooperation. But for Philippines, the fight is not over. It’s a right that every Filipino born from this current generation will continue to fight for.

And if we be successful in this endeavor, we never know. We might not even know what life there is next to Jose’s future. As long as there’s another day to look forward to, like seeing the giant metal dragonfly, there are strings of hope attached in simply knowing what we are fighting for.



Engaging the Global Threats

With about 40% of the world population being expected to live in water-scarce regions by 2025 and electrical consumption of water sectors projected to increase by 30% for the next 20 years, it’s very important to integrate the discourse of water-energy needs in the global platform. We obviously have to strike a balance between elevating the discussion to more comprehensive alternatives down to implementing it in the grass roots through simple and engaging community solutions.

In light of the global threat, what steps can individuals, businesses or world leaders take to address the most pressing and often interrelated water and energy challenges? And with the current trend of internationalization that we have in status quo, how much of a unity is worth commending when it comes to individual efforts and accumulating them up to a global endeavor?

We need to look at the lens of water being an eminent source of energy, where foundation of human existence is centralized. By the very basic fact of it, utilization of any other form of energy is hinged on the ability of humans to control and harness potentials. Increasingly, water and energy scarcity is a global phenomenon and it affects millions of people all over the world.

Thus, what are we going to do to solve the water and energy threats that the globe is facing?

Sustainability is a big key in our options. We need to layer out where the problems exist and start from there.Plus, we have to make the move bigger so that everyone could freely contribute in the process.

All of us, whether we be national leaders, ambassadors, social media actors, teachers and all, are community individuals ourselves. Therefore, we have an utmost responsibility to contribute in our very own localities given our ability to consume and pose the threat in supplementing our needs. This stands on the idea that humanity is the greatest threat to environment but also its greatest hope. So whatever action we do being community individuals, we’re already contributing to the global process. The only answer is to harness the immediate solutions around us being ourselves, utilizing the influence and resources that we have in hand.

Business leaders can always introduce eco-friendly solutions in the private sphere without compromising their ability to forward their very own corporate interests. It’s currently happening with private actors tying up with the government in giving incentives to water-conservation efforts or alternative energy innovations. Perfect examples of which are the water-fuelled car which directly derives it energy from water and the Green awards that provide recognition and merits to those who have done exceptional efforts for the environment.

On the other hand, the best that world leaders can do is to enable empowerment of communities, organizations and even local actors who think of the solutions available at hand. It can range from sustenance of research centers that put remarkable lights in saving energy, aids of patent applications and recognition to scientists, down to provision of scholarships to experts who have made remarkable advancements in creating technologies for the treatment of waste water, and all other things. We can also tap on a rich multimedia content in amplifying education about water conservation efforts.

All in all, it still trails back to being the individual that we are in our communities. If it means going beyond what we are now, we should willingly take that to escalate the movement into another level. We all have an indirect accountability with each other, and that means direct accountability to the place where we live. All of us are agents of change, and we create the pieces of that movement.

Multilingualism and the Bludgeon of Endless Learning

Whether you’re travelling to another country or working for a multinational company, the biggest sword that you have in your arms is your language. This is the tool that you’re going to use to find attachment with people as well as shape relationships that are way beyond primary purposes.

How are you going to welcome tourists from other countries with them feeling at home at a first greeting? How will you approach an Arab man and ask him to be covered in your interview being on field as a journalist? The bottom line of this is that learning languages, whether it be two, three or more, has a multifaceted benefit that can really be utilized all along.

Are you aware that in applying for visa, learning the language of your destination country is a very big advantage? Accordingly, those who are bilingual and have mastered two languages are likelier to learn other languages easily as well. With that, one can develop an affinity towards different cultures and easily adapt with the environment.

Who would agree that a person who knows how to speak French makes him look sexier and attractive? What about children of bilingual couples who outperform their classmates because of better memory and overall intelligence? Do they belong to the same block as those who get increased salary pay because of their multilingual skills? And with whom will you say yes, if one of your suitors invites you to a dinner date with his Spanish accent and the other one being Italian?

Indeed, it’s very difficult to quantify as to which aspect specifically does learning languages have a biggest significance into – may it be of love, travel, money or intelligence. It seeks to strike a balance in implying a common effect on all the different aspects. But I were to single out one thing, I believe it’s intelligence. If you keep sight with the other aspects like travel, love and money – all these things have greater stake with someone’s knowledge. That is our knowledge in positioning ourselves in the company to have a constant resource of money, the way we handle our relationships to make our love last, or intellectually planning our travels that’s why we learn a bit of the destination country’s language, and things like that. And most of these things can be temporary. When you go to other places, that’s temporary. When you gain position in a job company, there’s a temporal engagement there. When you try to learn French just to get hooked with your French crush in school, that’s temporary. What’s not temporary is intelligence, and what you’ve learned after you learn that language. It might not just end up having learned how to speak Japanese or Spanish. It may be learning as well how to deal with learning other culture’s languages and going deeper beyond that. Therefore, it’s intelligence that multilingualism has an intrinsic effect on.

Different dynamics comprise the wide array of what learning languages can bring us forward.  Yet at the same time, it’s an imperative that all of us should willingly acknowledge. And as the quote lives that no man is an island, so as a man who deserves the richness of languages and its endless powers.

Philippines and EU – Transcending Borders towards Cooperative Development

In an increasingly borderless world of today, countries have witnessed the value of cooperation and how it evolves developmental potentials into tangible perspectives. We’ve seen how interests transcend beyond geographic disparities and cooperation as the operational model for development strategies. Regional blocks and external tie-ups consistently soar high with the benefit of mutual aid and concessions.
The European Union, grounded with its founding principles of economic cooperation and diplomacy, has set a trademark of an effective organization that functions for the regional rise of Europe. It was able to set the framework of developmental plan which extends to risk pooling whenever a certain member-state is lagged behind with its internal conditions. With its plans of action, EU has been looked up throughout the decades.
The external constructive engagement of EU far way advances interests of tie-ups coming from a lot of countries. And Philippines has laid the foundation of its core will to share its developmental agenda with the European Union. This is the reason why EU and Philippines have established firm partnership from economic growth to social development. The Plan and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) which will be signed this 2011 will lay out the plan of action for the next years of cooperation. This is also in line with the approval of the EC-Philippine Strategy Paper and Multi-Annual Indicative Program, which identifies broad priorities for the future tie-ups.
If we look at the context of investment pooling and the agenda of developmental cooperation, the most important precondition before any agreement is met is the alignment of developmental plans. EU, with its fulfilling perspectives, share three strategic aims with the Philippine Developmental Plan.  These are attaining a high and sustained rate of economic growth, second, equalizing access to development opportunities for all Filipinos and third, implementing effective and responsive social safety nets. It also aims to enable Filipinos to participate in the economic growth process.
Target interventions made in the past by the EU-Philippines tie-ups have achieved great mileage. The financial assistance that European Union gives has effective allocations to different sectors that are all important for holistic development. Conflict management, most especially in Mindanao, has even been a primary consideration with the relief efforts that the organization undertakes. This has been validated with the indicative allotments in the Mindanao Trust Fund for Reconciliation efforts.
When it comes to green endeavors, the European Union has also played a role in standing forth alongside environmental policies. From forest preservations, coastal resource management down to climate change mitigations, EU has apparently shown its ways in driving perspectives towards slowly changing Philippines and its way of dealing with its internal concerns.
Human development, social cohesion, trade and regional integration have received wide importance factoring coming from the European Commission. The Smart Cebu Project which provides SMEs for accountability, responsibility and transparency shows how the outcomes of cooperative projects bear holistic results on the ground. The Zero Carbon Resorts, a project that received primary funding from the EC, built energy autonomous resorts to contribute to appropriate technology solutions. And this shared a perspective of precedence in terms of how technological solutions have to be integrated with the advancement of modern constructions.
In defense of life, EU has undergone important ways to bring institutional reforms forward.  Mainstreaming of indigenous peoples, institutionalization of social contracts, electoral participation and strengthening of civil societies that fight for equity are just some of the efforts that EU has taken to forward its own agenda of interest.
Most importantly, the bureaucratic nature of EU is well-defined to uphold check and balance that ultimately assures that the projects taken have paved their ways into reality. EU has an effective counter-checking system that goes down filtering the financial uncertainties with its tie-ups. With the aspect of tying up with the private sphere as well as the government, EU can well assure that the programs it implements will be effective.
Another thing that concretizes the potentials of EU and its cooperation with the Philippines is its learning perspective from the history of its interventions. Whenever it deems that constraints block the effectiveness of a certain project, it upholds monitoring and facilitations to smoothen the ground of project implementations.
European Union, and the success that it gears with its internal achievements, can do a lot for the Philippines not just for now but for the future generations. With its selfless sharing of values and ideals to Philippines, soon the country will soar high with its rise of competitiveness in Asia. The bilateral agreements really touch on holistic approach of development. The strategy shows how development should be faced on the ground and should never be looked at temporally. EU has a lot more to showcase in its role of shaping our developmental atmosphere. In return, Philippines will never fail in its promise of following the ideals of the union.
We can achieve the change we’re hoping. We need to take it slowly, one step at a time.
This essay is One of the 6 National Finalists of the EU Feature Writing Contest 2011.