Sacramento Unified Goes to the Philippines for Its Teachers

“Raise your hand if you think that the United States can match the performance of the countries with the world’s highest student performance by outsourcing its teaching to lower wage countries. If your hand is still down, then raise it if you think that the United States can even maintain its mediocre position in the world’s league table of student academic performance if it were to hire more and more of its teachers from the Philippines or countries like it. Your hand is still down? If it is, then we need to have an honest conversation about what it would take to develop and hire teachers with skills comparable to those found everywhere in the top-performing countries. We need to have a conversation about how we develop and retain those teachers instead of contracting that effort out to the lowest international bidder.”  These are the questions from the article of Marc Tucker last July27, 2017 entitled:  Migrant Labor: Sacramento Unified Goes to the Philippines for Its Teachers,

In a globalizing world, outsourcing is inevitable.  Just take a look at your stuff at home, and they are not all made in the US.  Call a hotline or book a flight, and a representative from the Philippines, India or other countries will answer your call.

The US has been outsourcing teachers from the Philippines since 2004.   Despite the challenges that the Filipinos encountered in the US, they are patient, determined and have proven their professionalism and their quality of work. They just need to be properly deployed in a safe and healthy environment and they’ll be great assets.  That’s why Sacramento Unified will  continue to outsource in the Philippines.  That’s why a lot of employers hire them.

The education system in the US is the same as the Philippines because of the Thomasites.  Just check out the books of the major subjects in the Philippines and they are all in English to the point that some students could hardly translate it in their native tongue.

In the US, Filipinos are not just professional teachers, they are professional nurses, caregivers, nannies, housekeepers, doctors, lawyers, engineers,  corporate executives, entrepreneurs and artists.   The influx of Filipinos  in the US is inevitable, same as the influx of British, Irish, Italians, Chinese, Vietnamese, Koreans, Armenians and other nationalities trying to live and survive in the new world  that made America a great nation known to mankind.

 

 

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Fire, Fury and Freaks

Welcome to the phase of uncertainty, where the leaders make freaking decisions that are freaking the nation with their Fire, Fury and Nuke.

As the government of North Korea puts all their resources to the nuke instead of the welfare of their citizens all for the sake of power, threatening other nations while using their citizens as their pawns, the US government on the other hand allowed the President to provide provocative statement stirring a volatile situation freaking out the people and other nations that could possibly lead to the next world war.

The US as a powerful nation should try to deal with North Korea diplomatically for a peaceful relationship and a peaceful nation, thus preparing the nation and protecting the people for worst scenarios.  What happened to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons?

While this is happening, there are super freaks  that are  freaking the Philippines for their War on Drugs campaign and martial law, killing a lot of innocent people without due process, without valid evidences and putting the justice on their own hands.  Seems like a Purge movie.  Well, this is real murder and these super freaks are even proud of it.

Now is the time that we need real superheroes to prevent the super freaks in making their freaking decisions a reality and to stop their freaking actions.  Now is the time that we need supernatural intervention to keep them in SANE.

 

Why do people fight and conquer for the country,

When in the end, the country belongs to no one?

 

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The Miracle

It was a total blacked out, the doctors panicked as the patient was out of oxygen.  The patient was surrounded by doctors, when the patient woke up, somebody asked to move her fingers, then her feet, the patient responded. The patient was expected by the doctors to be in coma, or worst  she couldn’t survive.

 

For days, she was fed through her nose and has oxygen to breathe through her mouth and throat, she communicated through terrible hand writing trying to be understood. There was a time when she couldn’t be understood, thinking of losing hope, but her faith kept her strong to fight the battle to survive.

 

They concluded it to be a miracle.  The patient fought several battles and yet she survived,  she is writing this blog right now and that patient was me.

 

“Life is temporary and volatile” as they say.  Today you can be very strong, but tomorrow can be your weakest or even your last day.   So better enjoy and be happy always.  If today you are alone and hopeless, tomorrow you can be surrounded by great people you couldn’t even imagine, like angels on earth who will support and protect you.

 

Sometimes you have to fight certain battles to realize what you should be worth fighting for.   Sometimes you have to travel alone and step out of your comfort zone to experience God’s wonders in everyday life.  Miracles do happen, you won’t believe until it happened to you.

 

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The Easter

Every Easter Sunday is the reunion of my mother’s big clan, as she has 11 siblings, 2 of her siblings have 12 children, that makes us more than first cousins. Our ancestors have passed on the statue of a resurrected Christ made of ivory from generation to generation. Each family has the responsibility to contribute for the flowers, catering, helpers and other incidental expenses.

 

The clan has been blessed with the  inheritance of  lands and fish ponds.  Our grandparents are called by their Spanish names  Don and Dona or the haciendero and haciendera. They have left a legacy that the future generation will cherish.  With huge land, comes with huge responsibility to nurture and continue the legacy.  However,  it has been the cause of division  to some and unity to many.

 

It’s only when you travel outside the country that you’ll realize how fortunate it is to live in the Philippines with helpers to do the chores for you and assist you, a home service masseuse, fertile lands, abundance of water and resources waiting to be discovered and developed.   The wrong notion of being too confident of having inheritance has developed the idea of being complacent.  Until such time they realized they run out of resources.  However, it takes for an entrepreneurial spirit to have the confidence to take the risk and make the ideas or vision to reality.  Moreover, it still takes knowledge, skills, and experience for a project to be successful.

 

Being brought up in a very close family, coming from a big clan, having more than 50 first cousins, who are scattered in different countries and have an annual reunion during the Easter Sunday, has its pros and cons, it helps you get used to a big crowd and can relate to different types of people.  However, conflict is inevitable because of hearsays and minconstrued statements passed on from one person to the other.

 

There were times during the reunion, the day that should be peaceful and solemn has been tainted with grudges because of envy and greed by criticizing and gossiping other people.  I felt the exhaustion  of my relatives defending themselves from the hearsays eversince.  Gathering together with relatives in front of the resurrected Christ but gossiping on the side.  Talking like Gods as they make fond of other people by backstabbing them.  Exodus 20:16.

 

Reunion is not an election to influence the majority, nor a competition to fight against the other. Reunion should be a venue to talk about ideas that will be productive, beneficial and helpful to everyone concern.  A chance to talk about peace, unity and solidarity to continue the legacy that the ancestors have left.

 

I hope that this Sunday it’ll be solemnly beautiful and that this holy week be truly meaningful to all.

 

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The Virgin Bitch

Meet Cookie girl, a 14 year old, playful,  dominating, happy and a virgin bitch.

Today I’ve witnessed another miracle, a successful operation of a 14 year old (80+ human age) poodle named Cookie girl.

Last April 2015, there were hesitations for the operation because of her  heart condition.  The doctor said that there’s a little time left for her to live.

 

This year, a positive opinion was taken to action from a doctor,  a chance for her to live again and a chance for her to survive the operation.

 

To our surprise, she survived the operation and still alive. Though still hopeful for her fast recovery, but it’s another miracle to be thankful for.

 

Cookie girl taught us that everyday is a great day and happiness can change the circumstances.   Your health can also depend on your emotions.  Since she is a happy dog, her optimism could have contributed to her survival.  Even with pain, she still tries to give joy and hope that life is something to fight for.

 

There might be people who will make you feel hopeless, who will make you inferior or even try to destroy you, but life is to short to dwell on the negativity of people and circumstances.  It’s a waste of time to let the negativity distract you.

 

Life has full of surprises.   God is truly amazing.  Faith and prayers can do wonders. Sometimes a hopeless case can miraculously change.  So every second is valuable and should be enjoyable because life is too short and fragile.  As Cookie girl would say it, “Everyday is a great day that you deserve a treat”.

 

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The Betise of Generalizing the Muslims

Being brought up in a conservative Catholic community and a country dominated by Christians, my ignorance about the Islam religion made me defensive especially after the 9/11 attack by the terrorist group named the Al-Qaeda in New York.

Working in Egypt had given me the chance to work and interact with Muslims. As I worked my way in the society and culture, my perception about Muslims has changed. I became open minded and felt guilty about my misconception about them. They have shown to be kind, loving and respectful people that made my stay memorable and rewarding. As an expat, I felt at home. One of them that I’ll never forget and has set a good example was Ms. Nihal, whom I call my angel, because I have never seen someone so beautiful inside and out. A person full of positivity in life, a kind, loving, caring, humble, and cheerful person. Her smile and optimism are contagious. She’s like an angel on earth. How good life could be if people are like her, an environment full of positive energy.

Just like Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism and Hinduism, Islam is a religion that teaches peace, love and humility. Religion guides people to be united and live peacefully. It is the ignorance, selfishness and greed that divide people which lead to conflict, terrorism and even war.

I am a Catholic but I have respect for our Muslim brothers and sisters. In the end, we are all equal and it’s no longer about religion, but how you treat the uniqueness and individuality of each person.

With the upcoming US election, a leading presidential candidate has chosen to involve the Muslims. Maybe his ignorance has resulted in his generalization of the Muslims as evident on his impulsive statements. To “ban all Muslims to travel the US” is disturbing. This kind of statement does not help in solving the threat of terror to humanity, but could embolden extremists and a reason to justify their actions. An educated, well informed individual, more so, a presidential candidate and a would be top diplomat should not stir an already volatile situation.

If you want peace in the country, then speak about peace and unity, as it will lead to peace and unity. Aggression is not a solution, it leads to destruction. America needs a diplomatic leader, not an impulsive, tactless and careless leader. His advisers should find out what values and norms do they share with the Muslims and try to solve the conflict diplomatically. The Muslim community deserves his apology. Regardless of your religion, we are all humans, and just like all of us, they deserve to be loved and respected, and deserve to live a peaceful and honorable life.

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The New Philippines

To our new President Duterte and Vice President Leni  congratulations!  May you be guided by God to do what is best for our country.  May your term change the lives of our countrymen for the betterment of the nation.

Eradicate Monopoly, Bureaucracy and Poverty.

Promote Democracy, Diplomacy, Peace and Order of the Country.

May your authority be used to:

  1. Form strong alliance with other nations.
  2. Diplomatically solve problems.
  3. Raise funds from the elite thru different programs, events and activities to benefit the underserved communities.
  4. Conduct training to educate the youth and provide deployment that will be beneficial for themselves and their families.
  5. Develop policies that will lead to order and peace of the country.

I hope that you would take into consideration the following:

  1. Trade Agreement with the US, Canada, Europe, Africa, Australia and with other Asian Countries.
    • “For a more stable and transparent trading and investment environment”.
    • “For easier and cheaper exporting and importing of goods”.
    • “For citizens to enjoy trade surplus of manufactured goods”.
  1. Better Healthcare System
      • Tax free for pharmaceutical products will help reduce the cost of pharmaceutical products to make it affordable to everyone.
      • Free medical and healthcare to senior citizens and reach out to underserved communities.
      • Davao’s emergency response like 911 is exemplary which I am optimistic that it can be done nationwide.
      • To monitor all the poultry and agricultural products in the market and make sure that they are safe for consumption. The Department of Agriculture and The Department of Trade and Industry can work together to make sure that all the food in the markets are safe. An annual surprise visit shall be done in the markets and if there are food that are unsafe, the company should no longer operate and should pay corresponding penalty fee for non-compliance.
      • Provide product certification and comply with the standards to assure the quality of food.
  1. Better Education System
    • To improve the school facilities by making it self sustainable, thru:
        • Maximizing the space and cultivate the soil, which means, using the space for commercial use to generate income and cultivate the soil thru gardening or planting fruits and vegetables for profit and sustainable ecosystem.
        • Improve the buildings and security to attract investors for weekend paid events.
    • To partner with companies for their marketing purposes, but will help develop the libraries and classrooms in return or supply personal hygienic products to the students or provide free meal to students.
    • To develop and implement a policy that will require the government officials to send their children to public school.  This will enforce the improvement of the facility and quality of education of the public schools to compete in a globalized world.  As well as to invite more international students to study in public schools to promote tourism.
  1. Advocate on Climate Change
      • Educate everyone about climate change.
      • Strictly enforce proper segregation disposal like:
        • Schedule of Pickup: Monday & Friday – biodegradable products, Wednesday – Recycled Products (separate containers for bottles, papers, cans & plastics), Thursday – electrical, gadgets, and hazardous waste. The most organized family will get monthly prizes like (Example: free movie tickets – the government can collaborate with the entertainment industry for sponsorship with regards to this program)
      • Strictly enforce “No Littering in Public” policy – with corresponding penalty fee or community service for non-compliance.
      • Strictly enforce SMOG Check – with penalty fee for smoke belching.
      • Strictly enforce “Drainage Compliance” policy. To make sure all buildings and houses comply with proper drainage system to prevent flood – with corresponding penalty fee for non-compliance.
  1. Promote Peace and Order
      • Strictly enforce “No Drink & Drive” policy.  Driving under the influence of alcohol should be strictly prohibited that will suspend the driver’s license for certain number of months.
      • Improve the transportation system to improve the traffic and security on the road.
      • Centralized First Aid Stations and Police stations in all crowded areas. This can be funded or sponsored by business establishments within the vicinity which can help sustain the cost.
      • Proper Monitoring System by installing clear security cameras in public areas. This can be funded or sponsored by business establishments within the area which can help sustain the cost.
      • Strictly enforce “Drug Free” environment” – with corresponding penalty fee or community service for non-compliance.
        • Accurate and Efficient Annual Drug Test to all drivers, students, employees and business owners – included in annual medical check-up.
        • Dog sniffers in all airports, hotels, check points and toll gates.
      • Community service for policy breakers will be:
        • Minimum Offense: Farming and gardening in government owned lands to develop the government owned properties for profit and sustainability.
        • Major Offense: Cleaning the public comfort rooms, public offices, public schools.

 

When I studied Public Administration in a public university, I realized that there are a lot to learn and how  essential it is for all government officials to take the course.  I hope that all government officials, including the employees will be required to take Public Administration and Law or a comprehensive certificate program that will provide literacy to everyone involved in community service.

I was once a community  leader, and being a community leader is being a community servant.  It taught me how to to provide quality service without expecting anything in return.  There’s no monetary reward but the experience of making a difference in your own simple way is priceless.

I’ve witnessed that the less fortunate citizens in the underserved communities have the potential to improve their lives. It is thru the right policies, right education and guidance that can change them.

I know that it takes a firm and strong leader to implement the policies and programs. But with proper communication, collaboration and diplomacy, any policies, programs and political platforms can be implemented smoothly.

With the right policies in place and proper implementation, plus faith in our almighty father in heaven.   I can vividly see the NEW Philippines, that our motherland will be  back to her economic power, and most of all, contribute to our mother earth’s sustainable ecosystem.

 

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