I just wanted to share with other parents some of my personal thoughts and feelings on the recent national elections which marked another milestone in our country's history and in my being a Filipino citizen.
Today, in a very long time I feel good to be a Filipino. Though our election process has a lot to be improved on yet, I believe that there is cause for us to celebrate, no matter if our chosen candidate wins or loses. Why? I deeply believe that these elections, dubious as I was at the onset, have shown that we have matured, even by a few more steps, as a citizenry. My reasons for saying this are:
A Participative Citizenry First, though a lot of voters gave up their long and stressful wait at many precincts (and who can blame them!), many also stayed on or made their way back in yesterday's heat and crowds to cast their votes. How far we have come from the apathetic and fearful citizenry of the Marcos years!
Laudable Public School Teachers Second, I believe that the public school teachers should truly be praised and given due recognition and appropriate compensation for their role in facilitating and ensuring that our first automated elections went through as smoothly as possible. They had been under stress, not just throughout election day, but since February when the training to use the PCOS machines was delayed and they began worrying that they would be blamed for playing their part in a possible failure of elections. Kudos to these hard working teachers!
Quick and Efficient Electoral Returns Third, it was wonderful to hear the electoral returns coming so quickly and efficiently even before noon of today, the day after elections. We can indeed have an automated and more progressive electoral process. We can actually join our global neighbors in this significant step towards progress.
Gentlemanly Concession of Losing Candidates Lastly, what was even a greater and more wonderful surprise was hearing some of the losing candidates readily concede when they saw that trends were irreversibly against them. Kudos to Villar and JC delos Reyes for being examples of gentlemen and statesmen at that point in our history!
Though we have much more work to be done and although we have the same names leading our country, I think in time, our country will get to grow to a better, stronger, and more prosperous democracy. I hope we can translate the hard work, vigilance, patience and tiyaga that we all showed during election day to our everyday lives. Let's work hard, stay honest and hopeful of our future and our children’s future, and deliberately work towards peace and prosperity for our country. Here's a pat on our backs, Filipinos!
About the Author Vicky W. Alcordo is a former high school English Teacher and a full-time mom and home teacher to Triccie, 14 years old, Christime, 11 years old and, Renzo, 8 years old.