REFLECTIONS FOR TEACHERS
Our celebration of Nutrition Month is important because this will give us an avenue to once again affirm that indeed health is wealth. That a healthy body will lead to healthy mind to help them to be knowledgeable, responsible and productive citizen in the future.
BUT WHY MALNOURISHMENT IS SO PREVALENT IN OUR SOCIETY. IS THIS A RESULT OF UNHEALTHY DIET OR LACK OF EXERCISE? Perhaps…
Our celebration of Nutrition Month must not stop in cooking contests and parades wearing vegetable costumes. But this must propel us to appreciate those in the frontiers of providing us foods in our table – farmers, peasants, and fishermen. Sadly, farmers, peasants and fishermen are victims of socio economic and political oppression by our government. In other countries, agriculture and fisheries are subsidized by the state. Like teachers, farmers and fishermen are partners in development.
However, this is not the case in Philippines. They are the “left behind” of the increasing demand for sophistication and technology. Worst, they have not given subsidies and yet cases of harassment, threats, demolitions, and evictions that result to displacements among the farmers and fishermen are exponentially increasing. Many laws are crafted that do not serve the interests of these sectors. Farmers are still deprived of genuine land reform, in fact millions of them have nowhere to go since the land they cultivate are either converted to Large Scale Plantations by Trans National Corporations, golf courses, or Mining Site that clearly these will only benefit those who are already rich. In the case of fishermen, they are evicted from the sea side to give way to foreign investments for resorts and tourism. Yes, we called them the provider of our foods but ironically majority of them are extremely poor and hungry.
When our brothers and sisters who belong to agriculture and fishing industries suffers, the whole Philippines also suffers.
President Aquino is proud of Public – Private Partnership (PPP) and in countless times, he mentioned this in his SONA. But there are those he did not mention because they might be not that important – the farmers, fishermen, laborers, OFW, government employees, and yes, the teachers.
Thesis: Teachers, Farmers, Fishermen, and laborers are partners in Development. They must be supported, protected, and defended.
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