By Henry S. Lagasca
San Fernando City, La Union (13 February) -- Unity is about action, not discussion. Unity is a real aspiration that manifests itself through progress by working together and not just talking together.
All the finger-pointing would not solve the problem and each and every person bears some measure of responsibility for what we have done today and throughout.
Aside from political conflicts, social and economic strains that we are experiencing as a people, our island nation is under threat by the "rising seas due to global warming" affecting us.
From rising tides, to changing weather to deforestation and pollution of the air, sea and land, the challenges of the environment at this time of climate change are great.
Everybody, rich or poor, must assume the mantle of responsibility and work to address the challenge of climate change for if we do, it will be our great achievement.
In all the uprisings we have faced, we remain united in upholding our constitutional democracy and some of the controversial proposals like the Expanded Value-Added Tax (EVAT), charter change and belt-tightening measures to cushion the impact of high oil price we have supporters and opponents, we have processes and institutions to deliberate such issues democratically.
Through unity, we have the power to end political killings and violence by bringing perpetrators to justice in our resolute efforts to punish the killers.
However, we humbly acknowledge that much more needs to be done, especially in bringing to the poor the bounties of our economic expansion and fiscal strength. Our educational system needs upgrading, health, housing, electricity and water services in depressed and far-flung communities, making government institutions less prone to corruption and abuse and more responsive to the needs and aspirations of our people.
But above all, we must look into ourselves and strive for greater integrity, hard work, compassion, mutual understanding and peace; in common cause with every patriotic Filipino for the welfare and upliftment of our less fortunate sisters and brothers, and the unity and advancement of our beloved Philippines. (PIA Region I) [top]