Some sources said that the economies of our Asian neighbors are faring well leaving behind the Philippines. Well, I could not say much about it since I am not conversant with ASEAN economy. My cartoon just depicted the direction we might be taking after the elections ushering in a new set of leaders for the country. Contrary to the allegations or issues of other quarters who are anti-GMA, I believe that the administration of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has contributed to the improvement of the condition of the people especially in the countrysides. I knew that there were so many infrastructure and social projects which were implemented under her term for instance. Whether we like it or not, those projects also made a difference in the lives of the people. We cannot take away from her therefore the due credit for the projects that aimed to improve the well-being of the Filipino people. But then again this is politics.
From the campaign slogans and platforms of government, all candidates have said what they intend to do when they win. But I guess, genuine development will not happen if those platforms of government will not center on key areas. These key areas would be human resources development, vigorous countryside development, alternative sources of energy development, natural resources conservation and environmental protection, financial and technical support/programs to the development of small-scale entrepreneurs and the sincere getting rid the bureaucracy of excess fats and graft and corruptions. I don't like those candidates who would say that we need foreign investors to develop.
You will know that the country has failed to fully addressed those areas all because, I agree with vice-presidential candidate Bayani Fernando, we lack political will. That is though we have laws and programs but we lack will to implement or follow them to the letter, all would be nothing.