Only this month, people were surprised to hear that a newly drafted federal constitution was unanimously approved by the Consultative Committee (Con-Com), ready to be submitted to the President. Some were even surprised there was a draft constitution in the first place.
This revision of the 1987 Constitution is pushing for a federal system of government wherein 18 regions are given powers for self-governance.
Another development that appalled the citizens was the appeal of the working force to regularize their employment by established companies like NutriAsia, PLDT and Jollibee Food Corps., just to name a few. These thriving companies are called out for leeching off their workers.
Ignorance, we believe, of social and political issues and concerns hinders any possible progress that we yearn for.
the Weekly Sillimanian (tWS) joins Silliman University’s (SU) mission for this year is to stand united in addressing the problems of social disparities, oppression, injustices, environmental degradation and other issues that affect our country. Never turning a blind eye, we hope to work together with the community towards progress and inclusivity by targeting these issues that affect us all.
For example, as the academic year begins, tWS affirms Silliman University’s call for a Zero-Waste university, one of the very first goals of the new administration, believing in a collective effort to pursue a global movement of change against plastic pollution and environmental degradation.
Given all of the big issues that we are facing, here we should leave behind our ignorance and differences.
Instead, we should join the collective movements that play a necessary part towards progress and inclusiveness, embracing a community that accepts each and everyone despite our differences.
This is our collective movement.
This is how we progress.
This is the Weekly Sillimanian.