To Be a Citizen in an Independent Country
Independence Day is celebrated by every independent nation, after all, it is a day when a nation expresses its self-worth and responsibility. The Philippines celebrates independence on June 12, a day in 1898 when revolutionary forces in Cavite formally announced a Declaration of Independence.
It is only expected that citizens in an independent country share the same aspirations and sense of freedom during such a joyous commemoration. Sadly, there are reasons not to be filled with joy. When some of the citizens are not truly free, and in fact treated as non-citizens in their own ancestral lands, Independence Day loses its meaning.
On this 117th anniversary of Philippine independence, it is only timely to reiterate the importance of "education for all". This is enshrined in the country's Constitution: "The State shall protect and promote the right of all citizens to quality education at all levels, and shall take appropriate steps to make such education accessible to all." In this light, this blog is reposting a recent message from the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP).