President Duterte, Acting On Good Faith Is Not Enough
|Above copied from Rappler|
Although Dengvaxia costs several billions of pesos and affects hundreds of thousands of children, there is another program that came from the Aquino administration with similar if not much larger scope. It is the the current basic education program or DepEd's K to 12. In this case, it should be clear why "good intentions" are not enough. Conflicts of interest abound in this program if one simply goes through the members of the steering committee and other bodies responsible for drawing this new curriculum. At one point, I even witnessed a member of the steering committee, who currently holds an administrative position in a private university, offering to review what is proposed. That is several layers of conflicts. Yet, the program pushes through. The lack of evidence backing the design and implementation of the new curriculum is also largely evident. The fact that the government knows very well that it cannot support the new curriculum but still decides to continue is an excellent example of when due diligence is absent.
The mass media in the Philippines should do better if they want to play the role of improving governance in the Philippines. Otherwise, all they do is to lower expectations. An example is shown below:
|Above copied from ABS-CBN|
Apparently, eighty percent of companies, according to a survey, are not inclined to hire K-12 graduates. A headline like this may not be that bad, if mass media were not touting years ago that K-12 will allow graduates to gain employment easily. There headline should first say, "We lied: K-12 graduates are not readily employable."