Every time I visit the Inquirer or Abs-cbn news, "Poverty" is always in the headline. There would always be an article or two about who to blame for our poverty. I think it is obvious by now that we are poor, we don't need to read about that everyday. It doesn't help to get reminded of that fact everyday. It just depresses the people more. What we need now are clear solutions. No, I don't mean another revolution. We should have realized by now that it doesn't really matter who is in power. We should all have realized by now that all of us are to blame for our misery.
No, not because of who we elect or that we allow our politicians to be corrupt. That is an old line with no effect either.
What I want to point out is that we are poor because we don't buy Filipino. Yes! Drinking coffee at Starbuck's, eating at McDonald's, buying Chinese smuggled goods make another Filipino poorer every day. No, it is not because the coffee at Starbuck's costs 150 pesos, it is because each time we buy imported coffee, a Filipino coffee farmer loses a sale, and each time we buy smuggled Chinese sandals, a Filipino in Marikina loses his job.
I know it's hard to chose when you are in front of two sandals, one will cost you 10 pesos and the other 100 pesos, the choice should be easy and clear. You would normally think, I am poor so I will buy the cheaper one. BUT, what we all have to realize is that we have to buy locally produced goods so that it will be our own people who will be employed to produce them. If 80 million Filipinos will only buy Marikina-made shoes then our shoe industry will thrive and thousands of people will be employed.
My mom and I used to sell Marikina shoes in our hometown. We would go to Marikina every weekend. They really had nice stuff until around 5-6 years ago when Chinese smuggled goods started pouring in. Now, most of the shoemakers lost their jobs because they cannot compete. It's sad really.
If 80 million Filipinos will buy only locally made clothes, shoes, bags, and produce then we will all have jobs. If we buy imported goods all the time, then we are giving our jobs to the Chinese or Koreans. Imported goods are killing our industries. If we don't have industries, we won't have jobs. It's very simple actually, like 1 plus 1. Even if we elect superman or batman as president, our lives won't change until we change our mentality about buying imported goods.
Everytime you buy a smuggled item, a child goes hungry. Put that in your conscience.
We should all make a conscious decision to buy Filipino every time we go shopping.
Think about it.