What I Left Behind To My Students

                By Vic Odarve

As would be the last classroom lecture before the class ends for the second semester, I reminded them to take a promissory note from the College Dean should there will be a problem on a permit to take the final exam. And further, by doing so since they are graduating, special exams can be avoided which may bring complication in their coming graduation.

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But after two days from the final examination, two students failed to take the exam. “I was not feeling well, sir”, one student told me. Then the other one informed me that he failed to pay his tuition obligation for the school and that the Dean did not approve his request.

When I heard these, my world crumbled like a black curtain fell, destroying the timetable already laid up for smooth planning on their graduation and the submission of grades. This means another time for exam preparation, correction, as well as grades computation, to meet the deadline on all requirements for graduating students. It is additional work and another life stressors!

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My Engineering Students-African University

I pondered for a moment. I believed that they were fighting a battle common for the graduating students…financial. The problem seemed to flash back and forth in my mind recalling the memories of my college days. I had been experiencing such a situation before that nearly failed me to march during the graduation day. And perhaps, these two students had the same problem. But am not certain!

The helplessness and uncertainty of the situation whether these two students could graduate or not keep on pressing in my mind. I already had deep attachments with these students for having with them since in their freshmen years. And they were my best performers in the classroom.

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 And upon my advice, with the presence of their parents, we met the College Dean and together made a promissory note with the Registrar. Finally, it worked!

Sometimes life is a pain but there are situations that taught us the determination to move forward when facing adversity. The students tried to work hard that seemed solutions were out of sight.

For us, it was a chance to show a view of humanity that a little help meant a great thing for those in need. Sometimes we have to understand the unique challenges each of us faces so that we could treat each other much more gently, with more love, patience, and care.

Today when I see students marching on their graduation day, I always remember these two students.

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Elect the Best Candidates: The Choice is Ours

   By Vic Odarve

Since a number of candidates with various intentions wants to hold a public office in a democratic society, elections have been the usual mechanism by which a population chooses representatives. Elections give people an opportunity to have their say, invoke the symbols of nationalism or patriotism, and more, elections break the monotony of our daily life with government officials running our economy with a downward trend which the country suffers. As always is, the choice to elect public officials to hold a public office is yours and is irrevocable.

Participating in the election process really invokes the symbols of nationalism or patriotism. It gives us satisfaction in our need to feel a sense of belonging to our country…the place of our birth. Hence, the events during election time that include rallies, banners, posters, and television coverage, suggest the importance of our participation. Sharing a post like the one shown below educates fellow voters. The Philippines is an electoral democracy, but sometimes corruption and a lack of transparency continue to undermine democratic development. Elections have historically been marred by fraud, intimidation, and political violence. Vote-buying and vote-selling obstruct the democratic process, yet they remain pervasive in some parts of our country. Taking part to monitor a clean and honest election is one of our nationalistic roles.

This is the time to give people an opportunity to have their say. The graph shown above showed Duterte garnered +66 satisfactory rating for the first quarter of 2019 as compared with the previous presidents. His anti-corruption and drugs campaign works. For the old politicians, we can confirm if our last vote is worth what we are looking for public servants. Whatever other reasons voters may have in their minds, participation in the upcoming election serves to reinforce our self-esteem and self-respect. For the neophytes in politics, voters have their time to dig deeper if the candidates are best applicants in the government position. He could not be the perfect candidate—but maybe the best among them. At least, the voters can choose better candidates for the public servants.

By arousing emotions and working toward a collective objective on improving our country by electing good performing government officials, it gives us a chance to replace below par performers in our governance platform. By helping our voters through education, we can select candidates that could not be bought and fooled by the big businesses, crooked government officials, and oligarchs. Graft and corruption, tax evaders, and drug lords have been the perennial problems in this country. These are the main culprits why our economy is on a downward trend. One thing is certain …let others also know that they must vote according to their conscience, even if they do accept money.

Choosing the best candidate can be a challenging job and when none of them seem to be a perfect fit for the public position, always vote for people who will best represent and uphold biblical values. Candidates, which are usually groomed and supported by media giants and rich and powerful oligarchs, must be investigated if they have records on graft and corruption. If they are one of them, crush them out in your list.  Do not vote them even if they are endorsed by the President. Do not sell your votes to save our country! Believe in God supernatural touch. The Bible says,

“When we humble ourselves and pray…He will heal our land (2 Chronicles 7:14)!

The choice to select candidates is ours and is irrevocable when the dust of all our cities incarnadines the sunsets of the world.