Over at Filipino Voices, cocoy reacts strongly to reports that “Rep. Ignacio Arroyo of 5th District, Negros Occidental proposes a measure requiring all registered Filipino professionals to render two years of service within the country prior to any employment overseas.”
If Government paid in entirety the said tuition fee. Then, sure, we can require said professional to give something back. Unless Government does, why should people who have spent a lot of money paying for their own way in school give something back to a government? Who the frak cares if it is for the “national interest?” When has any politician cared for the greater good?
First off, I’d say that there is an undeniable fairness in what Cocoy says about government paying tuition fees. Still, I’d take exception to the second half of his comment – the part that asks ‘who the frak cares.’
Well, I care. And I think this country would be in a much better place if we all did – politicians notwithstanding.
I think Cocoy also hit it square on the head when he called this proposed measure “akin to a DRAFT.” In the sense that there is the element of forced service, then yes: this is a draft. But when Cocoy goes on to say that Draft has gone the way of slavery, there I think a distinction has to be made.
Slavery – like the polo during the spanish colonial period – involved service without compensation. The draft, on the other hand, involves service with compensation. And that’s what makes the comparison falter. The draft – and the proposed measure – does not force anyone to serve without recompense; it merely delays the freedom to choose your employer. And since the person is not deprived of a just return for his labor, I think the delay of two years is a small enough inconvenience to suffer for the sake of the national interest.