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Service to my Country

I must admit I am an ambitious person. I am idealistic with how the world should be. I believe there is nothing wrong with dreaming big as long as it is not selfish.

At my age, all I want now is a stable job. It is not really easy to be an adult. There are times I wish I could just stay as a kid, playful and carefree. Now I have to pay my own rent and pay my utility bills. I have to be away from home to have a better job. If only my province could provide better employment opportunities I know no one will have to leave.

I have some frustrations in a world where your talent is not appreciated but you are hired because of your connection, not what you know but whom you know. I want to work in an environment where I am appreciated and where they are thrilled by what I can offer.

One of my major concerns now is the climate change. Philippines is one of the most calamity-prone countries. Recently, we were hit by a major typhoon. More places were flooded, electricity went down, thousands lost their homes, and several people died. Our agriculture is now at stake. Millions of pesos of crops have been destroyed. Bridges collapsed and more places in Luzon are now isolated. Thousands of families are now in evacuation area. There is already scarcity of food. Children and old people are getting sick.

Why are we experiencing such a phenomenon? True, natural calamities are acts of God and it is also true they are the results of the people irresponsible conducts towards the environment. Improper waste disposal is one of the major causes of global warming. It is time for everyone of us to do something about this. Waste segregation and recycling have been an old tale but some people just do not care. They throw their garbage anywhere, into the sea and to the land fill and never practice waste segregation. We have several denuded forest as well.

In my own little way, I went to lecture on my own barangay with regard to Solid Waste Management. I taught them the importance of waste segregation and recycling. I know somehow I have contributed something that will make a great impact. I hope I can still monitor this activity. I wish someone will donate a recycling equipment for us to turn tetra packs to bags and other items.

I want to be a Voice of our Correspondent because I want to share my stories in the world and for me to interact with other people from all over the world. I know from these interactions I can learn from them and they could also learn from me. We can come up with viable solutions to the problem we are facing. My simple dream is to serve my country and people because I know that is where will I find my inner happiness.


YAOtieno's picture

Yes, climate change is a

Yes, climate change is a issue that needs to be addressed and I congratulate you for what you are already doing.

My simple dream is to serve my country - The simplicity of your vision is quite refreshing!

I feel like I already know you just by reading your article and your profile. Thanks for sharing so much about yourself

Keep writing,



A candle looses nothing my lighting another

babylei1225's picture

Thank You

Hi Y. Thank you for leaving some comments. I am looking forward to interacting with you more.

God Bless



lspano27's picture

It is sure is a hard life

It is sure is a hard life being an adult now days with the limitations to finding a good job. Good luck on your search! Know that there are many others out there treking along the same path and with encouragement and support from each other through sharing your stories as you have done I am sure only a positive outcome can come about.

I admire your vision to serve your country - it is very admirable.

babylei1225's picture

Thank You

Hi. Thank you for taking some time to read my journal. Finding a better job is really tough. Competition is always there but I am not losing hope. I am presently employed as a consultant but my earning is not enough to cover all my day-to-day expenses. Not to mention the agony when salary comes delayed. I wish I can find a better job that is both well-compensated and meaningful. Something that I will love to do and something that will allow me to help more people in need.

God Bless



laurabstull's picture

Aliyah, You've outlined a


You've outlined a very serious problem we all face on a global scale: climate change, destruction of the environment. I'm so relieved to know that other women are as concerned as I am. Thank you for taking on this challenge and fueling the search for a solution with your passion and dedication.

I look forward to hearing more from you!


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