As a social activist, I want to target one of the most pressing issues in the Philippines, the stimulation of the economy, by calling for a policy that helps the homeless become financially independent. At the same time, in hopes of joining the ranks amongst other advanced countries by 2030, I aim to help create a breakthrough in solving many of the issues the Philippines faces, such as air pollution, illegal dumping, traffic congestion, telecommunication malfunctions, plumbing/water infrastructure and electricity theft.
In recent years, not only foreign exchange students but also the number of foreign tourists has been increasing annually in the Philippines. Thanks to three attractive qualities—the amazing nature, the innate warm hospitality of the people and their use of heartfelt English—the Philippines has gained overwhelming support from many repeat visitors.
Unfortunately, there is an ongoing problem of many of those same foreigners speaking negatively about the country’s homeless. If the presence of street dwellers becomes a hindrance to the economy of the Philippines, which has grown so much already, state policy and the people will need to join hands and work together in order to improve the issue.
To find out what prompted Japan to enter the ranks of advanced countries, we must go back 60 years, to 1959, 14 years after WWII. Just as the quality of Japan’s technology gradually became recognized around the world, the IOC(International Olympic Committee) chose Tokyo to host the Olympic games. Surprisingly however, Japan at that time was littered with trash, streets were filled with human feces, and the air was terribly polluted. Despite expecting a flood of foreign visitors, waste and pollution management was at its worst.
Even so, the Japanese wanted foreigners to feel not that they were “glad to have come,” but that they “wanted to come again”. That’s why Japanese united as a people and began a large-scale cleaning project. This passionate sentiment of wanting to please visitors went onto become one of Japan’s best-known qualities: its undying hospitality.
As a result, after the Tokyo Olympics ended, Japan left the world with an image of being clean, safe and full of interaction, through the help of swift media coverage.
Mirai Research Activity aims to utilize the vegetation and climate unique to the Philippines to create a healthy and sustainable global environment and a cycle that benefits its economy (LOHAS, or Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability). As part of this effort, in order to have more people aware of my project, I created this multi-lingual website. I believe that using social networking services and media to help reach more people is a quick and surefire way to reach this goal.
I realized that meeting homeless individuals in the street was one of the miracles of everyday life.
This type of miracle tends to go unnoticed, but they are invaluable. As they build up each day, they help to make peace a real thing.
We never know when we might end up in a situation where things that felt unrelated or unrealistic to us, suddenly become a part of our own reality. That’s why we must put ourselves in the shoes of others and tackle our problems head on, together, and look for a solution.
At the same time, we must remember to be grateful for everything around us.
With this in mind, I am determined to contribute myself to society and people.
Thank you for reading until the end.