The one and only CORRECT SOLUTION to the profound dysfunction that hobbles Philippine society’s march to prosperity

solution_to_philippine_poverty[It is time we dug up and presented some of the most ancient scripture from GRP’s antiquity to demonstrate the unparalleled consistency and stability of the conceptual framework that underpins “getrealism”. GRP’s Solution Framework has withstood the test of time and remains the birghtest beacon of real hope in a society starved of insight to substantiate the merely nebulous “hope” its people live on. Behold:]

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A Solution Framework that aims to address the cultural dysfunction of the Philippine Nation hinges on three solution classes. These classes represent the key roadblocks to change at the cultural grassroots level of Philippine society (in contrast with the more often-highlighted political roadblocks which to a large extent have merely cured the symptoms of our cultural malaise).

(1) Right philosophy — subscription to a philosophy (or set of philosophies) that will put said society in a collective state of mind that is conducive to sustainable prosperity.

(2) Efficient communication — a shared strength in a chosen language (proficiency of which is not monopolised by an elite class) that provides the society access to as big a body of knowledge as possible

(3) Wealth creation ethic — the capability to sustainably create and accumulate wealth domestically

Maintaining focus on these three while building up more detailed solutions (i.e. proceeding down to lower and more detailed classes of solutions) will ensure that effective visibility across the proper precedence relationships (between root causes, secondary causes, tertiary causes, and so on…) is maintained and the property of MECE (mutually exclusive, collectively exhaustive) within class levels of solution propositions is sustained as the framework increases in detail and proceeds to touch on more operational levels.

Such precedence relationships between sub-classes of solutions can be seen in the following diagram that takes the framework down to the next level:

Using this approach to drilling down to lower and more detailed levels of recommendations, it is envisioned that the Solution (in the above already revealing itself at two levels — three solution classes and six sub-classes) will eventually yield a suite of initiatives, composed of projects, and, in turn, composed of action steps encompassing.

This structured “drill-down” to the action step level will of-course lead to many action steps, projects, and initiatives that have been on-going or have been conceived in the past. However, taking these discrete tasks in the context of an over-arching cultural framework that strongly defines precedence and root-cause relationships, should mitigate the effects of past approaches to taking “action” on the issues of the nation, such as:

(1) Flippant and rah-rah approaches to developing actions. Unstructured lists of non-systemic “action steps” that show no evidence of logical rigour in their development and aim merely to cure symptoms without addressing underlying problems.

(2) Ningas-cogon. This is the offspring of unstructured solutions development. When the last of the rah-rah’s echo in the distance, the slogan-bearing banners and bumper stickers peel off, and the feel-good primal euphoria of the latest Edsa “revolution” gets checked by the Angel of Reality whenever there is a change in administration or a slump in the global market for semiconductors, garments, and, yes, bananas or a spate of domestic terrorist activity, or whatever classic excuse for failure is made by our eminent historians and sociologists, that is when this very Pinoy, characteristic sets in.

(3) Sugar coating the situation. Part of the reason why so many flippant solutions are proposed is because of a lack of desire and will to, or a sensitivity with clearly highlighting deep systemic flaws in Philippine society and culture.

As such, this framework slots into the realm held hostage by tunnel-visioned traditionalism, ethnocentrism, and culturolatry (blind worship of one’s culture).

While this framework focuses on culture, it goes without saying that every aspect of our approach to progress has been and is victim to flippant and publicity-oriented solutioneering. And it is quite fair to state that the Philippines is one big un-implemented, ningas-cogon-victimised, flippant solution based on sugar-coated issues. On one end of the scheme of things is our penchant for Edsa “revolutions” as the nationally-preferred change process and at the other end, one example (among so many others) would be our approach to vehicular pollution control (catching offenders on the road — with the accompanying grandstanding and sloganeering — in contrast with catching them during the registration process — quietly and systemically).

Our indigenous automotive industry best reflects the character of the nation. The quality of jeepneys and ohner-type-jeeps run no deeper than their galvanised skins while superficial adornments scream for attention.

This approach proposes to change that mindset so we develop quality in our society and culture that runs deeper.

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Why has this Solution Framework stood tall and unchallenged over the last eleven years?

Simple: Because it was formulated squarely on the basis of a deep understanding of the real problems that are at the root of why the Philippines consistently fails to prosper and take its place amongst its former peers in the region. When it comes to framing and defining the true challenges that Filipinos need to squarely face if they seriously want to progress, NOBODY beats

[Originally published on on the 20th August 2002.]


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It really covers everything important… trust, language, employment, wages, frugality… in the end, it all really comes from the human will. Human will can beat any government form or system simply by refusing. Either we want to do it or don’t want.

Amir Al Bahr

I’m half expecting a few “advocates” to come barging in here and insisting that their three-headed “star” monster IS the only way that the framework stated above will get implemented.


Commenting on the first step in the frame work: Build an environment of trust.

What is the first thing the Filipino may think of at a situation regarding trust? “He might hoodwink me… I’ll out hoodwink him first.” In other words, instead of trusting, he is the first one to do the betrayal of trust! That’s a big problem.

We should all stop planting mistrust at once, and first foster trust by doing things right ourselves. Remember the procedure: assume innocence before proving someone guilty.

Dan THE Man
Yes, very good. Yes, the truth is told. OK, now what do we do? We know: The leaders of the country are CRIMINALS and are stealing EVERYTHING that is not nailed down. How can this be stopped? How does anyone even begin to start a MAJOR industrial concept from start to finish,i.e.a Filipino AUTOMOBILE? Good question, huh? the Japanese did it after WW2, so what up w/the 7,000 island archipelago that has more natural resources to offer than Japan? why has nothing happened along the lines of greatness in the country that has so much to offer??? IT IS SIMPLE,… Read more »

As you have illustrated, the three legs of your solution are interconnected, especially as you drill down. It really is a complex undertaking.

How does Average IQ fit in to this?

Hong Kong 107
S Korea 106
Japan 105
Tiawan 104
Singapore 100
China 100
Malaysia 92
Thailand 91
Indonesia 89
Philippines 86

“that show no evidence of logical rigour” You want logical consistency? Good. What if I tell you that the whole current field of human-defined formal logic is illogical by its own standards? Would that dampen your belief system? Perhaps not. But it would temper your usage of the term “logical rigour.” The whole logic of current thought is a set of inconsistent theories and contradictory axioms whose logical proofs only appear valid within a certain set of parameters and are logically inconsistent and error-filled when stretched and extrapolated. That alone should alarm you and would enlighten you why most human… Read more »
“has withstood the test of time” Nobody believes in that anymore. Almost all models have been surpassed, rendered obsolete, supervened or have failed nations terribly. A cursory observation of countries and their political systems, then and now, would tell you, nobody really was a purist; nobody really followed a certain precept to the letter. We had to make adjustments here and there, or we had to scrap entire political beliefs altogether because it simply is causing too much trouble on society. “Tried and tested by Time” is being challenged, because it appears, no matter what we do, ultimately Time, that… Read more »
Just thinking about your idea of “right philosophy”…don’t you see any threat to personal liberty and responsibility in developing such “collective state of mind”? How about reducing the power of the govt. and saying “no” to central planning? …Dr. John V. C. Nye, summarized the PH problem in one sentence in his lecture to BSP last 011411 as having “less to do with macroeconomic or fiscal stability but with a badly distorted micro-economic price situation, poor and unreliable property rights and contracting, a stiflingly legalistic bureaucracy, a slew of policies and institutional constraints that are anti-investment and anti-competitive, and a… Read more »
juan patagnan

Lucio Tan said “it will takes a hundred years before a true nationalist occur”

Noel Padilla

I havent even finished reading the whole write up and I already decided this is a very good concept. The question is, have you submitted this to the pertinent authorities. I dont think they can disregard something like this. What was their comment?

Noel Padilla
No question about it, the concept is very good. But I have one major disagreement with a certain detail, the matter of ‘”Fully establish the use of English”‘ This aspect presumed that English is the most efficient form of communication.I strongly disagree. To me, the most efficient would be Taglish. I dont know how if there is a way for us to really find out what really is the best language to use. I have seen Filipino talents wasted and not recognised simply because the the person is not that good in English. Even among the so-called well educated including… Read more »

The solution is simple really, if you think about it.
How do we usually prevent pests, diseases, tumors from spreading?
Food for thought.