JUVENTUS | Where are we now?

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EDITORS NOTE: Francis Frederick “Derek” Palanca is turning 28 soon and is now the youngest councilor in Victorias City, one of the major sugar-producing areas in the province.

It is where the former largest private employer in Asia, Victorias Milling Company, is located.

Derek, as he is popularly known, lists nutrition action officer as among his responsibilities.

He is also an official of associations of young legislators.

What a time to be alive.

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Governments and economies falling apart, tourism pushed into a halt, education and employment having no choice but to adapt to a modern IT world, and worst of all, liberty and freedom being locked in place due to an invisible adversary.

Victorias City Councilor Francis Frederick Palanca | Photo from personal photo collection used with permission
Victorias City Councilor Francis Frederick Palanca | Photo from personal photo collection used with permission

COVID-19 has placed us in check and is reminding us that as human beings, we need to thrive to survive. We need to learn to be better and cooperate with one another to forge the concealed future.

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But where are we now?

Discrimination, stigma, slandering thy neighbor, abhorrent corruption in governments, competition amongst countries, lies made out of fear, bulk buying and re-selling for personal gain.

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The wickedness in the world is being brought into the light for everyone to see. It has become clear that the world right now is a dog-eat-dog world and we will never be ready to move forward until we all learn to cooperate and work with one another.

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In a post-COVID19 world, change will come whether you like it or not. But how can we be ready for it?

Victorias City Councilor Francis Frederick Palanca | Photo from personal photo collection used with permission
Victorias City Councilor Francis Frederick Palanca | Photo from personal photo collection used with permission

ICT will take the lead and will be at the core of every other industry in the world. An “e-future” is inevitable.

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  • Cyber communication is becoming a norm. Employers are currently coping to the practise of working from home.
  • Health centers and hospitals will turn to artificial intelligence in order to cut costs and lessen the risk and exposure to physicians other and health workers. Countries will push for health insurances (a problem the Philippines is dealing with due to alleged corruption). Money will be spent for further research into vaccine development and the mutation of viruses.
  • The academe will have to train educators to be equipped in e-learning methods. An effective educational system can no longer continue without it.
  • Due to the growing network of internet users, news and media will be focused around the Internet.
  • Governments will rethink their policies and will find a way for people to be tracked through their devices (which is being evident right now in contact-tracing). Which is dangerous, and can even be a violation of our human right to privacy, among other things.
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With all these technologies and brand new systems, the one thing that we should never forget is our humanity.

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The question is, where are you now? Are you becoming a catalyst of positive change? Or are you remaining to be a part of this selfish, dying world?

Where are you now?

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