Sunday, August 08, 2004

Huzzah! Huzzah! Two pages left to do for Siglo: Passion. Twelve pages all drawn, colored and lettered. Now I’m not a colorist per se, but the color requirement for the Siglo story is pretty basic, all warm and fiery. You have to see it to know what I mean.

So what’s next after Siglo? There’s Jason’s stuff, the Alamat anthology story, and Twilight Empires. Drawing hand, don’t fail me now.

Hay Nakoh!!!

There’s something to be said about the dude who throws the “one-woman policy” card on the table. As far as I know, adultery is already punishable under our laws. What’s next, a “one-sexual-partner-policy” to satisfy those who subscribe to gender equality? And what of the single folk who go about their hormone-driven activities? Going to the extreme, will a one-sexual-partner policy apply to homosexual couples who can’t possibly have children (at least by current technologies)?

This ludicrous initiative clearly veers away from the problem at hand. A one-woman policy does not directly solve the population issue. A couple can be given a fidelity award and yet. The genius behind this proposal must have the Catholic Church as his inspiration.

All I can say is: Try again, bucko.

Now I can’t understand why my blood is boiling over this. Maybe it’s because no one in the higher-ups wants to put their foot down over such a simple issue. They pull out Philippine peacekeepers from Iraq to save one life, just like that, but they’re doing the hoochie-toochie over this mess. Population control is also pro-life, people. Sheesh.

I’ve been wondering how health centers go about those family planning seminars, and how successful the seminars are in terms of attendance and results. In my book, the organizers should adopt the network marketing way of going about their sessions. Since close to half of our population is categorically poor, wave the money incentive in front of their faces.

It’s simple: have only two children, and get more disposable income. And one need not be a graduate of economics to understand how it works. The fewer the kids, the greater the monetary allotment for each kid, and the parents may just have extra moolah left over to afford some extra luxuries or put away in savings. Over time, the parents will be able to save enough to help the kids get quality education. If couples across the board have only two children, all of whom theoretically will have some form of quality education, finding a job will be easier since there’ll be less competition. Once the supply of people challenges the demand for them, salaries may just go up. A domino effect ensues.

I know, I know. If salaries go up, prices go up, yada yada yada. Agreed, the above sounds too simplistic. (I could hear economists’ eyebrows rising like fingernails across blackboards.) But if the approach can be translated to a language the masses can understand, zeroing in on the money potential, then a couple may just find enough responsibility to control the number of children they’ll have. The idea that lots of children no longer translates to wealth should be hammered in. Publicity campaigns on family planning can focus on that wealth factor because, bottom line, everybody needs extra cash.

Fine. More babies are conceived during brownouts. But that’s another story altogether.

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