After 20 years of being under the terms of WTO Agreements (globalization - controlled and dominated by the USA and its rich partners-countries), the overall impact to our already poor majority of fellow native Filipinos is further impoverishment; in contrast to the few pockets or enclaves of modern livelihood of some fellow natives and mostly foreign businessmen/expats and resident aliens.
Most of the latter groups. partnered with our oligarchs and native upper class, are engaged in trade (import/export) of cash crops and/or consumer goods which essentially destroyed our self-sufficient agricultural production and nascent light industries. All of which caused massive labor displacement, humongous unemployment that forced even schooled natives to accept local, low paying, temporary (6-months contract with no benefits) and/or as exported as commodities, in the form of overseas laborer/domestic helper, etc; and with consequent, long-term social cost to society.
Admittedly, the socioeconomic and political problems of our fellow native Filipino majority and homeland are complex and difficult to comprehend, more so to fix. When we think and talk about it, we are at a loss as to where to start. So many areas of considerations and constraints to think about, define/identify, prioritize, plan, decide and act on. To not get lost in the details. The overall need to see the forest from the trees.
"Upang maitindig natin ang bantayog ng ating lipunan, kailangang radikal nating baguhin hindi lamang ang ating mga institusyon kundi maging ang ating pag-iisip at pamumuhay. Kailangan ang rebolusyon, hindi lamang sa panlabas, kundi lalo na sa panloob!" --Apolinario Mabini, La Revolucion Filipina (1898)
In short, we native Filipinos need to change ourselves --our miseducated, colonized Filipino mind-- as we struggle for nationalism and the “common good.” First and foremost.