Since I’m a Filipino writer, I based my article in the youths of the Philippines, since its globalization it may happen to other countries as well. As a youth I believe that I have a responsibility to share my thought about giving importance in preserving our own values that was given by our ancestors. I know we can save it, I know it’s not too late.
The world is experiencing pervasive socio-economic and cultural transitions brought by globalization and it does not exclude the Philippines. The continuing modernization, increasing levels of urbanization and industrialization along with the worsening level of poverty has changed the face of the Filipino society. The impact of such trends cannot be more dramatic on its effect on the Filipino families. Lack of economic opportunities has led to massive responses resulting in some adjustments in the family. The increase in the number of children who are growing up under the care of either solo or surrogate parents has spelled greater independence for them as early nest leaving diminish parental control and influence on these young people’s lives which may pose undesirable consequences on their values and behavior. Such changes along with the rapid development in information technology and the spread of mass media provide a unique context for the Filipino adolescents.
The family as the primary social group of the adolescent shows traces of stress, marked by surrogate parenting and distant marital unions. This is the result of such overseas migration. Increasing levels of migration by the adolescents has given rise to new forms of living that takes them away from a family environment.
As the family control over the young people recedes in importance during adolescent years, alternative influences particularly the peers and mass media gain prominence. With the increasing westernization of mass media which threaten traditional values inculcated by the family, its increasing appeal to the young poses serious implications.
It is important to further strengthen the family as a primary refuge for the adolescent for they are the ones responsible for bringing them to church and have a right relationship with God. Indeed, there is no failure much worse than parental failure.
The government shall provide high quality of education, through books, classrooms and teachers that is enough for the children who are sent to schools. They should strengthen its values system curriculum in order to ensure that our children display proper behavior.
As a youth, we must be responsible for our actions and values. The traditional values must be valued and let the next generation propagate it for they will also be the next parents of the future families. They must leave a legacy for the next generation. Failing to do so, will totally diminish the traditional values that has been treasured over the years.