Proposals that are churned out by government agencies seem to become stupider and stupider by the day.
An example of one brainless measure is the proposed imposition of psychological tests for all United Arab Emirates (UAE) – bound overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). A brainchild of RP Ambassador to UAE Benito Valeriano, he said he wants rigid psych tests imposed to determine whether an OFW can withstand the rigors of overseas work. He added that this would lessen the abuse and violations they face on the job.
If Amba. Valeriano cared enough to go out of his air-conditioned office in Dubai to personally see the conditions of OFWs most especially the domestic workers in his jurisdiction; he could have realized that not even an aced psych test can ever prepare an OFW from the most inhuman treatment and cruel conditions. I say Valeriano should take a psych test, pass it, and work as a domestic helper in order for him to comprehend how stupid his proposal was.
Malacañang’s proposal of a “no uniform” policy for public school students also passes my stupidity meter. The one who came out of this idea must be hallucinating if he thinks this would actually bring down a family’s spending on school clothes this coming school year. School uniforms are ordinarily worn twice or even thrice by students (I know of someone during my high school days who wears his for a week). But if we are to have a no uniform policy, parents would have to shell out more money to buy clothes for their children. Also, this would encourage absenteeism among school kids especially the poor ones as they would likely end up staying home to avoid being ridiculed in school because of wearing old clothes compared to the ones sported by their well to do classmates.
And lastly, the government’s plan to test the country’s call center employees for sexually transmitted diseases. Of all the recent dim-witted measures mulled by this government, this I think definitely takes the cake. Because of this, the government is basically fuelling the unjust stereotype that call center agents are a careless, unthinking and irresponsible lot when it comes to their sex life.
So now, who do you think deserves the psych tests?