I am a Juan dela Cruz. I am a fighter by blood and a believer by heart. I live in a freecountry. Although I may have a small voice, I have a big dream—a dream to master the artof spear.To our distinguished members of the board of judges, to my equally competent contenders,to all our keen visitors, ladies and gentlemen, good morning.To live in a multi-faceted and vast word of globally competent people is to let a Juandela Cruz abide by the rule of the jungle that is the survival of the fittest and theelimination of the unfit.In order to survive, Juan must master the art of spear—the spear that will make himinvincible, the spear that will help him emerge as king, the spear that is known today asEnglish Proficiency.But what is English Proficiency? What does it do to help Juan in this crisis-laden world?Ladies and gentlemen, this is the skill in using the English language. This will bringJuan closer to excellence—excellence in quenching his thirst for global competitiveness,excellence in responding his own hullabaloos and excellence in proving his worth.Furthermore, we might ask, why would Juan dream of this excellence? Let us not shut oureyes to the tragic reality that Juan dela Cruz is left behind, that Juan is amidstpolitical feuds, religious warfare and illiteracy battle in using the lingua franca,English.This tragic reality is greatly manifested in the March 2006 Social Weather Survey showing5% Filipino adults making full use of the English Language; 35% making fair use of thesaid language; 27% making partial use of the language; 19% making almost no use of thelanguage and 14% not being competent in any way when it comes to the said language.This shows that there had been a huge decline in all aspects of English Proficiency amongthe Filipinos compared to December 1993 and September 2003 results. Anothermanifestation, ladies and gentlemen, in a recent study by the Call Center Association ofthe Philippines where cal centers hire less that 5% of... [continues]
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