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Although it was a short period of time, I’ve been staying at a NGO volunteer group, so I could go around various districts for volunteer work rather than just going through language study, listening to various people’s story, made me think about various things. As this was the country that I visited alone, the experience that I got back there is still my foundation.

What I felt most in the Philippines is the disparity of rich and poor. Right in front of the houses where the houses which collapsed in a dreadful streak is lined up,there are rich houses surrounded by magnificent walls gathers up. When I saw it, I could not help feeling that this was a picture that tells the disparity of rich and poor.

I have not seen much street children in Iloilo city, but bunch of street children I saw when I visited Cebu. After all I saw it, I just insisted that this was reality I could not say I could not think of anything. When I visited the Philippines well I heard that it is important to go through even if a beggar comes that is what I was told before I actually go there. Maybe that sounds sad. But that is not wrong. Behind the meaning that passing by and gives nothing, the tourists are a kind of people who do have money give things and money to begging people who think they could get money from foreigners. Which makes it irrevocable I got it. As I’ve hard, whites are often gentle with kindness, to give money to beggars, but that is a mistake. Then that situation will be worse and nothing will be resolved. Some people said If people give money, people have to teach beggars  how to make a living, not begging. I was convinced by listening to it. Beggars have to learn Give and Take. However, the second generation of beggars born from beggar parents have never had education at all and do not know the way of living, they know only as a beggar. It is not easy for people to change the country where such people are overflowing.

Further digging down, the state that made the current situation is developed countries (I hate the names of developed and developing countries, but I will describe it here this time. )When thinking that the Philippines is suitable for doing business, foreign enterprises advanced into business city, built a factories. They don’t have any responsibility there at all. Because they are only interested in money. Also the Philippine government that depends to the overseas enterprises is also not good. The word that I often heard from businessmen and others in the field is that in the Philippines many foreign companies relocate to different countries, because overseas enterprises have advanced too much and money can not be earned much anymore. It is said that the Philippines is used for good from overseas enterprises and is truncated. People who made poor people. And people say that is capitalism. It is a fault those people who do not make money.

The Philippines has given me a lot of experience and gave me a lot of thought opportunities. The Philippines is really wide. I’d like to visit the Philippines again in the near future and I want to meet again the children I met and I’d like to know more about the Philippines to go around different places. And someday, I’d like to do something for the children in the Philippines.

短い期間ではあったが、僕はNGOのボランティア団体に留学した為、ただ語学勉強で行くよりも色々な地区を周り、色々な人の話を聞き、色々なことを考えさせられた。これが僕の1番最初に1人で訪れた国だっただけに、今でもここでの経験が僕の基盤となっている。

僕がフィリピンで1番感じたのは、やはり貧富の格差だ。ボロボロで潰れえかかった家が立ち並ぶ真正面には、堂々たる壁で囲われた金持ちの家が集まる一角がそびえ立つ。僕はそれを見た時、これが貧富の格差を物語る絵面だと感じざるをえなかった。

そして僕の主に滞在したイロイロシティーではほとんど見ることがなかったが、セブを訪れた時に見たストリートチルドレンの多さ。やはり僕はそれを見て、ただこれが現実だときっぱり言い張り何も考えないということはできなかった。よくフィリピンに行った時には物乞いが来てもスルーするのが大事だ、と聞くが、実際に僕がフィリピンに行く前にもそうアドバイスをもらったのだが、それは間違いではない。そのスルーして何も与えないという意味の裏には、観光客が物乞いの人たちに物、金を与えるから金がない人たちは外国人から金をもらえると覚えてしまい、取り返しがつかなくなってしまった。僕が聞いた話だと、白人は優しさのあまり金を与える人が多いがそれは間違いだと。それではその現状は悪くなるだけで何も解決にはならない。ただ与えるのではなくて、どういった形で生活を立てるのかを教えてあげなくては物乞いは一生物乞いのままだと。僕はそれを聞いて納得した。彼らはGive and Takeを学ばなくてはいけないと。ただ物乞いの親から生まれた物乞いの2世は全く教育を受けたことがなく、物乞いという術しか生きる道を知らない。そんな人たちが溢れている国を、人々を変えるのは容易ではない。

さらに掘り下げると、その現状を作ったのは日本語では先進国という国々(僕は先進国と発展途上国という呼び名が嫌いだけれど、ここではそう記述しておく。)。フィリピンがビジネスをするのに適していると思うや、次々と外国企業が進出してビジネス街を立て、工場を立て、好き勝手に開拓していく。そこに一切の責任なんて持たない。だって彼らは金にしか興味がないから。もちろんそこに依存するフィリピン政府も悪い。現地で僕がビジネスマンなどからよく聞いた言葉は、フィリピンでは海外企業が進出しすぎて金が稼げないから多くの企業は違う国に移転して行っている。フィリピンは海外企業からいいように使われて、そして切り捨てられるのだと。貧しい人を生んだのは同じ人だよ。それを人は言う、それが資本主義、金を稼げない人が悪いのだと。

フィリピンという国は、僕にたくさんの経験をさせてくれ、たくさんの考える機会を与えてくれた。ただ僕の訪れた都市はたったの3都市でフィリピンは広い。近い将来またフィリピンを訪れ、出会った子供たちと再開したいし、もっとフィリピンを巡ってフィリピンという国をもっと知りたいと思っている。そしていつか、フィリピンの子供達のために何かできればと思う。

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Cebu/セブ

July 21, 2017 — Leave a comment

When my friend came to Cebu through other volunteer groups, I visited Cebu for about a week.

Cebu is the second largest city in the Philippines. I saw a very different Philippines from Iloilo City where I stayed.
Iloilo City is said to be the third city, but it is quite a countryside compared to Cebu and Manila. Since the tourism industry is not well developed, there are few incidents aimed at foreigners, people are gentle and able to talk with people on the roadside easily. The beggar is in front of a big shopping mall, but I did not see much beggars.

There are so many foreigners who came to learn English (most of them are Japanese and Koreans), Cebu was considerably urbanized with the development of tourism industry. As the urbanization progresses, there were people who begged many things. There were a lot of children living on the street who don’t have a home.They are called as a Street Children. It was the opportunity to think deeply about the urbanization problem among me that I was able to see the quite urbanized city and the unurbanized city in the same country. Frankly speaking, what I felt is that Cebu is a famous tourist destination and often hears that the sea is beautiful, but if you actually see a beautiful ocean you have to go to a place far away from the centre of Cebu. The air is not good, the first is that the citizen’s disparity problem is really severe. I thought that I could not live there.

The incident that I remained the most impressive in Cebu was when I was going to eat dinner where some restaurants gathered on foot about 15 minutes. Me and my friend headed off to there. In Cebu, after the sun rose and it got dark, mostly I’ve used a taxi even though I go to the nearby places. But that night, we decided to walk in the neighbourhood. Two young guy beggars from the front comes closer to us when halfway to the destination.  As the guys came from the front and they begged for some money. As usual I say no, no and can get through with nothing happen. But this time when I said no against begging, suddenly one of the guys run  towards me and the other guy towards my friend. Those guys tackled and kept pushing us. We were pushed to the car running. I was nearly hit by a car but got a way desperately from pushing and I run with my  friend and run and run. At that time I was pretty impatient. I had heard of the incident that some visitors got killed if they did not give anything to thieves, but it was innovative that they tried to hit us a car by extrusion.

友達が他のボランティア団体を通してセブに来た際に1週間ほどセブを観光した。

セブはフィリピンで2番目に大きな都市。僕の滞在していたイロイロシティーとはかなり違ったフィリピンを見れた。

イロイロシティーは第3の都市といわれてはいるが、セブやマニラと比べるとかなり田舎だ。観光業があまり発達していないから外国人を狙った事件などはほとんどなく、人は温和で、道端の人とも気軽に話をすることもできた。物乞いをする人は大きなショッピングモールなどの前にいるが、そこまで多くの物乞いは見なかった。

一方セブは、英語を学びに来る外国人が多く(そのほとんどは日本人と韓国人)、観光業が発達していてかなり都市化が進んでいた。その都市化の進む反面、たくさんの物乞いをする人がいた。ストリートチルドレンと呼ばれる帰る家がなくて路上で生活する子供もたくさんいた。その2つの、都市化が進む都市と、そうではない都市を同じ国の中で見ることができたのは、僕の中で都市化問題ということを深く考えるきっかけになった。率直にいって、僕が感じたことは、セブは有名な観光地で海が綺麗だとよく聞くが、実際のところ綺麗な海を見るならセブの中心地からかなり離れたところに行かないとないし、空気はよくないし、1番は市民の格差問題が酷すぎること。僕はそこには住めないなと思った。

僕がセブで1番印象に残った出来事は、ある夜友達と2人でホテルから15分ぐらい歩いたところにある飲食店が集まったところに夜ご飯を食べに行こうとした時のこと。セブでは、だいたい日が落ちて暗くなった後は近場に出かけるにしてもタクシーを使うことにしていた。ただその夜は、近場だし歩いて行くことにした。目的地まで半分ぐらい来たところで前から2人組の若い男が物乞いのために近づいてきて、基本物乞いの人たちは近づいてきても、こちらがスルーすればそれで追ってくることはあまりないが、その時はそれよりもひどかった。前から近づいてきて金をくれと言ってくるから、いつものようにこちらがノー、ノーと言うと、1人は僕の方に、もう1人は僕の友達の方にいきなりタックルして僕たちを車が走る方に押してきた。危うくこっちが車にはねられそうになり必死で押してくるのを交わして友達と2人で全力で走って逃げた。あの時はかなり焦った。物を渡さないと殺されたりする事件は聞いたことがあったけど、まさか押し出しで車に当てようとしてくるのは斬新だったな。