Filipinos making accomplishments all around the world.How often do these accomplishments impact the Philippine nation itself? how often do these accomplishments are actually recognized by us Filipinos? It is reality that some great accomplishments done by Filipinos are just left unknown to the world. It is even a sadder reality that sometimes the projects or proposals of ordinary Filipinos to the government are rejected because the government sees that it would not benefit the people and yet once these projects or proposals are carried out in other countries, this is where Filipinos get the recognition they deserve. We all fall victim in failing to see what such honor and pride a single individual can do for a nation.
The story of Melvin Melgazo is one which exemplifies Filipino greatness and Filipino nationalism. In the short documentary of GMA’s i-witness, Melvin Melgazo’s story was narrated as he was the first person to provide a water purifier to the floating villages of Cambodia. The once dirty drinking water of these floating villages in Cambodia were transformed into pure, clean and healthy drinking water.
In the documentary, Melvin mentioned that before he introduced his water purifier, there was an estimated 60 percent of the people living in those floating villages who suffered from diarrhea. When Melvin established his water purifier all around the villages of Cambodia, he reduced this rate of people suffering from diarrhea from an estimated 60 percent to just 30 percent. That is something which is definitely incredible. One idea which started from one person, impacted one whole country. One idea made healthy drinking water possible to the floating villages of Cambodia. Although Melvin’s water purifier would only yield clean and healthy drinking water as of now, such a creation helped change the lives of a whole village. A water purifier is yes a simple and needed creation to all countries but it takes a great mind to make such a thing possible, to make such a thing change the lives of many for years to come.
It is quite sad to learn that Melvin proposed his water purifier to the Philippine government but the government rejected his proposal for the reason that they did not think it was effective and they believed that attention should be given to other more important matters. This is the main reason why Melvin moved to Cambodia and this is why he was established his water purifier in Cambodia. It has been a success for him so far as he was able to help make the possibility of transforming dirty river water into clean and healthy drinking water in the simplest, yet most effective way possible. Melvin has been serving the lives of those living in this part of Cambodia for a good 4 or 5 years. He started his business back in the year 2007.
If we would look at the story of Melvin Melgazo, his situation still exists in our present society. Many Filipinos chose to start a career abroad or chose to try life in a different country all because there is a lack of support from our government. All because our government does not give the attention needed to such talent or capacity of an individual. It is quite a sad reality that our government turns a blind eye to a possibility which has not yet been fully revealed. An opportunity for change is not simply just an opportunity but it holds the slightest amount of greatness within it which makes it an opportunity worth pursuing. Every opportunity treated properly will certainly yield so much greatness. The government should use its power to further empower nationalism in the country especially because there are countless number of Filipinos who have made a difference in the lives of others, where ever they may be.
The documentary of Melvin Melgazo also leaves a lesson for each and every one of us. His story proved that in life, we always have the option to either let things dictate what will happen in our future or we ourselves could dictate what we want to see and what we want to happen in the future. We always have a choice to either turn something into an opportunity you yourself thought was impossible or to play safe and let things be. In life, we will never know what is truly in store for us, if we do not go out of our comfort zones and explore the world. There will always be something which can be made better in the world. Every individual has the capacity to change the slightest and smallest situation into something which is absolutely great.