VOLUME 13 NUMBER 2 (July to December 2020)

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Philipp. Sci. Lett. 2020 13 (2) 181-182
Available online: November 2, 2020

*Corresponding author
Email Address: gpconcepcion@gmail.com
Date accepted: October 30, 2020

COMMENTARY

On the book “Virtuous Impatience”. What Our Country Needs in this Fast-Changing World. A Collection of Essays

Gisela P. Concepcion*

Professor Emeritus, Marine Science Institute,
      College of Science, University of the Philippines, Diliman
      Quezon City, 1101 Philippines
The upliftment of the poor is Dr. Pernia’s life-long advocacy and commitment. In “Virtuous Impatience”, he shares nuanced reflections on how problems of poverty and inequality of income and opportunity are deeply rooted in personal human traits - the “viciously patient” nature of Filipinos, embedded in Filipino socio-cultural values, shaped through centuries of mental subjugation by colonization and religion. The Filipino citizenry, local and national leaders, manifest great tolerance for uninformed decision-making, unskilled implementation of actions, leading to inefficient, nonproductive performance and outcomes.

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