The completed resource access and control profile above reveals a number of income-generating, as well as maintenance, welfare, and leisure materials from my residence. One evident take-away from this profile is that my mother is the one who holds control over everything that is listed (except for the factory). For the productive resources, particularly the properties for rent, my mother is the one who generally has a say on what will be done to it. She will also be the one in-charge of what will be done to the generated income. The rest of the listed members do not even have a say on what will and should be done. As for the factory, family members only have ‘access’ to it. Control cannot be held by a particular individual because there must be consensus with other relatives who are also part of the business. For the reproductive resources, now, she is the one who has control over everything given that these are purchased items/services which are private for our household. Though my sister and I have access to these resources, we cannot dictate anything that could be done to these; to give them away, to have them replaced, to have them borrowed, etc. As for the household helper and the driver, they have access to some reproductive resources, and most of these are those which are related to their jobs (i.e. the maid’s use of kitchenware, the driver’s use of automobiles for daily transportation purposes of the family members).
Now, presented above is the second table containing information with regard to the decision-making access and control profile within the household. For every particular category (productive, reproductive, community management), issues were highlighted and the access and control of each member was indicated. For the productive activity, it is very noticeable that my mother, once again, has complete control while the rest of us do not even have access to participating in the discussion of the issue. This would be the case for the issues related to productive activity because it is her assets involved in the said issues. She is the one who possesses capital to offer for investment and land to open to for rental (or even sale). The circumstances only differ when it comes to the selling of old items. Of course, if the items are of personal belongings, then it would be the owner’s decision. The access and control will now depend on the item being disposed.
The issues under reproductive activity involve food served at home, banking choice, and purchases. The access and control indicators vary for each. For food, my sister and I also had control because we had the privilege of selecting what we would want to eat. My mother could suggest on what would be cooked but our request will be brought if we preferred something else over what was suggested. On another note, the banking also gave my sister and I control since the issue would involve our personal savings. In this case, we now have the privilege to think and select the bank which we believe provides better deals (i.e. interest rates). However, as for purchases of furniture, appliances, and automobiles, my mother is still the one who has sole control as she will make the decisions in the end. My sister and I only have limited capacity of participating in discourse by providing suggestions and explanations as to why something should be opted over another. Nevertheless, our mother’s preference is what will prevail since it will be her transaction.
As for issues regarding community management, I indicated that everyone had access to participate in the decision-making but not one has the final say or control on what will be done by another. For instance, on the part of voting and/or participating in activities/programs by the barangay, not one of us has power over another to decide whether one person will be excluded in the decision-making process or not. As an individual part of the barangay or even a registered voter, one’s choice of action will remain theirs; one will have personal control on whether they will include or exclude themselves.
Above is a list of various benefits which one can be entitled to. The list includes items that can be bought, as well as those that are provided by the government. Generally, all of us have access to these benefits. The purchased materials are available at home, and my mother, being like the head of the house, allows us to utilize these. The household helper and the driver also benefit because they are given permission to do so (i.e. connect to internet, drive car, etc). Given that, it explains why my mother possesses control over some benefits. She is the one who pays the bills, therefore, her refusal to do so can hinder the rest from enjoying those benefits. Furthermore, she can also simply restrict one from benefiting from a certain material since it is her property. On another note, as for the government benefits, everyone had access to them. Not one, of course, has the capacity to say that another should not be included. In that case, all are citizens who are entitled to those privileges from different government institutions.
The analysis on the ‘burdens’ sections is much more comprehensive. In fact, I would say that the indicated access or control would depend on the specified burden. For instance, one indicated burden was ‘chores’. My mother, sister and I all have control because, given that the family has hired helpers, we have the privilege of passing on these burdens to another. As for payables, it is solely my mother who deals with payables of the residence. Thus, she has access to it, but no control because there is no other individual who can shoulder such liabilities. The same context would follow for office and school workload. Both my sister and I have access to these burdens because it cannot be that we would pass this on to someone else. On the other hand, as for issues such as traffic and poor government service, everyone is of access to this. We are all affected and it would be impossible to have the capacity to make someone else feel more rather than one’s self. Basically, burdens are highly situational and would depend on the circumstance as to whether there would be individuals who have control, or everyone would simply be victims of the matter.
Majority of my answers are ‘yes’ as to whether or not I am in control of the product, reproduction, and transformation of certain aspects of my identity as a person. Given that, as an individual who has actualized potential power to control one’s identity, I am not under the influence of other actors in the reproduction and transformation of those various aspects. For instance, as an individual, I am able to dictate for myself the type of hairstyle and fashion sense that I would follow. I can openly select for myself, and I am able to sustain such without having to succumb to the hype that society brings. The same pattern would go for my religious and political views. As a christian and citizen of the Philippines, I am not forced to believe the ideas and insights that I am holding on to. Furthermore, I am also given the privilege to set my own personal goals; I was free to select the university which I will attend, as well as the degree programs I will pursue. In addition, I also freely chose my fitness lifestyle and selection of sports. All of these aspects reveal how I am unrestricted and able to use my potential power to further transform my identity as a person without having to follow another’s preference or order. There is a very small number of an indicated answer of ‘no’, and those were only aspects in which I was born into and without any control of production in the matter.