COUNCIL FOR THE RESTORATION OF FILIPINO VALUES (CRFV)
Civil Service Commission Accredited Learning and Development Institute
In a small village far away, the whole community was suffering from drought and the only way they could get water is through a very deep well. However, the well has a small opening that only one young boy in the entire village can; it through. No matter how the strong men of the village prodded the boy to climb down the well through a rope held by them, the boy refused. He only agreed to do so when a thin man stepped in and offered to hold the rope. After some pails of water were fetched, the strong men asked the boy why he agreed to climb down with the thin man holding the rope. To their surprise, the boy answered, “He is my father. No matter how tired he will be in holding the rope for me, he won’t let go.”
Just like the boy in the story, trust is the ability to leave all our cares and worries to a person whom we know will never leave nor forsake us. In a world full of imperfect creatures, trust is difficult to be reposed on just anyone. Just like the boy, he did not regard the physical appearance of the strong men who prodded him to climb down the well. Instead, he reposed his trust to only one man, his father.
On a closer look, the story did not just feature the trust of a young boy to his father but also the father’s trust that his son is capable enough to do the job and trust his help to fulfill it. If the father did not believe so, he could not have stepped in and offered to hold the rope for his son.
Just like the father in the story, God has entrusted to us the rebuilding of this nation. When He said, “Be fruitful and multiply and ;ill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth,” He meant that we are in charge of making this world we live in a better place for everyone. For us, Filipino, it meant making our nation a safe haven for all.
God trusted us so much that He believes we can do greater, better and more beautiful things. If not, he could not have given this nation under our care. He could not have put us in places of power if He did not believe that we could make significant moves in our own spheres of influence. He could not have given us this responsibility to share the value focus every week if He did not believe in our capacity to deliver.
Have we ever thought of someone we can give our trust to because we believe that he/she can represent us well? As ambassadors of all these values we are teaching, we ought to walk the talk and represent God, the Author of these values, well. “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him” for “what He has begun, he will bring into completion.”
“If you say you are going to do something, DO IT! Failing to do what you say you are going to do is the easiest way to break trust!”
- Brock Blohm
Trust is commonly known as firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something. One of the principles inapt to this subject is “public office is a public trust”. In line with this, the 1987 Constitution said: “Public officers and employees must, at all times, be accountable to the people, serve them with utmost responsibility, integrity, loyalty, and efficiency; act with patriotism and justice, and lead modest lives”. Such a cogent responsibility and accountability imposed upon those in the public service is recognition of the importance of the trust reposed by the public to government offices. It should never be lost or diminished to any degree. It becomes demandable to perform well in one’s public function in preservation of that trust.
Last election, the electorates placed their trust to the aspiring leaders of their choice. They believed the political platforms of these incoming leaders. In return, those who garnered the support of the general public must faithfully fulfill their set of goals previously presented during the campaign period. They must also conduct themselves trustworthy of the office they will be holding. They are duty bound to be such as they represented themselves to be the rightful people for the job. To be and to do otherwise is misrepresentation and betrayal of public trust. As Brock Blohm said, “If you say you are going to do something, DO IT! Failing to do what you say you are going to do is the easiest way to break trust!”
The Philippines is known for its people diaspora, not only due to economic reasons, but due to hopelessness for national change and development. Some stayed put yet engaged themselves into rebellion out of frustration and outrage to their oppressive environment. Others gathered and influenced others to rise into a revolution in order to change the present ruler. On the other hand, foreign nationals refused to come and invest their resources into this country in many instances. Help from neighboring countries is scarce and encumbered by stringent policies. Outside donations are channeled through private organizations rather than through concerned government agencies in times of distress. Probing deeper, all these past and present social realities were fueled by a single, principal cause called distrust.
This eroding trust by the public to any public office and authorities is not a trivial issue that cannot be ignored. All concerned public officials and employees must work together to regain and preserve such trust and confidence. Excellent public service is a suggested tool. It may not be done overtime but the call to action is now. Once trust is earned, people will not be apathetic and passive. They will actively participate in nation building together with their leaders. Trust is the key element to a long-term partnership and cooperation. Trust makes people stick and work together.
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CRFV was recently appointed as the implementing Civil Society Organization of the Values Restoration Program (Civil Service Commission Announcement No. 40 s. 2013) empowering the organization to deliver its advocacy to all Constitutional Bodies, Departments, Bureaus and National Government Agencies (NGAs); Local Government Units (LGUs); Government-Owned and Controlled Corporations (GOCCs) with original charters; and State Universities and Colleges (SUCs).
There is a nationwide launching and discussion of a common value each week.
The Council for the Restoration of Filipino Values (CRFV) is a non-government organization (NGO) dedicated to the effort in transforming the Filipino public servant and the local government leadership to subscribe to the Code of Ethics and Values that shall provide our nation, the Philippines, with righteous, incorruptible, and sincere service towards a graft free society through the help and guidance of the word of GOD consistent to the exemplary life of our Lord Jesus Christ.