COUNCIL FOR THE RESTORATION OF FILIPINO VALUES (CRFV)
Civil Service Commission Accredited Learning and Development Institute
According to Alexander the Great, “…upon the conduct of each depends on the fate of all.’’ This motto has propelled his army to subdue more than half of the world in the most significant military a ever made in the history of humankind. Bound by one purpose and not fearing pain or death, his soldiers conquered nation after nation, kingdom after kingdom, casting fear upon both the mighty and the strong.
Such a fantastic account of what unity and solidarity can do has become the model after which militaries in the world have patterned themselves. Knowing that unity will keep everything intact and in order, it has become the norm of conduct even for civic organizations. Anywhere where discipline and order are observed, we will sense a strong sense of unity embedded in the hearts of those that run the system.
Unity is a principle applicable to any undertaking, regardless of its application and purposes. For example, there are labor unions that take extreme measures such as setting vehicles or buildings on fire or barring fellow laborers who do not join them from coming to work. There are also syndicates whose members are united in inflicting harm and fear upon their victims; and cults whose followers are united in doing anti-social acts like vandalism and destruction of public properties. Such harmful application of unity was the same reason God decided to divide the language of men who when they built the Tower of Babel, and exalt themselves against the God of the Heavens.
Unity; amoral as it is, can be utilized to achieve either good or evil ends. In our quest to transform the nation of the Philippines, it is important to discern which side we are taking on issues that matter to everyone. We can choose to be united with people who desire to exact justice and righteousness; or with those who have vested interests and agenda contrary to public safety, security, and prosperity. As a united people of this nation, let us strive to use unity towards a positive end. Unite and fellowship with those who have the same heart, mind and purpose to alleviate the condition of the nation, to revive the hearts of the people towards national pride, and to take good care of and multiply our national resources and treasures. Let us unite in bringing this nation to its glorious future which will benefit the many and the generations to come.
True unity bears the fruits of inner and interdependent peace, joy, freedom, healing, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and discipline more than productive physical outputs.
Without purpose, there is no unity or fellowship. We connect to people because there is a God-given purpose that we need to pursue not just as an individual but as a collective body – be it a common vision, goal or destiny. Cliché as it may sound but indeed, “No man is an island; No man can stand alone”.
Now, the question is what purpose do we stand for? What purpose do we live for? What purpose do we work for? Without one GOOD clear purpose, vision and direction of where an organization is going, unity and fellowship will be difficult to attain. The confusion will rouse different opinions and perspectives from different personalities which at times create division and factionalism. Violation of righteous protocols and ethical standards including our morals in attaining a common goal can also disturb unity.
There are principles in unity and fellowship – not just mere connection through physical contact or communication. Unity is more than that. Unity involves the same frequency of mind, heart and spirit which can only be attained through selfless love and humility.
The truth is there are two kinds of unity – the true unity and the almost genuine unity or false unity. We cannot fool ourselves and God with external unity – seemingly working as one but internally forced to do a specific action to show that one is united with others. No one is pleased with that, only the devil. It breeds lie and hypocrisy. Other factors that destroy unity are envy, jealousy, pride, anger, hatred and bitterness.
True unity bears the fruits of inner and interdependent peace, joy, freedom, healing, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and discipline more than productive physical outputs. These must be our indicators so we can say we have true unity among us.
Let the words of apostle Paul to the Philippians be a reminder to us as we pursue true unity:
“Therefore if there is any encouragement and comfort in Christ as there certainly is abundance, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship that we share in the Spirit, if there is any great depth of affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, having the same love toward one another, knit together in spirit, intent on one purpose and living a life that reflects your faith in Christ Jesus.
Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit through factional motives or strife, but with an attitude of humility being neither arrogant nor self-righteous, regard others as more important than yourselves.
Do not merely look for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.”
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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.