COUNCIL FOR THE RESTORATION OF FILIPINO VALUES (CRFV)
Civil Service Commission Accredited Learning and Development Institute
True concern emanates from genuine love. Without love for others, we will always act in a selfish manner that can hurt others. He who works for his own interests will arouse much animosity. As defined by Merriam-Webster, concern is “a feeling of being interested in and caring about a person or thing” which means it is a positive action directed towards the welfare of others rather than personal interest or gain. As much as we are conscious about exercising genuine concern for the welfare of others, there are other areas where we can apply and practice concern and one is becoming good stewards of our environment and natural resources for the future generations.
Through the years, we have witnessed the destructive effects of inconsiderate urbanization and development at the expense of our environment – all kinds of pollution, flood, landslides, diseases, and others. Many lives and resources were destroyed by these calamities, yet only a tiny fraction of the population has the concern to actively participate and engage in environment-restoring efforts. But we could have prevented such events if we have considered preserving and not exhausting our natural resources as part of urban planning and its execution. The consequences we reap today are just the mere reflection of the greediness, apathy, carelessness and neglect of many – the lack of concern and
love. We cannot undo these negative impacts but we have the power to change.
To restore our environment, we must first change our nature of greed, apathy, carelessness and neglect into generosity, pro-activity, thoughtfulness and concern which will direct us to live in ways that are pleasing to not only towards the nature but also towards God and our fellowmen. Imagine if everyone in our nation cares for the environment, it would be the best place for us, our children, our children’s children and the next generations to live in. We need to live up to the purpose of our existence: to have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and the cattle, and over all the wild animals and all the creatures that crawl on the ground. Have dominion over these creatures - care for them, nurture them, cultivate them and have a deeper concern for them, as good stewards of the creation.
do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility, value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
The word concern is commonly heard but hardly felt nowadays. We do not need to look for hard evidence but to simply look around. How do we show concern for our environment? Our family and the next generation? These are just some of the areas that we need to assess and put more concern on.
Concern for the Environment
Just recently, Okada Manila canceled its plan to hold a record-breaking Balloon Dropping event after being prohibited by the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Secretary Cimatu eyed the “immense waste the event will produce” if it pushed through. In connection with this, did you know that the late Senator Miriam Santiago proposed Senate Bill No. 2334Prohibiting the Release of Helium-filled, Latex or Mylar Balloons as Method of Celebrations way back May 28, 2008? In the explanatory note of the said Bill, it was mentioned by Senator Santiago that 36% of the species of seabirds are known to mistakenly ingest plastics. Can you imagine the rate today with all the plastics occupying the bodies of water around us? How can we then show concern for the environment? How about finally resolving not to use plastic straws, spoons, fork, bags, and even water bottles? Small contribution as it may be, it can still have a butterfly effect.
Concern for the Family and the Next Generations
With the advent of technology and social media, many of the children and the adults today spend more time with their gadgets, drowning themselves on games, social media and messaging applications. Last year, We Are Social, a London, United Kingdom-based consultancy published its 2018 Digital Report showing that among the nationalities in the world, the Filipinos spend their time on social media the most – an average of three (3) hours and 57 minutes. In addition, Filipinos spent an average of nine (9) hours and 29 minutes on the internet through any devices (GMA News, Bondoc). With these data at hand, we can infer its possible ill-effects within the family and the next generations. Imagine gatherings where people no longer interact in the physical but are‘multi-tasking’ with their social media and the different application their gadgets has to offer. What can we do to prevent any of its ill-effects in the future? In September 2018, France banned the use of smartphones and other gadgets in their schools for school children between 3-15 years of age (CNN, Rory Smith). This move is to prevent screen addiction and bad mobile phone use among the schoolchildren. In the Philippines, or even in the City, what interventions can be done to protect the children and the next generations? Protecting the children and the relationships between family members should also be everyone’s concern.
Apathy is the enemy of concern. Let’s do something about what’s happening around us. Show your concern and affect the people around you. In Philippians 2:3-4, we are advised to do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility, value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the 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.