COUNCIL FOR THE RESTORATION OF FILIPINO VALUES (CRFV)
Civil Service Commission Accredited Learning and Development Institute
“The principle of interdependence is the key to the existence of nature’s entire system. The best example we have of this are the cells in the human body. They connect with one another through mutual giving for the benefit of the entire body. Every cell receives what it needs to exist, and applies the rest of its strength toward the general body.” Every organization exists like a human body. All parts work as one, move as one, speak as one and think as one. Every member is dependent with each other.
The principle of interdependence necessarily includes respect with what each member in an organization can do. Apart from this, the leader would always disregard what a follower can do - leading to the follower’s feeling of helplessness or hopelessness. On the other hand, the follower who does not respect his leader’s capacity to lead would always question the latter’s orders. In short, lack of respect would make interdependence difficult to attain.
Another indispensable element in the principle of interdependence is trust. Lack or the absence of it makes interdependence impossible. If an organization is to be represented as one body, each member should trust each other. No matter how varied each one’s roles are, one must act in a perspective where it would promote the whole organization, not only the individual. Every member should always bear in mind that his or her actions have far-reaching consequences.
For an individual, becoming part of an organization means being prepared to be a team player and being prepared to adjust with all the members of the team. Regardless of the differences in perception and preferences, each must learn to work with each other. Difficult as it may be, differences should be reconciled, bearing in mind what is best for the organization. At the end of the day, it all boils down to the principle that every member is not working as a separate individual but a part of a bigger entity. As the Word says, “For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.”
Before we move today, consider these: (a) what part are we playing in our organization; (b) what body do we belong to; and (c) are we exhibiting interdependence in fulfilling our duties and responsibilities?
"Alone we can do so little; together, we can do so much."
— Helen Keller
WHAT IS INTERDEPENDENCE? Have we been practicing this value? INTERDEPENDENCE refers to a situation whereby actors or events in different parts of a system affect each other. Also, it is a shared dependence; the condition can be either good or bad. Interdependence is a relationship in which changes or events in any single part of a system will produce some reaction or have some significant consequences in other parts of the system.
We could see everywhere that interdependence is evident. For example, in our ecosystem, living organisms or thrive by relying on other plants like that of a bee being dependent on a flower. Everyone is essential to accomplish a particular mission or task.
If we try to look at the vision and the core values of our agency, school, or offices, we can notice that a particular boss or department cannot attain most of it. All areas are involved and interconnected to achieving the highest possible fulfillment. Every office must function to satisfy the needs of the entire agency and its clientele. A researcher from the University of Carolina (UC) Riverside psychologist Megan Robbins has emphasized the power of first-person personal pronouns such as "we" and "us" in relationships. "We-talk" is an indicator of interdependence, meaning partners affect one another's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. This is a shift from self-oriented to relationship-oriented. These days, everyone seems to be competitive, and most would like to do some things independently. When we practice interdependence, we are promoting a healthy and cooperative workforce. It is as simple as you being dependent on everyone as those people are dependent on you.
The recent news on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), we could see the interdependence among nations to prevent or to control the spread of disease. Public health is the interest of everyone; there is no particular agency or organization that can prepare or respond on its own; everyone is interdependent. Since health, trade, and the economy are intertwined, almost all affected nations are interdependent on the data of the infected persons. Emerging infectious disease outbreaks are not going away that easily. They will continue to disrupt an increasingly interconnected global economy for the foreseeable future.
Interdependence means that everybody and everything is intertwined as a single system. It means that every action you make, even every thought and feeling you have, exerts its influence on this system. Likewise, interdependence also means that every step, ideas, and perception of every person are influencing everybody simultaneously. 1 We are globally interdependent: among our countries, cultures, technologies, communications, economy, and industries, in our thoughts and feelings. We have been continuously growing more interdependent throughout our history. Our interdependence today is tighter than ever before. Our tightening dependence with our clashing competing interests brings us to the crisis. If we could change our paradigm of clashing competing interests to a standard of cooperative mutual benefits, we could then experience our tightening interdependence harmoniously.
People acting together as a group can accomplish things which no individual acting alone could ever hope to bring about. —Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Reference: 1*, N. (n.d.). Interdependence - How You Depend on Everyone & Everyone on You. Retrieved from http://www.kabbalah.info/bb/interdependence/
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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).
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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.