"Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?"
Over the years of consciously working out every Filipino value in words and in deed, as well as nurturing our spirituality, the value of charity even up to this day would always lead us to reflect and directly relate it to the virtue of love. In the process, we are reminded of the deeper meaning of love - the level where it involves sacrifice & selflessness; the admonition to love even our enemies.
It is very timely to be tackling the value of charity in these times of pandemic. There are many areas and aspects of our present condition that we can take a look at - common and relatable circumstances where we can assess or even measure our hearts when it comes to practicing the good deeds related to charity. At this point, though we have different economic means and ability to overcome the present pandemic, we are all undeniably subjected to seeing those who are struggling and in need of charity.
Being on the same predicament and as Values Restoration Officers, let us see clearly how we’ve been responding and plan how to extend charity in the days to come. We can individually answer the question of how we were & what we did since the pandemic until now; but we can corporately resolve to move together with the same burden, same heart, and the same direction from this point onwards.
There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore we are commanded to be openhanded towards our fellowmen who are poor and needy. As VROs, we are ground breakers, we are expected to be the first people to do this, let our light shine, and become role models for others to follow. Remember that charity is measured not only in monetary value of things and that the poor does not only refer to those who are lacking in material possessions. In our nothingness, we can give generously; with kindness we can release hope & encouragement. In short, let us be inspired by our sincere love, this way we will naturally respond to every need surrounding us.
Moreover, we are action takers. For what good is kind words without deeds? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? “What should we do then? Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.” The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.
Another thing we must embrace to do is to give indiscriminately. “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you?" It takes a whole lot of unconditional & sacrificial love to do this, but if we are ever wondering how to extend sincere charity, this is the ultimate standard. We are admonished not only to ceremonially give even to our enemies but love them, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting anything in return. Human as we are, this is truly a struggle but let us desire to overcome the feeling of distaste & discomfort of giving.
Finally, let us find joy in giving. It is a process and it takes consistent effort to discover this joy in our hearts, but let us do it. A famous quotation says, “Give until it feels good.” Giving must not be reluctant or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. Let us not withhold good from those whom it is due, when it is in our power to act. This way, the ‘secret’ door to abundance and continuous supply remains open for us. In all things at all times, we shall have all that we need, we will abound in every good work. We will be enriched in every way so that we can be generous on every occasion resulting in thanksgiving to God. (KMB, CRFV)
Spirituality is simply manifesting our inner being.
According to scholars, we are composed of three (3) elements: body, soul, and spirit. Our physical body is the outer covering which, according to science, has the same composition as the soil. This finding supports the Biblical writing that we were created from the dust of the ground. Our soul, on the other hand, consists of the mind, will, and emotion. It usually comprises our personality as formed by the way we think, act on our decision, and react to situations. Last is our spirit which is believed to be either an old spirit or a new spirit. Old spirit is when sin thrives and we never allow ourselves to be changed internally; whereas, a new spirit is when we have renewed our relationship with our Creator by making Him the ruler of our lives, thereby, giving us a new and transformed life. The new spirit is what others call as the recreated spirit where sin nature is done away with.
Looking inwardly, the value of spirituality gives us the ability to walk in righteousness as our new spirit is divine. It serves as the foundation for holy living. At this state, the sin habits were dealt with internally. It is only when our soul and body opens up for evil desires that we go back to sinful lifestyle. It is vital therefor to uplift and nurture our spirit in order to remain upright. Our spirit must be strong enough to subdue the dictates of our soul and body. Accordingly, if our spirit is weak, we keep going back to our old, wicked ways with less chances to arrest them. Our pursuit for godliness is hampered and overridden by our depraved inclinations.
Outwardly, spirituality plays a vital role in our attempt to realize good governance in the country. Based on countless testimonies, it was revealed that those who are spiritual have greater chances to resist temptation coupled with the courage to stand for integrity at all cost. The Civil Service Commission finds this essential and needful. They enforced spirituality as one of the core values that all civil servants must observe. According to them, strengthening our spirituality is the way by which we can change our heart and thought pattern. They believed that when our heart is changed, everything changes – thought pattern, attitude, priorities, character or behavior, and conversation or communication. Consequently, a changed life will eventually result to a changed family, society, and nation.
It is also worth emphasizing that spirituality is not the same as religiosity. It is not the observance of religious rites or obligations. Being devout to religious vows is not an assurance of spirituality though it can be the fruit thereof. Only when we resolve to live a godly life that we can be spiritual. It should be our ultimate goal during this time of adversity. It should not be a traditional resolution but a sincere and unwavering commitment for total reformation. (NAS, CRFV)
The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), through the leadership of Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya, initiated a campaign for the promotion and observance of discipline among the entire citizenry called “Disiplina Muna”. The campaign was first introduced to representatives of various agencies, business sector, non-government, and civil society organizations. The Council for the Restoration of Filipino Values (CRFV) was invited to attend the meeting on October 24, 2019 at DILG Central Office. One of its officers present in the meeting was able to share some thoughts on how to effectively rally the program given the existing administrative requirements attached to it.
The meeting was followed by a grand launching conducted at the City Hall of Manila on November 6, 2019 which was attended by several dignitaries, members of Manila City officialdom, and high ranking officials of DILG. Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko” Moreno Domagoso, being the host, gave his welcome remarks to all guests and visitors succeeded by inspirational messages from “Disiplina Muna” Ambassadors. CRFV was given the privilege to represent the entire body of non-government organizations (NGOs) in the Philippines in such momentous occasion and was given the opportunity to rally all NGOs to support the program.
The grand launching in Manila signaled a wide-scale precedent to all DILG Regional and Field Offices. On July 24, 2020, the DILG Cordillera also hosted a grand launching at Baguio Country Club amidst of the pandemic where CRFV was again invited to speak a campaign message on the value of discipline in behalf of the members of the private sector. The event was attended by representatives of the local and national government agencies.
The regional grand launching in the Cordillera prompted the city government of Baguio to hold a kick-off program last July 27, 2020. Baguio City Mayor Benjamin B. Magalong was recognized as the “Disiplina Muna Champion” during the program. Others gave their message of support such as DILG Regional Director Marlo L. Iringan and Baguio City Congressman Marquez O. Go. CRFV, in part, gave its commitment to do plans of action in order to enhance discipline among members of the private sector as its contribution to the efforts of the government in instilling discipline as the foundation to nation building. There were eight (8) points that CRFV committed to implement which were greatly appreciated by the DILG City Director.
The Disiplina Muna Campaign is another thrust opened for CRFV to further its cause of restoring values among Filipinos. Being a strong partner of DILG, it has been faithful in fulfilling its pledge of realizing discipline citizenry to this date. Since its participation at the national grand launching in Manila, its officers and members have joined several clean-up drives at major parks and tourist destinations of Baguio. CRFV is also currently involved in making and putting-up signage or visuals communicating the practice of discipline around the City of Baguio to this date. (NAS, CRFV)
“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you”
Wisdom is defined as the ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, understanding, common senseand insight. On one hand, others define it as the capacity of judging rightly in matters relating to life and conduct. It is also defined as the soundness of judgment in the choice of means and ends while some define it as the right use of knowledge. Albert Einstein, one of the best scientists of all time, views wisdom not as a product of schooling but the lifelong attempt to acquire it. The Scriptures, on the other side, says that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom - the foundation of true wisdom which is first of all pure, then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.
How does one get wisdom and what are its manifestations? The Scripture is rich in telling us about wisdom. First, understand God’s will. When we understand what the will of the Lord is and please God, wisdom is abounding. We cannot understand what the Lord’s will is if we have not searched God’s precepts and ways throughout time and throughout the history of men. We can understand God’s will when the Word dwell in us richly by reading, hearing, and applying what we have seen and heard. Second, walk with the wise because whoever walks with the wise becomes wise. Acquire wisdom when we listen to their sound advice and accept their instruction. Remember that the wise of heart will receive commandments, and a wise person hears his father's instruction. Third, be watchful on how we live our lives. If one is wise and understands God’s ways, we can see it by his/her honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom. As it is written,pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. One who is wise is prudent to discern his/her way, and he/she pays careful attention to how he/she walks, and turns away from evil - in thoughts, words, and in deeds. The heart of the wise makes his/her mouth prudent, and his/her lips promote instruction. Being one with knowledge, he/she restrains his words, and as a person of understanding, he/she maintains a calm spirit.
During these times, how can we apply the value of wisdom? It has been said that wisdom preserves the life of him/her who has it. Nowadays, many are struggling in their everyday life as they are feeling the effects of the pandemic - some have lost their jobs, some feel restrained because of the quarantine, while some fear the uncertainties it might cause. This is the time that we have to, all the more, seek wisdom. We have known many stories in the news where people who have lost their jobs found a way to generate, if not multiply, their wealth through service or by making products by cooking, baking, painting, gardening, and others. God gives us the ability to make wealth using our skills, talents, creativity, and inventiveness. If we make use of our time wisely and use it as an opportunity to learn and further enhance our abilities, we cannot be defeated by the depression the pandemic might cause. Let us also have the wisdom to guard and take care of our bodies by following the health protocols, making ourselves clean and healthy both inwardly and outwardly.
How do we respond? Everyday, we may be bombarded by circumstances but the true test of wisdom lies on how we respond. He who is wise, hear what the Scripture says:If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. (CGLG, CRFV)
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“We must strive to remain active and relevant in the midst of pandemic. The value of our hard work can be seen and measured as we create new opportunities for others to pursue”
It’s been five months since the COVID-19 infection was declared a pandemic. The World Health Organization (WHO) warned that pandemic is not a word to be used frivolously or carelessly. If misused, it is a word that can cause unfounded fear leading to unnecessary losses, emotional/ physical suffering, and even death.
Many nations have and are facing insurmountable challenges and struggling with the reality of their capacity to overcome & recover from this global pandemic. The Philippines is no exception. This unseen enemy has sucked too much of our economic resources. It’s a war that we have no choice but to face head-on.
The government has been working non-stop trying to weigh in things – its pros and cons, finding balance across too many factors. Then they can only cross their fingers and hope that things turn out according to their projections. Meanwhile, they are working hard to monitor its progress, implement back-up plans and at the same time planning, preparing for whatever will come next. If this isn’t hard work, what could it be?
Moreover, this pandemic has taken its toll on us all. Many have lost their jobs and closed businesses; the front liners are exhausted but will have to continue going; our government officers are overwhelmed but they still need to implement protocols, strategize, make & adjust decisions. Let us all remember that while we are all having a difficult time, there are those who have no choice but to work hard during this crisis. Not doing so can possibly cost immeasurable consequences – to our society & the Philippines as a whole.
Filipinos as we are, we are naturally resilient – able to withstand every adverse challenge and calamity that comes our way. We have the power to be resolute and quickly adapt to circumstances. Our ability to survive and adjust will allow us to win this war no matter how complicated things will turn out to be.
The value of hard work, is currently being redefined. It is ongoing, continuous, and it keeps challenging us to participate and embrace it. We are being admonished to mature from mediocrity to excellence. To find opportunities in adversities – turn it around and make it favorable towards us and our society. Be innovative, take advantage of digitalization/ technology and use it for transformational causes.
We are not just renovating the landscape of our economy but we are transforming and uplifting lives. In all that we do, we must inspire others, instill in them that there is hope - that this and other pandemic is not part of our future. We show people that there is a way out. Meanwhile, still an excellent pathway we must rise and revolutionize our strategies to make it more robust and relevant in the coming years.
We must strive to remain active and relevant in the midst of pandemic. The value of our hard work can be seen and measured as we create new opportunities for others to pursue. Let us also approach it with gratitude – that we are thankful of having work to do, not for monetary gains but a deeper sense of meaning, sense of worth and dignity. Above all, we work fully trusting God, knowing that we are working alongside Him.
We work hard and we value it, not only for ourselves but for the nation and the future generations. We work as One, we heal as One. (JVS, CRFV)
“Bear one another's burdens”
#WeHealAsOne is a famous hashtag nowadays. This is our version in bearing one another’s burdens. However, how can we heal as a nation if not all of us have a sense of responsibility? In a war against an unseen, cruel enemy, people need to be responsible in all areas of life not to compromise their personal health and eventually everybody’s safety.
In this COVID19 stricken society, living with a sense of responsibility is a must. This is because a person is living not only for himself but for the people around him, his family, his community and his nation as a whole. What happens to him affects his areas of influence, immediate and adjacent. A joke on Facebook even says, “It’s so touching nowadays if one acquires a cold because the whole community is concerned. In the past, no matter how sick you are, no one in your neighborhood cares.” This only means that the impact that a person has is extended to his immediate surroundings and even to the adjacent ones. Therefore, it is necessary that one should be responsible for his own actions, his choices and their consequences.
Many acquired the disease just because of irresponsibility. Looking closely on the cases of those who are infected with COVID19, many acquired the disease by reason of their jobs like those who belong to the front lines. Because they are responsible enough to do their jobs, their health was compromised. However, it’s sad to note that many acquired the disease just because of irresponsibility, particularly their unwillingness to follow protocols and orders. Even during the pandemic, many still made their way to different places, ignoring protocols, just for the sake of tourism or drinking spree. Some even refused to wear masks and observe social distancing in public places. As a consequence, they became culprits in spreading the disease. Aside from violating the orders of the government, their irresponsible acts caused danger to people around them.
If we really desire to heal as one people, we have to observe a sense of responsibility over the following areas:
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"Resourcefulness, when used for the common good and is driven out of a pure heart, does not bring success to oneself but brings success to others and to the nation"
Our nation has been fighting against COVID-19 for already five months now and we are continually striving to survive the negative effects of this unseen enemy. Lately, we find an increasing number of COVID 19 cases causing depleted government funds, increasing unemployment rate and closing business establishments. We cannot deny the fact that all of us are affected by the latter and are now doing something about it personally and collectively and the main goal would be to keep on finding ways to survive.
One of the Filipino traits that we are proud of is being resourceful. We are known to be talented and highly creative. Resourcefulness is defined as the ability and creativity to cope with difficulties. When we are faced with a dire situation our automatic response is to find ways to get out of it. How we overcome the situation means a lot. Given that we are resourceful, how does it affect others and our nation?
Resourcefulness, when used for one’s selfish and greedy desires, affects others negatively. We are aware of the issues of graft and corruption in our country and we see how creative the minds of those people involved with such unrighteous acts are. Sadly, they are fully aware of how other people and the nation suffer because of it but because of the greediness and selfishness, they still do it. Even in this time of national and international crisis, these people are still operating. We also hear some businessmen/women who overprice essential products to gain more from their customers in these crucial times where many are financially tight.They lie and cheat to survive at the expense of others. “God cannot be mocked, a man reaps what he sows.”
On the other hand, resourcefulness, when used for the common good and is driven out of a pure heart, does not bring success to oneself but brings success to others and to the nation. Some of us may have heard about someone who initiated plastic dividers for jeepneys to ensure the safety and protection of the passengers that made our transportation accessible even in this crucial time. Nowadays, employment and some businesses are negatively affected but we find Filipinos coping up by shifting to other businesses such as online selling. The Council for the Restoration of Filipino Values (CRFV) also sis their share to help by making face shields and food packs/snacks and distributed them to the frontliners in Baguio and some parts of Benguet. Some private individual served foods, reliefs and cards to encourage others at their own expense. Indeed “As we have opportunity, let us do good to all people.”
God is indeed sovereign to create us with such a resourceful mind not only to survive alone but to survive together. We cannot deny the fact that we need to fight our own battles in these crucial times and we need to find ways on how to survive. Let us always remember to be resourceful in a righteous way where we not only build ourselves but build others and our nation as well. How should we be resourceful in the right way? It is written, if any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. In a righteous way we will survive! (CRFV, MAT)
Transforming the nation through restoration of Filipino values knows no end or boundaries. In the past years, CRFV has been traditionally implementing its programs and services – face to face, up close and personal. Of course, it was successful and had transformed many lives and influenced changes in many government agencies.
Though digitalization and broadcasting have been introduced more than a decade ago, it was only until we were hit by the COVID pandemic that the Council jumped into the ship. In this case, broadcasting of the weekly Filipino values along with relevant updates and words or encouragement. This avenue became the most powerful and effective channel for CRFV to not stop pushing for national transformation.
This broadcast is brought to us by CRFV in partnership with Cool 97.5, a local Baguio FM radio station who has also strengthened their live streaming capability since the current pandemic. Together, we were able to explore and successfully took advantage of many present trends and technology in terms of mass communications.
The first CRFV live broadcast was conducted on May 25, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, hosted by Mr. Jesus Sison, Atty. Carolina Lim-Gamban, and Mr. Nathaniel Saquiban. The segment is entitled “Building the Nation through Values.” Later on, the slot was moved to air from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM and guest hosts from the CRFV winning team and Values Restoration Officers were invited to share best practices. Atty. Joyce B. Balong became part of the hosting team, too. Again, present technology and trends were adapted since some of them are joining in via cloud.
This platform is one of the Council’s main focus at present because of its potential to reach more people – beyond schedule, beyond location, beyond race, across boundaries. We are continuously striving to know current and relevant events to accurately deliver inspiring messages in this uncertain times. It is a work in progress and we expect to reach out to more people in the days to come. We shall never stop from getting the good news across so expect more innovations in the coming days.
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Together, let us banner, “Righteousness exalts a nation; values build her for all generations.” (JVS, KMB, CRFV)
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has been an active partner-agency of CRFV for 6 years now. It is among the first government agencies who implemented the Values Restoration Program (VRP) nationwide. VRP is a public-private partnership between CRFV and the Civil Service Commission that aims to train and raise Values Restoration Officers (VROs) in every office. At present, there are over 100 VROs nationwide from DENR out of more the than 2,000 appointed VROs from every agency, nationwide.
Moreover, DENR Central Office, together with CRFV had customized Civil Accountability & Values Enhancement Seminar (CAVES) as an exclusive program for the Department around November of 2015. A series of CAVE Seminars then subsequently took place throughout the years.
The faith and trust between CRFV and DENR wasn’t hindered by the current COVID pandemic gathering restrictions as they had just concluded another CAVE webinar on July 17-20, 2020. In fact, it is the pioneer client of CRFV in terms of conducting events over the cloud. It was attended by 32 participants from the DENR Central Office.
Though it was a new path and direction for CRFV, it is able to deliver the webinar objectives as a traditional seminar can. Based on the pre and post evaluations of the attendees, there is an increased knowledge among the participants related to the topics discussed during the event. Execution and handling of related administrative matters were excellent, clear communication was delivered, topics were comprehensive, relevant, and appropriate. Fortunately, the facilitators are experts and were well-prepared to deliver.
As an overall result, 32 participants from the webinar are enlightened and ready to fulfill their roles as environmentalists. They can and will do more as they anchor everything to the Filipino core values that were discussed. Not only will they technically do their jobs, but they will now do it with passion, understanding their purpose.
This is what is needed from every government employee in the midst of the uncertainties due to our present situation. As the partnership between CRFV and DENR remains to be strong, positive things will add on to the foundations we are building towards healing and recovery from the current pandemic. Remember our banner: We Work as One. We Heal as One. We Build as One. (JVS, CRFV)
“Perseverance, patience, and determination will help us move forward even in the most difficult of times.”
On July 27, 2020, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivered his 5th State of the Nation Address (SONA). In his statement on the infrastructure projects under the “Build, Build, Build” program, he said, “perseverance, patience, and determination will help us move forward even in the most difficult of times.” Such a remark does apply not only in the building of infrastructure projects but also in our day-to-day lives - that we succeed and not merely survive amid challenges we are facing.
"Continue in a course of action even in the face of difficulty or with little or no prospect of success." This quote from Michael Williams signifies an action of experiencing victory in the continuance of one’s unceasing efforts no matter the odds. Such is the case of Jack Ma, a person with a net worth of about $39 billion and runs Alibaba, one of the world's largest companies. He had experienced rejection countless times in pursuit of his dreams. For instance, Ma applied for different jobs and was rejected, and he got denied ten different times from Harvard. Despite this, he ended having several successful companies. Indeed, it is just a matter of perseverance.
“Let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season, we will reap if we do not give up.” Saint Paul of Tarsus, in this passage, is urging us to do good in our respective areas - family, workplace, school, church, and government. We ought to take care to do good and make it a business of our lives, especially when given the opportunity and in the reach of our power to do so. Furthermore, doing good involves yielding to the Spirit of God and exhibiting the fruit He produces such as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Accordingly, as we exercise these virtues in our lives, doing good will become inevitable, and success and lasting reward will become our portions.
Battles are fought in our minds everyday. Joyce Meyer said, on what to do if we are tired of toughing it out or persevering in life’s various challenges, “...when we begin to feel the battle is just too difficult and want to give up, we must choose to resist negative thoughts and be determined to rise above our problems. We must decide that we're not going to quit.” In application, if you are writing a report, do it one page at a time; If you are working on a project, do it one phase or stage at a time; When you work, do it gladly one day at a time; When you study, one subject or class at a time. Eventually, you’ll find that perseverance is in effect in your life for success in your endeavors. (CRFV)
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