Kaya Natin! Chapter in Zambales launched
Last October 1, the Kaya Natin! Movement for Good Governance and Ethical Leadership (KN) led by it’s co-founder, former Pampanga Gov. Among Ed Panlilio partnered with the office of Zambales Vice-Governor Ramon Lacbain to formally launch the KN chapter in the province. The day started when the chapter led by Lacbain and Olongapo City Councilor Lugie Lipumano-Garcia conducted a free anti-flu vaccination project for prison inmates at the Zambales Provincial Jail. The free vaccines were courtesy of a generous donation by GSK Philippines. In the afternoon, a Caravan of Good Governance and the formal launching of the chapter was held at the Ramon Magsaysay Technological University in Iba, Zambales. More than 500 students all over the province attended the launching and listened to the inspiring stories of good governance shared by Panlilio and KN Program Coordinator, Jess Lorenzo. For more information about the KN Launch in Zambales, please read the column of Shylynne Castillo at http://abante-tonite.com/issue/oct0811/edit_shy.htm .
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How’re Among Ed and Grace Padaca
by: Harvey Keh
The Manila Times
ALMOST every time I get invited to attend or speak at a forum or conference about good governance, youth involvement or leadership, I am asked by some of the participants on what two of our co-founders of Kaya Natin!, namely, Among Ed Panlilio and Grace Padaca, are now doing after they lost in their respective reelection bids in the last 2010 elections. Aside from continuing to go around the country to share their stories of good governance especially among our youth, both have remained very active in pushing their advocacies. Panlilio continues to be very vocal in challenging the present administration (whom he supported in the last election) to eradicate jueteng and other forms of illegal gambling in our country. In fact, Panlilio strongly believes that unless jueteng and illegal gambling activities are stopped, it would be very hard for reform candidates who espouse good governance to win in the coming elections. This was his own experience in Pampanga where jueteng money was allegedly used and continuously being used to buy votes and to perpetuate electoral fraud. Padaca for her part continues to be a staunch advocate of programs for persons with disabilities and for the protection of our environment. She was recently in Negros Oriental, North Cotabato, Davao and Southern Leyte to share her governance stories to student leaders in these provinces. In her talks, she has also made it a point to stress to our young Filipinos how important it is to participate in our electoral process and to push for clean and honest elections. Panlilio and Padaca are prime examples that fighting the good fight doesn’t end when one is no longer in government, as they led by example when they were local government leaders, they are now leading by example as private citizens that are actively participating in ensuring that our government lives up to its promise to promote good governance and leadership with integrity.
Public-Private sector partnerships
Last month, the Kaya Natin! Movement (KN) together with the Ateneo School of Government (ASOG) partnered with two companies to work together towards delivering better basic services to marginalized communities. MSD, a multi-national pharmaceutical company has partnered with us to help provide training to barangay health workers (BHWs) in Quezon City. The main aim of the program is to equip these BHWs with the necessary skills and knowledge that would allow them to educate women in depressed communities about the importance of maternal health. Aside from this, MSD has committed to produce Preganancy manuals that would be distributed to areas in Quezon City that would serve as a guide for women who are into their pregnancy. MSD is doing this as part of its commitment to help our country achieve the United Nation’s Millenium Development Goals (MDGs). Quezon City’s dynamic Vice-Mayor Joy Belmonte-Alimurung and QC 3rd district Rep. Bolet Banal are both partners as well in this innovative program that hopes to decrease the maternal and infant mortality rate in our country.
Another company that has also partnered with us is SEAOIL Philippines, one of the leading independent oil companies in our country. SEAOIL is working with KN and ASOG in a leadership development training program for local government leaders entitled, Champions for Good Governance and Education. The main aim of the program is to help local government leaders in developing responsive, effective and innovative education reform programs that aims to address the problems in our public education system. This is also being done in coordination with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and eventually with the Department of Education (DepEd). These public-private sector partnerships show that positive impact to marginalized communities can be greater if there is proper synergy and cooperation among stakeholders. More importantly, it also shows that our business community will be more than willing to work with our government leaders to address key social problems especially if these leaders are known to exhibit good governance and ethical leadership in their respective areas. In the end, our government leaders should realize that by practicing good governance, they will be able to attract more support from the private sector that will allow them to bring better basic services to their constituents.
Unity in sports
Although some of us were a bit disappointed when our SMART-Gilas national basketball team failed to win the recent FIBA Asian Championships held in Wuhan, China, we should still applaud the fact that for the first time in almost 25 years we finally made it to the semifinals of this tournament. This only shows that given proper mentoring and training, our Filipino basketball athletes can compete with the best in Asia. Kudos should be given to business leader Manuel V. Pangilinan otherwise known as MVP for investing much needed resources in SMART-Gilas. Aside from SMART-Gilas, MVP and his group of companies are also known supporters of the Philippine Azkals and our Philippine national Boxing team which I believe is really our best bet to finally bag that elusive first ever Olympic gold medal for our country. As we have seen this past year, sports continues to be a way to bring unity to our country. I hope that our government will eventually follow the lead of MVP and other sports patrons in investing in our athletes. Who knows maybe the upcoming 2012 London Olympic games will not produce just one Olympic champion but a couple more if only our athletes are given the world-class training that they deserve.
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Modern-day heroes for the Filipino youth
by: Harvey S. Keh
The Manila Bulletin
MANILA, Philippines — Last week, I shared about the things that I learned as a leader from three of my role models whom I consider to be modern day heroes of our country.
This week, I conclude this two-part article by sharing about three more inspiring Filipino leaders that have greatly influenced me to try my best to become a positive changemaker in our society.
Dr. Antonio La Viña, Dean of the Ateneo School of Government (ASOG)
Dean Tony, as he is called by those who work with him at the Ateneo School of Government, is one of the world’s foremost experts in climate change and environmental law. He served for three years under the Ramos administration as Undersecretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
It was during his stint at the DENR that he was able to resolve thousands of environment cases that had been neglected through the years. He was able to do this by ensuring that all employees who worked with him did their best and this was done as he fostered a culture of transparency and accountability in his office.
His main innovation was literally taking out almost all the walls in his office so people could easily see whether or not each employee was doing his or her job.
Aside from being a champion for environmental issues, Dean Tony is also a successful social entrepreneur as he continues to work with different organizations within and outside the Philippines in seeking innovative solutions to our country’s most pressing social problems.
Due to this, he was able to increase the enrollment of the ASOG’s Masters in Public Management Program by more than 500 percent. But more importantly, he was able to bring the program to different parts of the country such as Marawi City, Tarlac and Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro.
He is also widely credited as being one of the main driving forces in the establishment of a center for social entrepreneurship at the Ateneo de Manila University which helps provide training and formation to aspiring young social entrepreneurs.
Recently, he also brought the ASOG’s social entrepreneurship program to Rome and Naples in Italy for our Filipino migrant workers who are based there.
Amid these achievements, Dean Tony has always made it a priority to make time to mentor young leaders like me by continuing to teach at the Ateneo de Manila University-Loyola Schools and the University of the Philippines’ College of Law.
Truly, I am one of the lucky ones who continue to learn a lot from his wisdom and advice.
Among Ed Panlilio and Grace Padaca, co-founders, Kaya Natin! Movement
When I first heard about the inspiring stories of their electoral victories in 2004 and 2007, I realized that with effective, ethical and empowering leaders like former Pampanga Governor Among Ed Panlilio and former Isabela Gov. Grace Padaca, our countrymen still have much hope to hold on to.
Their victories happened when it seemed that the forces of evil were lording it over in our national government, as rampant graft and corruption became the norm in many of our democratic institutions.
More importantly, their victories had once again shown that if the Filipino people were united, we could overcome insurmountable odds. As soon as they assumed office, they wasted no time in delivering good governance and quality basic services to the Filipino people.
Among Ed’s efficient quarry tax collection program won for the province of Pampanga, the prestigious Gawad Galing Pook Award, while Padaca became the second local government official from our country to win the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Government Service, widely acknowledged to be the equivalent of the Nobel Peace Prize in Asia.
Yet, despite their many achievements and victories, they lost in the last elections — with their heads held high. During the campaign, while their opponents resorted to vote-buying and harassment, both of them took the moral high ground and not to do unethical means to attain victory.
Despite the fact that they are no longer in government, they still continue to go around the country and even abroad to talk to different groups about their experiences in promoting good governance and ethical leadership.
Like many Filipinos, I continue to hope and pray that we will wake up one day to a Philippines that is led by selfless Filipino leaders like Among Ed and Gov. Grace.
Harvey S. Keh is director for Youth Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship at the Ateneo School of Government. He is 2010 TOYM awardee for Public Education and Good Governance. Comments are welcome at email@example.com