This 2011 get involved with Good Governance
by: Harvey S. Keh
The Manila Times
IT’S the start of another brand new year so despite all the challenges that continue to face our country, it would be good to share things that we can do to help in our government’s mission to chart the course of good governance and ethical leadership. Last 2008, the Ateneo School of Government together with DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo and former Governors Among Ed Panlilio and Grace Padaca launched the Kaya Natin! Movement for Good Governance and Ethical Leadership (KN). The movement aims to be a leadership sanctuary for effective, ethical and empowering leaders of our country and at the same time help educate ordinary Filipinos about the importance of good governance in their respective communities.
In fact, one of our first ever partners for KN was The Manila Times led by Dante “Klink” Ang and Rene Bas. The Times has always tried its best to cover the events of KN and share with the general public its programs and activities. Many colleges and universities have also invited KN and our Champions of Good Governance and Ethical Leadership to speak and share their inspiring stories with their students.
These are good example of how institutions and individuals can collaborate together in their own small ways to promote good governance in our country. As we have heard time and again, the government alone will not be able to solve our myriad of problems but through cooperation and synergy, genuine change and reforms can be easily attained in our country.
As we begin 2011, here are some ways that ordinary Filipinos can get involved with our programs and activities this year.
KN Karapatan at Kalusugan Kaya Natin Pangalagaan Program
Last November, we formally launched through the leadership of Marisa Lerias, Jess Lorenzo, Dr. Joey Montemayor and Fred Siy, the KN Karapatan at Kalusugan Kaya Natin Pangalagaan Program, which aims to provide indigent senior citizens with a free medical check-up and free medicines. However, unlike a typical medical mission, this program requires all the beneficiaries to undergo a seminar on good governance and responsible citizenship. During this said seminar, the beneficiaries are taught about their basic rights as senior citizens as well as how they can help in stamping our graft and corruption in their own small ways.
The first leg of the program was held in San Isidro, Nueva Ecija in cooperation with former Mayor Sonia Lorenzo while the second leg of the program was held in Baranggay Escopa 2, Quezon City in cooperation with Rep. Bolet Banal.
Our third leg will be held on January 22,2011 (Saturday) at Cabiao, Nueva Ecija in cooperation with Mayor Gloria “Baby” Congco.
We are currently looking for volunteer doctors and lawyers who can join us in our future events as well as generous donors who can sponsor the medicines that we donate to our beneficiaries.
KN anti-‘jueteng’ campaign
KN will also be launching an anti-jueteng campaign in cooperation with the Department of Interior and Local Government and the Philippine National Police. This anti-jueteng campaign aims to encourage ordinary Filipinos to report jueteng operations to a soon to be launched hotline and textline. This will allow KN to provide more leads to the DILG and PNP so as to assist them in trying to eradicate this social ill in our country.
Aside from this, KN is also working with other government agencies in developing an anti-corruption program that will aim to engage the general public so that perpetuators of graft and corruption can be caught and sent to jail. We are currently in need of volunteers who can help us in taking calls, documentation and to follow up the necessary government agencies that will be tasked to ensure that those who are caught in these illegal activities will be punished with the full force of the law.
Finally, KN believes that it is very essential that we elect the right leaders for our country but sadly, it seems that every election time, many Filipinos continue to vote for the wrong kinds of leaders. This is the reason why KN led by its youth arm is now in the process of developing modules on good governance and ethical leadership that will be used to educate more Filipinos about the roles and responsibilities of our government leaders.
Voters education for the 2013 elections should start now as we have seen that cramming during the election period does not often work. KN is also trying to work with other media organizations in trying to air infomercials that would help educate Filipinos about basic information about governance in our country. By making more Filipinos aware of how our government and its leaders should work, we can easily make our leaders accountable for their actions or lack of it.
Currently, we are in need of volunteer researchers, writers and speakers who can help us out with this program.
These are just some of the ways that Filipinos can easily get involved in our advocacy for good governance and ethical leadership in our country. Let us not wait for our government and its leaders to solve our problems for us, let us be part of the solution ourselves! If you would like to volunteer and help make a difference in our society this 2011, you can contact our office at (02) 434-1458 or you can also send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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Do you want to help promote good governance and ethical leadership in our government?
Do you want to find out more about how you can help our government leaders become more effective, ethical and empowering in your own small ways?
If YES is your answer to these questions, then we invite you to join us on our Get to know Kaya Natin! day-Be a Kaya Natin! Volunteer! which aims to invite ordinary Filipinos to become proactive citizens in promoting good governance and ethical leadership in our country. During this event, we will also introduce the Kaya Natin Movement, its champions of good governance and its current activities. Our founders include notable leaders such as DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo, Among Ed Panlilio and former Gov. Grace Padaca. Aside from this, we will also present various volunteer opportunities and ways that one can do to help the Kaya Natin! Movement for Good Governance and Ethical Leadership.
This will be held on August 26, Thursday, 6pm to 730pm at the Kaya Natin! Office at Unit 300 Torres Building, 321 Katipunan Ave., Loyola Heights, Quezon City.
Should you wish to attend this event, please confirm your attendance by calling Inday at (02) 4341458 or by sending a text message with your complete name and contact information to 0919-9575444.
Since we have very limited space, we will accommodate confirmations on a first come, first serve basis.