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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Narito na ang Moral Force Movement... Makiisa! Makialam! Magbago!

Kasabay ng National Heroes Day sa Lunes, August 31, 2009 (ang totoong araw ng National Heroes Day ay August 30) ay ilulunsad ang Moral Force Movement sa Far Eartern University Auditorium 9:00Am to 12:00. Panahon na upang ilakad ang tunay na pagbabago sa ating bansa kaya iniimbitahan ko po kayong lahat na makiisa sa pagbabagong ito. Ang ating bayan ay dapat nang bumangon sa matagal na pagkakahimbing. Huwag na tayong mapagod sapagka't may pag-asa pa at ang pag-asang ito ay nakasalalay sa bawat isa sa atin.

Narito po MY FOUR CENTAVOS By Dean Andy Bautista (The Philippine Star) para po sa mas ikakaunawa pa nating lahat ukol sa Moral Force Movement...Updated August 29, 2009 12:00 AM

On Monday, August 31, National Heroes Day, the Moral Force Movement (MFM) will be formally launched at the Far Eastern University. In a nutshell, the MFM is a social movement advocating good governance through transformational leadership and responsible citizenship. It was formed to combat the moral degradation that is slowly, yet surely, permeating not only our institutions but our values as a people. But rather than just cursing the darkness, the MFM seeks to light a candle by upholding, promoting, celebrating and reinforcing the good and the right in Philippine society. For as MFM convenor Chief Justice Reynato Puno, believes: “Sa kaibuturan, ang tunay na Pilipino ay bantayog ng matuwid at totoo.”

At the outset it should be emphasized that the MFM is not a political party. Contrary to earlier speculations, it will not serve as a platform to be used by anyone to pursue partisan political ends. But non-partisan should not be equated to being apolitical. The MFM will not stand idly by in the face of immorality or wrongdoing. For example, it will do its part to champion clean, orderly and credible elections.

The strategy that will be used to achieve its goals is the “bibingka” method. In the same way that you cook the popular Filipino delicacy, the MFM endeavors to institute change simultaneously at the top and in the bottom.

On the one hand, it seeks to encourage the development of transformational (as opposed to “transitional”) leaders in the public and private sectors. Such leaders sacrifice self-interest for the common good and exhibit EFFECTIVE (“Kapitan ng Barko”), EMPOWERING (“Huwaran ng Serbisyo”) and ETHICAL (“Katiwala ng Bayan”) leadership. The MFM will acknowledge good characteristics and efforts and showcase morally upright individuals as role models of society.

On the other hand, it will also engage individuals to be responsible citizens through their participation in education and service-oriented programs geared towards instilling the values of integrity, social responsibility and love of country. By enlightening Filipinos about the genesis of problems in society and discussing viable solutions, the MFM hopes to empower Filipinos to be proactive in determining the country’s collective future.

But perhaps the biggest potential contribution of the MFM is to become a unifying catalyst for similarly minded organizations in pursuit of good governance. It aims to assist in the consolidation of multi-sectoral efforts by providing a “big tent” and building a strong and expansive network of individuals and organizations who share a common vision of honor and service for the nation.

For its first project, the MFM will be focusing on the upcoming elections. It will begin its advocacy through a voter’s education program that aims to move the voters to select transformational leaders in the 2010 national and local elections. Let me donate two centavos to this worthy project.

Inspired and convened by Supreme Court Chief Justice Reynato Puno, the core group members of the MFM include Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) and National Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) chair, Ambassador Henrietta De Villa, Movement for Good Governance (MGG) interim head, Dr. Milwida Guevara, Catholic Education Association of the Philippines (CEAP) president, Monsignor Gerardo Santos, Philippine Daily Inquirer chair Marixi Prieto, Association of Generals and Flag Officers (AGFO) president, Gen. Jaime Echevarria, United Methodist Church of the Philippines Bishop Emerito Nacpil, 2008 Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines awardee, Noorain Sabdulla and yours truly. Dean Antonio La Vina of the Ateneo School of Government serves as MFM executive director.

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