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The 12 Little Things We Can Do For Our Country
by Atty. Alexander Lacson
1st : Follow traffic rules. Follow the law
2nd : Always ask for an official receipt
3rd : Don’t buy smuggled goods. Buy Local. Buy Filipino
4th : Speak positively about us and our country
5th : Respect your traffic officer, policeman & other public servants
6th : Throw your garbage properly. Segregate. Recycle. Conserve
7th : Support your Church
8th : During elections, do your solemn duty
9th : Pay your employees well
10th : Pay your taxes
11th : Adopt a scholar or a poor child
12th : Be a good parent. Teach your kids to love our country
« Love of neighbor, God’s Second Highest Commandment, is contained in each of these 12 Little Things. »
Alexander Lacson is a lawyer by profession. He finished law at the U.P. College of Law in Diliman, and has taken post graduate studies at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 2007, he took a leadership course at Haggai Leadership Institute in Singapore, where he was chosen to give the valedictory address for all graduates from various countries. He was also a columnist of the BusinessWorld Newspaper for 7 years. He was a former legal counsel of the United Nations Development Programme (or UNDP) in the Philippines for 7 years.
At present, he is a partner at the Malcolm Law office in Ortigas, Pasig City. He is also the president of Alay Pinoy Publishing Company. He is also the president of STP (Solidarity for Transformation Philippines), and the founder of Kabayanihan Foundation. He is likewise the chairman of the Civil Service Commission’s Advisory Board. He is also a board member of several companies and organizations like World Vision, Haggai Philippines, Alay Buhay, Dilaab Foundation, Philippine Army’s Advisory Board.
Today, he is one of the country’s top speakers on the Filipino, Patriotism and Good Citizenship, receiving more than 100 speaking invitations every year in the past 7 years. He is a recipient of several awards, including The Good Citizen / Good Filipino Award given by the Edsa People Power Commission in 2009.
He is married to a beautiful wife, and father to 4 wonderful children.
SAFE STEPS is a pan-Asian public service initiative aimed at providing people with key educational messages on how to prepare for natural disasters. Asia Pacific is the region that is most prone to and affected by natural disasters worldwide. In the past four decades, 75% of the world’s natural disasters took place in Asia Pacific, resulting in a loss of up to two million lives.
SAFE STEPS has been developed in partnership between Prudence Foundation and National Geographic Channel with international boxing champion and humanitarian Manny Pacquiao as the programme ambassador. It is a long-term disaster preparedness educational programme with multiple platforms that can be shared through community-based activities. Core to the programme is a series of 60 second education videos providing key life-saving information for different disasters. These advisory tips have been approved by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
SAFE STEPS underscores Prudence Foundation’s long-term focus on disaster preparedness and relief and demonstrates its steadfast commitment to serving the needs of communities throughout the region.
Hon. Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Pacquiao is the natural choice to be the SAFE STEPS ambassador. He is not only a survivor who understands the impact of natural disasters first hand, but is also an icon and humanitarian.
Manny Pacquiao is an internationally recognised Filipino boxer. The first and only eight-division world champion, he was hailed multiple times as the Fighter of the Decade by various organisations. A Representative of the Lone District of Sarangani in the 16th Congress of the Philippines,
Pacquiao is the founder of the Pacquiao Partnership for the Poor Inc., which provides health, education and livelihood assistance to marginalised communities and individuals. Also the Habitat Hero Ambassador for Habitat for Humanity that supports poverty alleviation through building homes and communities, he is a staunch advocate of the movement against human trafficking.
He is currently a member of various committees in the House of Representatives, including the Committee on Public Order and Safety, Committee on Youth and Sports and the Committee on Overseas Workers Affairs where he is the Senior Vice Chairperson.
“I am happy to partner with Prudence Foundation and National Geographic Channel on SAFE STEPS, and honoured to be its ambassador. As soon as the programme was presented to me, I wanted to do it, no question. Having personally witnessed the devastation by typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban last November, I strongly believe this is an important campaign that can help save lives, not just in the Philippines but the whole of Asia. With these tips, we all can be survivors!”
Maging masaya ka sa tagumpay ng iba, imbes na mainggit ka, gawin mo itong inspirasyon, para maging katulad ka nila.
Imagination is the sport that lights the fire of enthusiasm which is the prime characteristic of the going places attitude.
"We need a multiplicity of visions, dreams and prophecies - images of potential tomorrows." - Alvin Tofler
"Choosing to be positive and having a grateful attitude is going to determine how you're going to live your life." - Joel Osteen
Time should never be spent, it should be invested - time invested at the workplace is to improve productivity - doing more in less hours.
Kapag ang bahagi ng puso mo ay may inggit, hindi nakapagtatakang ang lalabas sa bibig mo ay puro panlalait.
Source: The Agos, 4th Issue: SY 2011-2012 (June-Jan.)
(The Agos is the Pioneer Community-Based Publication of Vinzons, Camarines Norte)