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Fashion for Good Governance

September 19, 2011 Leave a comment

Fashion for good governance

The Manila Bulletin

Kai Pastores wearing Pasyonista

MANILA, Philippines — Kaya Natin! (KN) Movement for Good Governance and Ethical Leadership (KN) continues with its advocacy to encourage more ordinary Filipinos to support effective, ethical and empowering leaders. If we don’t support good leaders in our government, then we will always be at the mercy of corrupt government leaders.

On Sept. 23, KN will launch its Pasyonista line of shirts to encourage Filipinos to take an active role in pushing for good governance in our country. With theme ‘’Fashion for Filipinos with a Passion for the Nation,’’ the fashion show and mini-concert is set at 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., at the Conspiracy Bar along Visayas Avenue, Quezon City.

By fusing fashion and good governance, KN wants to encourage creativity and innovation in people’s participation. Entrance to the event is for free but pre-registration is required by contacting Kirstin Lopez at (02) 990-0928 or sending an email to .

Standing up to the bully

When we were still in school, one of the things that was taught to us by our parents and teachers was to stand up to bullies who threw their weight around to get what they want.

Through the years, bullying has taken different forms in a society where the rich, the influential, and the powerful use their position to enrich themselves at the expense of the common good. This is what is happening right now along Katipunan Avenue where SM Development Corporation (SMDC) is currently constructing a 40-storey condominium called Blue Residences despite zoning restrictions of up to 23 storeys only.

How has this happened? Members of the Loyola Heights community where the project is located allege that no consultation took place, as they are concerned with the usual problems that high rise building constructions usually bring, such as water supply, waste management and traffic. How have the builders secure a building permit from Quezon City Hall without securing clearance from Barangay Loyola Heights?

At this point, Ateneo de Manila University, Miriam College and homeowners are standing up to the ‘’bullying” by lobbying with the present city council for the rescinding of the exemption which was given by the previous city council.
They are also organizing mass actions to air their concern.

In Ateneo, we teach our students that value of corporate social responsibility which SMDC is not showing in this instance. Ateneo and Miriam are also leading by example, showing its students the importance of fighting for what is right and good in our society. It is indeed an uphill battle for good governance.


Whatever happened to Joker Arroyo?

August 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Whatever happened to Joker Arroyo?

by: Harvey S. Keh

The Manila Times

Students from Sagad Elementary School (Pasig) enjoy their new library and new books

THE Acts of Hope for the Nation (AHON) Foundation, the corporate social responsibility program of Filway Marketing Inc., just inaugurated its 48th adopted public elementary school library at Sagad Elementary School in Pasig City. By the end of September, AHON would have helped in the development and improvement of more than 50 public elementary school libraries as it was set to open three more in Southern Leyte. This is one of the apostolate works of the president and chief executive officer of Filway Marketing, Hector O. Tagaysay, who was educated in the public school system before receiving a scholarship to study at the Ateneo de Manila University. Unlike other businessmen who love to broadcast their achievements, he has quietly provided books for over 100,000 schoolchildren all over the country. I hope that there will be more men like Tagaysay, sharing the blessings that he has received with those who need it the most.

Businessman for good governance

Another admirable businessman who has been at the forefront of Kaya Natin (KN)’s Karapatan at Kalusugan Kaya Natin Pangalagaan program is Fred Siy. He has been generously providing medicines and other medical supplies to indigent senior citizens living in the areas of our KN champions like Among Ed Panlilio of Pampanga, Rep. Bolet Banal of Quezon City, Mayor Jun Verzosa of Tagudin in Ilocos Sur, former Mayor Sonia Lorenzo of San Isidro in Nueva Ecija, and Mayor Baby Congco of Cabiao in Nueva Ecija. Like Tagaysay, Siy is the type of businessman who would rather take on a low profile and keep quiet about the help and support that he has given. What makes the Karapatan at Kalusugan program unique is that, unlike other medical missions, it also requires beneficiaries to attend a lecture on good governance and responsible citizenship. With more socially-responsible businessmen like Tagaysay and Siy, coupled with more effective, ethical and empowering leaders like our KN champions, I am sure that it won’t be long before our country moves forward.

More on SM Blue

If we have socially responsible businessmen, then we also have business leaders who will do everything just to earn more revenue. This seems to be the case of SM Development Corp. (SMDC), which seems to believe that it is above the law. Last week, I wrote about the zoning exemption that the company was able to get from the city council, which permitted it to construct a 42-storey building named SM Blue Residences near the Marikina fault line. I forgot to mention in that piece that what was even more suspicious was how SMDC was able to get a building permit when the chairman of Barangay Loyola Heights did not even issue a barangay clearance to the corporation. Did some hanky-panky happen in city hall, like what happened with the city council? I am sure that this kind of thing is not only happening in Quezon City, but also in other parts of the country. Companies employing this practice try their best to maximize profits without regard for the community that will be affected by their massive construction efforts. It seems that the present occupant of Quezon City Hall is not inclined to do anything to redress this wrongdoing, thus it would be best if the Department of the Interior and Local Government, led by the good Sec. Jesse Robredo, conduct an immediate investigation of what really transpired these past two years. Ateneo and other stakeholders are also studying the possibility of filing charges before the Office of the Ombudsman against the councilors that gave SMDC the exemption. If the corporation is really the good guy that it claims to be in all its ads, it should immediately stop construction and sit down with community leaders to find an amicable and mutually beneficial solution to this problem. Then again, that may be asking too much from a company that doesn’t seem to understand what the real meaning of corporate social responsibility is.

What happened to Joker?

Senator Joker Arroyo

Speaking of investigations and unearthing the truth, I am really wondering what happened to Sen. Joker Arroyo, who used to be at the forefront of fighting for truth, justice and righteous governance. Ever since I first saw him during the impeachment trial of former President Joseph “Erap” Estrada, I have always admired Arroyo and his principles. But in the last three years, I have seen that he has become a mere puppet of the previous administration, defending its leaders against allegations of graft and corruption. Just this week, he released a statement calling for the stoppage of the ongoing Senate blue ribbon committee hearing on anomalies involving police helicopter purchases made by the previous administration. What gives, Sen. Arroyo? Why are you now siding with those who want to suppress the truth? Do you still remember your campaign slogan, “Kung bad ka, lagot ka!”? He said that it would be best if the complainants would just go and file their charges in court so as not to waste the Senate’s time. While that may be a good suggestion, we all know that once a case is filed in court, it will take many years before it is resolved. People are longing for truth, accountability and justice, and as a result many continue to support the efforts of the blue ribbon committee, led by Sen. Teofisto Guingona 3rd. If Arroyo wants to protect the former president and her husband, then perhaps it would be better for him to attend the hearings and debate with his fellow senators there, rather than calling for the scrapping of these important investigations which are now giving the public a bigger picture of all the shenanigans that happened in the previous administration.

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