Responsible Citizenship Must be Taught in Schools


Responsible citizenship through education-based programs can help improve the country’s social and moral problems showcasing as an example the recently concluded elections and how everyone got involved in injecting positive change to society. The Committee on Education’s session discussed how engaging the community and the individual can help in nation building.

Good governance is not enough, said Teresita Baltazar of the Good Citizenship Movement. Citizens must take personal responsibility for their actions and live by Filipino values that are enshrined in the Philippine constitution. With the Philippine education system based on too much information, its lack of values formation is a cause of our backward development as a country. Filipino Education must include values formation in order to achieve national transformation.

Mario Deriquito of Ayala Foundation recommends considering community participation as a component and making the community a partner in progress instead of being mere recipients of a project. Through education programs, people must be molded to become competent, industrious, and patriotic.

Filipino values must be at the core of any philanthropic project, says Maria Gonzales-Goolsby, Executive Director of the Corporate Philanthropy and Social Responsibility department of the Union Bank of the Philippines, when she shared the Union Bank Learning System to develop good leadership through values education and developmental reading. She primarily noted how these factors contributed to the Union Bank project's success, with the result of an increase in children's reading development.

Taking off from the belief that education is the great equalizer, Doris Nuval of Knowledge Channel Foundation (KCF). Despite a gargantuan Philippine educational system, quality may still be achieved through the application of modern Information, Communication, and Technology (ICT) packages. Using the resources of the Lopez Group of Companies, KCF empowers the poor and marginalized through media. The Knowledge Channel is the first and only curriculum based television channel simulcast nationwide.

So how does one become a responsible, participative, and empowered Filipino citizen? Amor Curaming, Associate Director for Academic Services of the Meralco Management and Leadership Development Center Foundation Inc. ended the session by inviting the audience to participate in the discussion by writing on a piece of paper what they can do to help promote responsible leadership at home, community, and work.

The LCF CSR Expo aims to provide corporate citizens with skills, knowledge, and relevant experience to increase their awareness and empowerment as they work to achieve enhanced goodwill in doing sustainable and relevant business with society. LCF is a network of over 70 operating and grant-making corporate foundations and corporations seeking to provide business solutions to social and environmental problems in the Philippines.