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Student Leaders Assembly '17

Makulay na disenyo ng stage at masisiglang mga tugtog ng drums ang umalingawngaw sa pagbubukas ng taunang Student Leaders Assembly sa Don Bosco Mandaluyong na ginanap noong Agosto 15-16, 2017...

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Culture of Integrity

Three years ago, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, DD, challenged the Catholic faithful in the Philippines to fight the culture of corruption with the culture of integrity.   He stressed that we can cultivate this virtue and create this culture by being men and women of our word.  We have to walk our talk starting in our families, in our homes and in our schools, he said.  We can practice this in our DBA family by being true to our word (“palabra de honor”)...

Culture of Integrity

by Fr. Jose Armando G. Cortez, SDB

Three years ago, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, DD, challenged the Catholic faithful in the Philippines to fight the culture of corruption with the culture of integrity.   He stressed that we can cultivate this virtue and create this culture by being men and women of our word.  We have to walk our talk starting in our families, in our homes and in our schools, he said.  We can practice this in our DBA family by being true to our word (“palabra de honor”).  When we commit ourselves to pass our requirements, or tell our parents or friends that we will arrive at this particular time, or just swearing to do something for someone, let us fulfill it even at the cost of inconvenience or some sacrifices.  Living up to our word makes us men and women of integrity.  Your word is as good as done.

The Cardinal also emphasized, condemning dishonesty in all its forms.  Dishonesty for him is the “beginning of corruption.”   We cannot overemphasize this in our school when we say “honesty is the best policy.”  When our Asst. Principal for Student Affairs would remind during examination days to remove from our pocket and our place anything that can be construed as cheating, we are repeating this call of the good Cardinal to abhor dishonesty and uphold honesty in our school.

 

The last point of Cardinal Tagle in building a culture of integrity is to grow in competence.  He said that in a society were connection is more important than credentials; we need all the more to stress cultivating one’s knowledge and skills to be up to the demand of one’s work and not to rely only on our backers to get a job.  Competence is our personal work and worth.  If we are capable we can work our way to the ladder of success without resorting to “padrino” and thus we can do our duties well without being indebted to someone that can be a cause of corruption in one’s work place.

 

We have a long way to achieve building a culture of integrity.  It has been 3 years since the Cardinal spoke of this topic in the Katolikong Pinoy Series.  Four years hence and his call is as fresh as ever and as relevant today.  Let us commit ourselves here in Don Bosco Academy to build a culture if integrity.  Saup-saup tamu king obrang iti.

 

 

 

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