Finally, I got to the point of Loving IT!

Today, the most amazing-est thing happened in my line of work.

Way back the month of June, I was accepted to be a part of the team of Christian Convergence for Good Governance CCGG and was given the position to be the Program Officer of Communications, Research and Publications. CCGG is a coalition of faith-based organizations committed to advocate, equip and mobilize for good governance and nation-building (cheating on the organization’s profile here); NGOs are known for conducting various seminars, trainings and other things that equates to learning. Basically, my job description are: to research and write out for the kits that will be used for those trainings and the advocacy of our organization; to coordinate with the layout artist and other people who are involved in printing out those materials; to be involved in brain-stormings and planning for the trainings; and ,to be well-informed of the current happenings on the government sort of like government-watching as I call it. With all these in mind, an ordinary individual can do the equation that it’s all about promoting good governance and fighting corruption—very much politics. Get this: I NEVER liked Politics or government issues or anything related to that. It’s just very hard for me eye sore actually. And so I have indeed a difficult time understanding my purpose on why am I in my organization and so forth…until recently.

My Boss exposed me on different board meetings and tasked me to take down important details of the meeting or what they call the Minutes. Before, I never understood that term because I’m never used to it. How pathetic little College Grad student, even High School students know that. But hey, I know it now! I deserve a Yay! Going back, that time gave me insights on how this organization where I belong works—what they do. Little by little (in short after two months) I now get a feel of how it is supposed to be. In addition, their advocacy on fighting corruption touched my inner core and I was like Aaah, that’s sweet. To raise awareness on the corruption that’s happening in the country, they it’s now safe to say, we target the youth (this will be worked on campuses); NGOs and churches (primarily, evangelical churches).

The luxury of staff is what we don’t have, thus, we’re one Program Officer for Trainings and Seminars short. What do we do now? Since there are no budget for the Program Officer for Training yet, I’m assigned to fulfill its duties too—that includes facilitating seminars and a whole lot of time talking to people; doing follow-ups one after the other. I’m really scared facing strangers because my mom told me before to don’t talk to strangers and I process people before I open up myself to them. And so, facilitating is a challenge for me. Although, I always wanted to do that: to help other people and then inspire them in the process. Congratulations, dream come true! Ha! Training schedules start on September and counting now, it’s one week left. I’m gonna need some prayers on these please. ;)

Our organization is coming up with a new project too—publishing a book where people from different walks of life had their fair share of them saying no to corruption. Yesterday, my Boss appointed me to interview people to whom we might actually get good stories for the book we’re about to publish. I got the chance to start my day one on the interview part earlier. And oh my, I’ve seen a lot of hearts and hopes in their stories. It inspired me as a person. It inspired me as a Filipino. I can’t explain the whole scenario of the interview part yet but one thing’s for sure, the experience of doing the interview made me love my work even more and appreciate the very simplest thing of it: making the Filipinos aware of the reality of corruption (that even ordinary people are capable of) and what they can do to stop it. I have a lot of interview schedules dated ahead of me and even if it means I won’t be celebrating the weekend extensions on Monday and Tuesday I’m truly excited of the things I’m about to learn.

I’m thankful for this kind of job (which I doubted at first) God has given me. This is where He placed me and I know that I had to fulfill my purpose in here (it’s the other way around, though. I’m the one who’s being fulfilled from this service). Since my officemates are Christians too, they also even without them knowing inspires me about life and other things. And so, yes. This stage of my career life is just AWEZMN! To God be the glory in everything we do. :)

CCGG Invites Contributors!

Dear Friends,

The Christian Convergence for Good Governance CCGG is a coalition of faith-based organizations committed to advocate, equip, and mobilize for good governance and nation-building. Our key programs are: Corruption Prevention, Electoral Education and Reform, and Micah Challenge an Advocacy to Fight Poverty.

One of our projects is to come up with a book of stories of people saying no to corruption. Through the book we want to show corruption can be stopped in our little or big way. We have to counter the belief that we cannot do anything about corruption that grips our society. We have to fight against the spirit of helplessness and hopelessness among our people.

Fighting corruption is not just for PNOY but for each one of us to do.

We are inviting you to share your story and inspire our people. Below are the guidelines in writing your story.

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I Said “No” to Corruption

Pointers for the Story

Name (surname optional): _____________________________________

Province or City: ________________________________

Profession: __________

Age: ______ Gender: _____

Briefly relate the instance when you have been tempted to do a corrupt practice:

a. What kind of corrupt practice were you tempted to do (e.g. bribery, giving tong, extortion, not filing the correct income tax return, using an inside personnel to quickly process your papers, nepotism, etc)?

b. What government agency or government personnel was involved?

c. How did you respond?

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Deadline of stories would be this month of August until September.

Your stories might be chosen to be part of a book that will be published by Christian Convergence for Good Governance. For inquiries and submission of entries, email us at ccgg_inc@yahoo.com or call us up at [02] 911.38.57. Let your stories inspire our fellow Filipino people–WRITE NOW!

Christian Convergence for Good Governance, Inc.

4/F Evangelical Center, 62 Molave Street, Project 3 Quezon City

Telefax: [02] 911.38.57 || Email: ccgg_inc@yahoo.com

Divorce – Boon or Bane?

The Philippine laws uphold the family as an inviolable institution.  However, under certain circumstances, when a marriage did not work out, the Philippine Law approves a couple to file for annulment or legal separation. Annulment is a legal procedure for declaring a marriage null and void, meaning that an annulled marriage is considered to be invalid from the beginning almost as if it had never taken place. Legal separation, on the other hand, the husband and wife agreed to live apart but their marriage is still binding.

Data from the Office of the Solicitor General reveal that the number of annulment cases had risen from 4,520 in 2001 to 8,282 in 2010. This means there are 22 annulment cases filed everyday. Sixty-one percent of those who seek for annulment are women, mostly on their 20’s, the remaining 39 percent were men whose age range from 20s to 40s.

Separation through a divorce is never allowed in the country. MaltaandPhilippinesare the only two countries in the world that bans divorce. But recently,Maltaopened up and legalized divorce.  In thePhilippines, several versions of Divorce Bills have been filed. Lawmakers favoring divorce claim that spouses who have irretrievably broken marriage be given the freedom to remarry. Legal separation does not grant the legal right to extricate themselves from the broken marriage. Proponents also raised that the existing laws on annulment are anti-poor, given the high cost needed to pursue a case for annulment.

Those against the legalization of divorce argue that the human rights of the innocent spouse are violated. The guilty spouse in the divorce case is allowed to abandon or neglect his obligation to provide company and care of the innocent spouse and the children. Catholic Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz stated that if the absolute divorce proponents really want to deter present marriage maladies, they instead propose very realistic and severe penalties for the crime of infidelity, abandonment, parricide attempt and the like, rather than rewarding the criminal offenses with a bill of freedom to remarry.

The discussions and debates at the House of Representatives continue as there are many questions left unanswered.

Pray that:

  • The Church, government and non-government organizations intensify its program of enriching marital relationship through education and counseling to help marriages in distress.
  • The government will make all efforts to uphold the family as inviolable institution
  • The lawmakers, whether favor or against the Divorce Bill, will make a careful study on this issue before enacting a law

Personality Focus

Senator Pia “Compañera” S. Cayetano
Chairman

Senate Committee on Youth, Women and Family Relations

Senator Pia Cayetano is the youngest woman elected in the history of the Philippine Senate. A lawyer, triathlete and mother of two, she is continuously proving that there is no limit to what Filipino women can do and achieve. At present, she is the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Youth, Women and Family Relations that deals with youth, women and family relations.

Hon. Rogelio J. Espina, M.D.
Chairperson

Congress Committee on Population and Family Relations

Hon. Rogelio Espina is the Representative of Biliran, Lone District and appointed Chairperson of the Congress Committee on Population and Family Relations, which tackles matters relating to population growth and family planning, population census, family relations and care of the elderly.

Pray that…

  • The Chairperson will conduct in-depth studies about the issue that would help in making sound decisions for the benefit of the nation and its people.
  • They will educate the people about the full content of the bill and its status as it is being critically discussed in the Senate and Congress.

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Nation Watch

A Service of Christian Convergence for Good Governance

June 2011