GOOD CITIZENSHIP

By Mandy Navasero
LACSON reminds us to pay attention to the little things


    I met ALEXANDER LACSON at Nelia Sarcol’s new condo last November. He brought his 128-page book, “12 Little Things We Can Do To Help Our Country.” Sarcol, founder of the Pearl Principle movement, bought 10 copies of the book.
    Alex, a lawyer by profession, wrote the book in seven months. It deals how we can love our country in specific, doable ways, and encourages every Filipino to do his part in nation building. It promotes the bayanihan spirit and patriotism.

Solution
    Lascon considers good citizenship as a solution for country’s troubles. He said nation building is not just the duty of our leaders – it’s also the responsibility of every Filipino citizen! We all have obligations to our country, and part of being a good citizen is to fight for good leaders and for a responsible government.
    He reminds us to pay attention to the little things that we can do, because they make up the big things.
    We have to follow traffic rules, which is one way to gradually develop discipline. He quotes Benjamin Franklin: “Our people’s habits can be the destiny of our nation.”
    Lacson also quotes Ninoy Aquino: “The Philippines, given a good leader, will become a great nation, because Filipinos, as people, are essentially good followers.”

Abundance
    African countries like Susan, Ethiopia and Somalia are poor because they lack natural resources, something that we have in abundance. Among 200 countries, the Philippines is the fourth richest country in terms of mineral deposits. But, we are poor because of our own doing!
    Once you’ve read “12 Little Things We Can Do To Help Our Country,” you’ll want to share it with friends.

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