Transform Education, Transform the Philippines

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Transform Education, Transform the Philippines


THIS movement, called TETP spearheaded by Bro. Roly Dizon, Philip Tangco and a few others, has been gradually drawing members to its fold.

Its objectives are to fight corruption and poverty now and to check corruption and end poverty by 2020. It will do this through a series of activities all aimed at deepening awareness of three values - patriotism, integrity, and excellence or PIE and to ensure that this understanding can transform individual lives and that of society. These groups include key sectors from public and private institutions -- teachers, local government officials, legal practitioners, business leaders and other professionals, and especially the youth through a series of activities - training, research, advocacy through mainstream and alternative media, and other educational and enterprise development initiatives.

Why the focus on these three values? The assumption is that these twin evils in our midst - poverty and corruption, to a large extent are consequences of the loss of patriotism (love of country and countrymen), integrity (honesty), and excellence (competence) among a large portion of the population. Poverty and corruption and their effects are most apparent in physical or material terms as shown in the rapid deterioration of our environmental resources. But they are as destructive in other dimensions - in the area of interpersonal relations where there is growing alienation and distrust, and in the intellectual and spiritual realm as well.

The PIE Kit defines these values and how they can be practiced. The latter is the more difficult part, it notes, and thus, it would require a deeper consciousness of the "whats" and "whys" of these values, to commit to them, be guided by them, and to keep track of one's progress in daily encounters. We can only change if we are constant and consistent in living the values. But it would also require developing a bond with others - to discover collective strength and further track collective progress. For the short term therefore, the expected transformation will be done through some of the key sectors and to reach and nurture a critical mass of at least 20% of the target groups. …

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