What is a good Filipino Citizen? A good Filipino citizen is one who plays an active and intelligent role as a member of the community. He is one who fulfills his duties and obligations to the government and society. He possesses the traits of respectfulness, courtesy and consideration for parents and elders and for others. He observes punctuality, promptness, and good moral conduct. (Coloma, T.M. and Herrera, M.M.) How can you become a Good Citizen? You can become a good citizen by living in accordance with the good citizenship values derived from the Preamble of the 1987 Constitution: “We the sovereign Filipino people, imploring the aid of Almighty God in order to build ajust humane society and establish a Government that shall embody our ideals and aspirations, promote the common good, conserve and develop our patrimony, and secure to ourselves and our posterity, the blessings of independence and democracyunder the rule of law and a regime of truth, justice, freedom, love, equality, and peace, do ordain and promulgate this constitution.”The Filipino values presented in the Preamble have been simplified and categorized into the following: I. Pagkamaka-Diyos A. Faith in the Almighty God (imploring the aid of Almighty God)

B. Respect for Life C. Order D. Work E. Concern Generations for the Family and Future

II. Pagkamaka-Tao A. Love B. Freedom (independence and democracy) C. Peace D. Truth E. Justice III. Pagkamaka-Bayan A. Unity B. Equality C. Respect for Law and Government (rule of law) D. Patriotism (conserve and develop our patrimony) E. Common Good IV. Pagkamaka-Kalikasan. Concern for the Environment These sixteen values will help shape and guide our Nation towards a better tomorrow. It has been best exemplified in the event of EDSA 1, proving to us that we are a nation built in values. To look back on that story, check out this link: ex.php?option=com_content&view=section

many acts violating the laws of God are committed each day.&layout=blog&id=6&Itemid=3) Let us now explore the values that are inherently given to us and face the challenge of living a life in accordance with it. As a Christian. to enable you to meet your needs and to get you out of trouble and crisis. some men got ready to jump into the water to save the child. You are created from His image and likeness. you should uphold and recognize others’ dignity as persons and grow to appreciate their worth by keeping an open mind and charitable attitude so you may be able to appreciate others’ giftedness and special roles. In turn.” -San Lorenzo Ruiz This is the basic value of the good Filipino citizen. it is sacred and by all means. kung ako man ay may sanlibong buhay. With this experience. B. Her son fell off the bridge and plunged into the deep water below. you have to put your faith into action. you should be responsible for it because any form of violence against it defies the sanctity of life. The widow wept. MMHC Faith Alone A devout widow who was known to be a living saint was crossing a bridge with her child when an accident happened. The Good Citizenship Value of Respect for Life Your life and humanity is a gift from God.I. However. you are asked to put God in the center of your lives and communicate with Him by means of prayers. The Good Citizenship Value of Faith in the Almighty God“Isa akong Katoliko at buong pusong tinatanggap ang kamatayan para sa Panginoon. “Do not move. you become fully aware of the things you can accomplish when you live a life of faith. PAGKAMAKA-DIYOS A. You have to remember that as Thomasians and future leaders of this country. and serve as an inspiration to others who struggle with their own faith in Almighty God. How then can it be that you ask for God’s help and guidance then go against His wishes? Let us read this story by Bro.” After she had said this. Natural human . Andrew Maria. “my faith alone can save the child. one with infinite powers. You should look at Him as your ultimate source. lahat ng iyon ay iaalay ko sa Kanya. live a life that that is based on good values. the child drowned and died. In a short while. the widow forbade them. however. It is ironic. that in a country where citizens are innately “maka-diyos”. to help you in your work. Your body is God’s temple. At this. This makes you a person of worth and dignity. This story teaches us that Faith alone. without work. the widow knelt on the bridge and prayed with great faith.” she told the men. is useless.

It is also important that you have the right values and attitude towards your work and dealings. which is considered as God’s temple? improve yourselves as citizens. unrest. Thoughts to ponder on: life? day? ip Value of Work “Give fish to a man and he will have food for a day. worth and dignity due to them as human beings? C. You should always remember that no matter how much work you do. You should also be responsible for upholding the rights of others. Otherwise.” It is simply doing the right thing at the right time and the right place without hesitation. You shall not be an advocate of violence or any means that may harm the life and dignity of others. teach him how to fish and he shall have food to eat throughout his lifetime” -Chinese proverb Work is a gift and it has become part of your nature and destiny. protect. it will trigger situations of panic. It is your duty to respect. You should learn to strive hard in arranging your lives in a certain way that will allow you to be more productive. productive and self-reliant member of the society. successful and productive life. havoc and anarchy. quality work and honest work are what makes a citizen a good. We need these so that we can live a peaceful. You should understand that the value of Order is important in your quest to .rights protect you from anything that endangers your life and well being. nurture and preserve the human life from the moment of its conception. emotion and action. Hard work. The Good Citizenship Value of Order The value of Order is doing “first things first. God has given you talents to use as investments in your work and in return you are expected to settle for nothing less than excellent results. Order entails the discipline of mind. Thoughts to ponder on: s and vices that may lead to the destruction of my body. confusion. Life is precious.

respect. . integrity. At ang payo ang susudan At sa magkakapatid. marunong kang magmahal. It is by love that you care." -. Be strengthened by love. The Good Citizenship Value of Concern for the Family and Future Generations Respetuhin natin ang ating ina . Thoughts to ponder on: A family is worth more than any worldly gain. forgive and trust. Be vigilant and possess the resolve to always value your family as your most precious gift next to your life.Bob Ong Love means so much to us simply because love is the answer to our many questions during these trying times.Extension ng puso ang tenga. You draw inspiration and strength from your Family and in return you are expected to do your responsibilities as a member of the family to keep it intact and strong against the forces that tend to destroy its values and sense of unity.Thoughts to ponder on: o What are the most pressing issues that my family faces today? o Have I developed a strong personal conviction and resolve to value the well being and unity of my family in the midst of the growing threats against it? II. accept. Learn to work with love. But why is it that our nation has never moved forward if we all have LOVE within us? Maybe not all of us ever learned how to live in love which holds us back to love in school and in other endeavors? -given talents wisely? C.ilaw siya ng tahanan Bigyang galang ang ama. The Good Citizenship Value of LOVE "Ang tenga kapag pinagdikit korteng puso.what counts in the end is not the volume of work but the amount of love you put into your work. and honesty to achieve excellent results.. understanding and mutual respect for all members of your family.Kailang ay magmahalan Dapat lng ay pag usapan ang hindi nauuwaan -.. kaya kapag marunong kang makinig..Francis Magalona “Mga Kababayan ko” This value emphasizes that your family is a gift from God and that utmost attention must be focused on the family as sanctuary of life and a core unit of society. PAGKAMAKA-TAO A.

and person? How can I demonstrate the value of love to my family. a builder of harmony among your fellowmen. God gave our lives. loyalty to your country and respect for your environment. and with that comes the freedom to choose what you want to make with it. Peace begins with you. hardship and sacrifices of our ancestors. . living and working together in harmony and avoiding violence as a way of settling disputes. You should be a person of peace. The Good Citizenship Value of PEACE “Peace means serenity of mind. in what ways can I demonstrate my commitment to freedom? C. EDSA I and II are examples of events in our history as a nation that showed how we protected our freedom from tyrant leaders and anarchy. Thoughts to ponder on: o As a student. and do what is good and right while avoiding what is wrong and evil. friends and community? o How can I be a more loving person to others? o What benefits can I possibly reap from being a loving person? B. Love is the key to our national progress. Freedom is never without the virtue of responsibility.St. The freedom our nation is enjoying now is a fruit of love. understand their plight. citizen. simplicity of heart and tranquility of soul” . Augustine You value Peace by doing well for others and for your country. but in having the right to do what we ought” -Pope John Paul IIYou value Freedom by giving due recognition and respect to your individuality as persons with human rights and duties. The Good Citizenship Value of FREEDOM “Freedom consists not in doing what we like. the middle and the end of our history as a nation. responsibility and service. Peace is a God-given gift that you must nurture by prayer. Thoughts to ponder on: o Am I a loving student. concern for your fellowmen. This is what the Almighty God wants you to learn: learn to love. This can be attained and sustained when you develop a deep consciousness of your faith in God. Love binds us together as a nation. with a sense of discipline and chastity which will lead you to love your fellowmen.others. Let it love be in the beginning. Freedom is the power to act or not to act. You should practice freedom with a clear understanding of its limits. Love entails sacrifice.

D. It also means the promotion of a healthy and humane working condition. posterity. honesty. integrity. sincerity.To Every Man His Due Institute for Development Education Center for Research and Communication There was once a poor farmer who would come to town everyday in order to supply a baker with homemade bibingka. The Good Citizenship Value of TRUTH The value of truth is living and loving passionately with honesty and sincerity. The truth also demands sacrifices and efforts but it is a worthy cause that highlights your own capacity as a person to do well and live with integrity. corruption and other evils. Honesty should be applied in all your roles in life because the truth will set you free and it should always prevail. correct use of power. let truth strengthen your character by honesty and responsibility. “There is no truth and no good in lies” Thoughts to ponder on: and its defense as a virtue of righteousness? E. the baker would give the farmer five pounds of bread for his family. The Good Citizenship Value of JUSTICE You value Justice by means of promoting ethical practices that enhance the essence of social justice.You should strive hard to foster the value of peace in your personal endeavors. and one that allows every person an equal opportunity to pursue development and happiness. He discovered that the bibingka was one pound short. It entails transparency. Justice is important in our life because it ensures us that our society fosters an atmosphere that respects human dignity. One day. Truth is important in our society because it is a condition for freedom. fair and legal labor practices. Thoughts to ponder on: o What can I do to have peace so I can shun violence? D. courage and humility. Let me share with you a story that will simply show you that Justice is giving every man his due. You are a person of integrity. work and country? my own dealings . In exchange for five pounds of bibingka. abhor all means of violence and arrange your affairs in order. security. moving purposefully away from graft. This made the baker very angry. family. and he accused the importance of the value of truth in my life. the baker decided to weigh the bibingka.

A lion had long watched them in the hope of making prey of them. that kingdom cannot stand. but it is something you must do. The story shows that whether in our country or our organizations.farmer of having cheated him. civic or church.” From the story mentioned above. “A kingdom divided against itself cannot stand. they avoided each other and each took to feeding alone. we ought to be united.” You should put aside division. He therefore began secretly to spread evil and slanderous reports of one against another till he fomented jealousy and distrust among them. But remember. This is a time for heroes. It is a heroic task. I am sure of giving you an equal amount of bibingka.Here is a story from Fr. have I done my share in giving my fellow men their basic share of justice by at least treating them with dignity and being mindful of their rights as much as I value my own? III. reflect on this question: o As a citizen. So I take the five pounds of bread you give me and use it as a standard. I am poor and I have no weights at home. divides and conquers. you mean that all of us Filipino citizens are expected to be one as a people. PAGKAMAKA-BAYAN A. and if a house is divided against itself. The Good Citizenship Value of EQUALITY “There will never be real equality so long as one feels inferior or superior to another” . but found little chance so long as they kept together. Soon. and agree to work as one – this is not easy to do. are called to be a HERO. But the farmer very calmly declared. yourselves. In this way. The Good Citizenship Value of UNITY “If a kingdom is divided against itself. SVD “The Preying Lion” Three bulls fed in a field together in the greatest peace and safety. B. He fell on them singly and made an easy prey of them all. This gave the lion the opportunity it had been waiting for. for the devil like the preying lion. Bel San Luis. It also means that YOU: k for what is the best for your countrymen. YOU. “You see sir. that house will not be able to stand” -Mark 3:24-25 When you say UNITY is a good citizenship value.

This is essential in establishing a community of happy. caring and peaceful people. It calls for you to be committed to serve the interest of the nation no matter who is seated at the helm of the government Patriotism is every person’s sense of duty and responsibility: to contribute to the person/citizen? ensure that the value of equality is safeguarded and promoted? C.” complacent with these issues? -. Strive to take a critical stand in making a decision to follow laws and appreciate the work of government. you should therefore refrain from making irrational judgments of people. All men are created equal and have every right to be treated fairly in the interest of love and justice. race. especially those who are in positions of power and authority. You should not allow your values to be compromised by illegal acts and practices. sex. Tangkilikin ang sariling atin. How important is it equality? Am I aware of issues that threaten the value community/society? of equality in my D.-Mahatma Gandhi This value means treating one another with equality. utmost dignity and respect regardless of religion. Laws and government are meant to serve our own interests as citizens and not of the interest of the few. cultural orientation. The Good Citizenship Value of PATRIOTISM “Pilipino Muna. Thoughts to ponder on: You should be a law-abiding citizen regardless of who sits at the helm of the government. You should perform your patriotic duty of maintaining a sense of respect for your duly constituted right and authority to promote peace and order for the sake of your country. act conscientiously and decisively to protect each person’s right to equality.Claro M. social status. As good citizens. Recto Patriotism means that you should be a vigilant citizen. looking out for the welfare of your country. etc. The Good Citizenship Value of RESPECT FOR LAW AND GOVERNMENT . loving. You should seek ways to know the law more so that you may be able to follow them with more understanding.

are you ready to do your share in promoting the common good? Thoughts to ponder on: o Have I developed the habit of sharing my blessings to others specially those who are less fortunate? IV.g.” The common good consist of three essential elements: . to reach their fulfillment more fully and more easily. Now. either as groups or as individuals. e. Thoughts to ponder on: -being and development of the group itself stability and security of a just order. patriotism. protect our integrity. love. Di ka nabubuhay ng para sa iyo lamang ni para sa iyong mga anak.his fundamental and inalienable human rights . In doing this.: faith in Almighty God. PAGKAMAKA-KALIKASAN A. Being proud of our personal and national identity and being responsible voters are some of the concrete examples of how we nurture the value of patriotism. It is to share what you have to the other members of society who need your help most so that their human dignity will be upheld. work. The Good Citizenship Value of CONCERN FOR THE ENVIRONMENT “Kabataan.” -. and uphold the rights and dignity of our people. kalikasan para sa kinabukasan. peace and equality.Manuel L. iwasan ang pagkakamaling ating naranasan. To promote “common good” is an obligation of every member of society. Ikaw ay bahagi ng lipunang pinagkakautangan mo ng mga tiyak na sagutin. Quezon The term “common good” refers to “the sum total of goods and social conditions which allow people. can perform simple acts of patriotism? y country enough that I am inspired to serve her in any way I can?E. The Good Citizenship Value of COMMON GOOD “Tumulong ka sa ikabubuti ng iyong kakapwaan at paunlarin mo ang iyong katarungang pangmadla. The basic value of promotion of the “common good” clearly brings together other basic values and illustrates how the basic values are related and reinforce each other. you should be sincere and willing to be counted in the work of promoting the common good since the government needs all citizens to join in this mission.development of our country. unity.

avoiding the use of plastics. etc. You. You are aware that your existence and that of the generations after you are threatened by the destruction of the environment. these values are innately given to us by God. I hope you will be able to: 1.Francis Magalona “Kabataan para sa kinabukasan” This value means launching an efficient and sustainable “clean and green” program nationwide. These serve as the bedrock for the National Service Training Program. Nature is God’s grace to you that’s why you should take care of it so that you will have clean air to breathe.Oras nang magtubos. giving it great care and appreciating its wonders and beauty. analyze the nature and history of the National Service Training Program and its components . “Ang Kabataan ang magulang ng bukas” -.God made us stewards of His creation. daigdig natin 'wag sayangin. The acts could be as simple as throwing that candy wrapper on the garbage can instead littering on the streets. Remember. clean water to drink. This module clearly explained the meaning of the values and responsibilities we have to do to be good citizens of the Philippines. are called to dedicate yourselves in the service of our Nation and motivate others by exemplifying the values of a good Filipino citizen.Milagros T. The next lesson will provide you with a means to respond to that the challenge…LESSON 2: The National Service Training Program: An Introduction The previous lesson showed the values that we need to live by in order to become good Filipino citizens. 'wag hayaang maubos” -. Hernandez. After this Lesson. as the future movers of our country and parents of the future. Tula. clean ocean to launch adventures and above all. These are the values embedded in the Preamble of 1987 Philippine Constitution. In this alarming situation. We should know how to use it properly taking into consideration not only our welfare. but also that of others for the betterment of our country. You should treat Mother Nature as your own mother and masterpiece. you should develop a sense of urgency in the way you treat your environment: Respect the integrity of creation by means of using all environment resources properly and prudently. a life that’s healthy and a future worthy to be shared with the next generation.

and social well-being. ipakita ang lakas. your answer — and your choice may probably. it trains you to respond to the present challenges. have been recognized by many.2. in shaping the future of our nation is truly significant. appreciate the goals of the National Service Training Program in the Higher Educational Institutions I. if you look at it closely. enhancing your instinct for national service. the contributions of young people like you. change your life. entered your mind when you enrolled in this program. our National Hero said: “The youth is the hope of the motherland. It gives you the chance to be socially involved and have deeper awareness of yourself in relation to others. Article II of the 1987 constitution? “The State recognizes the vital role of the youth in nationbuilding and shall promote and protect their physical. therefore. if not totally. You may have also asked: “what is the connection or relevance of NSTP to my academic course?” But you know what? In the grand scheme of things. NSTP endows you with theoretical and practical knowledge and experiences that are needed for community service. the future leaders of our country. Jose Rizal. it’s not just another subject --. apart from choosing among ROTC. spiritual. intellectual. You see. At the same time. “What’s in it for me?” “NSTP what??” “Why do I have to take up this course?” “Do I really have to??” I’m sure these questions have somehow crossed.”Are you familiar with the song Kabataan para sa Kinabukasan by Francis Magalona? It beautifully depicts how promising the Filipino youth can be. and encourage their involvement in public and civic affairs. moral. However. it’s not just a requirement. makabagong Pilipino Sulong kabataan. maging tunay na is a preparation and opportunity to improve yourself to be of service to others. “…gamitin ang talino.” . It shall inculcate in the youth patriotism and nationalism. Remember Section 13. It opens a window for you to see the current situation of your community. carry out your role as a young citizen in service of our country through NSTP 3. tunay at wagas na pag-asa ng bukas Nasa palad mo ang kapalaran” Your role. The reality is that the National Service Training Program is a required course mandated by law. CWTS or LTS.

With all your potential. YOU can serve in a lot of ways. idealism and energy. This is the concept that shaped the National Service Training Program. Footsteps: Service to the Country The following timeline would give you a glimpse on the evolution of the youth’s contribution to national service. II.See? It’s right there in our constitution—YOU are a valuable constituent of our country. . YOU are capable of doing a lot of things for the good of others—to be of service to OUR nation.

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