My youngest had a project in her Literature class last year wherein she submitted her own list of 12 LITTLE THINGS TO DO AS A STUDENT. This is a take-off from one of the books included in their required reading list.
12 Little Things Every Filipino Can Do to Help Our Country is a book written by ALEXANDER LACSON LEDESMA, a 40-something Filipino lawyer, author, lecturer, philantropist & politician.
In the early part of 2000, he & wife, Pia with their children, seriously thought of migrating to either the US or Canada because they felt that the Philippines was getting nowhere in terms of progress. But after much discussion & careful thought, they decided to stay put in this country & help. He wrote this book in the hope that he can inspire fellow Filipinos to do their share in nation-building by doing the "little things that matter".
A rundown of his list :
- Follow traffic rules. Follow the law.
- Whenever you buy or pay for anything, always ask for an official receipt.
- Don’t buy smuggled goods. Buy local. Buy Filipino. (Or, if you read the book, he suggests: 50-50).
- When you talk to others, especially foreigners speak positively about us and our country.
- Respect your traffic officer, policeman and soldier.
- Do not litter. Dispose your garbage properly. Segregate. Recycle. Conserve.
- Support your church.
- During elections, do your solemn duty.
- Pay your employees well.
- Pay your taxes.
- Adopt a scholar or a poor child.
- Be a good parent. Teach your kids to follow the law and love our country.
Grab your own copy of this must-read book & get to know the man who would have made a good senator.