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PIA Press Release
2008/11/01

November is National Consciousness Month on Punctuality and Civility, PGMA declares

Tacloban City (November 1) -- The month of November is National Consciolusness Month for Punctuality and Civility, respect for the value of time and respect for the right of others, pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 1638 signed by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on October 8, 2008. In the Filipino language, Buwan ng Pagpapahalaga sa Oras at Karapatan ng Kapwa.

President Arroyo said that the Organized Response for the Advancement of Society, Inc. (ORAS), a non-government, non-profit and non-stock organization composed of leaders from all sectors of society, "has continually and effectively promoted a national campaign for the transformation of the habit of our people in respect to the value of time and respect for the rights of others."

The ORAS movement has gained popular support in the community, the public and private sectors, non-government organizations, other associations as well as the media, the President added.

"Punctuality and Civility are two indispensable virtues that the Filipino citizenry must possess if the country is to aspire for a peaceful, prosperous and united society," President Arroyo said.

"There is need for a new breed of Filipino, who makes the most of his time and respects the rights of his fellowmen to their time and freedom, thus ensuring a responsible citizenry," the President continued.

Being punctual is being civil to one's colleagues and the people one deals with on a daily basis. Time after all, is the most wasted non-renewable resource people have.

All government offices, local and national, and all public and private schools, colleges and universities are enjoined to observe this month with appropriate programs to promote the twin values of punctuality and civility.

Through this observance the primary objective of which is the promotion of time consciousness, it is hoped that the negative connotation of "Filipino time" will be erased. (PIA 8) [top]

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