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PIA Press Release
2008/10/12

Value formation seminar highlights Tanauan town's observance of Moral and Spiritual Guidance Week for Public Servants

Tacloban City (October 12) -- In connection with the Moral and Spiritual Guidance Week for Public Servants, the Local Government of Tanuan, Leyte hosted a values formation seminar on October 10 at the sala of the new municipal hall.

Mayor Roque Tiu said that the afternoon lecture of Reverend Fr. Ervy Lajara centered on Christian Values Formation of the family. Fr. Lajara emphasized to the Officials and employees the need to properly mold their children before reaching the age of 8 years old.

"You should be considerate and honest to your children," Fr. Lajara stressed. "The communication line with your children should always be open so that everything could be shared to the parents."

Fr. Lajara also admonished the officials and employees of the LGU of Tanauan to avoid having any of the vices like womanizing, excessive drinking and gambling as they all are evil and root-cause of corruption and illegal practices.

The Officials and employees were also encouraged to travel in order to widen their horizon and render better service to their clients. Mayor Tiu informed Fr. Lajara that the LGU is already doing it and in fact, already traveled to Bohol and Cebu, followed with a travel to Davao and lately to Metro Manila and Baguio City.

The travels have indeed improved the services of the LGU to their clients as it received numerous awards already like the Best LGU awarded by the Civil Service Commission and the Most Business Friendly Municipality in the Country given by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (PCCI). Once again this year, LGU Tanauan was nominated for the 4th time the Most Business Friendly award.

After the Forum, Mayor Tiu and Fr. Lajara agreed that the activity will be done once a month with the topics and speakers to be arranged by Fr. Lajara, an idea which was received with enthusiasm by the Officials and employees of Tanauan.

Before ending his presentation, Fr. Lajara congratulated Mayor Tiu and the Tanauananons for a very beautiful and modern town hall and also for initiating a Christian Values Formation Forum. Fr. Lajara said that he does not know of any LGU doing this kind of activity.

October 5-11 was marked as the Moral and Spiritual Guidance Week for Public Servants by virtue of Proclamation No. 472 signed by former President Corazon Aquino "Declaring the second week of October 1989 and every year thereafter as Moral Guidance Week for Public Servants.."

Under the auspices of the National Social Action Council, the week-long celebration underscores the need to emphasize the norms of conduct of public officials and employees.

This year's celebration of the Moral and Spiritual Guidance Week has for its theme "Strong families Build a Strong Nation." (PIA 8) [top]

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