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Belle Yambao, Contributor
July 01, 2010

10 Things You Can Do For Your Country

It takes more than just the president to build a nation. Whatever our political alliances, we can help our new government by working for the good of our country. By Belle Yambao
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extra_noy.jpgFilipinos all over the nation are hopeful and excited as the Philippines enters a new era of governance with President Noynoy Aquino at the helm. The president has already promised a lean, graft-free government, GMAnews.TV reports. However, it takes more than just a president to make a nation—he needs the help of the citizens too. Here FN gives you a list of ten things you can do for your country.

Have a few suggestions of your own? Let us know in the comments!

(Photo by Jeffrey Avellanosa via Wikimedia Commons)


This includes not littering on the sidewalks, using environmentally friendly products, and employing eco-friendly practices at work. A greener nation is a more progressive nation—and it’s healthier for you and your local community too!

Need some tips for living a greener life? Check out these articles here on FN:


Just like singing sensation Charice Pempengco, who treated Bantay Bata wards to Enchanted Kingdom for her 18th birthday, you too can be a socially responsible individual. More than just knowing what’s going on around you, this refers to understanding Filipino values and taking responsibility for your actions that affect the country as a whole.


According to Alexander Lacson, author of 12 Little Things You Can Do for Your Country, if we begin with following the simplest of the country’s laws, the rest will follow. If, for example, we obey the traffic rules, there will be fewer accidents, less disgruntled people, and less instances of bribery (kotong).


The first step to exercising your rights as a Filipino citizen is knowing what they are, so you may want to refresh yourself on the Philippine Bill of Rights. Remembering your rights will help you when you find yourself caught in an unfair situation but feel like you’re helpless to change it. This blog entry, for example, explains that you can only get fired from your job if there is just cause and due process is observed. If you can prove that your termination was unjust or you were fired without proper notice, you can even get reinstated. So it pays to be familiar with the Labor Code of the Philippines.


Have you ever found yourself in the middle of the scene of the crime? Let’s say you saw a snatcher running away with someone’s wallet (or your own) and chased after him. As a Filipino citizen, you can actually arrest him (a citizen’s arrest) following the “hot pursuit” arrest rule from the Rules of Court. 

Being proactive can mean something as small as reprimanding someone for cutting a line (politely, of course). Little violations often progress to bigger, more unlawful abuse in the end, so it’s better to stop it at the root. Still, you need to remember to think about personal safety: if the person who snatches your cell phone has a knife in his hand, you may not want to chase after him. Reporting a crime to the proper authorities as soon as it occurs will go a long way toward seeing justice done, so always remember that this is the safer alternative.


You may not be able to stop top officials from stealing from the country’s coffers, but you can help by reporting any instances of bribery on the micro-level. It also helps if you yourself are aware of your boundaries. If you get a traffic ticket and the policeman says he’ll tear it up for a little merienda money, just say no and take the ticket.


Read the newspapers, watch the news, and keep yourself updated on what’s going on in the country. Being informed and up-to-date helps you in forming your own opinions about important issues and in making better decisions. But don’t stop there! Share what you’ve learned with your friends and family so that they can be updated too.


Championing a cause (just like our Womanity personalities Daphne Oseña-Paez and Rosalind Wee) does not just involve donating material goods or money. The best donation you can give is your time and effort, so if there’s an issue that is close to your heart, find out if there are organizations supporting it and become a volunteer. You may also check out this FN article for a guide to donating when you’re a little strapped for cash.


Being nationalistic can mean something as simple as sincerely singing the "Lupang Hinirang" with your hand over your heart as you look at the Philippine flag. It can mean patronizing local goods and delicacies, promoting local tourism to your foreign friends, wearing fashionista designs, and appreciating Filipino talent (we know our fellow FNites are proud of Tony Award winner Lea Salonga). Most of all, it’s about believing in what we can do as a country.



Now that you’re aware of what you can do for your country, it’s time to spread the word. Encourage patriotism in your siblings, children, and friends by teaching them what they can do to become better citizens, even if it’s something as simple as brushing up on Philippine history, instilling the Filipino tradition of using po and opo, or referring them to this very article for other ideas. In this way, you’re helping preserve the Philippine legacy for the next generation of Filipinos.

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  • mary_ann Jul 01 2010 @ 10:39pm Report Abuse
    Sabi nga "Ako ang Simula" at "Ako Mismo"!
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  • shirleylim26 Jul 02 2010 @ 12:19am Report Abuse
    Be a role model!
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  • prettylass8831 Jul 02 2010 @ 09:24am Report Abuse
    Let's do our part in helping the country. Change should start from each and everyone of us. Let's be more disciplined and work harder.
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  • len Jul 02 2010 @ 11:46pm Report Abuse
    i'll be a law abiding citizen.
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  • rosanna concepcion Jul 03 2010 @ 12:19am Report Abuse
    Lets not just pledge ..work for it!
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  • summerinparis Jul 03 2010 @ 07:00am Report Abuse
    donate to cause and be proactive. that's what i would love to do! it would be easy for me,i think.
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  • damselflypoet Jul 03 2010 @ 06:55pm Report Abuse
    Be an inspiration! Show others that with God in your life you can do anything!
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  • leo Jul 03 2010 @ 08:28pm Report Abuse
    be a good leader for our country, so that the country have a better future.....
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  • anggeh Jul 06 2010 @ 05:12pm Report Abuse
    check, check, check! :)

    i'm happy to know that I'm doing my part. Small as it may seem, it is still something. Hope that everyone does their share too. :)
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  • laniepam Jul 07 2010 @ 10:11pm Report Abuse
    Go go go Pinoys!
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  • mizz_saigon Jul 08 2010 @ 09:31am Report Abuse
    I hope we think and act this way for every elected president. Not for this one only but for next coming presidents.

    oh and according to the bible, when you help you don't have to shout it to the world. it will lose meaning and importance. it'll be more of showing off that you helped than helping. it's not important the every human being knows you're helping. the Lord and Our Father knows.

    so help with honest and clear intention. don't put it in you tube. or announce it in the radio and tv station. it mean's you're only doing it for yourself.
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  • Msairra_queenbee Jul 13 2010 @ 06:25am Report Abuse
    if people wants big changes, its good to start by making small ones. :)
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  • lalabong Jul 14 2010 @ 11:29pm Report Abuse
    We should be a role model to everyone.
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  • Jing Causon Jul 23 2010 @ 06:09pm Report Abuse
    Start by doing your part -- tiny steps which your children can follow. As they say "practive what you preach."
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  • j.allyssa Jul 30 2010 @ 10:27pm Report Abuse
    One thing I read about related to this tells that WE SHOULD LEARN TO ASK FOR RECEIPTS. The price we pay includes our share for taxes. So the government deserves to receive them :)
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  • MartinGeorgette31 Aug 22 2011 @ 09:49pm Report Abuse
    The personal loans seem to be very useful for guys, which are willing to ground their company. By the way, it is not hard to receive a auto loan.
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  • philip Sep 23 2011 @ 08:34pm Report Abuse
    "I'm proud to be pinoy!" "I yam!"
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  • Guest894ggg Sep 12 2012 @ 06:57pm Report Abuse
    am british now thats the best country
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