Good governance is possible: Cardinal Tagle

The Cardinal said in his address that Filipinos can change the way their country is run and have to create a culture of good governance which will be second nature to everyone.

Philippines
Jun 18 2014, 1:26 PM
Good governance is possible: Cardinal Tagle
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle.

Cardinal Luis Antonio G. Tagle of Manila has expressed optimism that good governance is still possible despite the scandals and problems racking the Philippine political system.

“Institutional communitarian governance is man-made which means that man can also change it… We cannot excuse a bad system just because it has always been so… It has to change for the better,” Cardinal Tagle said in a forum hosted by the Santuario de San Vicente Parish in the Novaliches diocese on June 14.

Hundreds of good governance advocates, lay leaders, and parish workers attended the event.

The Cardinal said in his address that Filipinos can change the way their country is run and have to create a culture of good governance which will be second nature to everyone.

The prelate cited three qualities which individual citizens and institutions, including the local church, must possess to achieve this objective.

He explained, “Those in positions of responsibility must be competent. Ours must be a system of what you know and can, not of whom you know…a system of qualifications, not connections.”

Regretting the prevalent nepotism, the Archbishop of Manila pointed out that people in authority should practice professionalism and respect for policies and procedures.

“There’s no place here for bending the rules to give in to a friend’s request,” he explained.

Service for the common good and love for country, the prelate stressed, should propel rulers into action, not self-interest.

“They should not be ashamed of being Filipinos… They should at all times have in mind the good of every Filipino,” he said.

Source: CBCP News

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