August 10, 2011
Good Government Journeys to Schools
Those who were too young to remember or those who were born after
the EDSA People Power in 1986 were told how the nation suffered
due to Marcos' excessive lifestyle. They were informed of the
efforts to recover the loot and the continuous struggle to give
justice to the victims of Martial Law. They were called to make
sure history does not repeat itself, and to contribute to the
achievement of good governance in the Philippines.
Following the successful exhibition entitled Excesses,
Recoveries and Good Government
of the Presidential
Commission on Good Government
(PCGG) in January 2011 in Makati
City, PCGG is bringing the exhibit to major universities in the
country. The "Journeying Exhibit
" has been showcased
in Central Luzon State University (CLSU) on July 11-15, 2011 and
in Ateneo de Naga University (ADNU) on July 18-22, 2011. 15 more
schools are scheduled to host the exhibit that runs until December
2011, which is part of PCGG’s 25th Anniversary celebration.
PCGG forged partnerships with universities identified by the
Commission on Higher Education
(CHED) as “centers for
excellence” in teacher education and in agriculture for
the exhibit. “Teacher education because the Commission firmly
believes that the historic aspect of the Marcos plunder and the
values associated with good governance are matters which educators
must be aware of as they have charge of the post-EDSA generation’s
edification. Agriculture because not only is the coconut levy
one of the most contentious issues of plunder, but monies recovered
by the Commission, by law, necessarily goes to the agrarian reform
program,” explained PCGG Commissioner Maita Chan-Gonzaga.
The exhibit is launched with a forum on the work of PCGG and
on governance. At CLSU and ADNU, PCGG Chair Andres Bautista discussed
the issues about the Coco Levy Fund and the Commission’s
lobbying for the passage of the Human Rights Compensation Bill.
The Commissioners engage teachers and students in the fight against
corruption and take on the responsibility of establishing good
government in the country. As many as 300 people participated
in the forum, and 700 individuals viewed the exhibit.
“We support PCGG’s initiative to involve the youth in
the campaign for good government. They may be the post-EDSA generation,
but they can be the current catalysts of change and the
future’s great leaders,” said Jules Maaten,
Country Director of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberty
(FNF) Philippines who is sponsoring the PCGG Journeying Exhibit.