Moral Recovery Program Promotes Good Governance, Fights Corruption

A media forum dubbed as Kapihan sang Kapitolyo on April 18, 2017 with guests DILG Provincial Dorector Yvette T. Sunga and Moral Recovery Program Bishop Ruben Colmo, discuss the impacts of MRP in the province.

DAVAO ORIENTAL – Aiming at strengthening the social moral fabric, the Provincial Government-led Moral Recovery Program has been making headway in helping government workers and ordinary citizens instill a culture of moral values.

Using values-based and values-driven approach in its activities, the Moral Recovery Program here, led by Focal Person Bishop Ruben Colmo of the Lighthouse Ministries, has been impacting lives everywhere in the province.

“The problems that the society faces today stems from the rampant moral decline,” he said, noting that by addressing the core problems of the society’s ills “we can easily help build a strong and progressive nation by establishing a concrete foundation on values and morality”.

This statement was backed by the Department of Interior and Local Government Provincial Director Yvette T. Sunga who emphasized that everybody, whether in the government and private sector, needs to boost their moral values, thus, powerfully reshaping the society for the better.

MRP at the Provincial Capitol every Monday morning

She lauded the staunch advocacy of the MRP here as it has been one of the most effective tools in combating corruption and in promoting good governance among the ranks of government officials and employees.

“The reason behind the program’s success is that it’s non-religious in nature,” says Colmo, emphasizing that it is tailored-fit for everyone regardless of religion and doctrines.

Inspiring soldiers at the 701st Brigade, Philippine Army

Started in 1999 and adopted as a regular program by the Provincial Government during the previous administration under Former Governor, now Representative of the first district of the province, Cong. Corazon N. Malanyaon, the MRP has reached various sectors by teaching, motivating and inspiring people from all walks of life. Among the venues where the MRP make the most impact are in prisons, military camps, police barracks and stations, provincial offices and national agencies, communities, and schools, among many others. 

The MRP teaches the youth sector about the realities of teen-pregnancy and anti-drug abuse.

Sustained by the present administration of Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang, the program has been continuously touching thousands of lives and has been tackling heated contemporary issues such as the dangers of drug addiction, insurgencies, and HIV-AIDS silent epidemic.

Among the MRP’s highlight programs are the conduct of seminars in schools that inspires students and teaches the youth sector about teen-pregnancy and anti-drug abuse. “We believe that we need first to address the root causes of the problems, which primarily emerge from the deficiency in values. That’s the reason I stayed for almost 20 years now.”

Reaching out to prisoners at the Provincial Jail

Because of the program’s resounding successes and impacts, it has now been institutionalized in the majority of the municipalities and even in many barangays. Colmo said that the program has even reached national agencies, such as the Philippine National Police in Camp Crame who hopes to improve and strengthen the police organization by using holistic approach in establishing good working relationships. Other program highlights are values formation among government workers and spiritual transformation of former rebels.

Feeding program in impoverished communities

In addition, the Lighthouse Ministries in partnership with donors has been conducting feeding programs in impoverished communities for the past few months.

Backing up the Moral Recovery Program, the DILG is also implementing the Masa Masid program which encourages citizens to become watchdogs of the community against corruption and anomalies. Capacitating the program is the UBAS (Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan) which consists of various sectors of the society with the religious sector taking the lead.

Kapihan sang Kapitolyo on April 18 at the Provincial Capitol

Provincial Director Sunga enjoined the media to sow positivity amidst an ocean of negative notes in the emergence of the social media which has been making discord amid the plethora of public opinion. “As citizens, let us focus on the positive side and encourage participatory governance,” she urged the media during a media forum, emphasizing synergy of efforts and not division among the people. By Karen Lou Deloso/Photo by Eden Jhan Licayan

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