The Smallest Acts of Patriotism Can Go A Long Way

I have recently came across a summary of the book by Alexander Lacson, a Filipino lawyer, author, philanthropist best known for his book " 12 Little Things Filipinos Can Do To Help Our Country". These are:

1. Follow traffic rules. Follow the Law. Such is the lowest form of national discipline. I was fascinated by how Singapore attained such order for the past few years. They have adapted and followed laws such as: sale of gum is prohibited, failure to flush a toilet after use may result in hefty fines or peeing in an elevator is illegal. All these may sound dumb to some but hey if these laws made their country as disciplined as they are now and orderly, I am all for it.
2. Always ask for an official receipt.
3. Don't buy smuggled goods. Buy Local. Buy Filipino.
4. Speak positively about us and our country. You don't need to be in a official of the country to be an ambassador of our country. How we act and speak shows what and who a Filipino is.
5. Respect your traffic officer, policeman and other public servants. If we honor a person, he is encouraged to morally do his duties.
6. Throw your garbage properly. Segregate. Recycle. Conserve. Keeping our country clean and beautiful shows our love for our country.
7. Support your Church.
8. During elections, do your solemn duty.
9. Pay your employees well. When blessings are shared, it will build the smallest unit of community-our family. Better families build a great nation.
10. Pay your taxes.
11. Adopt a scholar or a poor child.
12. Be a good parent. Teach your kids to love our country.

If you think about it, his 12 simple steps to help our country makes a lot of sense. If we all try to adapt to his steps, there is definitely hope for the Philippines!