It’s easy to say that we love our country: a few keystrokes and a well hash tagged campaign can easily build steam. But how do you show it?
In spite of what other people say about the traffic, the pollution, the natural chaos of things – I always believed that the Philippines is one hell of a beautiful country, with people and resources available to bring it to greatness. Our country has so much potential, so much to give but the sad part is that it is often unrealized — often times, because of the corruption, the lack of discipline and the lack of empathy towards other by us, it’s own people.
Integrity Initiative – spearheaded by the Makati Business Club, the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP), the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (AMCHAM), the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) and the Financial Executives of the Philippines (Finex) – with its aim to push Integrity and it’s importance in every Filipino is staging the historic Integrity Rub in December 12, 2015 at the CCP Complex in Pasay City.
But, how do you even define Integrity?
To put it simply, integrity means honesty and being guided by doing what is right. Obviously, it’s easy to say that this is what the government needs, but my opinion is – integrity is something that every Filipino should practice and take into heart.
This is the same purpose of the event. Dubbed “I Run for Integrity: I Am Part of the Solution” the event calls on all sectors of society to participate in this important step towards building a culture of integrity in the Philippnes. It is expected to bring together 5,000 representatives and runners from the government, business, youth, civil society, the academe, church and media towards the common goal of being part of the solution in fighting corruption.
Now on its third year, the event comes in the heels of the highly successful 2011 and 2012 runs, which unites a total of 12,000 runners. ECCP organized this year’s run in support of the Integrity Initiative, a private sector-led campaign that aims to promote common ethical standards among all sectors.
Runners can choose to participate in 3K, 5K and 10K categories. Registration can be made at Chris’ Sports branches in Glorietta 3, Mall of Asia, Market! Market! and SM Megamall until December 4 only. Late registration is until December 7 or until race kits lasts at the ECCP office in Makati. Registration fee is at PHP550, while a group of 10 participants can avail of the 10+1 package. Accomplished runners get to bring home a “I Run for Integrity” shirt, baller band and tokens from event sponsors. Special prizes await top finishers.
Proceeds from the run will fund programs being conducted by Integrity Initiative for nation building and to fight corruption.
The Integrity Initiative was established in 2009 by the Makati Business Club and the ECCP . It operates on the principle of inclusion and collective action, and works on making the Philippines a leader in promoting an ethical business environment while eliminating negative practices. Since its inception, a good progress has been made against corruption and unethical business practices, with 2,000 company chief executives, 1,500 DPWH contractors, 42 high government officials and 140 business organizations have already signified support to the Integrity Initiative and signed the Integrity Pledge.