Vitug Vlogs: Lessons learned from 2012

MANILA, Philippines - The events of 2012 offer many great lessons.
Rappler’s editor-at-large Marites Vitug offers three to carry over to 2013.
Here’s her video blog.

Another year is coming to an end. Amid the merry-making, let’s step back a bit and ask ourselves: What can I take away from 2012?
Let’s start with 3 lessons from memorable national events:
First, be honest and truthful. The historic impeachment of Chief Justice Renato Corona made that loud and clear to our public officials.
A SALN—or statement of assets, liabilities and net worth—is like an oath of office. It is not to be trifled with.
Second, be unafraid. Slay the dragon.
This is what President Aquino did when he took a stand for the reproductive health bill—though tentative at first—despite howls of protest from the bishops.
This is what most of our lawmakers did when they passed the RH bill despite intense opposition from the Catholic church, a pillar of influence in Philippine society.
Third, make disaster preparedness a way of life. Integrate it in household, community and local government programs.
In the future, we are bound to experience variations of Pablo and habagat.
Let’s take a leaf from Albay, Makati, and San Francisco town on Camotes Island in Cebu which were cited by the UN as among the top model communities worldwide in managing and reducing disaster risks.
Let’s include these lessons in our toolkit in 2013.
Wishing you all a happy new year!