Abrigo: Honesty Challenge

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HONESTY is among the scarcest virtues taught at home, cultured in school, refined at the church and will be applied to the immediate surroundings. Thus whenever you go, the famous axiom rings “Honesty is the best policy.”

Failure to develop and utilize honesty as we subsist in this complex world will lead to imminent trouble. In many instances, families are broken because of dishonesty. Often, desire to acquire wealth and position overtakes honesty, and truthfulness becomes an option left for the CCTV.

While dishonesty is rambling and wild, few good men with strong moral fiber tried to recoup and demonstrate honesty. Example, in Ivana, Batanes, Jose and Elena Gabilo put-up a coffee shop that allows customers to serve for their selves without anyone attending their needs, and pay right by dropping the payment on the designated boxes. Honesty Café is the first honesty coffee shop I heard from a province of zero crime rates.

Patterned from that honesty coffee shop is a sari-sari store in Communal, Buhangin and a pick-and-pay school supply at Bayayang St., Davao city.

Recently, there is a trendy honesty food display in Davao, owned by Joenel Malanog inside University of Southeastern Philippines (USEP) Obrero campus. Malanog is an ambulant vendor since he was in grade five and presently working for his Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship. While attending his classes, he is earning with his honesty display at the passage. He grosses P2,000 a day from his goodies that include lumpia, ice candies, donuts, and barbecue.

Like many undertakings, we cannot predict how far Joenel Malanog would exist in his day to day challenges that rely from the honesty of his schoolmates. As we always look at the bright side, we don’t want to equate the honesty with the diverse background and curricular discipline of the students in USEP to the diversified background but of unified training of the watchers and protectors in Manila Police District.

On June 9, 2018, the Manila Police District (MPD) launched the first “honesty store” of the Philippine National Police to test the value and honesty of its buddies, and to delineate the common misconceptions that police are generally corrupt. MPD is the Manila’s Finest, so the store was called “Manila’s Finest Honesty Store”. The store that vends cup noodles, coffee and other basic nutriments are installed at the lobby of the MPD headquarters.

Two months from its launching, the store lost more than P10,000 from a thief. The suspect was a woman who worked at the district personnel division and was fired. The store still operates to this day to prove that NOT all of them are corrupt.



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