MMSU initiates values reformation program

By Daniel P. Tapaoan, Jr. 


Reigniting values. Reinforcing human capital. 


The Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) has initiated a values reformation program to uphold holistic well-being of its manpower. 


Named Gawing Lingkod-Bayani ang Bawat Kawani, the program is composed of activities that aim to enhance employees’ positive work attitudes and values, especially on leadership and spirituality. 


Ms. Shareid Shundy B. Aguilar, chair of university’s special task force for values reformation, said the activities are categorized into four major themes: puhon (hopefully, someday, and in God’s time), tugon (pay attention to), tipon (gather), and the hinto, hinga, hangad (stop, breathe, aim). These will be implemented through face-to-face and online (Facebook live broadcast).  


Puhon is a 10-minute online morning devotion held every Monday from May 10. This activity has assigned one personnel every week to virtually deliver Bible verse/s, short exhortation, and a prayer. 


Meanwhile, the tugon is a 10-minute lecture series that covers nine values formation-related topics: the greatest commandments; understanding RA 6713 (code of conduct and ethical standards for public officials and employees); the power of forgiveness; servant leadership; workplace boundaries and self-compassion; accountability and integrity; discipline and self-control; developing interpersonal skills; and, how to handle feedback. 


These will be tackled online on May 27, June 24, July 29, August 26, September 30, October 28, November 25, and December 23, respectively. 


On the other hand, tipon is a one-hour gathering among MMSU employees “to reinvigorate them through worship, prayer, sharing of God’s word, and fellowship with one another.” (Dates and time will depend on the Inter-Agency Task Force’s guidelines on mass gathering.) 


Moreover, the hinto, hinga, hangad will be conducted during the Mental Health and Values Formation Week in November. Here, a resource speaker will be invited “to clarify mental health issues and share values needed in coping with the challenging times.”


Aguilar said prior to this program, the task force conducted a needs-assessment survey that was participated in by 120 faculty and 49 non-teaching personnel last March 25. 


“The survey served as a benchmark in designing relevant topics and activities for the program, and it measured the level of commitment and ideal work values among employees,” she said. 


She noted that a feedback system will be developed for each event and an impact assessment will be administered to measure effectiveness of the whole program. (StratCom)