A Champion’s Way

The clamor for change has never been louder as it is today.  Change entails becoming different in a particular way of life. Change can come in many forms in our lives. It may come forcefully like a tidal wave, or creep along slowly like a glacier. It might come in the form of a devastating tragedy, difficult if choices, broken relationships or even new opportunities.

If we are not ready to embrace change then we should be ready to embrace extinction. Change is an imperative aspect of life. Elbert Kim Hubbard once said “the greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually fearing you can make one.” Never doubt that a small group og thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed. It is the only thing that ever has. If you can change nothing, nothing changes.

APO United must take the lead in heeding the call. It recognizes that change must start from everyone’s heart, a heart that is willing to embrace what it takes to consider the welfare of the greater good over and above one’s self. It feels the need for a sweeping reform action revisiting the core value of the institution and finding out when and where it failed in moral decency and decorum. APO United looked for a missing puzzle that must have led to the failure in molding and producing decent and honorable men and women with a strong moral fiber. Thus a CHAMPIONS CODE of Conduct must evolve where everyone in the association must embrace it as a way of life both as an individual ans as a member of APO United. This Code of Conduct embodies the core values, emergent values, redirected practices and traditions, new attitudes and mindsets necessary to bring about change in the alumni value system.

COMMITMENT TO THE APO PRINCIPLES

APO needs to be relevant and we need to understand how things are taking shape so we will be able to make ourselves more relevant to the communities and to our association with the idea of pushing advocacies, encouraging the members to step up in making a difference not just as individuals but as a collective organization.

Let us once again commit ourselves to the Fraternity, to the spirit of LEADERSHIP, FRIENDSHIP and SERVICE, to the spirit of the Four-Fold Program of Service, to the Twelve Jewels, and to the APO Prologue. Let us meet the challenge of change.

HUMILITY

It is the quality of being humble the feeling that you have no special importance that makes you better than others. Simply, it is the lack of pride. Humility is the quality of being humble. Humility is self-confidence without arrogance. Humility is modesty and restraint without the destructive effects of out-sized hubris. Humility is courage. It is the willingness to admit mistakes and seek out guidance. Humility is self-respect without excessive self-promotion. Humility is triumph of competence over bravados.

ACTIVE INVOLVEMENT

Everyone has God-given gifts, talents, and skills to share. These gifts are meant to be shared for the growth and development of the institution and our community. The spirit of cooperation and teamwork are essential In attaining the goals of the institution. Every member is expected to participate in all activities and become a contributor for development. And, in all the activities that the member participate in, he is expected to give his best.

MANAGEMENT RESOURCES

Everyone should be a faithful steward of things taken under one’s care. Human resource is the best assets of the institution. Efforts should be extended in drawing out the best in the members to maximize their talents and skill for the benefit of the institution and of our community. It is also the process of using our resources in the most efficient way possible. Property of the institution should be protected, properly maintained, and utilized faithfully and judiciously. It is frugality, the mental approach we take when allocating money. It is a way of life.

PROFESSIONALISM

It is the natural respect for ones worth and dignity as person that makes working relationship more harmonious. Genuine virtue consists of being charitable, loving one’s fellowmen and being judicial in behavior, speech, and deed. Ethical standards in one’s profession should be faithfully observed. Mastering one’s knowledge and skill: compliance with rules and regulations: loyalty to the cause of one institution and of the principles it stands for; standing by one another, being happy for the success of others and helping create a positive image for the institution are values that are to live by and modeled.

INTEGRITY

Integrity means being true to ourselves and being honest, upright and decent in our dealings with others. When we are guided by integrity our thoughts and words are in line with each other, our action align with our principles. Our conduct speaks for us more eloquently than words ever could. It becomes basis for both reputation and self-respect. Integrity demands courage but delivers untroubled sleep. Developing integrity requires internal honesty, because we can’t be honest with others if we can’t be honest with ourselves. It requires self-awareness since we cannot accurately communicate what we do not know.

People with integrity can be counted on to stand up for what is right, even if it is unpopular and to behave with honor even when there is no one around to see. Integrity allows other people to trust us because we value  our commitment and seek to live by them. It is one of the cornerstones of loving relationships and shared endeavors.