Radyo Totoo’s first Servant Leadership Halalan 2016 Forum

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TOMORROW, Monday, March 7, Radio Veritas airs its first Servant Leadership Halalan Forum 2016 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

This is very much worth listening to.

Radio Veritas 846 is the leading faith-based AM radio station in the Philippines. It is owned and operated by the Archdiocese of Manila. Established in 1969, the station has received the Ramon Magsaysay award for being faithful to its name—Radio Truth or, in Tagalog, as coined by the late Antonio R. Mercado, Radyo Totoo, which is what the Latin phrase Radio Veritas means. This Catholic radio station has continued to be the leading social communications ministry for truth and evangelization in our country.

The Veritas Servant Leadership Halalan Forum 2016 is a Radio Veritas special election series of discussions that will focus on the ten qualities of a servant leader that voters should use to gauge candidates by. The forum will be moderated by Radio Veritas anchors, Angelique Lazo-Mayuga and Bernard Cańaberal.


For the first forum, among the guests are Mr. Charlito S. Ayco, Chief Executive Officer of Habitat for Humanity Philippines, and Mr. Roy Calleja, Chairman, Pilipino Movement for Transformational Leadership and Brotherhood for Christian Businessmen and Professionals.

Messrs. Ayo and Calleja will talk about the first quality of a servant leader, which is that of Listening. In Tagalog this quality is described as “Marunong siyang MAKINIG at SUMANGGUNI sa mga taong nasasakupan niya ukol sa mga isyu at pangangailangan ng pamayanan.” [The servant leader knows and wills to LISTEN to and CONSULT the people of his or her constituency about the issues (or problems) and needs of the citizenry.

Radio Veritas President, Fr. Anton Pascual said that the ten qualities promoted by Radio Veritas aims to bring discernment back into the public’s choice of leaders.

“The future of our country lies in our hands. It is our great responsibility to choose the best leader who could respond to the recurrent problems of our country. These ten guides in choosing the right candidate for the 2016 National Elections may reorient the electorates in choosing their candidates for this coming election,” Fr. Anton added.

The ten qualities for a servant leader presented by Radio Veritas include, listening, empathy, healing, awareness, persuasion, conceptualization, foresight, stewardship, commitment to the growth of the people, and building community. The other qualities after listening will be discussed in the subsequent series of forums to be aired by Radio Veritas.

These qualities are adapted from the servant-leadership theoretical framework first proposed by Robert K. Greenleaf. He founded the modern Servant leadership movement and the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership. To further define Greenleaf’s paradigm shift, Larry C. Spears , Executive Director of the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant-Leadership identified ten characteristics of a servant-leader in his paper “On Character and Servant Leadership: Ten Characteristics of Effective, Caring Leaders.”

Auidiences may also watch the first Veritas Servant Leadership Halalan Forum 2016 through live streaming at www.veritas 846.ph. The forum will also have a delayed telecast on TV Maria aired at Dream Satellite’s Channel 12, Sky Cable’s Channel 160, and Global Destiny’s Channel 91.

An important teaching of Robert K. Greenleaf that voters and citizens ought to keep in mind is this: “The great leader is seen as servant first.”

This is a teaching that President Aquino, while hypocritically calling us, the people, “his bosses” obviously cannot live by.

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