BUILD A NATION
“Alternative Dispute Resolution” or the ADR system has been sowed in recent years in the field of dispute settlement and while it will certainly take time to take firm root and make it grow, it augurs well, for the Philippines, as there are no less than a million cases which are presently lodged before various courts and tribunals in the country, and still counting. The resort to mediation and arbitration, as alternative modes to resolving claims, grievances, differences or misunderstandings, rather than through lawsuits, is and will be a positive response to the Filipino’s litigiousness which strains not only relations in the family and community levels, but even impacts on business, the economy, environment and the effective administration of justice.”
The ‘70s and ‘80s saw the rise of protests against multinational corporations which left leaning groups accused of raping the nation’s resources and abusing the rights of the working class.
Labor strikes and pickets led by workers groups infiltrated by those espousing flawed and outdated ideologies grew in number and crippled many a thriving industry. Famous names like Mattel Corporation that refused to succumb to labor’s unreasonable demands just packed up and left. Many others in similar situations followed suit. Read more…
If discipline in a nation manifests itself by people adhering to order, then what we need is to ensure that everybody follows the law, falls in line (all too often, quite literally) and stays there. In the context of the environment, this means that we should all do more than express how we are concerned about it. It requires that we become aware of environmental rules and regulations, abide by them, and not simply keep them in our store of knowledge. Furthermore, it entails that we endlessly prod the agencies of government tasked with implementing these environmental laws, rules and regulations to enforce them without reservation or prejudice. Read more…
“J. Norman Hocson”