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Coloma urges Filipinos to initiate peace, development efforts founded on tenets of Aquino gov't


Echoing the principles of President Benigno S. Aquino III on leadership through transparency, accountability and good governance, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio “Sonny” B. Coloma Jr. encouraged the people to take the initiative in carrying out efforts to attain peace and development in the country that are founded on the tenets of the Aquino government.

In his brief talk entitled “The Zen of Rotary Leadership” during the Rotary International District 3830 Presidents-Elect Training Seminar (PETS) at the Peak Sports Bar of the Timberland Sports and Nature Club in San Mateo, Rizal on Friday, Coloma said that great leaders serve as motivators to others.

“Great leaders are able to inspire people to act … they create a following of people who are motivated to act in a very deeply personal manner,” Coloma said.

He stressed that the search to attain peace through serving others must start from everyone.

The PCOO chief defined peace as the sense of happiness, inner security and calmness, saying that these are potent for the country’s economic progress and development.

Coloma discussed several principles on good and effective leadership that include Zen Buddhism, which embodies self-realization, wisdom from experience, and the process of absorption and meditation.

In his presentation, Coloma also reminded the people to always consider the two important factors in every endeavor: purpose and action. “In everything that you do remember two salient things, purpose and action,” Coloma said.

“In the principles of “Zen,” the purpose is embodied in the following: right intentions, right view, right concentration and right mindfulness… it’s all embedded in mind and consciousness,” Coloma noted adding that “action could be manifested in right speech, right action, right livelihood and effort.”

The Presidents-Elect Training Seminar is a two-day, annual Rotary International-mandated leadership training seminar for all incoming presidents of the club. It is a fundamental tradition within the Rotary Club to prepare future leaders.

Rotarian’s are committed in rendering services within the community, in the workplace, and to other people around the globe.

The 1.2 million Rotary Club members, making up more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in nearly every country in the world share a dedication to the ideal of “Service Above Self”.

Rotary clubs are open to people of all cultures and ethnicities who are not affiliated with any political or religious organizations.


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