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Beyond ‘Please’ and ‘Thank You’: Why Courtesy Week matters for every Filipino

The New Year brings resolutions, fresh starts, and... Courtesy Week

Yes, nestled within the first month of hope and reinvention lies a dedicated period specifically aimed at boosting something seemingly simple, yet profoundly impactful: courtesy.

Sure, "please" and "thank you" are basic polite terms. But Courtesy Week, established in 1965 and championed by the Civil Service Commission (CSC), aims to go beyond mere words. It's a nationwide reminder that courtesy is not just etiquette, it's the bedrock of trust and efficiency in our interactions with government agencies.

Think about it: when navigating public services, courtesy translates to patient attention, clear communication, and a genuine effort to understand and resolve our needs. It's the friendly smile that welcomes us, the clear explanation of procedures, and the willingness to go the extra mile to help.

This isn't just about individual experiences; it's about building a nation where citizens feel respected, valued, and confident in their government. Courtesy Week serves as a catalyst for this crucial shift, instilling in civil servants the importance of public service as a privilege, not a burden.

Furthermore, Courtesy Week aligns perfectly with the Anti-Red Tape Act (ARTA). By actively fostering courteous service, we combat bureaucratic delays and frustrations, making interactions with government agencies smoother, faster, and less stressful. This not only saves time and resources, but also fosters a more transparent and accountable governance system.

But this isn't just a one-sided effort. As citizens, we too have a role to play. Courtesy Week is an opportunity to recognize and appreciate the dedication of government frontline workers who strive to serve us with respect and efficiency. We can do this by offering sincere thanks, practicing patience, and providing constructive feedback through channels like the Contact Center ng Bayan via 1-6565 / / 0908-8816565 /

Ultimately, Courtesy Week isn't just an event; it's a call to action, a ripple effect that extends far beyond government corridors. Let's embrace it, not just for better public service, but for a kinder, more respectful, and efficient Bagong Pilipinas for all.

So, this Courtesy Week, remember: a simple "please" and "thank you" can pave the way for a more empowered, connected, and thriving nation. Let's be the change we want to see, one courteous interaction at a time. (AVS/PIA-NCR)

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