The Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation


Ethical Governance And Engaged Citizenship

Responding to citizens’ legitimate needs and demands through policies and systems that ensure full accountability to the people, encourage active and responsible citizenship, and deliver public service consistent with ethical and moral standards

List of Articles

LECTURE PAPER: The Thirst for Good Governance

There is a thirst that can be felt the world over: for good governance.  2006 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee EK SONN CHAN used the power of providing a basic need, water, to quench the thirst of people from Cambodia.  It has been refreshing ever since.RelatedEk Sonn Chan (Awardee)

LECTURE PAPER: The Audacity of Principled Politics

 RelatedSalonga, Jovito (Awardee) “On the lighter side, I am only 87 years old, compared to the other Awardees of the Ramon Magsaysay Foundation. I say only 87 because life begins at 80.  It’s the best time of my life,” shares 2007 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee JOVITO SALONGA.  And what a life he has lived. 

VIDEO: United We Stand

Social justice, fair business practices, clean government, and a generous spirit – we all want this, right?  2006 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee PARK WON SOON used the power of ordinary citizens to achieve all that we aspire with a very simple tool inherent in all of us: participation.RelatedPark Won Soon (Awardee)

LECTURE PAPER: Promoting Transparency and Accountability through Investigative Journalism

Fake News. Are there any two words more controversial and divisive than these?  In her lecture paper, 2014 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee Hu Shuli brings out her feistiness and determination in using the Fourth Estate to uncover injustice and to demand transparency and accountability.  Netizens should all learn from her courageous example.RelatedHu, Shuli (Awardee)

LECTURE PAPER: Building Credible Media – Lessons from the Frontlines

2006 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee EUGENIA APOSTOL has faced so much opposition and criticism from all fronts throughout her illustrious career.  But with credibility, journalistic integrity and Greatness of Spirit as her personal pillars, she has made the Fourth Estate a vital tool in “the resistance”, in empowering people and in seeking the truth.  And that […]

LECTURE PAPER: Vigilance from Within, Public Servants Reforming Government

2015 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee for Emergent Leadership SANJIV CHATURVEDI has courageously blown the whistle on corruption and unethical practices in all government posts he has been assigned.  His watchful eye that is helping restore people’s faith in leadership and public service gives new meaning to the term “inside job”.RelatedChaturvedi, Sanjiv (Awardee)

LECTURE PAPER: Inspiring Volunteerism Among Today’s Youth

How do we inspire the Selfie Generation to become more … selfless?  2002 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee for Emergent Leadership Sandeep Pandey proposes that one should use a carrot that young people today seek: happiness.  In his very short but deep lecture paper, Pandey proposes that service to others in essential in achieving a state of […]

ARVIND KEJRIWAL: A People’s Leader

“Be the change you want to see in the world.”  This seems to be the driving force behind Arvind Kejriwal from India.  Kerjriwal established Parivartan, meaning “change”, and empowered citizens, especially the marginalized, to demand from the government and its bureaucracy the rights that is rightfully theirs.RelatedKejriwal, Arvind (Awardee) There was little in his youth […]

GRACE PADACA: A Symbol of People Power

2008 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee Grace Padaca may be riddled by polio but this did not deter her from being the people’s voice as a well-respected broadcast journalist to the people’s champion as governor of the Philippine province of Isabela.  Padaca proved that no disability, when Greatness of Spirit is applied, can be a hindrance to one’s […]

HU SHULI: The Hard-Earned Right to Report

When Hu Shuli found her country lacking a “real, open media”, the fearless journalist defied naysayers and created her own platforms.  Through her Greatness of Spirit and strong belief that “good journalism can safeguard interests and foster changes of rules”, Hu became the moving spirit of a world-class, independent media organization in China.RelatedHu, Shuli (Awardee) During […]