In everything we do it must come from the heart.
I have seen how an advocacy from the heart works in many undertakings and clearly it produces good results. From small to big ideas, in rural or urban settings, with simple or sophisticated people, the common key to implementation success in all undertakings is always an advocacy from the heart.
What is advocacy from the heart? It is the purity of intension, clarity of direction, sincerity of efforts, joyful mind-set and unwavering commitment. Any work, project or undertaking, small or great like mopping a floor or building a skyscraper, gets through and is done when it comes from the heart. Knowledge and techniques will guide us but it’s the beatings of the heart that sustains us to reach the end of what we have started.
When I saw the Yosemite National Park in the Sierra Nevada range, the Muir Woods National Monument in California, the Smithsonian Institute Zoo in Washington DC, the Shenandoah Park in West Virginia and Luray Caverns in Northern Virginia, I realized that the common sustaining factor in their operation is the advocacy from the heart of the people. Their intension to protect and preserve the environment is pure, the direction of the undertaking is clear, their efforts are sincere and the commitment is strong. No wonder that the 1,000 years old redwoods in California are still standing, the lakes and waterfalls of Yosemite Park are pristine, the huge stalagmite and stalactite in Luray caverns keep growing and the long stretch of blue-ridged mountains and the winding Appalachian Trail of Shenandoah Park are thickly covered by forest trees.
Our very own Apo Natural Park urgently needs this kind of advocacy from the heart. Irresponsible activities leading to destruction of biodiversity and depletion of important flora and fauna resources continue despite various protective, rehabilitative and developmental interventions from concerned national agencies, people’s organization, private institutions and local government units. Vandalism, illegal cutting of trees, poaching , improper waste disposal, unclear accountability, ambivalent law enforcement and deficient support facilities are doing havoc to the future of Mt. Apo as a protected area. The sustainability and survival of Apo Natural Park lies in the unity of intentions and continuing commitment and dedication of all development planners, implementors and resource-users. Advocacy from the heart is the key if we want to save the last frontiers of the majestic Mt. Apo.