On 16 January 2018, the Tubbataha Management Office (TMO) held its annual new year’s convergence to reinvigorate the commitment of the staff to conservation. Environmental principles were reviewed. An informal audit showed that most, if not all, apply the principles to their daily life. Staff members were reminded of the basis of unity of the staff: that of working towards the achievement of the vision and mission for Tubbataha. The four core values of commitment, optimism, respect and responsibility, were reviewed and reemphasized, as in the past years. Another material that is reviewed annually is the book of Alexander Lacson, 12 Little Things You Can Do to Help Your Country, which is every staff member is expected to follow.
The convergence aims to emphasize the reason for the existence of TMO, the value of good interpersonal relationships, office practice and procedures, a look back at 2017 and its pitfalls, and a look forward to 2018 and how to embrace the changes that will come.
For TMO, 2018 is off to a good start. Excitement is high about the wonderful things that will unfold as the year progresses!