Angeline T. Mabli

In our society, people who work in offices are often perceived as symbols of authority and
professionalism. However, this conventional view has often hindered their engagement in simple
yet impactful activities like cleaning up litter while in uniform. Some argue that such actions are
awkward or embarrassing, undermining the dignity associated with their roles. Do you concur
with this perception or are you one who doesn’t mind engaging in litter cleanup activities while in

Personally speaking, I do not see anything wrong with public or private officers engaging in litter cleanup activities while in uniform. There is inherent dignity in performing cleaning tasks while in one’s office uniform, and it should never be perceived as degrading or beneath one’s status. Cleaning is an essential and respectable job that contributes to maintaining a clean and
organized work environment, which ultimately enhances productivity and professionalism.

Relating the matter in school, teachers taking an active role in cleaning up their workspaces,
including picking up litter can inspire a sense of responsibility and foster a nurturing environment
that extends beyond mere instruction. Moreover, by actively participating in cleaning and
maintaining their workspaces, teachers lead by example, showcasing the importance of personal
responsibility and pride in their surroundings. This tangible demonstration of care and respect
sets the tone for students to follow suit, promoting a clean and conducive learning environment.

Furthermore, by taking responsibility for the cleanliness of their workspace, teachers create
a culture of ownership. Instead of relying solely on utility workers or students, teachers show that
they are invested in the learning environment. This fosters a sense of shared responsibility among students, encouraging them to take an active role in keeping their surroundings clean and organized. Likewise, by actively cleaning up litter while in uniform, teachers project a positive
image, highlighting their commitment to maintaining a clean and safe environment.

This act helps bridge the gap between the uniformed officers and the community, fostering a sense of partnership and collaboration in tackling social and environmental issues. In summary, cleaning up litter while in uniform is an unconventional practice that challenges societal norms, but its impact is far-reaching and transformative. Public and private officers, especially teachers, who engage in such activities inspire a sense of responsibility and foster a nurturing environment, and they create a sense of shared responsibility and a culture of ownership.

By breaking down barriers and reshaping our perspectives, we can celebrate officers who take pride in serving their communities, not only through conventional means but also through actions that promote a cleaner and more harmonious society. It’s time we embrace and value all types of work, regardless of one’s attire, recognize the importance of every individual’s contribution and uphold the dignity and equality of all occupations.

Amianan Balita Ngayon