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Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) during a reception held on March 4, 2011 in the GM Renaissance Conference Center in Detroit. – Source: sorsogonunited.wordpress.com

Community leader Willie Dechavez has been appointted chairperson of the Michigan chapter of the US Pinoys for Good Governance (USP4GG), a national, non-profit organization.

In a letter sent to Dechavez, USP4GG President Rodel E. Rodis stated, “Your responsibility as state chair is to set up the USP4GG in Michigan by recruiting members and educating them about the issues of concern to USP4GG, which is good governance in the Philippines and the defense of Philippine sovereignty in the West Philippine Sea.”

The preamble of the USP4GG states, “We believe that hope for improvement in all the aspects of life in the Philippines – the economy, crime control, poverty situation, corruption, injustice, etc. – in very large part depends on whether the government promotes and exemplifies the characteristics of good government.   

“We believe the following to be the characteristics of good government: Consensus Oriented, Participatory, Following the Rule of Law, Effective and Efficient, Accountable, Transparent, Responsive and Equitable and Inclusive.

“We believe that these characteristics are achievable in the Philippines if such concepts are understood, accepted and advocated by a large sector of individuals, both in and out of the government, and both in and out of the Philippines.”

The organization was formed shortly before the 2010 presidential elections in the Philippines. It campaigned for the tandem Noynoy Aquino and Mar Roxas who ran then for president and vice president, respectively.

The founders were led top Filipino-American civic and community leader Loida Nicolas Lewis.