Students: Please welcome Mr. Joseph Ascutia to our class today! Today we are fortunate to have our special guest, Mr. Joseph Ascutia, Mayor of Camarines Norte, Philippines, with us in class to discuss governance. He will give a brief overview of the governmental changes he has witnessed in his lifetime in the Philippines, give you background information on why he chose to go into politics after a successful career in business. He will listen to your questions you have related to what characteristics lead to good governance. He will share with you how he makes decisions about developing his town, steps he has taken towards improving the local economy and education system, etc. Also, you can ask him any question you have about the Philippines, his town and the schools there (for those of you that have signed up or are interested in our service trip there in February). Please come ready to ask good questions and learn!