The mandate of change
The new President and all the rest of the officials who have been elected into office in the 2010 elections have one mandate from the people – change. For nine years, the Filipinos were hopeful that better things were in order. Those nine years were wrack with allegations of graft and corruption, its leaders forgot the real mandate of their offices and where it came from. The mandate of a new leader comes from the masses, the people who have given their confidence, their trust and their hope on. Each time a leader is made, new hope is evoked within their constituents; hope for a betterment of the past.
P-noy has assured the Filipinos in his inaugural speech that it would be the end of the hardships for the masses; the end of an administration and leadership that is numb to the needs and demands of the constituents. It is a good promise, something that will make each Filipino to aspire for greatness once again. He cannot do it alone. He needs the help, the commitment and the cooperation of every Filipino down to the smallest village or sitio. We cannot afford to be a disintegrated lot, we need to form our ranks and be one with the leader if we have to lay the foundation for the next leaders to continue.
The Mayor being the little president in the city is in the same shoes. He needs the support and help of everyone in the city government and in every village/barangay. He wants to tackle and focus on social services and continue with the necessary infrastructure projects he had started, a noble move knowing that 80 percent of Taclobanons are really poor. His direction in his second term is something that his constituents are looking for.
The refurbishment of the Tacloban City Hospital is a tall order but one that the Mayor wants to do. It is quite frustrating for people to go to a hospital only to find that it has no medicine and its surroundings are in dire need of repairs. But such need will be looked into with the establishment of other smaller infirmaries in some areas in the city. People need not go to one hospital only for their medical needs. Regular medical needs could be taken cared of in these infirmaries; such will de-clog the City Hospital from cases that could be treated in the infirmaries. The present private hospitals in the city are too expensive for the common employee or wage earner. The Mayor’s focus on improving the medical facilities in the city is quite a welcome move and is parallel with P-noy’s promise to make Philhealth insurance, 100 percent in 3 years time making the medical needs of the people their priority.
Continuing the establishment of the Fish Port is one way of boosting the fishing industry in the region. As a rich resource not only in the city but the whole region, fish products will have a place where they can be stored and sold/dealt within and even outside the region. The move will help our fishermen, fish traders and businessmen a lot.
Another concern that is being looked into is the President’s move to clean the bureaucracy from unqualified people who were placed in their position through the Padrino system. In the inventory conducted by the Civil Service Commission, it was found that there are people who are CESO holders who are not holding positions because there are many who are not supposed to be in such positions. This is a very funny situation as there are many inept government offices that are slow and could not move without grease or goodwill money given to some people for papers to move; it will surely improve the system. This is a welcome move from the national ranks. At last, there will be objective screening and rigid consideration in selecting people for the right job.
In the local scene, the Mayor has always been wary of people involved in any case of graft and corruption. Although he has handled this issue with utmost care, he cannot tolerate employees who have been involved in any shenanigan. The Chief Local Executive for this matter needs support in improving mechanisms whereby offices will be rid of anything that is already obsolete. Graft is an obsolete pastime of people who have become too enmeshed in their comfort zones. It is high time people move on that is anchored on ideal and pure public service which is why; Taclobanons have to ask why up to now water is still a problem. LMWD has promised to put up Boster Pumps that must have cost quite a sum of money that is partly owned by Taclobanons, being the number one concessionaires of the water facility. What happened to the Booster Pumps? Concerned people cannot just say that it became awry; before it was planned, careful studies and consideration must have been done. Now that the LWUA is in better hands, it must send a team of intelligent engineers to look into the problem here in Tacloban and elsewhere where the problem of water has become a good source of something glittery. How many more Booster Pumps and other gadgets will go to waste?
Taclobanons and non-Taclobanons alike need to straighten up and become one with their leaders for the dream to stay and its realization to transcend midnight of the next day.
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