The lesson Taclobanons must learn from PNoy’s choice of CJ Sereno
We all want allies. In the family, in the workplace, in the neighborhood and among peers; for the simple reason that we want somebody to see, feel and act the way we do. It is for survival in the jungle of life especially in the areas mentioned above. In politics, we want an ally who will see us through thick and thin, one who will help us in times of extreme situations. We all need allies because in unity there is strength.
In the government today, the most desired thing is change, transformation, moral ascendancy and progress. It is a fact that leaders cannot realize their visions without the support and commitment of stakeholders and the people themselves. It is trying to push for reforms if there is interference that is meant to disrupt and create chaos. No matter how hard a leader wants to push and go ahead with development and progress if the environment is not favorable citing unrest, conflicts, meddling and other chaotic attempts from the other side of the fence, the leader will find it difficult to push for favorable change.
When CJ Sereno was chosen to lead the highest court of the land, the President selected her for several reasons, that is, to be able to entrust a vital role in government to a leader who is competent, independent and trustworthy.
The CJ must know his role inside and out; he must be able to work unsupervised and above all, he must be an upright person whose character is above reproach.
The President knows that CJ Sereno will be in position even after his term, a formidable ally that will ensure that his initiated reforms in government will be pushed even after he is gone. The government has implemented a good start; it must be pursued relentlessly for the future generation. He wants his legacy to stay. It will only be realized if the three branches of government have the same values, orientation and commitment. Having the same values and orientation does not necessarily mean tolerating the other’s mistakes. It is rather having the same direction and focus to realize common vision and mission.
In Tacloban City as in other places in the country, one debacle is the absence of a congruent executive-legislative agenda. We all know how much the executive branch is doing to fire up the progress the city has realized, sadly there are a few in the legislative area whose desire is to block and hinder the other from achieving its end. How Taclobanons wish for legislators who can feel and see what the people are experiencing instead of grandstanding all the time.
The recent loan that the city government wants to have is intended for reforms, projects and programs that will ensure that Tacloban will really stand as it should be – a highly urbanized city – complete with a safe water system; good drainage and flood control program; modern slaughterhouse; modern health centers; environment-friendly garbage management/disposal and other infrastructures that have to be urgently established by a government that is committed and sincere to deliver these services.
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