Editorial: Prejudicing the Public-A A +A
Thursday, August 29, 2013
LA CASTELLANA municipal officials should reconsider their respective stance on the approval (or is it non-approval?) of the 20 percent Development Fund for 2013.
While the other political camp says it has been approved, the other says otherwise, resulting in the referral of the matter by the Department of Interior and Local Government to the Provincial Board for resolution.
Plain and simple politics.
This could be the pointblank reason for the budget (non-) passage issue in the municipality, which even prompted Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. to call for both camps to settle the issue.
For whose interest these town officials work for, only they could answer. What is pretty obvious, though, is that this matter –- reportedly the first in the province as far as the 20 Percent Development Fund is concerned –- has stirred the entire municipality that reverberated province-wide, and had, this early, prejudiced the scholars whose future depends, for the most part, on the passage of the budget.
Indeed, if all these problems hounding the municipality’s budget were triggered by political interests, the officials must be ashamed for shortchanging the people for the services or whatever benefits the budget would be allocated.
The DILG opinion on the matter is not necessary.
Neither is the referral to the Provincial Board.
What is needed only is a mere reflection by the municipal officials whether or not they are doing something for the welfare and interest of their constituents, or they are simply perpetrating some selfish political interests.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 30, 2013.