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Thursday, August 29, 2013
SO WHO gets the credit for the eventual establishment of a Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) office in Bacolod?
Bacolod Councilor José Cárlos López tried to debunk in his privilege speech the claim of Councilor Claudio Puentevella that the latter’s father, Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella, planted the seed for PRC office in 2007 when he was the Bacolod representative.
Well, obviously the seed failed to grow. The tiny acorn seed, to use a Western metaphor, failed to grow, as López asserted. That’s one way of looking at the seed.
But then the younger Puentevella also has a point. He didn’t claim that the acorn has grown into a giant oak.
In fact, López admitted that then Congressman Puentevella wrote several resolutions in 2007 on the idea. Unfortunately, like planting seeds, not all resolutions bore fruit, as he pointed out.
After all, the germ of an idea for human flight probably goes back to ancient Greece mythology when Icarus flew using feathers and wax. Icarus did fly, but in the stories.
Obviously the idea didn’t fly until the Wright Brothers flew a rudimentary plane over a millennium later. The brothers get the credit, the ancient Greeks, at least as I remember from world history, get the credit for the germ of an idea.
As poet Oscar Wilde said, “Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds.” Puentevella’s ambition failed to translate into reality.
In Puentevella’s case, the dream, the vision could bear fruit in the efforts of Councilor López, if he convinces the powers to establish a PRC branch in the City of Smiles.
Let’s give credit where credit is due. Give the credit to a dreamer, a visionary if you will, and credit to that of a doer.
At any rate, it’s still an open question whether López or anyone else could bring home the PRC bacon.
But I can agree with López in acknowledging other dreamers. “For me, I rest my case. I am not saying that it was only Mayor Puentevella who had worked for it. It was a collective effort including that of previous councilors like Homer Bais, Catalino Alisbo and Councilor Alex Paglomutan.”
The good thing about our local political leaders is that we have a surfeit of dreamers. How to leap from ideas to reality remains to be seen. Can Councilor López succeed where others have failed?
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Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 30, 2013.