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Monday, September 2, 2013
I SINCERELY hope I'm wrong, but a very reliable source told me that the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC) has decided to suspend its plan to open a satellite office in Bacolod City. The reason? Too much politics. It seems the in-fighting among some of our city officials as to who should get the credit for the opening of the satellite office has turned off that government agency.
The PRC is an administrative office. There is no politics in the way it performs its public functions and carries out its responsibilities. While the idea of putting up a satellite office in Bacolod may have been suggested by a politician or by politicians, politics definitely had nothing to do with the decision of the PRC to actually open one. It will operate a satellite office if to do so means it can carry out the mandates of its charter, and not because someone outside of the PRC said so. It therefore became disconcerting to its officers when city officials appeared to be fighting over who among them should get the credit.
Our elected leaders (they know and we know who they are, so there's no need to name them) should wake up to the fact that the public sees their attempts as credit-grabbing, whether that is really their intention or not. Rather than help their image as public officials, it only makes them look and sound petty. It will be counter-productive too, if the PRC does decide not to push through with the satellite office.
The sad thing is, this is not the first time it has happened. The same ruffling of feathers took place over who should and should not get the credit for the access road to the Bacolod-Silay Airport; the fly-over along Lacson Street and a number of other "issues" which would not have become controversial if performed as a service to the Bacolod Community rather than as a banner waved in the air for the public to applaud and for the voters to remember in the ballot.
The congressman, the mayor and the members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod each have their respective service responsibilities toward the Bacolod Public. While some of these responsibilities are unique to each one's particular office, some other functions overlap. But whether separate or overlapping, the underlying principle that guides them under our constitution and our laws is that they are meant to team up with one another for the common good. Credit-grabbing by one or the other, or what looks and sounds like credit-grabbing, inhibits and shuts the door on teamwork. It's happening now, and no one wins.
A word of advice to our elected officials from yours truly as one amused though at the same time disappointed observer. Political in-fighting and come-upmanship do not make you look good. Quite the opposite. All those media huffing and puffing may be your way to work off frustration, or get your voice on the radio, your face on TV and your quote in print, but it makes you look extremely petty. It gains you neither praise nor applause. Real, honest-to-goodness performance which produces a positive outcome is what will get you complimented by your constituents and merit you a thank you. A negative result like the suspension of the decision to open a PRC satellite office will only earn you condemnation from the rest of us.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 02, 2013.