Editorial: Dual Function, No Personality-A A +A
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
RUFINO ALCALA should be ashamed of candidly and openly claiming to be the barangay captain of Punta Taytay, Bacolod City while at the same time “volunteering” as officer-in-charge of the Bacolod City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office.
If this were not a case of holding incompatible offices in government, then, any government worker or employee might as well follow suit and proudly hold two public employments at any given time.
While the motive of Alcala by not denying the existence of two public roles or functions may be sublime, or call it heroic, this does not translate to the faithful compliance with rudimentary government rules and regulations.
Had he indeed resigned as barangay captain? Or had he accepted the new role as disaster preparedness action man?
Which is which?
And rather, who is who?
The good mayor of Bacolod, Monico Puentevella, may have the purest of intentions by pointing to or anointing Alcala to the new position, but this does not exempt Alcala from explaining to the public his discharge of dual public functions.
And what about his use of the government vehicle, which Alcala also openly admitted in media interviews?
Is there any justification for a volunteer to use a government vehicle? If he is not a government employee or worker, with more cogent reason that Alcala must not bring home any vehicle not under his name through a Memorandum Receipt.
If Alcala would not know which role to take to “serve” the public, then he would remain someone who does not know his role. In the end, he will see himself questioning his personality.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 03, 2013.