Good intentions-A A +A
Saturday, September 14, 2013
I HOPE good intentions are what move Mayor Monico Puentevella to clean up the "whole house" of the City Government, and not for vested self-interest.
I say this because I've been receiving information that Mayor Monico's covert operators and supporters are scrambling for positions in the city government. But since the posts available for career and appointive positions are limited, they are reportedly pushing their weight around to get what they want.
His predecessors did the same, but after a while it turned out that they were just after ridding their respective administrations with people not in their political family and people they cannot control.
Mayor Monico has all the right to make adjustments in his governance and specifically in the disposition of employees without undermining the civil service laws and the rights of the government employees.
But if the use of that right is for personal and narrow partisanship, and not even about transformation to make it a more participatory and democratic government, then Mayor Monico and his troops are bound to commit mistakes and violations of the rights of employees.
If the on-going reshuffling, re-deployment and recruitment in the city government are nothing but a change of horses, then Mayor Monico is just replicating and reproducing what his predecessors had done in their terms, preserving the status quo and elitist governance.
Meaningful change in governance could only take place when it is doing more to make the city government more democratic, participatory, transparent and accountable and highly responsive to the needs of the majority poor in the city, and that the executive officials are doing their job with professionalism, dedication and passion.
Well, bad intentions can be couched with good appearance. But good intentions always come out shining no matter how low key the methods used by the most humble beings.
Let's help and pray that the ongoing "clean up" operations of Mayor Monico will result to better governance indicated by having more professional people doing their jobs professionally, more services for the poor, efficiency in the management and delivery of services, less corruption more income and savings for the city.
In community development circle we always have this dictum, "any program, any governance, is only as good as the people running and implementing it."
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 14, 2013.