JVR needs help-A A +A
Saturday, September 28, 2013
WISER men have a piece of advice to people who don’t have anything sensible to say about something: Don’t say anything at all. Sen. Bam Aquino should listen to it.
Aquino, who was in town late last week to speak before a youth group, pandered to the crowd by saying he does not want the Sangguniang Kabataan abolished, only reformed. Reformed? What in Judas’ name is he talking about?
PNoy’s cousin served in the National Youth Commission under President Gloria Arroyo as its chairman. He must have seen the evils plaguing the system then. But he did nothing. And he has the gall to tell us that now is the “right time to have SK reforms”!
Sing no sad songs for the SK. It was (the use of the past tense is intentional) a failed experiment. Instead of being the training ground on good governance, as envisioned, it had become a laboratory for evil political practices such as and, most especially, vote buying. And while the SK had been in existence for decades pray tell me, what significant contribution has it made the community?
And for those who now bemoan their impending loss of office, have some sense of delicadeza, if not of shame. Do not give us the b.s. about the youth being deprived of representation if the law that suspends the SK elections until 2015, at the latest, does not provide for a holdover. Goodness gracious, you have done nothing but sit on your pretty behind all these years and you claim that it was representation?
To all of you, I say get out of the way and let’s save the people’s money. You should be grateful the bicameral conference committee of Congress did not immediately kill your organization. But don’t hold your hopes high. Once Aquino--and Bongbong Marcos– see how the local government units function smoothly without you, they must just see the wisdom in writing you off as a sad footnote to our political history. If they don’t, the majority of their colleagues will. Promise.
Somebody, please help Mayor JVR delos Reyes govern Talisay City.
The neophyte mayor may have a pure heart but that is not enough. He has to be fully equipped in order to be able to govern effectively. Right now, three months into his term, JVR still appears to be groping.
When he graciously but prematurely announced that he was giving all the city councilmen P1 million each from his intelligence funds, without verifying how much it contained (only P5 million), we urged everyone to cut JVR some slack because he was new to his job.
When he appointed so many job order employees, we said it was understandable because he wanted to help his constituents who were jobless.
When we asked him in a radio interview if he had a road map for Talisay’s development and he answered that his engineer was taking care of it, we blamed it on his unfamiliarity with jargon.
But since then, he had his name painted in the police car and his camp claimed that it was not wrong. And the Commission on Audit just reported that job order employees were assigned to collect taxes and that the city had a tax shortfall of nearly P4 million.
I am not accusing JVR of incompetence. But it seems he does not know what he is doing. He clearly needs help.
Talisay doesn’t have a shortage of well-intentioned and well-trained professionals who can provide the mayor guidance. All he needs to do is tap them. But first, he has to acknowledge that he needs help and the relatives that he recruited from Dipolog cannot provide it.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 29, 2013.