A delivery man or a call center girl

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By Atty. Taipan Millan

One Small Voice

Friday, December 13, 2013


THE more we see our problems, the less we see our government. This is not supposed to be the way things are supposed to be.

The government exists to serve the people. Supposedly.

The government exists, not just to uplift the lives of those who are in need but also, to enhance the lives of those who may not be in need but desire more than what they already have. Supposedly.

The government exists, not just to follow and to lead but likewise, to encourage and to motivate, to bring out the best in men, women and children, to make citizens dream, dare and do. Supposedly.

To be sure, we can see some effort here and there, but they are nowhere near enough of what we need and want.

Without a doubt, we can see some movement here and there, but the requirement remains to be, not just to do what is correct but also, to do them correctly.

Very simply, good is not good where better is, at least, expected, and at most, deserved.

Therefore, we should expect so much more than what we are getting, and we should demand so much more than what we are receiving.

This can only happen if and when we are able to rid the government of transactional politicians, and replace them with leaders who have vision and who have values, leaders who will bring about empowerment, advancement and development, leaders whom we will not need anymore after a certain period of time for they have already taught us how to help ourselves.

The time is ripe, not just for planting the seeds for a new breed of leaders but also, for harvesting the fruits of a new kind of peace and prosperity. The old ways shall never be tolerated anymore, especially after the exposure and continuing revelation of all sorts of schemes, scams and scandals.

Just when we thought that we have discovered the worst, something always comes up to exceed and surpass the previous title-holder. We now have the mother of all, the grandmother of all, the great grandmother of all, and so on, and so forth. The crooks are already giving the word mother a bad name, and they should not be allowed to do that, for bad should be the very last word that can be attached to mother, if at all.

What we need, then, are transformational leaders. They are those who do not think of personal gain but of public interest and the common good.

What we need, then, are transformational leaders. They are those who will not be driven by personal ambition but by the growth of the community and the progress of the nation.

What we need, then, are transformational leaders. They are those who will not enrich themselves in power but will provide opportunities for people to maximize their full potential so that the people can be greater than what they believe they are limited to.

What we need, then, are transformational leaders. They are those who will not just ordain and dictate but will teach and train so that the people can learn not just to participate but also to someday already become the leaders themselves.

What we need, then, are transformational leaders. They are those who will not build monuments with their faces or murals with their names but be satisfied, contented and fulfilled with the smiles and stories of those whose lives they have touched and made to bloom and flourish.

Do we have this kind of leaders now?

The answer to the question is so loud and so clear even without uttering anything.

Hence, we have to find these transformational leaders wherever they may be found, and we have to get them elected, or we have to get them appointed. Or, we have to be these transformational leaders that our country needs – at the very least, in our own homes, in our own offices, in our own communities.

Thus, we have to alter the standards by which we choose our next generation of leaders, and we have to make these ethics, principles and qualifications determine who should be in power, or who should not be in power. Or, we may have to aim for these standards ourselves if we really want reform, and we have to attain these standards ourselves if we really want change.

Our country badly needs a leader who will put fire in our hearts and help us bring about change that matters and reforms that last. Without meaning to offend any profession, we do not need, at the helm, a delivery man or a call center girl.

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Comments are most welcome. Please send them to onesmallvoice2013@gmail.com

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on December 13, 2013.

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