BM Olga Frances David-Dizon-A A +A
Monday, October 8, 2012
NO, SHE will not be running for any position in May next year. Perhaps 2nd District Board Member Olga Frances David-Dizon is just one among the few politicians who can forget politics temporarily or otherwise with ease, for a reason.
I just became one of those who admire her for stepping aside and embarking on another role as a wife and mother to her two children. What reason can be more valuable than serving first her family who needs her, as she is needed by the people of the district she represents in the provincial board? I see none.
She started her legislator role last year after her mother’s untimely demise. The political party where the late Board Member Edna David belonged to, recommend her as replacement.
Aling Edna was a former OIC-Governor of Pampanga a few years ago, marking the peak of her political career.
She is also a daughter to the late Mayor Roy David of Porac who gained fame himself for being the local chief executive with a heart for the lahar-devastated town. She is a sister too to the present Vice Mayor Dexter David who has been a councilor of the said town for years.
Being a scion of politician parents, she easily managed to cope with the legislative works at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan and has even loved the job she has until June next year.
It all runs in the family to be a public servant, who renders genuine service to the public. The Davids of Porac have the mass-based support in their political stints, giving credit to their humility. Despite their political achievements, they kept their feet on the ground.
I have been a witness to this when I first met the members of the family at their residence in Porac town to bring to the late Mayor some documents I was tasked to give them.
I arrived at their dwelling at lunch time, with the members of the family eating together at their dining area. Despite the fact that I was a new face to them, they never let me out of their house without enjoying lunch with them just like a member of their family. It was a kind gesture from them that meant a lot to me up to this day.
Going back to BM Olga, she is an epitome of a public servant who is not afraid to lose any political clout and influence. There are many political figures in fact who cannot just lose the positions they hold. For some, giving public service is a key to being re-elected or getting votes for another position. There are also those who will do anything just to continue being in the political limelight.
There are those who maintain their political momentum and their popularity mileage in order to get another mandate of the positions they hold.
Others take advantage of any event that might make them popular and once given bits of fame, take the challenge of running for public offices.
Popularity is one of the essential ingredients of getting elected aside from a wealthy war chest.
After the filing of the Certificates of Candidacy last week, I was one among the hopefuls that BM Olga would file hers so as to continue the good things that she has started. Some of those things never last really.
She could have an edge over other aspirants, being armed with the legacy her parents had left, the political prominence she and her family possesses and her incumbency to the position she holds now. It’s easy for her to get elected, in short.
I felt a glimmer of hope that I can vote for her the next time, after saying that no one really knows when she might be throwing her hat again in the political ring.
I am sure that her supporters would understand her.
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Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on October 09, 2012.