Art Tugade: The Best is Yet to Come at CDC-A A +A
By Ram Mercado
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
"LIKE Moses whom God tasked to bring the children of Israel out of bondage, the new president and CEO of Clark Development Corporation descended in Pampanga bringing his version of the Commandments.â€ť
That was my view of the assignment at Clark in December last year of Atty. Tugade, adding â€śthe gods in MalacaĂ±ang had assigned him to take CDC out of the doldrums, save it from financial deterioration and strike the fear of the Lord through the Matuwid Na Daan on its executives, personnel, as well as the absconding (delinquent) locators.â€ť
I went around Clark recently to check on Mr. Tugadeâ€™s 10-month performance and the impact of his management style. Basically his corporate mandates included the strict enforcement of the 1) Smile Policy on all personnel; 2) Adherence to Punctuality, and 3) the Non-acceptance or solicitation of gifts in whatever occasion.
The persons I interviewed were unanimous in the conclusion that cheerful disposition of CDC personnel today has become a unique brand at CDC offices.
â€śSmiling, a good habit fostered by Pres. Art, has become ingrained in CDC office policy, in addition to being an effective public relations tool,â€ť said PR department manager Angelo â€śSonnyâ€ť Lopez.
â€śAtty. Tugade has been true to his principles, thereby maintaining his untarnished reputation,â€ť a workerâ€™s union officer reported.
Locators confirmed the fact that the CDC chief is clean as a whistle â€śas we have not received adverse reports on his personal integrity,â€ť an American executive at Global Gateways attested. â€śHe is beyond corruption.â€ť
â€śAt my age (67), I am set in my ways and thinking. Accepting a government job was not my real dream,â€ť he told the media in his first day in office.
His vision and leadership at CDC centered in his obsession on â€ścultureâ€ť as the template of reforms, changes and work ethics. Next is a â€śset of valuesâ€ť to elevate the personnel to excellence and maximum productivity. He emphasized his time-tested â€śway of doing thingsâ€ť to strike a difference. It is the key to all the success in his seven corporations.
When he was informed that local politicians will pose a problem to his style of management, he said, â€śI am not afraid to work with the elective officials whom I know are essentially good and know what is best for Pampanga.â€ť
Pres. Art said he was afraid of three things: politicians who can destroy; the media who can recreate himself, and corruption that leads to moral perdition.
â€śSo far no one has tried to destroy him, nothing has been attempted said to recreate him to another persona. He has preserved himself from corruption, placing him a cut above the rest,â€ť said a former president of the influential Clark Investors and Locators Association.
The founder of the giant Perryâ€™s Group of Companies keeps a corporate mandate which he has carried over to CDC: â€śTreat employees as if they are your own life. Smile and have time to laugh with each other despite of stresses.â€ť
To Art it is a cardinal rule to avoid hidden agenda and surprises. He has set his goals, vision, and mission at CDC, â€śpledging to subrogate personal ambition to higher corporate interests.â€ť
â€śBy his precept and example he has infused his convictions and core values into every workerâ€™s decisions and actions,â€ť Sonny Lopez added. â€śPres. Art has inculcated work discipline, moral and cultural values, as well as cheerful smiles to the CDC corps. These sets of good habits empower us to transcend selfishness, present weaknesses and future limitations. The best is yet to come.â€ť
It is largely believed that Atty. Tugade personifies the model government executive who proudly waves the banner of President Aquinoâ€™s â€śMatuwid na Daanâ€ť in the Clark Freeport Zone.
Whatever happens to death convict Joselito Zapanta, his family would have been economically secured, with his children guaranteed to continue their schooling. Gov. Lilia Pineda (bless her!) has quietly put in place a generous support system to the Bacolor family in the event of the OFWâ€™s execution. She is doing extraordinary charitable work for the Zapantas behind the scenes.
In life donâ€™t think
How much pain you went through,
But the lessons it taught you.
Not how much you cried
But how much you smiled.
Not how much you are hurt
But how much you were loved.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on November 06, 2013.