Solid proof of billing

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By Benjie R. Pangan

At Close Range

Sunday, March 16, 2014


THE REPORT on quarry collections amounting to P1 billion (yes, billion) as of March 10 by Pampanga Capitol, was arrived at reportedly through proper recording and collection of loaded trucks passing through quarry checkpoints manned by Kalam personnel.

It is a record-breaking feat, so to say, under the administration of the good governor, Lilia "Nanay Baby" G. Pineda, who pledges to commit the funds to improve basic services, infrastructure and livelihood projects.

Engr. Art Punzalan, head of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources or PENRO, was ecstatic and rightfully so as the record of collection was unprecedented and achieved only in the present administration, thanks to the no nonsense efforts of those involved in quarry collection. This amount was never achieved in the past administrations.

I quote Engr. Punzalan thus: This accomplishment is very vital.

This is an indication of how Governor Pineda runs the government through transparency, good and participative governance. This is only the result of the participation of the different stakeholders, the mayors and the local officials, quarry truckers and the KALAM (Kapampangan a lulugud at matapat) checkers with the Provincial Government.

I hope this good result will continue and the goal of the province set higher.

Everything is achievable through truthful recording, reporting and collecting. The P1 billion quarry collection is only the current benchmark and it can go much higher!

The lady governor illustrates, by example, how a transparent yet decisive leadership can get things done. And she's known to be very punctual and reports for work very early.

I just wish her fellow public servants can emulate her traits.

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Honor system and honor code. The Philippine Military Academy (PMA), the training ground of future generals and country leaders, is strict in enforcing the honor system and code. It frowns sternly on lying and stealing so the case of First Class Cadet Aldrin Jeff Cudia is the litmus test for the President to decide on given the appeal of his family and supporters.

2014 class salutatorian Cadet First Class Liza Dango said it best: Maybe in their minds that was just a small lie but the PMA wants to mold leaders. Whether a lie is big or small, it is still a lie.

Our country's leaders should learn a lesson or two from the PMA cadets. Honest to, promise.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on March 17, 2014.

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