BUDGET Secretary Benjamin Diokno urged Career Executive Service Officers (CESOs) to continue to persevere and look for better ways to deliver public service for the common good in the country.
“Politicians come and go, but you stay. That is expected from you, and you should not disappoint the Filipino people,” he said.
Diokno was the keynote speaker at the opening Tuesday, November 21, of the three-day CESO General Assembly held at L’ Fisher Hotel in Bacolod City.
Set from November 21 to 23, the assembly is being attended by about 700 delegates from various government agencies.
Diokno told the participants that as career officers, they should have perseverance to become leaders in government service.
He also shared his “little secret” that has guided him all this years in public service – a powerful oath of citizenship, which is engraved prominently in the lobby of Maxwell Hall, the building that houses the Maxwell School Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University.
“This oath captures my attitude when it comes to the work that I do, and I quote ‘we will ever strive for the ideals and sacred things of the city, both alone and with many; we will unceasingly seek to quicken the sense of public duty, we will revere and obey the city laws, we will transmit this city not only not less, but greater, better and more beautiful that it was transmitted to us,’” Diokno said.
He added: “I have spent about 40 years in government and this oath has been my guide all along, whether you follow the same path or not, I believe this can guide you as well. In fact, we should guide our leaders, legislators, local chief executives, educators, ordinary workers, and so on.”
“This oath reminds us of our joint responsibility, as citizens, to transmit our country, the Philippines, not only not less, but greater, better and more beautiful that it was transformed to us,” the Budget chief said.
Diokno said the CESOs should be the vanguards of efficiency, effectiveness, and transparency.
“The fact that you are here as a CESO means you have sacrificed a great amount of time, effort and patience, and work hard to develop a good step of critical management skills that allows our government to deliver meaningful public services to the Filipino people,” he said.
Diokno also narrated the vision of President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration to reduce the poverty, realize the golden age of infrastructure through the “Build, Build, Build” program, and reinforce the social services sector by sustaining each high share in the budget.
He said the Department of Budget and Management is also pushing for the budget reform bill and rightsizing the National Government bill.
Diokno said the budget reform bill would institutionalize reforms that would modernize the Philippine budget system, and would eliminate executive agencies with overlapping or redundant operations and functions.