September 28, 2023

Why is it that instead of attending to the local problems such as garbage, traffic, and unemployment, among other community concerns, we find our elected as well as appointed government officials and employees always out on seminar?
Have we selected the unqualified, incompetent, and nincompoops?
Does attending seminars make public officials or government workers learn how to discharge their mandates?
In seeking a public office, aren’t these officials supposed to be knowledgeable on the intricacies of such office before they assume their work?
If I remember right, it was Cebu Gov. Gwen Garcia who said that seminars disrupt public service. Tama po naman.
Republic Act 6170, or the Local Government Code, spells out the mandates of an elected or appointed official once he/she occupies a position. It’s all there.
The Department of the Interior and Local Government should keep them always on their toes, monitor their performance, then rate and rank them. Give them awards to further inspire them.
As to new policies and guidelines, let the national government office concerned reach out to the local government units instead of the other way around, as it is time consuming and costly.
By the way, isn’t the Internet enough to disseminate information down to the LGU?
How about holding a teleconference? This may be costly at first but perhaps it will save time and public funds in the long run.
Or, is this also a source of “tongpats” for some enterprising government officials?
Just asking. — NAME WITHHELD