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By Kathy Mateo
Some people—my mother, for instance—would regard government work as the safe road. Well, maybe it is, if you have kids to feed and bloated tuition and a mortgage fee to pay. But for a typical twentysomething whose only major yearning is a travel escapade each year, government service is anything but safe.
By Godofredo S. Habon
As I write this I will be bowing out of public service in a few days. It was such a servitude, with ups and downs; working in the government is not at all rosy, especially if one is not in the higher levels.
By Rina Jimenez-David
He can’t wait to leave government service. Cabinet Secretary Rene Almendras says that as soon as he turns over to President Aquino all remaining “deliverables,” before P-Noy’s term comes to an end in 2016, he hopes he will walk away from his post and return to the private sector. The only reason he joined [...]
For so long I have experienced insufferable waiting in government offices whose officers are “in a meeting right now (and) cannot be disturbed” when I seek to talk to them.
I am writing this letter to express my disappointment with the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) office in Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur. Around 10:30 a.m. of July 9, 2012, I went to the PCA Pagadian office to get a shipment or transport permit for five Sweetwater Coconut seedlings that I intend to give to Secretary [...]
By Ramon Farolan
Have you ever tried contacting a government bureaucrat at, let’s say, the division chief, bureau director, assistant secretary, or undersecretary level? Nine out of 10 calls, the answer at the other end of the line would be a polite (sometimes not too polite), “He is attending a meeting at the moment.” If you are lucky, the secretary might ask if he or she could be of help, or ask you for your telephone number, saying, “We will return your call soonest.”
By Michael L. Tan
Last April during the recognition rites of UP Diliman’s College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, we had as our guest speaker Darlene Marie B. Berberabe, president and CEO of Pag-Ibig. While we were waiting for the ceremonies to begin I told her our college was planning a seminar on housing and wanted to have someone [...]
I retired from government service on Aug. 20, 2004, and my wife on Dec. 31, 2004. Our retirement benefit vouchers say that my first pension would be on Aug, 20, 2009, and my wife’s, on Jan. 1, 2010. However, my first pension came on Sept. 1, 2004, and my wife’s, on Feb. 1, 2010. I asked the Government Service Insurance System-Daet, why this was so, and was told that the GSIS does not pay the first-month pension.
I am a public school teacher and so is my wife. We have been in the service for more than 10 years already. Because I teach history in high school, and because from time to time my students ask about the Senate impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona, I take it upon myself to watch the television replay of the trial.
By Conrado de Quiros
I saw Magtanggol Gatdula, the NBI director, and his lawyer, Abraham Espejo, on TV last week. Gatdula was tearful. It was all he could do to talk as he choked on his emotions. When he did manage to say something, he said that all his life he had tried to keep a good name, and now this. It was a bitter pill to swallow.
I have been a retiree under Presidential Decree 1146 since 1990 and my 60th birthday was in July 2004. I was supposed to receive my pension starting Aug. 1, 2004. But because I had an unpaid loan balance in the amount of P30,000, inclusive of interests, the Government Service Insurance System deducted it from the net proceeds of my pension.
The endless bickerings in government service shows the kind of leadership we have and the bad service we get. The question is: Why is there so much opposition to investigate the reported anomalies? Isn’t the moral imperative to “be clean” part of public service? If the service being given is “clean,” why fear an investigation? [...]