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Young and in gov’t


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.

Posted: October 21st, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Ups and downs in public service


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.

Posted: October 20th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Standing by his President


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 [...]

Posted: January 17th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Sometimes a lie works

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.

Posted: July 13th, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Ne’er-do-well PCA Pagadian staff

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 [...]

Posted: July 12th, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Man of the hour


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.”

Posted: July 8th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Darlene’s class


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 [...]

Posted: June 21st, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

GSIS ignoring PAC’s endorsement letters

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.

Posted: April 2nd, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Unbelievable financial gains

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.

Posted: February 21st, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

A matter of honor


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.

Posted: January 23rd, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Retiree paging GSIS re delayed pension payment

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.

Posted: November 29th, 2011 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »


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? [...]

Posted: September 5th, 2011 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »



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