My mother, Amephilia Dingal, spent 43 years of her life in public service. She retired last Nov. 11, 2008. After six years, she has yet to enjoy a single centavo from her rightful and well-deserved retirement package.
Through all the revelations and the ongoing drama of outrageous corruption by our legislators and officials, something great is happening in our country these days: The government is being given the chance to truly and fully address the deep-seated malaise of corruption and depravity in public service, and in society as a whole. This is unprecedented.
Government employees who dedicate their lives to public service are hard to come by. But one person fills the bill, and her name is Lilia B. de Lima.
By Cielito F. Habito
It is argued that the public service attracts too many incompetents and people with less than noble intentions because government salaries do not amply reward excellence and professionalism. As they say, if you pay peanuts, you’ll get monkeys. Look at our neighbors Singapore and Malaysia, for example. Government employees and officials there earn salaries competitive with or even better than those in the private sector. Not surprisingly, the quality of the civil service is high, and corruption in the bureaucracy is not among their most prominent problem. Notice, by the way, how one would not easily find Singaporean or Malaysian bureaucrats in international agencies like in various UN bodies or World Bank. But dining in the cafeterias in these organizations’ offices abroad would make any Filipino feel right at home, with our language dominating the chatter all around. For obvious reasons, such institutions have been prime employment targets for our government people at all levels.
I read Bienvenido Atienza’s plaint about Maynilad’s service (“Common sense, please,” Inquirer, 3/2/12). I too have experienced the problem complained of. And I thought that if it has become a “trend,” Maynilad owes it to affected consumers to immediately attend to such complaints.