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Unprecedented chance for government

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.

Posted: May 29th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Model bureaucrat

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.

Posted: November 2nd, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

A faulty incentive system

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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.

Posted: September 30th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Maynilad’s overcharge defies common sense

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.

Posted: April 11th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Water, power firms overcharging the public

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As we celebrate the 27th anniversary of the 1986 People Power Revolution that freed us from the shackles of a dictatorship, perhaps we should also start another revolt to free us from the shackles of greedy private corporations. I am referring to the utility companies, such as water, power, communications and toll road operators, which [...]

Posted: February 24th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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