Duterte declares he would hire gov’t workers as long as they are competent and honest - The Daily Sentry

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Duterte declares he would hire gov’t workers as long as they are competent and honest

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte / Presidential photo via Manila Bulletin

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is fully aware of his constitutionally declared term limits and six years is just too short to fix everything in government most especially its bureaucratic snail pace actions in terms of providing optimum public service.

Duterte who was elected in May 2016 is only now realizing and fully understanding the national governmental set up ,when he has set foot in Malacanang and now since he has all the options at his disposal to make government truly work for the people, drastic measures are too be taken.

‘Just be competent and honest’

One of his campaign promises is to solve head on the perennial disease that plagues this country of ours- corruption. And to do this he has thought of appointing officials in government setting aside the time and honored eligibility rules as long as the candidates for those appointed positions are competent and honest.

“Kung sino lang man ang pumasok sa isip ko na tutal ang hinihingi ko lang naman sa gobyerno ganito if you want to work during my term, you are competent and you are honest, period,” the chief executive said on Tuesday in a speech during the awarding of housing units to Scout Rangers in San Miguel, Bulacan
"I am not trying to degrade the qualification, the level of qualification pero bigyan mo lang ako ‘yung honest person tapos ‘yung hindi corrupt," he added.
Why military men get the post
Critics of his administrations have been making noise in the President’s decision in appointing former uniformed personnel to Cabinet or sub-cabinet posts, they have been calling it the “militarization of government.”
The President merely shrugged at the issues thrown at gives his rationale in the decision of appointing such personnel- and that is principally because they obey orders without debating them.*
Presidential Spokesperson and concurrent Presidential Legal adviser Attorney Salvador Panelo further explains the rationale for such appointment saying that is just a reflection of President Duterte's trust in the military hierarchy "known for its high degree of professionalism, discipline, and can-do attitude."
The heads of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Roy Cimatu , Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año, Department of Social Welfare (DSWD) Secretary Rolando Bautista and Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero are the former military officials in the Duterte government.

Work with integrity

Duterte has warned several times that if a public servant gets involved in corruption in any form, or abuse of power, he will not hesitate to remove the person.

“Wala na akong seremonya, you just go [I won’t hold any ceremony, you just go],” The president’s statement about firing of corrupt public servants.

If recalled, Duterte has axed several government officials over allegations of corruption.

The latest to be fired was former Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) Secretary General Falconi Millar, who was accused of extorting money from a contractor.

Duterte also said that he would not boast about being incorruptible as he vowed to perform his job “properly” but, he also expects that his Cabinet along with other government employees would do the same, to work with integrity.

Source: ABS CBN, Manila Bulletin