By Kris M. Crismundo
MANILA, 23July2013 – President Benigno Aquino III is firm and consistent to chase anomalous government employees in his remaining term of presidency.
In his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, the Chief Executive said the past three years of his term is enough to give them chance to change irregularity in the bureaucracy.
Aquino said ”At para naman po sa mga kawaning walang balak tumalikod sa kulturang wangwang: Tapos na ang pakikiusap. Nagkaroon kayo ng tatlong taon para ipakitang handa kayong umayos; ngayon, hahanapin ko kayong lahat; ngayon, pasensyahan tayo.” (And for those employees who refuse to turn their backs on the culture of wang-wang: my patience has run out. You were given three years to demonstrate your readiness to change; now, I shall pursue all of you and hold you accountable. No hard feelings.)
He also encourage all government employees to help the administration to find those personnel who do not demonstrate transparency and good governance.
”If you are a good, conscientious employee of the BI, NIA, Customs, or any other government agency, I hope that you do even more. It is not enough to lie low and hide inside your cubicle; to prevent wrongdoing is part of your duty,” Aquino noted.
”You are in the right, so there is no need to hide; please make it easy for me to find people like you; I will raise you up as praiseworthy examples, that we may fully transform the flawed culture of your agencies,” he added.
Aquino, during his fourth SONA, also attacked government agencies that have done irregularities in offices.
He mentioned the case under the Bureau of Immigration wherein some personnel in the agency were allegedly involved in the escape incidents of principal suspects of Gerry Ortega Case and a Korean national Park Sungjun.
”We have repeatedly admonished the Bureau of Immigration to improve their watch over our ports and airports,” Aquino advised the agency.
Further, the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) was criticize with the “make-do” culture in the bureaucracy.
The President said he asked a NIA official why only 60 percent of their target was accomplished in 2012, when they had reached 80 percent in 2011. After meeting the official the next day, he was informed that the remaining 40 percent were allocated to victims of typhoon Pablo.
”When were we hit by typhoon Pablo? In the first week of December. Which means that he meant to complete the remaining 40 percent of his tasks in the span of just three weeks. This is the kind of leadership we no longer need in the bureaucracy,” Aquino further said.
Aquino also reported the incidence of allowing smuggled goods to enter the country and the improper collection of taxes in the Bureau of customs (BOC).
He cited data from the Department of Finance that because of this irregularities the country losses more than P200 billion of revenue.
Meanwhile, as the Aquino administration started in 2010, good governance has been included in the President’s call for “tuwid na daan”.
This includes elimination of red tapes and other irregularities in every government agencies. (PNA)