Imbak para sa Nobyembre, 2008

Abolish the House…and OTHERS

I just want to share this article by Neal Cruz in Inquirer.net today. There is genuine wisdom in calling for the elimination of the House of Representatives. 

Please click following link to read the full article. http://opinion.inquirer.net/inquireropinion/columns/view/20081124-173974/Abolish-the-House-not-the-Senate 

Among the other issues highlighted by Mr. Cruz, this is what struck me the most. “…we might as well abolish or reduce the members of the provincial boards, city and municipal councilors and barangay officials. They are draining public funds so desperately needed for infrastructure, health and education, agriculture, poverty alleviation, homes for the homeless, etc. Instead the money goes to their pockets in the form of salaries and allowances and kickbacks. And all for what? For nothing. On the contrary, they contribute to corruption and lawlessness. They are the ones that coddle squatters, sidewalk vendors, jeepney and tricycle drivers in exchange for their votes.” 

This is so true… I suggest we add the Sangguniang Kabataan to this abolition wish list as well. 

Right now, with the global financial crisis and all, what we need is a ‘lean but mean’ government structure!!!

2008 SWS survey on corruption

Define “irony”… Irony is when the Presidential Anti-Graft Commission and the Philippine Commission on Good Government score -23 and -32, respectively, in the 2008 Survey on Corruption conducted by the Social Weather Stations. Imagine that. NEGATIVE!!! I thought these commissions were created to combat graft and corruption. How come they are perceived inutile? Should we continue wasting taxpayer money on these commissions then?

Government agencies were evaluated in terms of sincerity in fighting corruption. See tabulation below for the rest of the survey results.

GOVERNMENT AGENCY

RATING

Social Security System

+46

Department of Trade and Industry

+42

Supreme Court

+37

City/Municipal government

+35

Department of Health

+30

Commission on Audit

+23

Department of Finance

+15

Department of Education

+7

Armed Forces of the Philippines

+6

Sandiganbayan

+5

Office of the Ombudsman

+4

Trial Courts

-5

Senate

-6

Department of Budget and Management

-7

Government Service Insurance System

-12

Department of Agriculture

-17

Department of Justice

-17

Philippine National Police

-18

Department of Interior and Local Government

-23

Presidential Anti-Graft Commission

-23

Department of Environment and Natural Resources

-25

Commission on Election

-27

Department of Transportation and Communication

-27

Office of the President

-27

Land Transportation Office

-32

Philippine Commission on Good Government

-32

House of Representatives

-41

Bureau of Internal Revenue

-56

Department of Public Works and Highways

-63

Bureau of Customs

-72

It is not surprising to see the Bureau of Internal Revenue, Department of Public Works and Highways and Bureau of Customs as the bottom three. These are the traditional bastions of corruption in the country. Look at their ultra-super-mega-low-negative scores. What a shame!

Find out more about the survey through the following links:
http://www.manilatimes.net/national/2008/nov/22/yehey/top_stories/20081122top1.html
http://www.sws.org.ph/pr081121.htm

Abolish the House

I strongly agree with Mr. Pompeyo A. Pedroche’s letter to Inquirer (please read on below).

Abolish the House of Representatives!!! The house where TRAPOS are bred and trained. The house of junkets and grandstanding. There is a need to simplify and create a lean but credible lawmaking institution. Our country needs more executives than legislators. We have plenty of good laws but we are very poor in implementation. Abolish the House of Representatives!!!

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Real need is to abolish the House

Philippine Daily Inquirer

The five bishops’ call for President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to step down is old stuff. It’s an irresponsible, emotional, simplistic, armchair method of finding fault, not finding a solution. How many presidents have we already kicked in the butt? How many more leaders, from the military’s Fidel Ramos to the mother Cory Aquino to the folk hero Joseph Estrada-leaders who promised to stop graft and corruption but failed to deliver. Now, we want Gloria in Excelsis Deo?

All right, so we get rid of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo now. What next, bishops? Checkmate and King Corruption is dead? No, your reverends, but only political chaos and an ensuing stampede for power. Should the present economic crisis lead to widespread civil disobedience and then to street anarchy, the five bishops are only to blame for the bloody mess.

However, if the good bishops sincerely want radical change, if they really want to uproot corruption, why are they barking up a single leader? They should bark up the more than 200 members of the House of Representatives. The clergymen can capture the people’s imagination if they toll the bells for a referendum on the abolition of the House, the breeding place of every graft and corruption imaginable: from selfish lobbyists to vested interests; from secret deals to no deals unless…; from abuse to misuse of power; from pork to perks. By taking out more than 200 white fat-bellied elephants, our fledgling country will save millions that can otherwise build needed schools, hospitals, roads and affordable homes for the poor.

One governor for every province, one mayor for each town and city and one chairman for every village are more than enough caregivers to oversee and address these units’ respective problems. These officials are more accessible and therefore more transparently accountable, compared to congressmen who live it up in swanky metro villages while their constituents languish in the remotest ends and regions of our nation. No need for Rep. Manhik Manaog who has outlived his usefulness. Lawmaking goes to the Senate of 24 (or more members if need be). Congressmen who think they are worth their salt may run for the Senate. The bottom line is: Even without more than 230 overpaid congressmen, our government can still operate politically, economically and above all, democratically.

POMPEYO S. PEDROCHE, 294 Lake Ave., Colonia, New Jersey, USA 07067

P250M fund for displaced OFWs?

Can you help me sort this out? I am not sure if I should be happy or not. The government is providing a P250M livelihood fund for Overseas Filipino Workers who might, theoretically, be displaced due to the worldwide economic crunch. Livelihood? I am assuming this means that when an OFW is laid off, he or she can return to the Philippines and expect the government to lend a helping hand so that he or she can survive the crisis. This is an excellent initiative.

However, I am bothered about the “redeployment” strategy. The president said that monitoring schemes will be put in place to allow redeployment of displaced OFWs to emerging labor markets. This means an OFW displaced from one foreign country will be assisted by the government to find a new job in another foreign country. I don’t agree with that. This shows how our government views the OFW phenomenon as a solution rather than a symptom of a big problem. We should not allow this “cash cow mentality” to perpetuate. The government should shape up to prevent the Filipino diaspora. It should not be counting how many jobs the Middle East or Europe or Canada or Australia or New Zealand or Guam can provide for Filipinos. The government and its president should be looking for ways to create jobs in the Philippines to prevent its people from leaving. The government should inspire Filipinos and give them good reasons to stay.

Read more about this in the following links:

http://globalnation.inquirer.net/news/breakingnews/view/20081022-167853/P250-M-fund-for-laid-off-OFWs-set-up

http://saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentID=2008102420107

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THE BLOG AND THE AUTHOR:

...sapagkat ang gobyerno natin ay may "cash cow mentality" pagdating sa mga Overseas Filipino Workers.

(Read On "Milking the Cash Cow")

...sapagkat ako ay isa ring OFW; may mithiin, marunong magisip at nagnanais marinig... Makabagong bayani daw... Sa totoo'y tampok na gatasan ng pamahalaan. (English)

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