Local officials in Davao del Norte resolved to achieve a greater level of accountability in the exercise of their authority to help boost the Duterte administration’s thrust of regaining public trust in government.
Governor Anthony del Rosario hosted a Public Accountability Seminar that provided input on public service values and a deeper understanding on the accountability of local functionaries and execu-tives in the province.
The governor, Vice Governor Allan Dujali, provincial board mem-bers, city and municipal mayors and officials, as well as Capitol executives attended the forum Bul-wagan ng Lalawigan, Tagum City facilitated by the Office of the Deputy Ombudsman for Mindanao.
Del Rosario urged the local officials to become models of change, parti-cularly in helping the president boost the fight against corruption to get back the trust of the people in the government.
“Fighting corruption in government is truly an uphill battle… We have to bring back faith and con-fidence in the government,” the governor stressed.
He added that corrupt leaders commit an injustice that greatly burden the poorest members of our society.
Atty. Cristyl Mae Senajon, senior adminis-trative assistant of the Office of the Ombudsman, discussed the ethical stan-dards that should guide every public official as with the Administrative Laws that penalizes corruption, while Atty. Gil Garcia II, graft investigation officer of the same agency ex-plained the criminal laws which protect the public from corruption.
“Public servants should conduct commitment to public interest, professiona-lism, justness and sincerity, responsiveness to the public, nationalism and patriotism, commitment to democracy and simple living “ Senajon said.
She added government officials are elected not to take advantage of their positions but to safeguard the interest of the public.
The basic but funda-mental pellet that exists between the government and the public is the fidu-ciary relationship they have with each other, which is the trust and confidence of the people to the officials in power, she added.
“We [public official] can not hold on to our office as we please because this has only been in trusted to us by people… we do not possess proprietary rights over our office, it has only been in trusted to us,” Senajon said.
She said the betrayal of this trust can be a criminal or administrative offense punishable by law.
Nepotism, accepting or requesting of gifts, bribery, serving one’s personal interest, negligence of duty, and misappropriation of government funds is a form of corruption.
Garcia clarified that, small acts such as taking home office supplies, taking longer breaks to accommo-date friends while at work, and going home before 5 pm are also considered corruption.
Gov personal staff get grooming lessons
Some 40 liaison officers from the Provincial Governor’s Office (PGO) – Personal Staff Division participated in the Persona-lity Development and Public Speaking seminar to enhance their role as repre-sentatives of the governor in official functions.
Provincial Information Officer (PIO) Sofonias Gabonada provided essen-tial inputs on Personality Development, that inclu-ded proper posture, good grooming and basic socialization skills that are vital to their task.
“Mapasalamaton mi kang Sir Ponyong kay daghan kayo mig nakutlo ilabi na kung unsaon nga mas madevelop pa namo ang among personality, how we carry ourselves ingon man sa pakig-atubang sa klase-klaseng mga tao sa community”, said Risa Martir,Executive Assistant II of PGO-PS.
Keisha Therese Halili, Information Officer III also from the Provincial Information Office, gave the crucial lecture on public speaking.
Discussed in the topic were important parts of a speech and proper ways of engaging the audience when representing the governor, as well as tips for productive interaction with the constituents.
“Bisan pa man sa among kadugayon sa pag-adto sa mga kabarangayan para maghatag ug mensahe sa mga katawhan, kinahanglan pa gyud mi matagaan ug mga seminar nga susama niini tungod kay daghan kaayog mga kabag-uhan in terms of how to deal with people”, said Ariel Pequero, who admits he is willing to address certain lapses as he represents Gov. Rodolfo del Rosario in various events.
The personal staff are primarily tasked to monitor programs and projects of the provincial government and to represent the Provincial Governor in official functions, especially when he is not able to attend all invitations sent by government agencies, LGUs, and various sectors around the province for some important reasons. Gerne Boja