By Hope V. Hervilla
COMMENTARY | When you are in government, you thought you are doing your best yet you are still bombarded by negative criticisms from the people you served.
You throw back negative criticisms and blame the people whom this government is responsible to serve.
Do not take this personally. This is nothing to do with you personally.
This is about how government’s policies and programs should served the nation as a whole especially during pandemic. How government’s leaders provide intelligent guidance and directions in solving societal problems both in collective and humane ways.
Government’s programs should unite rather than divide creating chaos among the people. Take the case of the Social Amelioration Program which should provide social protection both from economic difficulties and COViD-19 prevention.
However, on the other side this created chaos and violence because of exclusion and inclusion mechanisms that deprived legitimate ones. Full implementation was further delayed because of so many bureaucratic layers.
Why not listen to voiceless voices no matter how hurting it is? If you feel they’re unreasonable, teach them how to be one. Educate them what should be done in a scientific and proper way. Formulate and implement laws and programs that don’t invalidate, discriminate and divide them.
Why use intimidation and violence to control people for your own wishes and convenience when hunger is their worst enemy aside from COVID-19?
Why it is easy to generally blame and condemn the poor as undisciplined, lazy, criminals, gamblers, etc.?
In fact, only few of them behave this way compared to other millions of Filipinos who are also poor and struggling to survive.
Why it is difficult to accept criticisms and demand government officials’ accountability in their incompetence with their full powers to enact laws, formulate programs, policies and guidelines serving and protecting everyone especially all of the marginalized in a timely manner when it doesn’t?
Likewise, they hardly listen to the dissenting voices of powerless and the underprivileged.
Why blinded by powers and entitlements and point fingers and biases to the people and boast yourselves as heroes of the status quo?
Above all, as leaders, government servants, social workers, front liners or whatever we call ourselves, we should be always inward-looking and be critical , collectively analyzing of how society and powers made us to be.
Let us analyze and learn how we respond responsibly to the poor and helpless people in this time of uncertainties and hunger.
Let us put the accountabilities to those who have greater powers and access to resources rather than blaming the victims and justify the use of coercion to silence them.
Then, we can be true leaders and servants of our people./www.panaytoday.net
Hervilla was undersecretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development from 2016 to 2018.