Sunday, January 28, 2018

Grabe naman! Usec. Loraine shares a story of the President’s official team in India


Along with his official team, President Rodrigo Duterte arrived in the Philippines last Saturday, midnight of January 27.
 Sec. Ramon Lopez, Usec. Lorraine Marie Badoy and Sec. Martin Andanar | Photo from Facebook

In yet another productive meeting of the president - together with his delegates - with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in India during the recently concluded ASEAN World Summit, going back in the country with them was a whopping 1.25 billion USD and 105,000 jobs from India.

Working for the people (and working for it hard and without corruption and plunder in mind) really pays off. All thanks to the president for the acquisition made and the people that are part of his team whose efficacy are in no way questionable.

Proud with the administration's addition to its tremendous tons of achievements, the Presidential Communications Operations Office's (PCOO) Undersecretary Lorraine Marie T. Badoy, who was one of the President's official team in India, shares their success story that will eventually translate to the success of the country.
President Rodrigo Duterte | Photo from Facebook

Check out her full post below:

This was taken in India during the recently concluded ASEAN World Summit. Sec Martin and I saw Sec Ramon Lopez and we both congratulated him on such an awesome feat.

Me: Sec, congratulations! 1.25 billion USD and 105,000 jobs! Galing Sec! 
Sec Martin: Yeah, congratulations! Galing! 
Sec Ramon: No that was all of us. Team effort.

(Me to myself: Wow, I love this gig. All I did was sleep last night then I woke up and suddenly there’s 1.25Bn USD and 105k jobs for our kababayans. Then Sec Ramon says, by some strange magic, I had something to do with that. I get to ride on the coattails of these 2 awesome Cabinet Secretaries. They make me look good. Lovely gig.)

Because here’s the truth about being part of the President’s official team.

We are a giddy bunch.

I feel the good vibes in EACH AND EVERY meeting/ workshop/technical working group/convention I’ve sat in with them. Our words stumble out of our mouths because we’re so excited to do so much of what needs to get done.
President Rodrigo Duterte and Sec. Ramon Lopez | Photo from Google

And I am thinking—maybe these guys are like me.

Just ordinary Filipinos who, for decades, looked in horror, despair and rage at the bumbling, impossibly self-serving bastards we called public servants who went about gleefully spreading grief and destruction across the land and who, in reality, served no one but themselves and their kaibigans and kamag-anaks.

And maybe, like me, they were dumbfounded that those we gave our precious trust to—the very ones who had the power to make millions of lives better and who could change the destiny and course of our country, turned around and said, “You know what? I’d rather steal. Or play Dota.”

I sense a kinship with a lot of public servants I work with. Like we were given this chance to finally be the public servant we had always wished our country had.

And we are tumbling over ourselves in excitement being just that: simple, hardworking, humble, sincere, faithful, brave, forward-looking.
President Rodrigo Duterte and Sec. Martin Andanar | Photo from Google

And this has a lot to do with the man who leads us.

President Rodrigo Duterte cuts an inspiring figure to so many of us (for the kurakots, he is their worst nightmare). And he inspires us to be the best we can be. To love country the way he does. To fight for it. To give our all the way he does.

And his marching orders to us are crystal clear:

We are to serve our country well.
We are to take millions out of poverty.

We are to take our country out of dark and into the light of the 21st century.
We are no longer going to be forever 3rd world and relegated in the world’s dust bins. 
The Filipino is worth the best—roads, education, health care, communications, jobs, shelter.

We are here to make their lives comfortable. 
We are here to replace chaos with order, confusion with clarity.

We are here to replace the horrific indifference with true compassion.

That power you hold in your hands because of your office is not yours—it is for you to give to the powerless.
President Rodrigo Duterte and Usec.Lorraine Marie Badoy | Photo from Google

Yes, we will make mistakes. But those mistakes will be honest ones—not the ones committed because we were indifferent, callous, incompetent, corrupt, greedy, self-serving.

And always, there is this sense of urgency about us.

For so many of us, we know this gig isn’t going to be long. Right now, it’s 4 years and just a few months more. And so we’re gripped by the task at hand—to make our country as strong, as stable, as steady as we can possibly make it in the short time given us.

Like the President we serve under, we know that time is an invaluable commodity that can never be replaced when wasted no matter how much money or power one may have.

We are chasing daylight.
And thus choose our battles well.

What a great time to serve our beloved country.
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Rodrigo Duterte | Photo from Google

Source: Lorraine Marie T. Badoy
PCOO Usec. Lorraine Marie Badoy | Photo from Facebook

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