Sunday, February 18, 2018

What a good mentor! Gov't official shares 7 things that President Duterte taught her


Much has been said about how great of a leader our beloved President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is.
Pres. Rodrigo Duterte | Photo CTTO

However, just when we thought we know everything about him already, a government official shares her personal learnings obtained under the leadership of Pres. Duterte.

Presidential Communications Operations Office or PCOO Undersecretary Lorraine Marie T. Badoy, a staunch supporter of the president, airs her thoughts about the lessons she has so far learned from being in the office of public service.

In a Facebook post, the undersecretary says there are 7 things she has learned as a public servant.

To name a few, she wrote on the said post that one of the biggest problems our country is facing which is poverty will not be finished in our lifetime.

'The problem of poverty will not be solved in our lifetime. But we MUST work as if we can do this in our lifetime.'

The other lesson she mentioned was about the kind of great leadership - that of Pres. Duterte - as well as the magic it brings to his subordinates due to his competence, overflowing pure intent, bravery, and the 'political will of granite'.

'I now know what great leadership looks like and the amazing things it accomplishes specially if the leader is of pure intent and competent, brave and has the political will of granite.'
Pres. Duterte | Photo CTTO

Usec Badoy also said that if you are someone holding a public service position only to gain applause as you wish, then you should vacate the seat you comfortably sit upon as you are not worth it at all.

'If you’re in public service for the applause, you’re better off strumming your guitar with a chained monkey in the corner of Carriedo and Recto.'

Check out her full post below:

Top 7 things I’ve learned about public service in that year that I have been serving you as a public servant.

#1. There is no substitute for great leadership. NONE.

Heart matters. Sincerity of purpose and the passion to set right what has been wrong for a very long time –all these are essential with ALL public servants. But all that sincerity of purpose and passion will be for nothing if the leader is rotten.
Pres. Duterte and Pres. Putin

If the leader makes it about herself and if she’s into public service for the strokes she will get on her ego, the shortfall that will be felt on the ground to the intended beneficiaries will be so miniscule, we might as well call it what it is: NOTHING.

This is why the poorest of the poor, children, women are called ‘the vulnerable sector’. They are the ones that get hurt the most when corrupt, inefficient, egoistic public officials don’t the their jobs. May laban tayo. Sila, wala.

My heart burns with rage at these kinds of officials--those tasked to do important work –specially where children and women and the poorest of the poor are concerned—and then turn around and make it all about themselves.

Who demand courtesy calls and applause or STEAL while important work for the vulnerable in our midst go untended. Who name drop to tyrannize co-workers into letting them have their stupid ways.

I fucking hate people like that.
Pres. Duterte and Japan Prime Minister Abe

And yes, they do exist. Even in an administration that strives to make us all remember what we have forgotten and for all time: how public service looks like.

I do my part in letting the President know. Yup, make that official: I’m sumbungera. I don’t have his ear like some of you imagine. But gad, I do all I can so it reaches him.

#2. The President cannot do this on his own.

A President such as what we have now: true to the people he serves, braver than brave, has the political will, the heart, the smarts that can turn our country around— can do so much. And already he has. And still given all that, he will fail if we do not –EACH—do our part.
Photo CTTO

Follow laws.

Pay your taxes.

Help the poorest of the poor in our midst—have scholarships, feeding/literacy/family planning/library/livelihood programs.
Be kinder to each other.

Be the best student/manager/yaya/laundry woman/doctor/driver/mom/dad/son/daughter/friend/athlete you can be.

Who you are is your gift to yourself first of all—then the people you love then the country you’re a citizen of. And then of this world.

#3. The problem of poverty will not be solved in our lifetime. But we MUST work as if we can do this in our lifetime.

The best of what is in us, our energies—must flow to that point where we keep going at poverty like crazed bastards who absolutely believe it is possible to see this scourge end before we close our eyes forever.
Pres. Trump and Pres. Duterte | Photo CTTO

It won’t.

Poverty is a multi-headed behemoth who grows three heads for each head you hack off.

And people are greedy short-sighted bastards, impossibly wounded and self absorbed for this to happen.

And to our misfortune, these greedy bastards will find their way in the stream of public service or positions in the private sector of great power and affect our lives in the most intimate of ways.

AND STILL WE MUST GO FOR THIS MONSTER WITH ALL WE'VE GOT.

Surprising things have happened in humankind’s history.

Who knows? We just might surprise our selves.

#4. I now know what great leadership looks like and the amazing things it accomplishes specially if the leader is of pure intent and competent, brave and has the political will of granite.
PCOO Usec. Badoy | Photo from Facebook

Great leaders, first of all, inspire us to be our best selves.

Great leaders make us believe in ourselves.

Great leaders walk the talk---will be on the frontline in the battle field (with the President, it’s been literal. GAWDDD. Ibang klase.)

I’ve seen it, time and again, this “Duterte effect” I keep hearing about.

I knew it existed even before I knew there was a name to it. In public service, what this means is the kawatans have stopped their kawat activities (for now), and how so many of us are so infused with energy and are so motivated to do all we can in the short span of time given us.

#5 If you’re in public service for the applause, you’re better off strumming your guitar with a chained monkey in the corner of Carriedo and Recto.

What you must, instead, brace yourself for is the impact of a merciless water landing of name calling, cruelties, slanderous claims,outright lies, made up FB and Twitter accounts, and the most surprising to me, ENVY. (Yeah, yeah, how envious to have to serve idiots like you who can’t see just how hard this job is.)

The truth is, public officials are public figures and being public figures are open game to the weirdest projections on them by crackpots and losers.

#6 (a corollary to #5)

Here’s what I’ve learned then. And just might be the most important lesson, so far:

Just get the job done.

Nose down, as low profile as you can manage it and as much as the idiots in our midst will allow it.

Just get the job done. 
There is no substitute for that.

#7. And this is what will save you:

That you know who you are.
And what you’re about.
And why you do the things you do.

The honor of my life is to serve you faithfully and with all the best in me.

YAKAP!

Source: Lorraine Marie T. Badoy

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