WHAT do we mean when we serve people? What do we mean when politicians say ‘Ikaw ang boss ko’ to the public? Or simply, what do politicians know about being able to lead and serve the public?
Is it by making people happy? Making them laugh their heart out? Providing them food every single day? Giving them houses to live for the rest of their lives? While people is just sitting pretty on the corner of the streets?
What do we really mean when we have served the people?
Is it by just by sitting in the chair allotted to you in the city hall and doing the paper works? Is it just by spending time in the session hall and listening on what others have to say? Is it appearing in an evacuation area distributing goods to the fire victims?
Tuesday, I had the opportunity to attend one of the sessions of the city councilors. I was overwhelmed with the thought of having finally witnessed public servants in action.
I have to admit that at the start, it was kind of boring, knowing that what they were discussing did not interest me. It was like they were in an alien world speaking an alien language.
However, I was there for a purpose, to listen. And eventually, I was becoming more and more interested about what they were talking about. I have always been an avid listener on forums about human rights, drugs and other issues that concerned the public.
They were discussing and discussing and discussing and the discussion was becoming weak.
I was shocked and it was sad to note that some of the councilors were becoming senseless. They were asking questions and looking for answers when the answers were already written in the screen projector, just behind them. They were wasting time.
I understand that each of us has our own concept of serving the people, of leadership, of doing duties and tasks but time is such an important thing in this cruel world. We cannot turn back time, or pause or rewind or fast-forward.
Every tick-tock of the clock is important, every single second is precious. In one second, one may did die, or one was born, or one was saved and lived. There’s a lot that can happen. In one second, one can save a sinking country, or one can make it sink harder. (Pamela Jay Orias)
On the Job are articles written by students who are with Sun.Star Davao for their internship program. Pamela is a student of the Mindanao State University-Marawi.