Tuesday, 15 November 2011 11:41
Vice President Jejomar Binay has cited the important role played by career officials in enhancing the people's trust in their government.
“In my years as a public official, I have long believed that government needs to be able to attract, develop and retain the best men and women,” Binay said during a speech at the 10th Annual Career Executive Service Conference in Pasay City on Friday night.
“If corporations compete to hire the best people in order to realize their sales targets or expansion plans, then is it not important for government, an institution concerned with the welfare of each Filipino, to get people who are just as good?,” he added.
According to the Vice President, Career Executive Service Officers (CESOs) are “linchpins” in the government’s efforts to reinvigorate the civil service and enhance the public’s trust in public servants.
“You are the cogs in the machinery that is government and your service heavily influences the culture that your agencies shall develop and hold over time,” he said.
“The best laid plans of our elected leaders shall amount to nothing more than brilliant discourse, if these cannot be efficiently and promptly implemented,” Binay added.
According to the Vice President, limited resources available to government offices have taught CESOs to be creative in order to maximize outputs. He said that one clear advantage of the private sector lies in their exposure to current technologies and trends, their ability to devote resources to research and development, and their ability to redirect their organizations quickly.
He urged CESOs to let their professionalism shine as they apply themselves fully to their vocation and live up to their oaths in office.
“Like you, I know the sacrifice that all have made in order to answer the calling of public service. I am aware that at times, the realities of daily life make it tempting to cross over into the private sector, where compensation is well beyond what we earn,” he said.
“But I believe that all of you can match if not surpass anything that our private sector counterparts can accomplish, given the proper access and opportunities. And few corporations can claim to have charted the destiny of an entire nation,” Binay added.
By Faye P. Velasco/PIA9-ZBST
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