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If you get a chance to drive through the Tumaga- Lunzuran road on your way to Ateneo de Zamboanga University High School, just a few meters away before reaching the world-class Forest Lake Memorial Park, on the left, conspicuously the construction of the new Tumaga Barangay government complex is in full swing. In fact by all physical indications, it’s nearing completion.

What is notable about this infrastructure project being undertaken out of public funds is not its cost, size or design but the complete absence of the customary King Sized billboard containing the bold lettered name and larger-than life picture of our honorable City Mayor which to me is something highly admirable and appreciable.

While in a persistent way, we have been boldly critical about the unethical and narcissistic practice of advertizing and popularizing names and pictures of incumbent big-time political executives by printing them on government vehicles, buildings, bridges, and other infrastructures, equipment and facilities, we do not claim credit for this positive change in the official conduct of our honorable Chief Executive. The informed and educated segment of our society knows that there are existing, memorandums, laws, rules, and regulations governing this matter, most pertinently Republic Act No. 6713 otherwise known as the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.

Our local Chief Executive, by his own earnest self-examination, must have finally realized the futility and impropriety of printing his name and posting his picture on the project billboard of every public work being undertaken out of the taxes of the people. After all every politically enlightened citizen knows that any project undertaken or accomplished during his term of office, is rightfully and officially attributed or credited to his leadership and administration, as the alter ego or as the legitimate representative of the sovereign people. Ethically, no government official should dare claim credit for something he has not done or accomplished under his leadership or initiative.

We hope that the other key political leaders of our country will follow the example set by Hon. Mayor Celso L. Lobregat in prohibiting individuals and institutions from printing his name or posting his pictures on public works being undertaken, on government owned equipment, vehicles and facilities because such act is contrary to the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees. With the local Chief Executive as the model, we can expect in the soonest possible time that publicly owned vehicles, equipment, infrastructures and facilities will only have one official signage:” Property of the Taxpayers.”

Hey, what about that L-300 over there?   Whose nickname is printed on it? Ah, probably, it’s privately owned.




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