Obey before complain
IT’S indubitably pure rudeness and arrogance the staff of suspended Quezon City Councilor Roderick Paulate had displayed when they re-fused to receive the order issued by the Office of the Ombudsman preventively suspending the neophyte alderman along with another colleague, Councilor Francisco Calalay Jr., for six months without pay for “keeping ghost employees” in their respective offices.
Nonetheless, it’s a total opposite in the case of Councilor Calalay, who’s not new in local politics as compared with Paulate, as indicated by his low-key employees who accepted without hesitation the suspen-sion order which was served by Director Juan Juvian Ingeniero of the Department of the Interior and Local Government-Quezon City.
The good councilor, who’s known for portraying gay and comical roles in the movies and television, is seemed ill-advised and so his staff members who apparently are all new in their jobs that they couldn’t recognize lawful orders and officers.
Like what Councilor Calalay just did when he seeks relief from the higher court, the greenhorn Paulate should have emulated the former by exhausting all the legal remedies in a bid to stop the serving of the suspension order instead of having his employees around who just flaunt and “shoot the messenger rather than shoot the message.”
Warning up vs Leptospirosis
Incessant rains spawned by typhoon “Gener” for over a week had as usual submerged low-lying areas especially in the metropolis in floodwaters, putting at risk anew the health, particularly those in depressed communities since they couldn’t avoid passing through flooded roads and streets.
Hence, the local governments like in Navotas City, wherein most villages were inundated at the height of the storm forcing the city offi-cials to rescue and evacuate nearly 600 families to safer grounds, have been pre-occupied in issuing warnings to their residents about getting contracted with leptospirosis and other diseases carried by dirty waters particularly during rainy days and typhoons.
Mayor John Rey Tiangco, who declared a state of calamity all over the city in a determined effort to extend the much-needed help to the affected families, is equally concerned over the health of his constituents that he instructs the concerned city as well as barangay officials to make sure that they are appropriately warned as the Department of Health reveals a 125-percent increase in (leptospirosis) cases from January to July this year.
“The mayor has been urging the residents to stay away from flood-waters which are obviously dirty in order to avoid leptospiros and other diseases coming from water contaminated by urine from infected animals,” says Ms. Jayne Banayad, the city’s public information officer.
Had the officials of the Department of Public Works and Highways not been extra-conscious about who gets the credit, what happened few days back along Roxas Boulevard which was transformed into like a “water world” would not have occurred in the first place.
Metro Manila Development Authority chief Francis Tolentino submitted his double-layered seawall design in October last year to the DPWH which, he says, can withstand typhoons and at the same time give new facelift to the Baywalk area, but it fell on deaf ears.