DAVAO CITY — After President Benigno Aquino III formally announced his agenda in governance during his inaugural speech on June 30, the Catholic Church on Sunday took note of the government’s move to curb corruption.
Fr. Gilbert Sataya, during the homily at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Bangkal, Davao City, cited the call of Pres. Aquino’s administration to work on addressing the issue on corruption.
He likened the Gospel that “with the huge harvest, few came to do the task” to the call of the President, which he said was a big challenge to the Cabinet members.
While he urged the parishioners to bring the messages to as many people of taking part in the Church evangelizations of spreading the good words, he said everyone should take part in the task in making the Philippines a better country.
In a separate interview, taxi driver Epifanio Amihan said sa pagpaminaw naku sa mga gibatbat sa bagong President bahin sa pang gobiyerno sa iyang inagurasyon, dili naku isalig ning tanan sa iyaha kay maningkamot ko nga makatabang ko pananglitan sa pagsunod sa balaod sa trapiko (after listening to the President’s detailed agenda of his government, I will do my share of helping the government by way of following traffic rules).
“Mouyon ko sa pagpawala sa “wang wang” kay ang datu ug pobre pantay dapat nga mogamit sa karsada (I support the ban of sirens because there shoud be equal road access between the rich and the poor,” he said.
“Bahin sa korupsyon sa gobiyerno, dili ma ni mawala gyud pero kung kitang tanan motabang ilabina nang taga gobiyerno makuhaan gyud ni (with regards corruption, I don’t think this will be eradicated but if all of us will help especially those in government, I think this will be lessened),” he said.
Government worker Roger Martel of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas in Davao said that what the President said was a call for government personnel to work harder.
Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said she was happy to hear the President stressing hard on tackling government corruption and for government workers to show more of their skills and talents as public servants.
President Aquino said not all in government were corrupt and for those who were performing well he said “panahon na nila ngayon na magpakitang gilas (it’s time for them to show their utmost abilities)”.
Duterte-Carpio, as part of her priorities as the new mayor of Davao City, started reviewing the performance of the city government workers and for those who lacks skills will be trained while they will offer retirement packages for those who would want to avail of the package although everyone will be assessed as to their performance.
Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (DCCCII) president Engr. Robert C. Quinto welcomed the President’s directive of transparency in dealing with the business sector.
He said this was a big boosts for the business community and for those prospective investors.
On the other hand, Philippine Constructors Association (PCA), Inc. president Levy Espiritu said he liked the President’s governance and he was firm and bold when he detailed his agenda during his inauguration speech.
Global Link chief executive officer Patrick Lawrence Tan said there was high optimism in the construction industry especially when President Aquino launched a call against corruption.
“The construction industry probably was the worst sector and hearing him said that the stakeholders are happy and with high optimism they are willing to support this government”.