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Friday, August 23, 2013

Strife Amidst a State of Calamity in the Municipality of Pateros


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"Strife amidst a state of calamity? Both parties may have arguable valid points.

I am just surprised that a former councilor was not aware of the "positionings" in the Municipality, what more the ordinary residents of Pateros who do not have access to the offices of the LGU. I've been so very curious how people are assigned to posts at the municipal hall, especially down to the level of Job Order employees.

In fairness, I've seen how Elmer Nocheseda has highlighted Pateros in many of his works. He even came out with a book about Pateros. You could say he has somehow elevated the status of Pateros into national, if not international, recognition.

Likewise, I have heard a lot of great things Councilor Gerald German, now Vice Mayor, has done for Pateros. People have recommended him as the man to go to if in search of "action".

Both of them have earned my respect and admiration.

It is disappointing to see the two of them in a heated argument in a public medium, but on the other hand, I think it is good that everyone else will be able to hear out their sides.



 Elmer Nocheseda's "Pateros" book


It all boils down to transparency and public awareness - if the national government will not approve the FOI bill, then I would challenge the LGUs to take the initiative to implement their own local version if they have nothing to hide.

And on the other hand, in appreciating the efforts of our government officials no matter how they show or "share" it to their constituents  - some may have been very busy working at the background but too humble to show it, while some may have been so eager and open to share it publicly because they feel that their constituents should know that the people they voted for are working hard - sometimes all we need is to see and feel that the people in government are actively in the move for our cause.

Sure enough, what I am confident to declare here is that both parties are doing great things for Pateros....but it would have been a prettier sight if both are hand-in-hand in continuing to further put Pateros in the map as a municipality with great people you can truly be proud of.

Like how the Department of Tourism has been promoting our country,  they said It's More Fun in the Philippines not only because of the products, the sights, the culture and the destinations, but especially because of the Filipino people.

Pasensiya na kung mahaba ang aking sinabi pero daanin na lang kaya nating lahat ito over some bottles of beer ..or milk tea perhaps? Kahit hindi ako umiinom ay sasama ako para tayo ay magkaisa alang-alang sa Pateros!"


That was my very long comment to a recent heated argument that I saw on my Facebook timeline. I was compelled to share my own thoughts because I knew the people involved as both of them are my Facebook friends.



The LGU of the Municipality of Pateros


Read on so you will understand what the hell I've been blabbering about (The status update was posted last August 20, 2013 and has sparked a discussion mainly between the said two personalities from the municipality of Pateros : Vice Mayor Gerald German and Book Author Elmer Nocheseda):


"For the Information of the People of Pateros:

The Sangguniang Bayan of Pateros held its First Special Session at 10:00AM today to discuss and approve the draft resolution declaring the Municipality of Pateros under the State of Calamity due to heavy Monday and Tuesday (August 19 and 20, 2013) rains brought by the southwest monsoon enhanced by tropical storm Maring thereby putting most of the town submerged into rainwater.

The said resolution has been approved at 10:30AM today. The Mayor has been authorized to use the calamity fund of the municipality to effectively address the pressing needs of affected communities.

All Barangay Councils in Pateros have been authorized as well to use their own calamity funds to immediately facilitate the basic assistance needed by their affected constituents." - Gerald German

"No big deal. it is a standard operating procedure, nothing to thank you about, lahat naman ng affected localities nagdeclare ng SOC. what matters is the wherewithal of it all. Does the council has plans and legislation on how to address these perennial problems of flooding and disasters. have we addressed the informal settlers in critical zones.have we addressed the river and drainage systems. have we addressed the fund sources? No need for this pogi points." - Elmer Nocheseda


"Sir Elmer Nocheseda, layunin ko lang pong ipagbigay-alam sa ating mga kababayan ang mga nagiging kaganapan sa ating bayan at hindi po ako nagpapa-pogi. Karapatan po ng taumbayan na malaman ang mga hakbang na ginagawa ng ating pamahalaan. Pasensiya kana kung ganyan ang dating sayo ng balitang ipinagbigay alam ko sa lahat. By the way, when I became an Acting Mayor last month, I was so surprised to see your name in the Payroll List of our LGU. Nakakagulat, pinapasweldo ka pala ng lokal na pamahalaan kahit hindi ka namin nakikita na nagtatrabaho sa loob ng munisipyo. I don't know if you are aware of this, you might be surprised as well or you will just accept the truth. Thank you.

panahon po ngayon ng kalamidad at mas mahalaga pong magsama-sama tayo sa pagtulong sa ating mga kababayang naapektuhan ng bagyo. kung wala po kayong maibibigay na tulong sa panahong ito ay maigi pong isarili na lang natin ang mga opinyon nating hindi naman makakabuti at makakapagbigay ng solusyon sa ating bayan. napakadali pong maging kritiko pero napakahirap pong maging bahagi ng solusyon." - Gerald German

"Pateros" Book Launch


"Again, hindi ito personal na comment, walang kinalaman kung ikaw ay good man o di ako nakakaintindi. Ang punto ko lang ay epektibo ba ang consejo sa pagtalakay sa problema nang disaster at baha. malawak ba at pammatagalang solusyon ba ang hinahanap nila. nabatis ba nila and hazzard map ng Pateros, meron ba tayong sapat na evacuation plans. centers, may inilaan o paglalaanang pondo ba. Iyan ang dapat malaman at talakayin." - Elmer Nocheseda
"Elmer Nocheseda, hindi ito ang panahon upang idetalye ang mga bagay na yan. Mayroon tayong Disaster and Risk Management Council headed by the Mayor. Siguro ay mas masasagot ng boss mo ang katanungan mo. Pakisagot lang po yung tanong ko, empleyado ka ba ng munisipyo?" - Gerald German

"Salita ng politiko ang " mas mahalaga pong magsama-sama tayo sa pagtulong sa ating mga kababayang naapektuhan ng bagyo." Ano ito sa tunay na buhay. sa concrete policies, sa kahandaan, sa pagiging pro active than reactive Mamamayan ako ng Pateros na naapektuhan ng baha at naghahanap ako ng good governance sa gitna na kalamidad, hindi ng political statements" - Elmer Nocheseda
"Bakit hindi mo masagot ang simpleng tanong ko, Elmer Nocheseda??? Again, PINAPASWELDO KA BA NG MUNISIPYO?

salamat sa pagsagot, kung tunay kang makabayan ay hinahamon kitang imbestigahan ang ating lokal na pamahalaan kung bakit mayroong pangalang "ELMER NOCHESEDA" na tumatanggap ng sweldo sa munisipyo." - Gerald German

"Mamamayan lang po akong apektado ng bagyo at kalamidad, na bumuto sa mga politiko na maglilingkiod sa bayan. huwag ninyong masamain at gawing personal ang talakayan.
Parepareho tayong apektado ng baha at kailangan nating tutukan ng malawakang solusyon ang problemang nagaganap sa tauntaon.Hindi solusyon ang pag issue ng SOC at ang pamumulitika, sabi mo nga sama sama." - Elmer Nocheseda

"Kung mapapatunayan ko na IKAW ang Elmer Nocheseda na tumatanggap ng sweldo sa munisipyo ay iyan na ata ang pinaka-nakakahiyang bagay na natuklasan ko sa aking pagiging Acting Mayor. HINDI KA EMPLEYADO PERO IKAW AY TUMATANGGAP NG SWELDO. Nakakahiya iyan! Walang pinag-iba iyan sa pagnanakaw ng pondo ng bayan. Higit pa sa sweldo ng pangkaraniwang Job Order Employee ang natatanggap ng isang Elmer Nocheseda. Pagod na pagod ang mga Job Order Employees samantalang si Elmer Nocheseda ay ni hindi nakikita sa munisipyo pero pinapasweldo ng higit pa sa kanila." - Gerald German

Pateros Municipal Hall


"Ginagawa niyang personal ang lahat, ayaw niyang makarinig ng suhestiyon, ginagawang pulitika ang usapan, basahin ninyo kung may nabanggit akong masama. samantalang namemersonal siya. " - Elmer Nocheseda


"Tulad ng sagot ko ay mayroon tayong Disaster and Risk Management Council na pwede i-detalye ang lahat ng gusto mong malaman. Hindi personal ang issue ko Elmer Nocheseda. Pambayang issue din ito. HINDI DAPAT nagpapasweldo ang ating lokal na pamahalaan sa mga hindi empleyado at alam mo iyan. Imbes na idagdag natin ang pondo para sa sweldo sa mga proyektong pambayan ay napupunta pa sa mga taong nakikinabang lang sa kaban ng bayan. Isang malaking kalapastanganan sa bayan iyan. KUNG IKAW AY PINAPASWELDO NG PAMAHALAAN, ang ibig sabihin nito ay empleyado ka. DAPAT ay MAGTRABAHO KA at tumulong sa bayan at hindi maging palamunin lamang. MASAKIT PERO ITO ANG KATOTOHANAN." - Gerald German

"Hindi ito ang inaasahan ko sa Vice Mayor German na ibinoto ko. Mas malawak na pangunawa. Iba ang dating ng FB commentts sa tunay na salita, hindi nito mailalagay ang tono at tunog." - Elmer Nocheseda



"Ikaw ngayon ang politiko, huwag mong sabihing ako ang ibinoto mo. Hindi kawalan ang isang boto kung ang kapalit naman nito ay kabutihan ng bayan at KATOTOHANAN." - Gerald German


"Sapat na ibaling mo ang tukoy sa akin at wala akong ikinahihiya sa bayan.huwag mo lang sanang ibaling ang usapan sa tunay na isyu na dapat mong pagtuunan ng pansin bilang jefe de consejo. higit pa jan ang inaasahan sa iyo. - Elmer Nocheseda

"Ipagpaumanhin ninyo sana mga kababayan ang aking katapangan. Dahil ang taong matuwid, walang inuurungan at walang kinatatakutan para sa kabutihan. Maraming salamat po sa patuloy ninyong dalangi para sa kabutihan ng ating bayan lalo na sa mga naapektuhan ng baha. Bukas po ay magtutungo tayo sa mga Evacuation Centers kasama ang AMC Team at ilang mga konsehal ng bayan. Sa mga nagnanais pong magpahatid ng tulong sa mga nasalanta ng bagyo ay maaari po kayong tumawag sa aking tanggapan sa numerong 6401165 o hindi kaya ay paki-PM nyo lamang ako. Muli, maraming salamat po.

We will not let anyone put down our good intentions for Pateros. we will stand on what we believe is right and what is beneficial for the majority of our constituency. again, thank you. i truly appreciate." - Gerald German



 
"Ayoko na sanang patulan pa ang usaping ito dahil sabi nga ng tatay ko, "pumatol ka na sa asong ulol, huwag lang sa nagmamarunong. Pumatol ka na sa lasing huwag lang sa nagmamagaling".

It is just too disappointing for a vice mayor na sa sandaling nag acting mayor ay ang bilis agad na humusga na "natuklasan ko sa aking pagiging Acting Mayor. HINDI KA EMPLEYADO PERO IKAW AY TUMATANGGAP NG SWELDO. Nakakahiya iyan! Walang pinag-iba iyan sa pagnanakaw ng pondo ng bayan. Higit pa sa sweldo ng pangkaraniwang Job Order Employee ang natatanggap ng isang Elmer Nocheseda. Pagod na pagod ang mga Job Order Employees samantalang si Elmer Nocheseda ay ni hindi nakikita sa munisipyo pero pinapasweldo ng higit pa sa kanila." Isa itong malsiyoso, mapanirang puri, at walang basehan. And it is libelous, kung naiintindihan mo ang ginawa mo.

Alam kong batid mo na ang "Presumption of regularity is a principle applied in evaluation that transactions made in the normal course of government service are assumed to have been conducted in the usual manner unless there is evidence to prove otherwise beyond reasonable doubt. And the accuser has the burden of proof. Palagay ko ay n aiintindihan mo ang simpleng ingles na ito.Kung may nadiskubre ka ay sana ay nagtanong ka muna at hindi ka naging accuser, judge, and executioner at ilagay mo ang aking reputasyon in a very bad light para lang sa sarili mong kapakanan.Ang bilis naman ng iyong conclusion at agad mong pinaniwalaan ang iyong sarili. Hindi mo man lang kinausap si Mayor, mag txt o tumawag sa personnel o kaya ay kay Admin muna. Hindi mo na kailangang "madiskubre habang ACTING mayor" ang isang bagay na common knowledge ng lahat maging ng resident auditor, yung dati at ng kasalukuyang COA. Ikaw lang yata ang di nakakaalam. Ang hina mo naman. Magtanong ka naman. Huwag kang magmarunong at manira ng reputasyon ng iyong kababayan. dahil hindi lang ako ang inilalagay mo sa alanganin, pati si Joey, si Admin, ang personel, ang treasurer at ang COA . Hindi mo na kailangang madiskubre yan, alam na yan ng lahat. hindi yang sekreto, public document yan. kung alam mo ibig sabihin ng NOTARIZED document, Ang yabang mo lang talaga na daig mo pa si Magellan na nadiskubre mo yan. Magtanong ka pa ng konti.sa tatlong taong pagparoon at pagparito ko sa munisipio ay ni isang beses ay di kita nakita. pero alam kong "masipag" kang konsehal dahil nababasa ko sa post mo na sadya kang magaling kahit hidni ka binibigyan ng support (ikaw ba naman kaya ay mahusay sumuporta ng team work). ako naman ay paminsan minsan lang napupunta sa munisipiyo dahil hindi naman ako regular na empleyado. pero may celfone po ako, may fax at telefono, may sariling laptop at koryente sa bahay. minsan naka aircone kami sa bahay pero kadalasan ay electric fan lang. Doon po ako gumagawa ng trabaho ko. Kayo po saan kayo nagtratrabaho at di ko rin kayo nakikita sa munisipio. Pero may suweldo kayo di ba na di namin alam.Baka ng pala hindi mo alam ang mga ginawa ko para sa munisipyo ay pakitingnan mo na lang ang mahabang listahan sa COA office. Meron po silang copies. Kung masyado kang natataasan sa binayad sa akin ay palagay ko naman na kumuha ka ng basic economics na alam mo na ang price is equal to marginal utility. iyon din ang sagot kung bakit mas natataasan ka sa tinatanggap ko kaysa job order employees. Kung hindi mo naiintindihan ang price equals marginal utility, basahin mo na lang si Samuelson.SInabi mo na "pagnanakaw ng pondo ng bayan" ang ginawa ko. Bakit hindi mo ako kasuhan? Magsampa ka ng habla. Oo nga pala hindi ako govt employee so hindi Ombudsman at Sandigan Bayan ako. para kina Joey, Admin Delio, Personel Eva, at COA Auditor yon, ako ay sa ordinary court. Baka di mo alam yun.Magtanong ka kasi. Magbuo ka ng fact-finding committee para sa nadiscubre mo kung talagang naniniwala ka na parang ninikaw ko ang pondo ng bayan. Mabigat na akusasyon yang nadiskubro mo, kahit PISO lang ang ninakaw ko at 10 BIL si Janet Napoles ay parehong pagnanakaw yun.Magiging accessory to the 'crime" ka kapag wala kang ginawa sa nadiskubre mo. Isama mo na pati yung kaso ng "driver ni Joey" at yung "rape" case, yung mga bahay at lote, kotse n i Joey na ginamit ninyong paninira sa kampanya. Bakit wala kayong sinasampang demanda. Mahusay kang manira ng puri ng iba. Tame your passion. Baka maubusan ka.Sinira mo ang reputasyon ko, ni Joey, ni Admin Delio, ni Eva at ng COA dahil sa akusasyon mong walang matibay na baseha at gawa lamang ng isang taong nagmamarunong at masyadong bilib sa sarili. Sabi ng mga kaiskwela kong abogado ay pwedeng pwede kitang kasuhan ng libel, dahil lutang na lutang ang malisya at masamang intensyion na nagtatago sa ipokritong pagmamatuwid at huwad na layunin. Pero ang payo ng kaeskwela kong Archbishop ay lawakan ko ang pang unawa at ipagdasal na lang.Hindi ko kailangan ang kakarampot na bayad sa aking services para kumain kami ng aming pamilya, Maghunos-dili ka at kilabutan na sabihan ako na "ninanakaw ko ang pondo ng bayan". Kailanman ay hindi kita mapapatawad sa sinabi mo at kailanman ay huwag kang papasok sa looban namin para mangampanya. Pinayuhan ako ng asawa ko na wag ka nang patulan. Mabait at mapagmahal ang asawa ko para hindi siya pagbigyan. Mag-aral kang mabuti, at huwag kang masyadong mayabang. Peace at maliwanagan ka sana. Mahal ko ang Bayan nating Pateros. Kailan man ay hindi ko siya inisip na pagnakawan. Ibinigay kong lahat ang makakaya ko para maitanghal siya sa TV, radio, journal, convenstion, books, FB posts, lectures, essays. Huwag mo sanang maliitin at gawing napakacheap ng ginawa ko dahil lamang sa makitid mong pansariling balak. Matuto ka." - Elmer Nocheseda




I am posting the conversation because I am so very curious of how the people will react from all of these. I guess I just wanted to know if my own reaction is worthy to be posted....or have I wrongly meddled?

I felt the need to get involved since Pateros is my hometown where I was raised. I was born in Pasig, but my parents and I moved to our Pateros home during my younger years. Pateros was where I studied from Kindergarten to High School...and stayed until my College days....and I still lived there even after I got married. My wife and I built our own house just right beside my parent's house, and it was where my three kids were born. However, my wife and I decided to find a place in Pasig when we felt we would find better opportunities in the city where I was born....and also because of other personal reasons too many to mention.

We have been living in Pasig for many years already
. Renting a house from one place to another due to various needs until we could find a good enough reason to convince us to go back home to Pateros. We had our house in Pateros rented temporarily while we are away. However, I still keep track of news about Pateros from friends and relatives.

Pateros remains to be the only remaining municipality among the cities around it. It is indeed very small, but I fervently hope that its residents would not be likewise small in thinking and aspirations. 


Pateros needs to rise above and beyond its current condition. Only its people will make that possible.

Any comments?..... especially from the people of Pateros?



*credits of photos grabbed from Elmer Nocheseda, Gerald German and Ako'y taga Pateros Facebook albums.

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