Poverty a license for arrogance PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 June 2015 11:56

BY Mike S Apostol

 

(BEFORE ANYTHING ELSE, TABLE TALK WOULD LIKE TO SINCERELY EXTEND HIS DEEPEST CONDOLENCE TO THE FAMILY OF LONG TIME FRIENDS — THE GUINGONAS AND EVENGELISTAS, VILLANUEVAS AND LEDESMAS ON THE DEMISE OF THEIR COUSIN MY PERSONAL PERSONAL FRIEND FORMER CITY COUNCILOR BENJAMIN “NONONG” GUINGONA WHO WAS TAKEN BY OUR CREATOR VERY RECENTLY.  MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE AND MAY GOD GUIDE HIS SOUL AS HE JOURNEYS TO THE GREAT BEYOND. I KNOW HE IS SAFE IN THE HANDS OF THE LORD.)

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Local governments throughout the country and specifically in our region and city, have a big problem to appease and satisfy the less fortunate in our community. The national government that is spending a big chunk of her budget to uplift the lot of the so-called less fortunate or the poor (sometimes, there are many impostors pretending to look hard-up and marginal in order to be beneficiaries of government dole outs) defeats the charitable purpose of governments. Our national deficit and World Bank loans have ballooned threefold just to come across these government charities, but the country has not economically improved nor did the ranks of the poor have decreased. It is a common knowledge that almost every good moves of government for development is derailed by misused of public funds, corruption and abuse and arrogance of target beneficiaries

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Take the case of a road project in the city somewhere in Tetuan Barangay where the city government is planning to link Tetuan to Barangay Sta. Catalina to disperse traffic flow in the city proper, when the plan was almost to start, the City Engineer’s Office  (CEO) went to survey how many houses will be affected and prepare the necessary budget for the payment for those houses that will be affected by the construction. Upon second and final verification of the CEO on those houses, overnight it has increased to 30 houses doubling the first “house count” and rendering the budget for payment of the original number of houses insufficient and useless. The road project has to be halted, because those houses are arrogantly demanding payment for their instant chicanery. This is purely a show of raw arrogance by some people who wanted to make money at the expense of progress and development.

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When the city government, non-government organizations, religious sector and some charitable people pooled their resources to feed the thousands of hungry victims of the MNLF siege in Santa Catalina and  Santa Barbara barangays, victim/beneficiaries get more than what they needed like pack lunches and many of them enterprisingly sell those pack lunches to  jeepney passengers and at bus terminals at give away prices, to the detriment of the donors who were all sincere to help. Worst, give away canned goods were also sold by them in sari-sari stores at “ukay-ukay” price and in turn sold by those unscrupulous merchants with huge profits. Even imported tents given by foreign donors were sold in the black market. Such arrogance of the needy is blatantly a show of distorted behavior and insensibility in the highest order.

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They treat the government arrogantly by a sense of opportunism and think that feeding them is the responsibility of the government. This arrogance must be stopped because there are still many in our midst who needed help more than them and yet they pay their taxes even with their meager income. Government cannot be selective in giving help and assistance but government can at least curb this foolishness by assigning people to survey beneficiaries who can do their job honestly instead of assigning another thief to do the job. Because, in this age of corruption the saying of “it takes a thief to catch a thief “ is not relevant and true anymore .

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Scoop: Any government office that says that this did not happen or is not happening will please stand up and look straight at the eyes of the public.