Don’t wait for complaints before acting, Mayor Duterte tells gov’t workers

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 07 Jan) – Government workers should not wait for complaints from their constituents before they act, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte said on Monday.

Addressing government workers during the 1st Quarter Joint Flag Raising Ceremony of the Association of Regional Executives of National Agencies 11 at the People’s Park here, Duterte said their job is not limited to addressing present challenges but also to spot them before they are felt by their constituents.

She challenged government workers to carry out their tasks well and fast and deliver the services in the most efficient, prompt and responsive way as possible.

On providing services, she reminded them: “provide not just service with a smile but service with sincerity.”

“The goal is to get past the targets we set out to achieve this year not just because it is our job, but because we genuinely want to raise the quality of life of the communities we serve,” she said.

The mayor encouraged them to learn from the lessons of the past years, to guide them in improving their work by continuously delivering the things that have gone right, ditching the things that have gone wrong, and rallying against “odds by implementing strategic programs to overcome the things that were difficult and challenging.”

She reminded the people in government to take the lead in making positive actions to make their everyday living better as they also benefit from a better society.

She said she hopes workers of different government agencies across Davao Region would continuously work with excellence and integrity, strive to be more proactive, and maximize use of technology to improve their systems and processes for program implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

“Though we each represent different sectors of government service, these spheres continually intersect, and if we are to bring Region 11 to greater altitudes of success this year, heightened coordination between our respective offices is paramount so that services and responses to intersecting concerns are not scattershot but coordinated and in sync,” she said.

She said local government units want to have more empowered farmers and fisherfolk, innovative small and medium entrepreneurs, higher rates of employment and lower rates of morbidity, more science and technology scholars and fewer number of school dropouts and graduates that get jobs and do not become under-employed, and more efficient disposition of legal cases and lesser incidents of crimes. (Antonio L. Colina IV/MindaNews)