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“FIRST ORDER ko ngayon, ayokong magkakaroon ng delay ang salary ng mga empleyado. Gusto ko makilala ninyo ako kaagad sa first day ng trabaho ko. Kilalanin ninyo akong maigi, gusto kong ipakilala ang sarili ko sa inyo kung ano ako. Magkakaroon tayo ng kaunting changes, tapatin ko na kayo, isa akong disiplinadong tao, gusto ko disiplinado ako, mga tao ko, at kayo gusto ko disiplinado.”

Not exactly the riot act that Gov. Dennis “Delta” G. Pineda declared on Day One of his administration but as stern an admonition for the Capitol employees to live to the highest standards of public service.

“Kung ano yung binabayad sa ‘tin ng gobyerno, gusto ko ibalik natin ng tama. Sa oras ng pasok natin, 8 to 5, ibigay mo yan. Ayokong may aalis ng mga post ninyo nang walang paalam sa department heads ninyo. Even yung mga department heads, h’wag na h’wag kayong aalis sa offi ce ninyo nang walang abiso sa opisina ko. Also, wear your IDs pagpasok ng Capitol. Tandaan ninyo, maraming hindi naka-ID sa inyo, wear your proper uniform pagpasok ng Kapitolyo, Monday to Friday, dapat naka-uniform kayo,” furthered Pineda of his manual of discipline for the employees.

Basic courtesy too: “Please, alam ko hindi ninyo trabaho ito, pero kapag may pumasok sa Kapitolyo, mayaman man ‘yan o mahirap, always greet them and guide them kung may pupuntahan silang opisina na hindi nila alam.”

No, it is not all one-way, from top to bottom, as he declared his openness to all:

“Kung sa paningin ninyo ay may mali sa aking pamamahala, open po ang opisina ko para pakinggan kayo, puntahan niyo lang po ako.”

First order of the day, well delivered.

One strike

NO SPARE, but one strike is all that it takes for erring employees to be bowled out of city hall. So, warned Angeles City Mayor Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin Jr. upon assuming office Monday.

“The same one strike policy will also be enforced to all City Hall employees, who are considered “rotten eggs” or those who are asking money for fixing permits, arranging discounts on real property taxes, fixing marriage licenses, annulments, adoptions and facilitating building permits,” Lazatin declared in his inaugural speech at Barangay Sapa Libutad.

“I will strengthen the internal affairs division by hiring investigators and legal assistants that will be tasked to investigate these rotten eggs and I will make sure that they will not have a place in my administration or in any government agency,” he vowed. This, if only to live up to the city hall legacy of his late father, Carmelo “Tarzan” Lazatin who had the strongest abomination to city officials and employees who abused their position “to get grease money from businessmen.”

Hit them hard, Pogi.

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