We are needed
By Johanne R. Macob
I JUST came home from covering the inaugural of our new set of provincial leaders. The new president and vice president of the Republic also just finished taking their respective oaths. Somehow, it’s a relief knowing that the tension during the campaign and election is really over. The aspiration for “new hope” is truly felt by many, though for the province, it’s more of the hope for continuing the progress.
However, now that our chosen leaders have officially accepted their mandates, I hope, we, the citizens, have likewise accepted our responsibility (again) to take part in the journey towards progress. I hope that while our elected officials were taking their oaths to do their tasks, we, too, committed to get involved and be responsible community members. Like our new president who realizes that no one person can accomplish the task alone, especially if the task at hand is nation building, our local leaders have said as much. We have to acknowledge their calls for everybody’s support and cooperation.
We all have our roles to play.
In tasks as simple as maintaining a house, each family member has to do his or her share. In offices, there are different departments assigned with specific responsibilities and each department has various staff delegated with even specific duties. A speaker needs an audience as much as the audience needs their speaker. Our officials, our leaders need our share. A leader is not called a leader if without the presence of followers, anyway.
Not all of us need to be elected to know and feel that we are socially relevant and important because we are important to our families and our community. Much is expected of us. Our contributions, though may not always be cited, are highly valuable and needed.
As a personal share, I believe one very basic yet very helpful thing we can contribute to attain the good goals of our government is to stop committing unlawful acts, particularly when there are no law enforcers around. Let us also follow rules in different communities or offices, may that be as simple as keeping a comfort room clean or the faucet closed when not in use. As the best governor, Gov. Amado Espino Jr., that Pangasinan has ever had puts it, “let’s start from the basics.”
Let us start or continue being good citizens. Each one of us is needed in the task of nation-building.
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