Nakakabilib ang Ginagawa ng BUCOR (Bureau of Correction)

Nakakabilib ang Ginagawa ng BUCOR (Bureau of Correction)

Sa Kasalukuyan

Ni Apolinario Villalobos

 

Sa ilalim ng kasalukuyang pamumuno ni Ricardo Rainier G. Cruz III, nakakabilib ang ginagawa ng kagawaran sa kabuuhan upang magkaroon ng pagbabago sa National Bilibid sa abot ng kanilang makakaya. Nagpakita sila ng katapangan at katatagan sa maya’t mayang pag-raid ng mga selda, lalo na ang pagsira ng mga maluluhong pinagawa ng mga detinadong may kaya. Sinira nila ang swimming pool, ang animo ay condo, isa pang mala-hotel room, at marami pang iba.

 

Marami ang nasaktan noon dahil nadamay sa pagbatikos sa mga nakaraang pamunuan bunsod ng kalamyaan nila sa pagpatupad ng mga patakaran, kaya kahit na ang ginawa ni Secretary de Lima noong personal itong mag-inspection ay hindi naipagpatuloy. Hindi lahat ng nakatalaga sa National Bilibid ay masama, lalo na ang mga walang direktang kontak sa mga detinado. Sila ang mga inosenteng nakatalaga sa opisina ng nasabing pasilidad, kaya nabanggit ko noon na walang silbi ang pagpalit ng namumuno kung walang drastic o mapusok na pagbabago tulad ng total na pagpalit-palit ng mga direktang guwardiya upang maiwasan ang fraternal closeness sa pagitan nila at ng mga detinado.

 

Tahimik ang pag-upo ng bagong namumuno sa BUCOR kaya marami ang nagulat nang ma-interview siya sa isang radio station. Nagpapahiwatig na iba ang kanyang pagkatao – tahimik na ang layunin lang ay maisaayos ang kinakaharap na problema. Talagang mahirap ang kalagayan ng Bilibid dahil sa kakulangan ng budget, at dapat ding unawain na ang pagbabago ay imposibleng makakamit sa magdamag. Ganoon pa man, marami ang nagdadasal na sa pagkakataong ito, sana ay talagang magkaroon ng malawakang pagbabago sa loob ng Bilibid.

Wanted: Honest-to-goodness Community Service of Civic Organizations and Students

Wanted: Honest- to- Goodness Community Service
Of Civic Organizations and Students
By Apolinario Villalobos

With the onset of the school summer break in the Philippines and the official declaration by the weather bureau, PAGASA, of the start of summer season, expected are the “visits” of student groups and civic organizations to the shores of Manila Bay and the city esteros, to purportedly undertake “clean up drive”. While the civic organizations do it for the promotion of their groups to let the people know that they are active in community projects, the students do it to earn scholastic credits and enthusiastically, too, for photo opportunities – something for uploading on facebook. Aside from the facebook, expect community and academe sections of the broadsheets to splash “action” photos, in their weekend edition.

How can these supposedly concerned Filipinos be expected to do an “honest-to-goodness” community service with their tight-fitting denim pants, white shirts, and jogging shoes? They look more like going on a picnic in their attire. Their sight reminded me of a lady senator whose supposedly advocacy is about ecology, nature, trees, and who was shown in a photo, gingerly holding on to a shovel while in the act of planting a sapling… prettily attired in white long sleeves blouse, slacks, a pair of walking shoes, earrings, necklace, and bangles!

As regards the students who brave the sun with sunblock, why can’t the schools base the merit system on the number of bags of garbage collected at the end of the day? At least, the credit is fairly measured, rather than use a notebook to record their attendance. And, for the adult civic organizations, why can’t they just collect contributions from the members to come up with a substantial amount that can be paid to a couple or more “real” garbage collectors? In this way, aside from getting a real result, they have also helped the needy, unless, of course their real aim is just to pose while holding on to a broom, to perpetuate their “contribution” to the community – something that can be shown proudly to their grandchildren later on, and of course, for uploading also on facebook!

Not only is the country suffering from the never-ending corruption and dishonesty of lawmakers and officials, but also from hypocrisy of its young citizens whose training in school is questionable, as well as, the adults who boastfully show the youth, their own kind of hypocrisy. We should no longer wonder why the country never ever had a chance to recover from the infection of dishonesty that continually deteriorates its culture. So with the exit of the senior corrupts later, the questionably trained youth enters the scene….a never ending cycle. From here… where are you going, poor and helpless Mother Philippines?