Business Mirror : BBM, Sara told: Tap the best and the brightest in Cabinet

By JOVEE MARIE DE LA CRUZ | Business Mirror

To help incoming administration build a solid foundation for economic rehabilitation and consistent growth in the post-Covid-19 era, a vice chairperson of the House Committee on Appropriations on Wednesday called on incoming President Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. and Vice President Sara Duterte to continue what they have begun—tapping the best and brightest in government.

In a speech, Northern Samar Rep. Paul R. Daza said the incoming President and Vice President should continue choosing only the best and the brightest and include the Bureau of Customs in their priorities for “cleansing.”

He said that choosing the best ones for the job is critical to economic recovery, which is greatly reliant on efficiency in revenue collection.

“Good governance begins with choosing the best and the brightest—and this includes choosing the right ones for critical agencies such as the Bureau of Customs. We must be wary of certain personalities and groups that may have plans to ‘hostage’ the chances of our country,” he said.

In his speech, Daza also mentioned “There’s a so-called Samar group in the BOC—composed of insiders, brokers, and fixers. We’re giving Secretary [Benjamin] Diokno advance warning not to allow these people to sabotage the lofty goals of the government and BOC especially now—when revenue generation is critical to the economy.”

“Please don’t bring garbage anymore in the Bureau of Customs. Let’s listen to the people—linisin natin ang ating bakuran, let’s take the garbage out. Huwag na po tayong magpasok ng basura,” Daza said.

Daza also highlighted that the quality, values, and commitment of people will dictate the efficiency and effectiveness of public service delivery. “We cannot expect to achieve our revenue targets if the people in our revenue-generating agencies are garbage,” Daza added.

He also highlighted the growth projection of Asian Development Bank of 6.0 percent in 2022, with the potential to rise further by 6.3 percent in 2023. Moreover, he also stressed that the employment rate is stabilizing with an estimated rate of 93.6 percent in February this year, up from 91.2 in February 2021. The government also estimated a net employment of 2.9 million above pre-pandemic levels by the end of 2021.

“Certainly, it will not be easy—there will be bumps along the way—but with a robust planning, revenue generation, budgeting, spending, and a united front between the legislative and executive branches, the economy is bound to recover and take off,” Daza said.

“Let the historic win of presumptive President Bongbong Marcos and VP Sara Duterte be another important point in our history as a nation—where we, under One Flag, can improve revenue collection by ridding our bureaucracy of misfits and scalawags,” he added.