Whenever I drive around Metro Manila and other provinces (including Ilocos), I can't help but notice the different projects of the President, Vice-President, Senators, Congressmen, Governors, Vice-Governors, Board Members, Mayors, Vice-Mayors, Councilors and even Barangay Captains kasi naka-paskil mga mukha at pangalan nila eh. More often than not ang nakalagay ay, "A Project of so-and-so."
I hate to say it, but I was also guilty of this. I did this sa first tent na binigay ko. It read, "A Project of the Office of Kristian R. Ablan and the San Mateo - Lataag Tricycle Operators and Drivers Association."
This got me thinking, sa akin ba talaga nanggaling yung project?
It's not MY money. It's actually the people's money. It's taxpayer's money. So who am I to say na it's MY project. Siguro, I'm responsible for facilitating and channeling the funds, but that doesn't still make it MY project. It's still the people's project.
And if ever someone should be credited for the project, I think it should be the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, kasi kami collectively and nag-appropriate ng development fund. Hindi pa rin ako.
So, my new policy is to recognize those who parted with their hard-earned money so that government could effectively deliver basic services and serve the general public -- the taxpayers.
And that is why, in my most recent BDF project, when I delivered cement and GI Sheets at CABEZA Elementary School and I had a photo taken for records purposes, we held a banner reading, "A Project of the Hardworking Taxpayers of Laoag City."
Because, ultimately, it is THEIR project.