Editorial: Now, back to business please…

The elections are over.

For those who won, and have yet to assume office, take a break somewhere where the cool breeze and the sights on a sandy beach will recharge your weary body and calm your spirits.

catanduanes Those who lost and whose ambition is undaunted by defeat, just the same take comfort from your loved ones for whom you still remain number one.

For those who fell by the wayside and may never get up politically, now is the time to think about life outside politics. God may have plans for you elsewhere.

But for those who remain in public office, including those whose terms have been extended by another three years, kindly take a breather for a few days and then go back to work. Even those who have lost, and will have to endure a month-and-a-half of mental and emotional torture just preparing to bow out of public service, must gather their remaining strength to at least spend their remaining days giving the public what it deserves.

And the first order of the day should be to make sure that the local government concerned will deliver the same basic services as it did before the campaign. The transition team could focus on an inventory of the resources to be turned over and programs that needs to be continued by the next administration. The departing local chief executive should go out with head held high but no more going back to programs and projects that led to your defeat.

catanduanes The first order of the day should be to direct the scores of casual workers hired for the campaign to rid the streets, trees and buildings of its unsightly infestation of posters, streamers and other campaign paraphernalia. Barangay councils and non-government organizations should be asked to help in this campaign, along with the DPWH and other agencies tasked by the Commission on Elections to undertake that one-day Operation Baklas in April, a show staged only for the benefit of the local media.

The sooner our LGU bosses remove their names and faces as well as that of their erstwhile political enemies from the hapless trees, fences and walls, the easier it would be for him to either forget the stigma of defeat or savor the nectar of victory.

Source: Editorial, Catanduanes Tribune - 12 May 2010

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