Monday, April 25, 2011

RP and the dim road to good governance

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) promotes democratic and good governance among its members; Philippines inclusive. The absence of corruption is the best indicator of good governance. On the contrary, despite a nation’s level of development (or underdevelopment), a nation cannot fully eradicate corruption. There is always a degree, from minimal (like those of the Scandinavian countries) to widespread (Myanmar, for example).

In the Philippines, corruption is very prevalent that it is present in local governments and even in the national scale. I have read a few public administration articles and managed to know this: that possessing government positions (executive or legislative) is a duty of the officials to make the lives of the people better and not worse. But at these times, it’s quite the reverse. The people are the ones who make the lives of the government officials better while theirs, worse. See, these officials use public offices not for public administration but rather for private gains.