Gabaen re­ports on her SCOFAD may­or­ship

Sun.Star Baguio - - OPINION -

LAST Oc­to­ber 2, 2017 (Mon­day), SCOFAD (Se­nior cit­i­zen of­fi­cial for a day) of­fi­cials took over the po­si­tions of the top lo­cal of­fi­cials of the City of Baguio. Six of such SCOFAD of­fi­cials came from the Blessed As­so­ci­a­tion of Re­tired Per­sons Foun­da­tion, Inc. (BARP). One of them was Juanita B. Gabaen, an Ed.D. by pro­fes­sion. She was cho­sen to re­place City Mayor Mauri­cio G. Do­mo­gan.

It came to my mind to fea­ture her in to­day’s Snap­shot col­umn be­cause she alone cared to make a for­mal re­port of the day’s ac­tiv­i­ties to her con­stituents. In other words, she took her job se­ri­ously, some­thing much ex­pected of a gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial, es­pe­cially that she signed the re­ceipt of her pay­rolled in­cen­tive that day. It was in­deed a his­toric first, akin to what our lone Con­gress­man Mark Go did when he gave his sort of SODA (State of the District Ad­dress) last July 3, 2017 dur­ing the City Hall flag rais­ing cer­e­mony. By ac­com­plish­ing a for­mal re­port on her un­der­stand­ably mem­o­rable day’s per­for­mance and ac­com­plish­ments, exSCOFAD Mayor Gabaen showed that she took her role se­ri­ously to serve her con­stituents. She im­bibed in DEP-ED the prin­ci­ple in gov­ern­ment ser­vice that “You may have done many things in your as­signed job but if you have no doc­u­men­ta­tion thereof, you have done noth­ing.” Fur­ther­more, Gabaen did not miss to copy-fur­nished the BARP Pub­li­ca­tion Of­fice. By that, she proved that she was not a let-down to her or­ga­ni­za­tion and be­lieved in the power of its me­dia out­fit to in­flu­ence peo­ple no mat­ter how sim­ple-look­ing for the mo­ment. Thank you, Apo Juanita, for giv­ing the recog­ni­tion. It, in turn, in­spires our pro­duc­tion crew to per­form bet­ter and higher.

The re­port is log­i­cally di­vided into five ma­jor parts. The first part states the ob­jec­tive, scil­icet, to act as the Se­nior Cit­i­zen Of­fi­cer (as City Mayor) for a Day on Oc­to­ber 2, 2017. The sec­ond part gives the four le­gal bases for the brief trans­fer of power, namely: R.A. 192; Pres­i­den­tial Procla­ma­tion 470, s. 199; Ad­min­is­tra­tive Or­der of the City Mayor, Mauri­cio G. Do­mo­gan, s.2017; Co­or­di­na­tor­ship of the City So­cial Wel­fare and Devel­op­ment Of­fice/ CSWDO.

The third part men­tions the ac­tiv­i­ties un­der­taken which con­sists of three sub-parts, which are: 1.) Assem­bly to the Flag Rais­ing Cer­e­mony at the Flag Pole area, front of the City Hall Bldg., and then break­fast. The flag-rais­ing in­cluded among the routi­nary items the courtesy call by Miss Baguio 2017 and the pre­sen­ta­tion of and ac­cep­tance by the SCOFAD of­fi­cials of their re­spec­tive func­tions fol­lowed by the turnover of work by reg­u­lar of­fi­cials to the SCOFADs in their re­spec­tive as­signed of­fices, rooms and units.

The third part of the Third Ma­jor Part lists the spec­i­fied tasks turned over to be done by the SCOFAD City Mayor: 1. Meet­ing, un­der the guid­ance of Mayor Do­mo­gan, the var­i­ous func­tionar­ies of the Mayor’s Of­fice, like the sec­re­taries, as well as sched­uled vis­i­tors and clients. With her SCOFAD sash on, she took care of “vol­u­met­ric” doc­u­ments, com­mu­ni­ca­tion pa­pers, le­gal in­quiries, fol­low-ups, fur­ther ex­pla­na­tion of mayor’s or­ders, com­plaints, ap­peals, de­mo­tions, barangay con­cerns, road-con­struc­tion, traf­fic con­ges­tion, night mar­ket and so on and so forth. Lit­er­ally, “ad in­fini­tum”, ac­cord­ing to her, “cater­ing to var­ied top­ics un­like in line agen­cies where at­ten­tion is con­cen­trated to mat­ters in­volv­ing the par­tic­u­lar line, like DA, DOST, Dep-Ed., etc.”

Un­der “Other Ob­ser­va­tions”, Gabaen thought­fully men­tioned that the “City Mayor’s Sec­re­taries, As­sis­tant and Pri­vate, and other staff are vig­i­lant, alert, open arms for any as­sis­tance to any­body who comes to the of­fice…” With their help, she said, she did feel at ease and could func­tion for the reg­u­lar mayor who had to go out for other ap­point­ments.

As af­ter­thought, Gabaen wished that the mayor’s of­fice be en­larged to ac­com­mo­date more peo­ple; she mulled, too, that ac­cul­tur­a­tion ed­u­ca­tion of Mus­lims in the city be done in con­junc­tion with Dep-Ed. The other SCOFAD of­fi­cials from BARP where: 1.Bureau of Mines Di­rec­tor Je­sus Luzadas 2.City Con­gress­man Rodolfo Abella 3.City Mayor Juanita B. Gabaen 4.Vice City Mayor Vic­to­rio Afalla 5.City Coun­cilor Luz Abella In­ci­den­tally the BARP Multi-Pur­pose Co­op­er­a­tive got an award of recog­ni­tion for be­ing now a large co­op­er­a­tive from its for­mer level of medium co­op­er­a­tive last Oc­to­ber 2017 dur­ing the Oc­to­berbest cel­e­bra­tion in Baguio City. Con­grat­u­la­tions to the mem­bers staff and of­fi­cers who some­times ar­gue and de­bate heat­edly on is­sues only to re­unite and work earnestly to­gether again. Most of all thanks to the Di­vine Prov­i­dence, the source of all good things.

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