Video-Preamble of the 1987 Philippines constitutionConstitution Article 11:1 | The Accountability of Public Officers (Part 3)

Section 1. Public office is a public trust. Public officers and employees must, at all times, be accountable to the people, serve them with utmost responsibility, integrity, loyalty, and efficiency; act with patriotism and justice, and lead modest lives.

Constitution Article 11:1, within the last article, we introduced Hector S. De Leon’s Constitution Commentary, “Textbook on the Philippine Constitution” and shared his point on the first sentence of Section 1, “Public office is a public trust.

In the first sentence, we have learned that no person is allowed to see their position in office as “a position of honor, prestige and power.”

To be in a government line of work requires accountability to the people by rendering service, for the public’s good, and not as a way of life for personal gain.

Today we are going to share on one of the the four points, followed by three other points.

(1) utmost responsibility, (2) integrity, (3) loyalty and (4) efficiencyaccountability road sign illustration design over a white background

Followed by acts of:

(1) patriotism, (2) justice and (3) lead by modest lives

Utmost Responsibility

Utmost Responsibility” simply means, from’s definition, to “the greatest or highest degree” towards be “answerable, or accountable for something within one’s power, control, or management.”

Sad to say, we do not ever see such actions being played out in the government, towards the public, unless those actions are being directed towards someone higher up, in an office, than the position that they now hold to so that they can keep their job.

It is as if the government has become the boss, towards the tax paying people, instead of a “public servant” who is to lead the people in the right direction to go.1902027_389813001183615_5005432186472186507_n

Hector S. De Leon reminds us that a public office is none other than a public trust.[pg. 473] It is the public officer’s responsibility to have “…in mind only the best interest of the people,” and that “his love for and devotion to country must be beyond question.”[pg. 474] But, sad to say, we do not ever see an officer’s love and devotion for it is always being questioned by the people who steps into different offices in hopes to obtain of the service that they desperately need. It is as if government workers have become privet agents and to obtain of their services you must fork over some extra money for them as if they are not being paid already by the tax payer’s money itself…they are seeking out an added bonus.

To Be Continued in Part 4

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