Sunday, March 8, 2009

CHR Chairperson Leila De Lima, The Best-Performing Official of the Philippine Government

8 March 2009

International Women's Day 2009 is about as good a day as any to focus on the best-performing official of the Philippine government.  And she happens to be a woman!

And no, I'm  definitely not talking about PGMA!?

The best-performing official of the Philippine government is CHR Chairperson Atty. Leila M. De Lima.

My own impression is that Chair De Lima weighs in on every important issue and tackles them head-on.  And that's what's important for any government official, no matter what level in the hierarchy he or she occupies.  

The reason why much of this government is dysfunctional is that many key posts in the system are occupied by personnel who don't serve the people but serve only themselves or their cohorts.   In a way, much of this is also attributable to the citizens of this country because we condone wrongdoing by our sheer apathy and indifference.  That has to change.

One way to change government for the better is to publicly acknowledge the valuable service of exceptional individuals like CHR Chairperson Leila De Lima.  This early, she's my candidate for the 2009 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Government Service.  This is the website of the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation.  If you click the title of this post, it will take you to the CHR website. 

Oh yes, and I have to say this before I end this blog:  my other choice for best-performing official of this government is Chief Justice Reynato S. Puno.  From where I sit, we actually have a tie.  (More on Chief Justice Puno in a later post.)

For today, International Women's Day, the women have the field to themselves and CHR Chairperson Leila De Lima has the spotlight.  She deserves it.   The invaluable work that she does with courage and commitment in the face of overwhelming challenges is not only important ... it is vital to repairing and sustaining our country's dignity and self-respect

CHR Chairperson Atty. Leila De Lima, staunch human rights defender, woman of conscience, Filipina!


  1. Hurrah!!! to the Filipinas if she will win the Ramon Magsaysay Foundation Awards. Well even just to be nominated will be a good model to those who serve the government that acknowledgment on what achievements in performing your duties will be appreciated and remembered even in hundreds years.
    In Copenhagen we celebrated 100 years of women's right to vote and honored those women who were responsible achieving what we have today gender equality in all aspects politically, at work and at home.
    I hope that not only women but men who will join here to serve the people and use their power to uplift the Filipino in the eyes of the world lesser corruption.
    Thanks you for this post.
    And Happy International Women's Day to You.

  2. Thanks Ana for agreeing with my choice! If we really want to see CHR Chairperson Atty. Leila De Lima win the next Magsaysay Awards for Government Service, we have to work hard at it.

    I have to admit that I haven't really studied the process except for a brief look at some PDFs in the RMAF website. What I'll do is call up the Foundation today and ask them about the nomination and selection process so we can work immediately on it.

    I'll post the information here as soon as I have it.

    Let's pray that the Lord smiles on this endeavor. Nothing is impossible.


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