A public servant is an emblem of power and recognition. Regardless of the class and of rank, every government employee is seen as an influential figure and a contributor to social change. Whether the appointment passed thru competitive examinations or by simple “trust and confidence”, to become an employee is one’s blessing and achievement. THE public servant on the other hand is a symbol of service with honesty and diligence. Regardless of office, bureau, agency or instrumentality, every government employee has a broad clientele to satisfy. Whether career or non-career, to become THE public servant is to become blessing for others before you can consider it as an achievement.
A public servant is expected to come early to work at least eight (8) hours a day, forty (40) hours a week, twenty two (22) days a month or one thousand nine hundred forty four (1,944) hours in a year. Every inch of work and every second of time spent is counted and reviewed every rating period. Security of tenure is based on performance and not on attendance alone. THE public servant on the other hand comes to work early and regularly, ensures that all pending job are completed within the day, takes minimal break time, always seems to forget that it is already dark outside and hopes to have more than three hundred sixty five (365) calendar days in a year. Thirsty for every opportunity to learn and to improve, THE public servant does not look on time as a limit, but a challenge.
A public servant takes good care of all government supplies, equipment and properties as if it were his own, and maintain them in good condition. All Property Acknowledgment Receipts under his name are kept securely and reports all status of such properties with the property officer. All office supplies and consumables are used wisely within the office and not at home. THE public servant on the other hand knows that government resources are extremely scarce and continuously look for ways to extend and maximize its service life. All proposals for procurement are based on critical needs and only those crucial for day to day activities are prioritized. All procurement plans are prepared meticulously and judiciously. The price and terms most advantageous to the government is considered at all times.
A public servant abides with the code of conduct and ethical standards as mandated by law. Does not ask, seek or accept any favor or gift for own benefit or for others, lives and spends according to his compensation and does not engage in displays of wealth and extravagance. THE public servant on the other hand lives simply in loyalty and patriotism to the government and to the country, considers the greater good and feared God above all. THE public servant lives with conscience and is firm with his principles, speaks not just of good news but also for all forms of corruption and unlawful acts, and stands by these principles and upholds justice and right.
A public servant can always speak of reforms and be always a part of it, can be involved in the determination of policies and may lead others through his speech, can cite all problems and present solutions for them. THE public servant on the other hand makes reforms happen. More than any spoken truths, the truth in his own action makes THE public servant a reformist, who does not only speak but is the one who made reforms happen.
Between A public servant and THE public servant is a hero waiting to be born amongst us. As government employees prone to scrutiny and criticism, the two personalities presented refers to the analogy similar to what distinguishes boys from men or girls from women. Words and letters are not enough. Action speaks louder than any written article and voices combined. Everything is just a matter of choice, and not on the commonly perceived chance. While A public servant waits for any change to happen, THE public servant already made those changes happen. Between the possibility of remaining as servants and the unleashing of hero on us is just a matter of decision. We can be indefinite but we can also be unique. We can be servant-heroes.