*invite credits: yehey.com; *photo credits: pinayads.com
We were invited to a conversation..call it a meet or greet in a way, with DPWH Sec. Hermogenes Ebdane, Jr.; [for the Secretary's profile click here: http://www.dpwh.gov.ph/officials/secretary/ebdane/profile.htm]
Now before anything else I know some would think that its because DPWH is in hot water nowadays or because national elections is just around the corner. Be that as it may, I still went and will still honour similar future invites because as I always say, give people the benefit of the doubt. I mean really its a chance to ask questions and get answers straight from the horse's mouth so to speak.
It was a very light conversation starting with the Secretary's introduction about his military career and how military principles especially "jungle survival" tactics has been a guide in decision-making. A compilation of completed projects was there for us to peruse before the conversation began and of course we asked about his future projects; [most can be found here: http://www.dpwh.gov.ph/doing_business/index.htm]
As for future plans [read: running for a position in the 2010 elections], his answer was safe to say the least. He said that with running for any position one must first think if he is capable in all aspects [physical, emotional, psychological, financial, etc.] And indeed he acknowledges the fact that in the Philippines, "popularity" is an important ingredient in winning.
As for the World Bank, First Gentleman, ambush, contractors, etc. issues..well, I leave that off the record. My having an experince working for a known politician and a certain political party plus four years of law school is I think not enough reason for me to speak about such issues. Besides, I think every Filipino has a good head on their shoulders and that their cirsumstances shape their decision in choosing whomever is fit in 2010.