lately ive been glued to my job intensely that ive been working almost 14 hours a day for the past two weeks. updating backlogs, beating deadlines and preparing for the auditor’s annual examination on my work. handling taxpayer’s money is not an easy task i tell u. and that’s the reason i havent been able to go home for the past weeks. not to mention the lack of sleep that eyebags and pimples are starting to develop on my perfect face.char! hate those!
anyhow, the reason behind is the bulk of work i have to finish is just crazy. and obviously one person is not enough to do it all in time for the deadlines of so many reports on month end. i don’t want to complain coz it might create a negative perception on my part, anyways my superiors already know about this and i don’t want to reiterate the problem to my boss’s face. i can do it, i just need time!
whatever happened to personnel hiring? too much bureaucracy in the system maybe. or there is just a shortage of filipinos who doesnt have csc eligibility that they dont qualify for government service? as far as i know there were like 10 of us who processed our employment requirements last year yet only 5 of us were given appointments. the unfortunate 5 others would have been a great help for the much undermanned bureau.
our work here is a very sensitive one coz this involves collecting taxes for the economy of our country to keep running (hopefully taxes collected really goes to the economy and not to the pockets of the few..bad, really bad!). thats why were always under public scrutiny. moreso, some if not all people have always had a negative perception on us working in the bureau. maybe its because of their past dealings with the office or just the media hype that has to do with this, however not all revenuers are corrupt. especially me! that i can proudly say to your face. what frustrates me is the common notion of people that when you’re part of the bureau you’re already part of the system. its just not true. we all have a choice and we know what’s good or not.
prior to my entry as a public servant last year, i also applied for work with a bank (now the biggest in the country). i was interviewed by the department head and here’s the excerpt of that interview.
interviewer: do you have other applications with other companies?
me: yes maam. im only waiting for my appointment with the bureau.
interviewer: *kinda sarcastic* do you really want to be a part of the system? or you want to change the system? mind you, the system is very huge for just one man to change.
me: *silent for a while* smiled..im just keeping my options open, maam. be it in your bank or not, its still public service for me and that’s the important thing. with regards to the system, i dont have a comment on that.
actually that question led me to think not only twice but really many times [not to mention the sleepless nights] on what to choose. she might be right with the system, however my capacity to be a good public servant was questioned and it kinda hurt my ego. the choice really was really mind boggling. yet choosing between 2 jobs is kinda fun though because not that many people have the luxury opportunity that im confronted with.
in the end, i chose the bureau and i think i made the right decision..because im happy with my job. busy as always but happy.