For the first time, a perception management seminar was conducted in Bais City with the end in view of increasing productivity, enhancing the work attitudes of city employees, and for better performance in the work place.
Mayor Karen Villanueva said it is part of her administration’s thrust of people empowerment and to develop every employee to his or her fullest potential to achieve more in investing a lot of time and efforts in human resource development.
“It will not matter how good our roads are, it will not matter how big and tall our buildings are, but what matters most is on how good is its people,” she said.
As to perceptions that her father, the former mayor Hector Villanueva, is still running the affairs of the city, the mayor said she has proven her critics wrong.
“He raised me not to be dictated upon. But, of course I always take the advice of my father who had been there longer than I am,” she quipped.
The mayor said perceptions that she is too young for the position, the same was raised as an election issue against her, but the results had proven this perception wrong.
The perception management module was designed by Fr. Enrique Balongag, principal of the Colegio de Sta. Catalina de Alejandria who was also the lecturer.
In an interview with the DAILY STAR, Balongag said most of us view things the way we want to view them. It was the hope of the module designer for employees, to slowly change the way they look at government service.
Balongag said perception management has been there for a long time, but it was not felt as an emergency need in the local government units and for the whole country for that matter.
With Bais City leading the way, Balongag is encouraging other LGUs to conduct the same seminar. Aside from perception, it also seeks to examine the motivation which comes as a result of perception and the actual performance of the employee.
Balongag said suspending judgment is one way of managing perceptions, including that whoever sits as President can be corrupted. He stressed that facts must be allowed to speak for themselves and not to act on things that are based on hearsays, which is unfair.*JG
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