Information officer of NIA-ARIIP

December 11, 2010 at 1:08 pm Leave a comment

I don’t know if media practitioners in Pangasinan have the same experience as I had with the information officer of National Irrigation Administration- Agno River Integrated Irrigation Project (NIA-ARIIP) based in Tumana, Rosales who rudely treated me during my visit in her office last December 2.

This information officer who bragged as also being the training officer of the said office is no other than Evangelina E. Arceo, a woman in her late 60s. I found her lacking in proper decorum, and public relations savvy expected from a public official like her.

On that day, Cory Bactad of Regional Examiner and I went to the NIA-ARIIP to get updates on the status of the re-regulating pond being constructed at San Roque Dam in San Manuel. We went there at 11:30 in the morning but the Arceo was not in her office. She was already having her lunch as relayed to us by the security guard on duty. Luckily, he treated us nicely by offering the guard house for us to stay. We waited for her until she returned to her office at past 1:00 in the afternoon.

When we entered her office, we cordially introduced ourselves, and told her our purpose in going to that office. I provided her also copies of this newspaper. When I asked if we could interview Project Manager Reynaldo Mencias, she said that her boss was on a special meeting. When I asked again who would likely provide us information, she said that nobody. My goodness! I can’t imagine that an information officer being paid by the government could not provide us information or updates about the project.

Alright, we succumbed to her answers but what irked me was when she said that she has already provided updates to some newspapers. She mentioned the names of news men who are apparently favored by her and then pointblank told us that she could no longer provide us information. I insisted to get data from her, and again she said that she has to wait for her assistant, who was on an errand, to print a copy. Still I insisted. I asked her if I could just get a copy of the updates provided by her to other news men and here’s what she said, “ Kopyahin ninyo na lang sa kanilang newspaper”. What! That woman was not only inutile, she’s also out of her mind. Ms. Arceo, nakakahiya ka sa opisinang iyan.

The worst thing she did was when she said that there were many news men who frequent her office to collect payment for press releases and that she could not provide us updates because we might be collecting payment also. Inutil ka nga Ms. Arceo. How many times that I have written about your office even without your press releases, but have you seen me collecting payment? Project Manager Mencias might not even know me personally because I am not that kind of reporter who always go to his office and ask for something in return. Never! Ms. Arceo. Ni singkong duling wala akong natatanggap sa inyong opisina , kaya huwag ka namang bastos.

Due to her insensitivity and actions, I was extremely irritated. Then I pointed to her the “ announcement” pasted on her wall which says “ Attention : To all media practitioners. Please be informed that available schedule of NIA-ARIIP Project Management to entertain you is every first Thursday of the month. For more information, please contact public affairs information services of this project first before making appointment with project management office. Thank you. (Sgd) Reynaldo C. Mencias”.

It’s very clear Ms. Arceo, you are supposed to be the first person for us to keep in touch with, being the head of the “public affairs information services.” But how rude you were. You better remove that “announcement” because it’s useless . We went to your office on the first Thursday of December , but instead of treating us nicely, you humiliated us. How dare you telling us not to go to your office anymore, instead we will just call you up. You don’t deserve to be in that position. Project Manager Mencias might not even aware of what you’re doing. You said that you are also the training officer in that office, but I don’t know what values are you imparting to the employees of NIA-ARIIP.

Paging Project Manager Mencias! That woman is not capable of handling your public affairs office. She’s a shame to the “Tuwid na Landas “ of President PNoy. We deserve people in the public service who are sensitive to our needs . Ms. Arceo unluckily belongs to the rare breed of “unworthy public servants.”

Oh, I forgot the name of the security guard. Thank you for your kindness and respect.

Pareng Brando, what can you say? Have you not experienced the same treatment from said office?

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