Army chief not a good fit for DSWD, says analyst


Posted at Oct 11 2018 12:19 PM | Updated as of Oct 11 2018 06:51 PM

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A social worker expressed alarm Thursday over the looming appointment of retiring Army chief Rolando Bautista as the next Social Welfare Secretary. 

Bautista, who served the military for some 30 years, is primarily trained in counter-insurgency and anti-terrorism. 

His next post, however, calls for expertise in social protection and crisis response, said Malou Alcid, professor at the University of the Philippines Diliman College of Social Work and Community Development.

"Hindi ito usapin ng diskriminasyon. Usapin ito ng pagtalaga ng tao na may tamang credential sa ahensya na kaniyang papasukin," she told radio DZMM. 

"Iba ang kaniyang tradisyon, iba ang kultura ng organisasyon na kaniyang pinanggalingan at hindi swak o angkop sa bagong larangan na kaniyang papasukin," she added. 

(This is not an issue of discrimination. This is a matter of appointing a person with the right credentials for the job. Baustista's traditions, the culture of the organization he is from are different from and not appropriate for the new field he will enter.) 

With a military man heading the Department of Social Welfare and Development, some people's organizations may also be labeled subversive and could risk losing their social benefits, said Alcid. 

There are many other social welfare practitioners whom Duterte may tap to lead DSWD, she said. 

Bicol party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe, an ally of the President, earlier said military men like Bautista are "disciplined, highly-trained and educated, and know how to motivate people." 

"I don't look at people on the uniform they are wearing. I look on people on their ability to serve based on their performance and competence," added Quezon City Rep. Winston Castelo.'

-DZMM, 11 October 2018