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Article Research: Philippine Public Administration

  • William Christian P. Dela Cruz

Corpuz, Onofre. (1986). "WILL THERE BE a Philippine Public Supervision?". Reprinted from Philippine Journal of Community Supervision 30 (4) (October 1986): 368-382.

An Article Critique

In his article entitled "Is There a Philippine General public Administration?", Dr. Onofre Corpuz attempts to make clear and identify the opportunity of federal government as he is convinced that this is crucial to building the scope of one's personal life, which ought to continue to be private and "inviolable from general population invasion". He writes, "The actual fact that the scope of government is not mentioned is not strange". As such, the article focuses on the role of authorities and its range in an effort to answer the fundamental question regarding the existence of any "Philippine" Public Supervision. Although the article has no explicit "yes" or "no" response to the question accessible, it goes without saying that there is indeed a Philippine General public Administration inasmuch as there are major Philippine corporations that shape such, to wit: education, politics, and federal.

By looking into the rational development of the ideas presented in this article, it can be said that the author's way of putting his communication across is descriptive, historical, and discursive. In detailing the transition of every Philippine institution, the writer employs details of different regimes in Philippine background and links those to the question accessible. It is also discursive because the writer spends lots of time dealing with several details that are only slightly connected with the article's main thesis.

On Philippine education, he asserts that background and science are the weakest aspects, that i think is evident in the status quo. The e book of Ferdinand Marcos entitled "Tadhana", that was written in 1976, is also talked about in the article. Corpuz means that the latter is not reminiscent of the true background of the Filipinos inasmuch as its main individuals are foreigners and most the people that it features are Spaniards. He identifies the Filipinos' lack of a feeling of record as "fateful" and the sense of nationhood in the civil service as "fuzzy". He also mentions how advertising continues to influence a large volume of audience at present, laments over just how we treat standards of detail and quality, and points out the repercussions of the government's work of neglecting the Bureau of Specifications. He writes, "It's the same reason for the fantasy of having many intellectuals in the united states".

On Philippine politics, the writer briefly reminisces the Filipinos' previous experience under the Spanish regime. During this time period, the author writes, "The Filipinos were deprived of any significant experience in the politics of civil government". The gobernadorcillos or town mayors, who were chosen from top of the class, were nothing more than figureheads of the Spaniards. Yet, beyond the politics of civil federal government, the local top class developed its own politics, which was the pueblo religious fiesta. Users of dominant pueblo young families competed for a post called "hermano mayor", the main one who sponsors and presides over the celebrations. Attempts and personal expenditures were necessary to achieve this in trade for couple of days of personal glory.

The writer argues that the main goal of the politics of civil government is to serve the general welfare of the community, which is significantly not the same as the politics of the fiesta that only seeks personal success which of the family, after one prevails over his competitors. In other words, the purpose of the ex - is entirely general public, as the goal of the last mentioned is evidently private. The author argues that this kind of politics, which is only contested by the people of the upper category as it keeps average people out, remains obvious at the moment and even became the foundation during the American period.

On Philippine federal, the author explains the quality of public administration during the American period as manifested by the way equipment, from dining tables and tools to catalogs, were kept by property officers. However, the American routine was only limited as its only purpose was to govern the country as a colony, in that way maintaining "US occurrence" in the East. During this time period, not all levels of education were funded by the national government. For example, elementary colleges were run by municipal governments. Despite all these, the traditional structure of Philippine society continued to be with the principalia at the top and the normal people below them. Because the Americans have created the idea of "popular elections", they thought they have proven a "working democracy". The success of autonomy in 1935 marked the emergence of Filipino principles of politics and government. The writer mentions the enlargement of the national government as it includes used full control of Philippine educational establishments. The writer also talks about how exactly "connections" between private businessmen and politicians developed at that time when private businesses were regulated by the government. The author writes, "Even in the best of that time period, public supervision cannot perform its jobs well".

In his immortal argument, the writer asserts, "The period of nationhood is a lot shorter than the history of colonial experience". Not surprisingly, the author still feels that the sort of public supervision that is out there in the country is truly Filipino, citing the concept of politics padrinos and the one-man management in political gatherings. Furthermore, he discusses the Civil Service Commission payment and the defects inherent in this constitutional commission rate. He argues that problems related to general public administration remains pervasive as our politics culture has didn't regard civil service as the "foundation of government". He even compares the civil service to the Pasig River, which, as we all know, is biologically inactive. In the long run, the author suggests the necessity to improve the general population administration in the united states as it's the only way to achieve development for individuals. Relating to Corpuz, the one good thing is the fact that the entirety of the people's lives is not yet covered by the range of government, meaning we can still pursue our personal pursuits privately. He ends his article with a goal, "to have a public administration that can be an image of higher ideals and values".

Overall, it can be said that article has added too much to the present talk about of Philippine Community Administration as it offers a clear qualifications of the major corporations that continue steadily to influence this field. Matching to Brillantes and Fernandez (2008), this is one of both essays found in the introductory course in Public Supervision both at the graduate and undergraduate level; the other article is that of Dr. Raul De Guzman. This alone proves the actual fact that indeed, this informative article serves as a major reference of almost all researches or studies in the field of Public Administration at present, which is why Dr. Corpuz is considered an eminent scholar of the said field.

Although the author has properly substantiated his lay claim regarding the presence of the Philippine Public Administration, it can't be denied that he has not clearly replied all the major questions lifted at the start of his article. As I have said earlier, the article seems to be discursive because it deals with lots of things that are not relevant to the key thesis. I've also observed having less a smooth move between paragraphs in the article. It appears as though every sub-heading had not been connected to one another as these were discussed separately. Even in the article's concluding claims, the scope of government, that your author must establish, remains unclear, even though the question regarding the opportunity of private life was partly tackled. What readers are sure about is the fact that the general public administration that is present in the country is definitely Filipino.

To improve this post, it might be better if answers to the questions increased in the introductory part were explicitly given, not implied. Also, I think that the utilization of figurative language (I refer to the decision of words) is counterproductive insofar as comprehensibility is concerned. In other words, I think there is a need to simplify the article in order to easily put its concept across various readers. It could also be better if the writer defined the range of every organization as basis for the scope of the whole government, which remains poorly defined, as they say.

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