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Goddes Hope Libiran

Goddes Hope Libiran

Before the Holy Week, I asked Secretary Tugade how he manages to crack jokes, smile, and work nonstop even if we know he also has some personal issues and problems deep inside.

His answer struck me:

“I try to conquer my problems. I do not allow my problems to conquer me. I subdue them.”

And then he added:

“Hope, I am telling you this because this must also be your attitude. Itatak mo ‘yan sa isip


I paused and thought for a few seconds.

Then, I realized how fortunate I am to be mentored by this great man and leader.

Ibang klase ang pag-ganap nya bilang magulang sa mga tao nya. Huhubugin ka nya. Huhulmahin ka nya para gumaling at tumatag ka.

Sec. Art is not only decisive and iron-willed; he truly carries the onus of leadership by guiding and

mentoring his subordinates in career and in life, as a father does to his children.

He likens career advancement to ancient Rome’s gladiator tournaments. He believes that one’s culture,

values, and ways of doing things determine a person’s rise through the hierarchy.

“When I give you seeming difficulties, it is because I want you to become a corporate gladiator. And one thing I do in making you a corporate gladiator is inculcate in you practice, tolerance, the ability to withstand pain, the ability to be creative, and the ability to be innovative, in order to survive,” he said.

Iba rin ang sipag ng taong ‘to — walang tawad ang dedikasyon at commitment sa paglilingkod sa bayan. ‘Yung tipong mahihiya ka na lang mapagod dahil siya, kahit 73 years old na,  hindi tumitigil at mukhang hindi napapagod kumayod.

Kaya kaming mga tao nya, takot na magkamali.

Takot, hindi lang dahil siguradong mapapagalitan kami, kundi dahil ayaw namin syang biguin. Ayaw naming malagay sya sa alanganin dahil alam namin kung ano ang mga sakripisyo at hirap nya sa pagpapatakbo ng DOTr.

He also teaches us to be humble and to shy away from power.

“Ako, I try to shy away from power. Kasi alam ko, hindi naman ako magtatagal dito. After a few years, I will be back to my normal life. If I instill in my mind, in my system, or in my lifestyle that so-called “power” and it was removed, that might cause me to lose my mind! Edi nawala ‘yung diskarte ko sa buhay. ‘Yan ang dahilan kaya ayaw ko ng may bodyguard, ayaw ko ng may wang-wang, ayoko ng may aide. While I am here, I am preparing myself that when the time comes for me na let go of the grandeur and power state I am ready for it,” he said.

‘Yan si Secretary Tugade. ‘Yan ang boss ko.

P.S. Hindi po sya kandidato.

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