The website team had an opportunity to converse with Captain John ”Jojo” M. Abad in his office on June 24, 2016 (Friday) – two days before his 41st birthday. The interview was set to be light and easy so as to make the chairman of Batasan Hills comfortable in providing his most natural and sincerest answers. Let’s get up close and personal with Capt. Abad!
Q: It’s been very noticeable how your administration gives attention and time to every committee that the barangay has. In a survey conducted by the website team, it was found out that you are admired by the people because of your focus in Infrastructure and Peace and Order. Will there still be buildings to arise in Batasan Hills this 2016? And, aside from the successful and regular Oplan Galugad, what other programs does your administration have to address the drug-related crimes in Batasan Hills?
A: We are looking at finishing the construction of a hospital in Batasan Hills this 2016. It will be named after Mayor Herbert Bautista’s mother, Rosario Bautista. Building the new barangay hall is still ongoing and is deemed to be completed in 2017. Apart from Oplan Galugad, we continuously monitor strict implementation of Discipline Hour where curfew is set for minors. This helps us eliminate having our minors exposed to the temptation of drug abuse, especially at night. Of course, we have the full support of Police Station 6 in ensuring that prohibited drugs have no room in Batasan Hills, particularly, now that everyone sees how mad the new president of the Republic of the Philippines is when it comes to drug-related issues.
Q: What do you look forward to the most in President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration?
A: The thought of being able to soundly sleep at night without worrying about a family member or a barangay constituent who’s not home yet is what I am most excited about. Pres. Duterte’s commitment to ensure that the whole country becomes peaceful and orderly is truly promising!
Q: Your inclination to technology is also very remarkable. The Closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras and the CCTV monitoring team in Batasan Hills are really reliable. Residents are in the loop with the latest because of the Public Address (PA) system. It’s during your administration that the official website, as well as, the official Facebook fan page of the barangay were born. You allotted budget for sound systems, projectors and computers. Just recently, you purchased an equipment for faster identification (ID) card production. How do you ensure that the barangay employees are up-to-date with these high-tech systems, given that most of them are elderly?
A: Foremost, I’d like to accentuate that I have my back turned against any form of discrimination. I firmly believe that what a 30-year old man can do may also be done by a 65-year old woman when it comes to the daily tasks in the barangay. I support everyone’s will to work by providing seminars and training for continuous development. As of this moment, we have computer programming classes that barangay employees can participate in for free.
Q: Everybody knows that the members of the barangay council have diverse personalities. They came from different campaign parties last elections, too. You were, however, able to unite and sustain their oneness, specifically in decision-making, planning and implementation. How were you able to manage such and have you had any challenges along the way?
A: There will always be challenges in any endeavor. But keeping my eye on the goal led me to achieve triumph. Differences in personalities, principles and foresights are given factors. What I did, at first, was to get to know them in-depth so I could have a grasp on where they are coming from whenever we deliberate on matters. Then, I instilled respect for our individualism in the council. I had, and am still, showing them that everyone’s opinion is important. While each of us is entitled to express his/her thoughts, each of us, too, is obliged to listen. Thus, submit sometimes. I make it a point that my kagawads know their rights and privileges but they have to also accept their limitations.
Q: It really appears that you are quite close to the council members. Are you confident in criticizing them?
A: Yes, I am. Never do I hesitate to let them know about their areas for improvement because they know that we only want what’s best for our barangay.
Q: 20 names will be mentioned. Please state an adjective to describe each.
A: (Laughs) I’m sure they’d expect these words from me, anyway. I’m ready.
Q: Kgd. Tata Ludovica
A: mainipin (impatient)
Q: Kgd. Junjun Macario
A: pikon (easily angered by jokes or jests)
Q: Kgd. Jhorwin Santos
A: bolero (habitual joker)
Q: Kgd. Charlie Mangune
A: nasa loob ang kulo (has something boiling up inside)
Q: Kgd. Ernie Custodio
A: mapagsilbi (subservient)
Q: Kgd. Luming de Guzman
A: laging late (always tardy)
Q: Kgd. Bobby Miras
A: maingay (noisy)
Q: Barangay Secretary Edwin Misolas
A: matampuhin (sensitive)
Q: Treasurer Rey Parreñas
A: bugnutin (irritable)
Q: Liaison Officer Arlene Ludovica
A: masunurin (obedient)
Q: Public Relations Officer Joe Frias
A: lasenggo (drunkard)
Q: Executive Officer Cleopas Gaspay
Q: Administrative Assistant Adonis Monahan
A: masipag (industrious)
Q: Councilor Rannie Ludovica
A: very supportive
Q: Mayor Herbert Bautista
A: may malasakit (has concern)
Q: Former Sangguniang Kabataan Chairman Boting Santos
Q: Task Force on Youth Development
A: masarap kasama (great company)
Q: Liga ng mga Purok Leaders
Q: Lupon Tagapamayapa
A: takot sa Ombudsman (afraid of Ombudsman)
Q: Kapitana Cristy Abad
A: Mahal ko ‘yan. (I love her.)
Q: How do you see yourself 10 years from now?
A: That’s tough because I really have never thought about it. You see, I’m the type of person who lives by the day. I’m a “come-what-may.” Although, I foresee the barangay as a whole.
Q: Alright. Then, how do you see Batasan Hills 10 years from now.
A: I see it being able to maintain good housekeeping. I see our community to be highly urbanized with no more informal settlers.
The second section of the two-part interview with Capt. Abad required him to reply whichever was on top of his head. Let’s get to know him more!
Written by Aphrodite
Notes taken by Susan E. Bobiles
Video taken by Arcon “Choi” Pascual