Do you agree that when we naturally practice cooperation and constant communication, it will lead to harmony and progress?
I believe so. We may have different views and opinions at one point, but when we cooperate and talk about our divergence, we may derive to a mutual benefit. Like many organization, example the International Police Organization or Interpol, it facilitates worldwide police organization towards a vision to connect police for a safer world. There are hundreds of police force but they work as one and serve when needed.
The importance of cooperation and communication is also evident not only in an organization, but even in the smallest unit of the society – family. When every member of the family help each other, they can attain their dream to have a home or even conquer the world.
This is how positive cooperation is, per se.
But sadly, there are some people who just don’t know the word and its value. An example is about an article I’ve read in the Philippine Daily Inquirer. The issue is about cooperation and communication between the local police and the local government unit.
The article stated that PNP Chief General Oscar Albayalde lamented on the “childish act” of a mayor who withdrew support to the police under his jurisdiction just because he was not informed that his chief of police was replaced due to promotion.
It was National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Director Major General Guillermo Eleazar who confirmed via text message, stated in the article, that the mayor, whom Albayalde criticize was Marikina City Mayor Marcelino Teodoro.
We know that the mayor has the power to choose his chief of police from the list recommended by the PNP. On the other hand, Albayalde stressed out that the PNP can assign an acting chief even before the mayor pick his choice of chief of police.
Teodoro, on the other hand, insisted that he was not informed of the changes. Allegedly, as stated in the news article, the mayor canceled the gas assistance for police mobiles for a day. The amount was returned the following day, but it was only a third of the regular gas allowance. Again, Teodoro, denied he committed a childish act.
This issue was a clear case of lack of cooperation and communication. When in fact the local government unit should be supportive to the police in fighting criminality and promoting peace. But instead of talking/asking or cooperating with the PNP chief why the sudden change of chief of police happened, the mayor diminished help that police force can use to maintain order in the city.
I believe it was the benefit of the people of the city that was put at risk in this case. It is in this kind of situation where lack of cooperation affects productivity of the agents of the law and may give way to the proliferation of crimes in the community.
May I leave these leaders a quote from Patrick Lencioni, author of The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team, “Teamwork begins by building trust. And the only way to do that is to overcome our need for invulnerability.”