“Since most corporate competitors have the same problems with sustainability and social reputation, it’s worth trying to solve them together.” –Simon Mainwaring
The corporate feud taking place at Vallacar Transit Inc., parent company of the Ceres Bus Liner, is everybody’s business. The transportation firm, which also owns Bachelor Express Inc., Rural Transit Mindanao Inc., Sugbo Transit Express Inc., and Mindanao Star Business Transit Inc. may be a private enterprise but they serve the public, which comes with social responsibility and accountability.
Additionally, with the aforementioned companies operating through a franchise issued by the government, public interest is very much involved. As a result, if operations were to be hampered due internal wrangling, the government is empowered by law to take over company operations.
The power struggle arose after Atty. Sheila Sison informed the public that Roy Yanson was appointed company president, replacing Leo Rey Yanson, who will continue to serve as a director and member of the Board of Directors. She stated: “Despite this revamp, the board assures the public, its employees, and all its stakeholders that the company remains committed to serve the riding public. Company policies and programs will remain the same and transport services will continue to be fully operational.”
The affected party, however, condemned the action, pointing out actions taken by Roy Yanson, his older brother, who brought armed men inside company premises in order to “sow unnecessary fear amongst the employees.”
“The act of the de facto president will surely hamper the operations of the company and spread confusion among the employee,” Leo Rey Yanson affirmed.
Based on these contrasting pronouncements, the commotion may still be far from over.
According to bestselling Christian author Max Lucado, “Worry happens when we keep our problems to ourselves or present our problems to the puny deities of money, muscle, or humankind.”
“The act of prayer moves us from a spirit of concern to a spirit of gratitude,” he explained. “Even before our prayers are answered, our hearts begin to change.”
He suggests taking the following steps: Take your worries to God, find a promise to much your problem, and pray specifically.
Alex P. Vidal, who is now based in New York City, used to be the editor of two local dailies in Iloilo./WDJ