In a perfect world, promotions and career advancements would be based solely on merit, hard work, and a proven track record. However, in some societies, the reality is that connections and personal relationships often hold more weight than qualifications and achievements. This phenomenon is commonly called "reseta" or "palakasan system" in the Philippines.
While reseta may sometimes open doors and create opportunities, it ultimately undermines the principles of fairness and equality. It breeds a sense of entitlement and privilege among those who hold positions of power and those connected to them. This system disregards the hard work, dedication, and accomplishments of those who deserve to be promoted based on merit.
In contrast, "resibo" or proof of work is a more just and objective criterion for promotions. It allows leaders to evaluate candidates based on their contributions and performance in the workplace. Resibo acknowledges the importance of hard work and skill development in achieving career success and provides a fair and transparent process for evaluating employees.
While the prevalence of the "reseta" culture in the Philippines challenges the pursuit of meritocracy, leaders and decision-makers need to recognize the negative implications of such practices. Promoting the best candidates based on merit and a proven track record is crucial for creating a productive and thriving workforce and building a just and equitable society.