The initiative seeks to clean up and improve the selection process for officials who will occupy positions in the main government agencies.
Concerned about corruption, nepotism, and the lack of preparation that prevails every day in the government, various professional, business and academic entities came together to demand that those aspiring to lead Puerto Rico in the next four-year period commit to improving the recruitment of public servants.
The initiative, called Talento Pro , seeks to clean up and improve the selection process of officials who will occupy positions in the main government agencies, as well as in municipal governments and in both legislative chambers .
In a virtual press conference, the leaders of the entities called on the candidates for the governorship to explain what mechanisms they will use to select agency heads and trusted personnel and how they will guarantee that they will comply with criteria of sound administration.
The alliance prepared a guide with 10 criteria that will give direction to the candidate who is elected to the governor's office, when recruiting secretaries and heads of agencies, said Mario Negrón Portillo, former director of the Graduate School of Public Administration of the University of Puerto Rico . This guide was prepared in conjunction with Yolanda Cordero, former director of the School, and with the sociologist and former Secretary of Education, César Rey.
Negrón Portillo clarified that Talento Pro does not seek to impose any criteria on the candidates, since they are aware of the differences of each contender. However, they do aspire to be more rigorous in recruiting their cabinet staff. “We all want good government, a government that works, where ethics and morals prevail,” said the professor.
For her part, Ivelisse Rivera , former president of the Puerto Rico Association of Professional Relations (ARPPR), mentioned that the recent nomination of Osvaldo Soto to the post of controller of Puerto Rico, and his retirement days later, is an example of what it should not continue to occur in the country.
“Osvaldo Soto was withdrawn by the people, ” said Rivera, who indicated that with Talento Pro “we aspire for this to become a wheel, that the country can ride this wave with the aim of seeing a change.”
According to the spokesmen of the alliance, one of the main challenges that the winner will have in the general elections will be to form a government cabinet with a team of people who are willing to serve the country well, have the expertise and attributes to lead. , administer and manage Puerto Rico effectively and with integrity , at the height of what the citizens expect and what the times require. They stressed that the pattern that has been used for decades has obviously not worked and needs to be changed as a first step to build a better Puerto Rico.
For his part, Manuel Reyes , executive vice president of the Chamber of Marketing, Industry and Food Distribution (MIDA), pointed out that with this effort they also aspire to professionals and good candidates, some in the diaspora, to become available to occupy positions in the government . “Public service has to be perceived as how it comes to serve the people, not to profit,” he said.
Meanwhile, Karen Garnik , incoming president of the ARPPR, called on the public to support this effort. To do this, they have launched the portal “Change.org” and it is also available at www.talentopropr.com.
Among the entities that are part of this initiative are: the Council of Former Presidents of the ARPPR, the Puerto Rico Industrial Association, MIDA, the Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce, the Puerto Rico Economists Association, the United Center of Retailers (CUD) and the non-profit organization Espacios Abierta.