Are single workers in the government sector destined to remain single forever?
Department of Tourism (DOT) Sec. Bernadette Romulo-Puyat thinks there is some truth to this notion, as sad as it may be.
“Actually, Secretary Bebot, once you enter the government na single ka, wala na talaga. Mahirap na maghanap talaga [ng partner] (once you enter the government single, it’s all over. It will be really hard to find a partner),” Puyat said during a virtual event on Zoom on Monday, April 12.
The pretty Cabinet official was addressing Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Sec. Silvestre “Bebot” Bello III during the ceremonial awarding of cash aid to tourism workers affected by the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in the “NCR-plus”.
Before this, Bello mentioned during a lull in the program that DOLE’s National Capital Region (NCR) director was still single.
Puyat, who has remained single after she was widowed in 2010, then offered her theory that single government employees would always face an uphill battle when it comes to finding a special someone due to the busy schedules and round-the-clock works associated with public service.
“Mahirap na makahanap talaga kasi, wala eh, 24/7 ang trabaho sa gobyerno (It will be really hard to find someone because our work in the government is 24/7),” she said.