June 13, 2009

Defining Irony

Independence Day came with a memo directing us to attend the usual ceremonies. As these things go, the memo had the unspoken "or else" masked by the usual bureaucratic jargon and went on to prescribe the attire for the activity.

Permanent employees are supposed to come in in their Monday uniforms while those on job-order status had to be in "casual" attire.

Naturally this raised quite a stir on those whose contracts hinge on things other than performance. Some quibbled, some fretted, some made plans to raid the ukay-ukay stalls. Exasperated at having to deal with gripes in varying tones and degrees, someone stood up and proclaimed the (not quite as dreaded) bottomline: you have no choice.

On "Araw ng Kalayaan?"


Annamanila said...

I can imagine how much more fretting would have ensued if the dress code were "Filipiniana" aka "centennial."

"Casual" could have been casually complied with?!

Yes, I caught the irony. But some managers confuse uniforms and other esternal prescriptions for efficiency in the organization. Tsk.

Rudy said...

Looks like the first thing to go in celebrating the country's freedom from bondage is the freedom to choice, how ironic nga...

cpsanti said...

heehee. i used to be at manila city hall and monday uniforms used to translate to filipiniana ;-)

Droomvla said...

define anay kuta an filipiniana. hahahaha