On a recurring basis, in each government there are officials and authorities who are offended and even obfuscated when, when a critical evaluation of their management results is carried out, lags, non-compliance, imbalances, unjustified expenses and unfulfilled goals emerge. Likewise, it often happens that when presenting achievements, advances and successes there are groups that qualify such disclosure as surrender or desire to ingratiate themselves with the current regime. These two extremes should be noted on the first day of publication of the series of performance evaluation reports of the ministries under the mandate of Alejandro Giammattei Falla, which as of January 14 enters its third year in office.
Such a journalistic review does not involve any animosity or desire to attack, but it does have the purpose of providing Guatemalans with a compilation of data, figures and well-founded criteria on government management. In each of the pieces, the ministerial authorities were consulted to have their point of view, justifications or explanations of the results. The material was worked on with enough time in advance to be able to be published serially, so that each portfolio has a similar space.
In certain spaces of official disclosure a phrase is used referring to the fact that good news is also told, but in reality governments, and especially politicians, should learn that it is the other way around: bad results must also be disclosed and recognized, first as an exercise in intellectual honesty, and secondly, because before coming to the government, the former opponents lined up to criticize and question, but once in power, the infallible threads make them addicted to flattery.
There are also research and analysis institutions that maintain a constant activity of technical monitoring and evaluation. They had the support of some of them for interpretation and evaluative contrast. Of course, the citizen, who pays taxes, who strives daily to support his family and suffers from deficiencies in road infrastructure, public safety, school care, hospital services and bureaucratic burdens in various orders; Whoever will have concrete experiences that complement, aggravate or attenuate the macro panorama, will be able to verify that it is in the micro, in the daily life, where the governments most refuse to face the high or low realization of their rally promises.
In this regard, the third year of each period marks the start of the so-called pre-electoral year, in which the governing parties demand more revenues, proclaim more achievements, hide or excuse failures and begin to surreptitiously promote certain dolphins. for a mirage of re-election, fueled by unbridled flattery and megalomania that sooner or later end in schisms, infidences, histrionic internal troubles and political divorces with circus overtones.
At the same time, the opposition groups also want to sell themselves again in the propaganda market, like every four years. In fact, old and new aspirations, logos, initials and party shells have already begun to jump. It is in this tidal wave of crossed ambitions and veiled campaign plans that a third year of government begins again. The management is still marked by the pandemic, but this should not be used as an exculpation, since on the one hand it brought barriers and extra expenses, and on the other it generated opportunities that have not always been taken advantage of.