California – One big bright hope for the new year is the decision of the Civil Service Commission and a number of government agencies to utilize technology for recruitment of staff. Does this signal the end of the political padrino system? I sure hope so, but it is too early to tell. Just before the Christmas break, five more government agencies signed a job-matching MOA with Kalibrr, a local tech start-up, to harness technology for government recruitment. They have received 38,000 applications for 3,800 job vacancies since May 2015, making government job vacancies more than 10 times oversubscribed. It was Cesar Purisima’s DOF, in cooperation with the Civil Service Commission, that spearheaded the move to professionalize government recruitment. If this works, it will be one really monumental accomplishment of the Aquino administration. This is a true Daang Matuwid project that’s tangible, not imaginary.