Thursday, July 28, 2011

Thank you is not enough


Wherever I go and wherever I am, I am very thankful for everything and it’s all because of my Parents. Dad was an entrepreneur, being the pioneer in the construction selling industry while my mother was my first teacher literally for 15 years before she joined my dad to his business which became their both passion, the lesson and wisdom for being honest at all times is the best wisdom they both gave me.

“Pinalaking hubad sa katotohanan, May takot sa diyos upang magsilbing gabay
Tinuruan ng magandang asal, Upang maipamalas kahit na kaninoman
Hindi man ginto o pilak ang nakamulatan, dugo at pawis, di alintana para sa minamahal
Pinagsunog ng kilay ng marating ang magandang buhay, upang maipamahagi sa mga supling at inakay.”

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Pagkakaisa upang mai pasa! Laguna speak out for RH Bill.


July 19, 2011- San Pablo City, Isang malaking okasyon ang naganap para ilunsad sa kauna-unahang pagkakataon sa Laguna na may 26 na munisipyo at lima na syudad ang idinaos para sa “Purple Ribbon Launch” na may pinamagatang “ Laguna speak for RH: A forum for the passage of RH Bill.” Ito ay sa pakikipagtulungan ng ibat ibang organisasyon ng Reproductive Health Advocates Network (RHAN) na pinangunahan ng BMP, Dampa, Do It Right advocacy (DIR), Democratic Socialist Women of the Philippines (DSWP), Family Planning Organization of the Philippines (FPOP), Likhaan, Patamaba, PLM at Partido mangagawa (PM).

Mahigit kumulang sa limang daang mga lider buhat sa ibat ibang panig ng Laguna ang dumalo para maipakita ang suporta sa ikapapasa ng nasabing isinusulongna isasabatas na panukala. Mula sa ilang linggong pag oorganisa at pagbibigay ng imbitasyon, naging matagumpay ang pagsasama sama ng mga lider at nagkaroon pa ng salo salo na pananghalian.

Isang magandang pagbati ang bumungad sa mga partisipante buhat sa Chapter President ng Family Planning Organization of the Philippines (FPOP) sa Laguna. Sinundan ito ng pagbibigay ng impormasyon sa karamihan ng sitwasyon ng pangangalaga sa Reprodaksyon sa Laguna ng Hepe buhat sa Technical Division ng Population Commission (POPCOM, Region IV).

Mike Potentiano, Councilor Mole, me and Lindy Pellicer

Isang napakandang paliwanag ang ibinigay ng National Chairman buhat sa Democratic Socialist Women of the Philippines na si Elizabeth Angsioco kung saan kanyang tinalakay ang kahalagahan kung maipapasa ang labing- anim na taon ng nakabinbin na isinusulong na isabatas.

Nagkaroon din ng pagbibigay ang ibat ibang lider ng organisasyon ng kani-kanilang dahilan kung bakit nila sinusuportahan ang Reproductive Health Bill. Pinangunahan ni Father Daniel Rapanot buhat sa Iglesia Filipina Independente (IFI) ng San Pablo City, pinangalwahan ni Angelina Javier na isang Nurse buhat sa FPOP. Mula sa Samahan ng mga mangagawa at mga lider na kababaihan na nagbigay ng kani kanilang suporta at pagpapaliwanag ay sina Imelda Ricafort buhat sa Partido Mangagawa (PM), Laura Nunez na isang Secretary General mula sa Akbayan Kababaihan, Juliana Canta na isang National Auditor buhat sa Patamaba, Benedicta Angeles na isang Presidente buhat sa Sta. Rita Mothers Club at Dewaine Sales-Ladaga na isang Entrepreneur buhat sa Los Banos at myembro ng Victory Christian Fellowship.


Nagkaroon ng open forum kung saan tinalakay ang ibat ibang argumento at nabigyan ng magandang kasagutan buhat sa panel. Dumating din ang Champion Car Race Driver at buhat sa San Pablo City na si Mike Potenciano at Deejey na si Lindy Pellicer upang ipakita ang kanilang suporta sa RH Bill.

Buhat sa Pamana Hall kung saan doon idinaos ang pagpupulong ay nagtungo ang buong grupo at nagpakita ng pagkakaisa sa pagsigaw ng “RH Bill, ipasa, now na!”, Nagmartsa ang ibat ibang lider at myembro papuntang Plaza at nagtapos sa harap ng San Pablo Cathedral kung saan ang Obispo ng Diocese ay naninirahan.

Monday, July 18, 2011

GREED


Me and Blogwatch team with the new Chair of PCSO Margarita Juico on the Scandal that Manuel Morato exposed

Kung kumakalam na ang sikmura, ibat iba ng nasasaloobin o iniisip ang kayang gawin ng isang nilalang. Labag man sa kalooban, kung sa tindi ng gutom ay gusto ng maibsan ang sakit at hapdi ng kalamnan, hindi na masisisi kung makagawa ng labag sa kalooban.

Sa pagdami ng populasyon ng Pilipinas at sa sobrang kahirapan na dinaranas  ng karamihan o mayorya sa ngayon, kabi-kabilang krimen ang natutunghayan na sa murang isipan ay hindi maarok ang pinagmumulan, maliban sa kahirapang nakalatag sa ating pang araw- araw na pamumuhay. Makamundo at may sa dimonyo ang sabi ng karamihan na mulat sa nangyayaring katotohanan sa ating lipunan.

Sa malalaking delubyo buhat sa kurapsyon sa gobyerno na ating napapanood ng aktwal o sa telebisyon, lahat ay pagka gahaman sa posisyon, lakas at makamundong material na mga bagay ang pinag-uusapan. Nang magpalitan ng maaanghang na salita ang dating Chairman ng Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) na si Manuel “Manoling” Morato at ang nakaupong chairman sa ngayon na si Margarita “Margie” Juico, ating natunghayan at pinag-isipan kung sino ang nagsasabi ng hubad na katotohanan.

Umalingawngaw ang mga Obispo sa paratang ng Commission on Audit sa malakihang pagbibigay ng mga mamahaling sasakyan na sa tingin nila ay labag sa Saligang Batas. Kanya kanyang interpretasyon at paghuhusga ang nangyayari hanggang sa ngayon kung sino ba ang mali ngunit lahat ay sa dating administrasyon ang patutunguhan ng paglilitis. Natural, dahil ang PCSO ay hawak ng malakanyang at hindi ng anumang departamento sa loob ng gobyerno.
New PCSO PR Manager Mr. Dante Ang of Manila Times

Sa paglilitis ng Ampatuan Massacre na isa sa karumal-dumal na pangyayari noong 2009 at hanggang ngayon ay tumatanggi pa rin ang mga inakusahan kahit na sa matibay na ebidensya na nilalatag ng mga kamag anak ng nasawi, ano ang patutunguhan at mabibigyan ba ng hustisya ang 58 na inosentang mamamayan at kapatid nating binaboy ang pagkatao at walang awang kinitilan ng buhay?

Sa hungkag nating kamalayan, sa araw araw nating pakikisalamuha sa ibat iba nating kababayan at sa pag oobserba sa gobyerno na ating nakamulatan, may pagbabago pa kaya?. Ang pagka gahaman sa posisyon, pera o materyal na bagay ang puno ot dulo ng lahat na krimen na nararanasan at gumigitla sa ating inosenteng kamalayan. Kung kultura ang pagbabatayan, sa loob ng 400 taon sa kamay ng dayuhan, tayo ba ay naimpluwensyahan sa kahayupan? Wala bang maganda man lang na naidulot ang mga sibilisadong ipinamana sa atin ng mga mananakop?

Sa pagbulgar ng dayaan sa eleksyon sa Maguindanao, iisa pa rin ang tinuturo na sa bibig ni Senator Miguel Zubiri ay isang Sindikato. May mga sindikato palang nakaupo at nahahalal muli sa ating gobyerno? Pagtatanong ng isang pribadong mamamayan. Kung mga sindikato o mga masasamang loob ang nakaupo sa gobyerno, sino ang magtatanggol sa sambayanan, sa mga naaapi at humihingi ng katarungan?

Tila yata sa halip mawala ang alinlanagan sa gobyerno, sa pagkamulat ng isang pribado at mapagtanong na mamamayan ay tila, natatakot pa at nananaig ang pagka walang tiwala sa mga nakaupo sa mataas na posisyon na pinag-aawayan ng mga gahaman at ng mga ang alam lamang ay kumaway at ngumiti sa taong bayan. Nasaan  na ang mga Rizal at Bonifacio na handing ibigay at ilaan ang buhay para sa minamahal na inang bayan? Nasaan na ang kabataan na dapat magsilbing pag asa ng sanlibutan?.

Sa Pag-upo ng Dilaw na administrasyon, nabulgar ang mga karumal-dumal, kawalang-hiyaan at kababuyan ng ma iniupo sa bayan. Malayo pa ng susuungin upang makita ang liwanag na minimithi ng karamihan, ngunit kailangang maintindihan, sa sama sama at pagtutulungan ng lahat hindi ng iisang tao lamang makakamit ang liwanag na inaasam.
Me and Atty. Aleta Tolentino, the new Director under PCSO reading to us the COA report


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Governor Toto Mangudadatu


July 12, 2011- Davao City, Still sleeping but can hear already the news on TV from Dzmm Teleradyo with the lawyers of both the Ampatuan and Mangudadatu sides
news about the suspended ARMM Governor Zaldy Ampatuan surprised everyone for the willingness to testify against his Family for the Maguindanao massacre also known as the Ampatuan massacre (named after the town where the mass graves were found), which happened on the morning of November 23, 2009, in the town of Ampatuan province, on the island of Mindanao, Philippines. Fifty eight victims were on their way to file a certificate of candidacy for Esmael Mangudadatu, then vice mayor of Buluan town, they were kidnapped and brutally killed.


Who would forget that faithful day? The Filipinos were stunned and with combination of anger and rage over what happened to 58 innocent people who were killed because of greed over power. People were killed with the help of government machines like back hoe which is according to the dictionary, Two days before the incident, the mass grave was prepared using a backhoe emblazoned with the name of Maguindanao Gov. Andal Ampatuan Sr., and apparently owned by the Ampatuan family.



Esmael “Toto" Mangudadatu or (Ismael "Toto" Mangudadatu) ( August 15, 1968) is the incumbent Governor of Maguindanao. Mangudadatu was elected for governor of Maguindanao after defeating his closest rival, by a margin of 12,705 votes. The race came to international attention after the 2009 during which his wife, sisters, aides, and lawyers, plus several journalists were kidnapped and murdered.

When I approached the Governor, he had a ready smile. His built is fair, dark but almost everyone are greeting him. He doesn’t have uniformed bodyguards around or even beside him. I took the opportunity to interview him with regards to the current issue surrounding the event, which is under the Supreme court right now and surrounded with many controversies.

Governor Esmael Mangundadatu is at Waterfront Insular Hotel and Casinos today and answered three brief but important questions for Blogwatch.

B: Any comment about the media were the Supreme Court allowed the hearing to be live on TV?

Gov. Mangundadatu: “We are happy about that and we are requesting na magkaroon ng Commercials sa mga TV Stations dahil alam namin na kailangan din nilang kumita.”



B: Any comment about the news today with regards to the suspended ARMM Governor Zaldy Ampatuan that he is willing to testify even agaianst his relatives?


Gov. Mangandadatu:”Hindi kami papayag dahil may matibay kaming ebidensya at mga testigo na involved sila.”


B: Any comment about the justice system under President Noynoy Aquino?

Gov. Mangandadatu:” We are happy for what he is doing from the start.



For info on what really happened two years exactly right now, November 23, 2011. From the internet.

Buluan Vice Mayor Esmael "Toto" Mangudadatu invited 37 journalists to cover the scheduled filing of his certificate of candidacy (COC) at the Commission on Elections provincial office in Mindanao.

He said reports had reached him that his rivals had threatened to chop him into pieces once he filed his COC, and felt the presence of journalists would deter such an attack.

A local report stated that at about 9:00 AM, a convoy of six vehicles carrying journalists, lawyers, and relatives of Vice Mayor Mangudadatu left Buluan to file his COC at the Comelec office in Shariff Aguak. The convoy was composed of six vehicles: four Toyota Grandia vans (one grey, one green, and two white) owned by the Mangudadatu family; and two media vehicles – a Pajero DZRH, Mitsubishi L-300 van owned by Grandia boarded by mediamen, but it lagged behind and decided to turn around once the passengers sensed what was happening. There were two other vehicles that were not part of the convoy but happened to be traveling on the same highway: a red Toyota Vios and Toyota Tamaraw FX.

The Vios had five passengers: Eduardo Lechonsito, a government employee who was bound for a hospital in after suffering a mild stroke Monday morning. He was with his wife Cecille, co-workers Mercy Palabrica and Daryll delos Reyes, and driver Wilhelm Palabrica. The FX was driven by Anthony Ridao, employee of the National Statistics Coordination Board, and son of Cotabato City Councilor"

Before reaching its destination (about 10 km from Shariff Aguak, four on other versions), the convoy was stopped by 100 armed men, who abducted and later killed most or all of its members. There is evidence that at least five of the female victims, four of them journalists, were raped before being killed, while "practically all" of the women had been shot in their genitals and beheaded.

Mangudadatu's youngest sister and aunt were both pregnant at the time of their murders.

A text message sent by Mangudadatu's wife to him, she identified the people that blocked their way as the men of Ampatuan Jr, and that he himself slapped her. The female victims were shot in their genitals, according Agnes Devanadera.

According to Mangudadatu, his wife's "private parts were slashed four times, after which they fired a bullet into it." In addition, he said that "They speared both of her eyes, shot both her breasts, cut off her feet, fired into her mouth." A backhoe located in the immediate vicinity of the carnage at Ampatuan town was identified as the instrument that was used to expediently dig the graves of the victims, including the vehicles. The perpetrators weren't able to complete the job when a helicopter was spotted in the area. The backhoe, emblazoned with the name of Maguindanao Gov. Andal Ampatuan Sr., was later identified to belong to the Maguindanao provincial government.

As of November 25, the death toll had risen to 57, as confirmed by Chief Superintendent Josefino Cataluna of the Reporters Without Borders announced that at least 12 of the victims were journalists, making this the deadliest such incident in the history of news media.

The National Union of Journalists in the Philippines originally estimated that a total of 20 journalists were killed, including an undisclosed number of NUJP members. Philippine Daily Inquirer later updated the number of journalists killed to 34.

Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo responded to the news of the massacre by declaring a state of emergency in Maguindanao, Sultan Kudarat.

Prospero Nograles called on the police to quickly identify the perpetrators of the massacre and disarm private armies.
The Philippine Department of Justice created a panel of special prosecutors to handle cases arising from the massacre.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Manny Villar: Environmentalist

July 7, 2011- Senator Manny Villar and Congresswoman Cynthia Villar hosted a Dinner fellowship for Earth Day Network Philippines (EDNP) to talked about the approached they did in Saving the Las Pinas- Zapote Rivers and on how they used water lilies as the raw material for baskets and bags. According to her their land development company used a lot of natural raw materials as substitute to the usual construction materials that could help and save the environment with zero wastage such as with the use of coconut husk for rip-rapping.
Senator Manny Villar, Sandy Lacson- Hammett and her husband with me


According to the group website, Earth Day Network Philippines is a network organization of different sectors of society campaigning for environmental citizenship. It also invites everyone to celebrate Earth Day every April 22.

Earth Day Network Philippines (EDNP) is the local counterpart of the Earth Day Network International based in Washington, USA. It is the network organization that coordinates the celebration of Earth Day and is composed of government agencies, local government units, businesses, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, religious groups and individuals for environmental citizenship through meaningful cooperation.


A short film has been presented and attended by distinguished environmentalist headed by the President of EDNP Bert Guevarra, Dr. Metodio Palaypay, a practitioner of medicine and a resident doctor at the UP Health Services. Dr. Palaypay initiated a movement to eliminate waste through sensible management and practical recycling in 1969 in his neighborhood at Leveriza, Pasay City, Metro Manila. In 1978, this movement became the "Zero Waste Recycling Movement of the Philippines Foundation Incorporated," Isagani Serrano, Executive Director of EDNP Voltaire Alferez, Inday Berroya, Atty. Sison, Sonny Valencia of Peoples Tonight, Rollie Quizon, Zero Waste Recycling Movement of the Philippines Foundation Incorporated president Mrs. Luz Sabas, Engr. Grace Bondad- Nicolas of Do it right advocacy, Sandra Lacson- Hammett and her husband who is the principal at Brent International School at Binan, Laguna,  Sweetlink President Nelson Co, June Yasol and Efren Reyes from Calauan, Laguna among other guests.

Congresswoman Cynthia Villar gave away her book for each and everyone entitled “Saving River, Securing Livelihoods” that won international awards such as the 2011 United Nations Water for Life for Best Water Management Practices, 2009 Oikos Foundation of Switzerland Social Entrepreneurship Track for Livelihood Development Program using wastes from the river, 2009 International Green Apple Awards for Environmental Best Practice and 2006 Dubai International Award United Nations Humman Settlements Programme for Best Practice for outstanding contribution toward improving the living environment.

Senator Manny Villar talks about how to reduce poverty based on his experienced, his being an environmentalist that gives him relaxation and less stress than the politics. Everyone enjoyed the music with Noel Cabangon, Banyuhay and Rollie Quizon.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

A Clarification: Former PCSO Director Manoling Morato

Manuel “Manoling” Morato spent a couple of hours with blogwatch for the second time on June 17, 2011 and gave this Press Release. The event was attended by Arlene Mariposque of Calamba Press, Rochelle Chua, Juned Sonido, Angelo Louisse Lopes, Dean Jorge Bocobo, Leslie Bocobo, Wenchie Sabban- Flores, Izabelle Palanca Enriquez, Noemi Lardizabal- Dado and Grace Bondad- Nicolas.



Close to php5 billion in cash and properties were turned over by the previous leadership of the Philippine Charity sweepstakes Office (PCSO) to it’s successors, dousing allegations of bankruptcy and mismanagement peddled by the current PCSO board of directors, headed by it’s chair Margarita Juico.

Manuel Morato, who served as chairman in the administration of Pres. Fidel V. ramos and director of PCSo during Pres. Gloria macapagal Arroyo’s administration, told the Balitaan sa Rembrandt media forum that php3.359 billion and $5.944 million in cash were left behind intact in two banks and a 1.5 hectare property in Manila worth php1 billion now is under the ownership of PCSO.

“How could the PCSO be bankcrupt?” asked Morat, who questioned the motives of Juico and company in persecuting before the public the previous PCSo officials. “definitely, this is their malicious way of covering up their guilt for widrawing medical assistance to the sick and the needy. We stand by the truth.”

The truth according to Morato, there are many more lead assets, materials and equipment, including ambulance units for donation program, that were turned over to the Juico-led board, plus a 37-year live contract with the Quezon Institute for the free use of its offices which was abruptly terminated by the new board.


Morato explained that the charity funds, prizes and operational expenses are not lumped together but are booked as three distinct accounts each with separate sets od accounting books that claims of fund juggling are atrocious if not “a futile product of Juico’s fertile imagination.”

“the truth is the Commission on Audit (COA) regularly conducts spot cash audit in various PCSO departments,” said Morato, who expressed dismay and pity to the continued refusal of Juico to extend support to heart, liver, chemotherapy to cancer patients and dialysis for kidney patients as well as other sick patients.

Morato also defended the entry of the Philippines Gaming Management Corporation (PGMC) as the service provider of PCSO’s lotto operations, saying the contract passed extensive reviews and court litigations which lasted for two years, including the scrutiny and approval of the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel (OGCC) and the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) Arbitral Tribunal.

The old machines use 386 processors. If you don’t know what this is, ask your children. This is technology and to use it after 2004 would be to assume a worse business practice rather than the best business practice. Its use would risk the sustainability of PCSO revenue growth. The old computers were compatible only with leased telecom lines; telecoms service providers had already switched to GPRS and other wireless devices and so did everyone else in IT industry. The average daily sales in 2004 was about Php23,566,389.04 and the average daily sales in 2010 is about Php 50,514,969.86. these figures represent the potential loss if the machines are inoperable on one day. Try asking your loved ones or staff to use a 386 processor. What qualification do the critics have to make this business judgement?


The critics think that technology is free and need not be constantly upgraded. Even elementary school children that technology rapidly improves and upgrades are necessary and must be paid for. Try to convince your child to use a 3-year-old cellphone or a 5-year-old computer. The critics irresponsibly propose that technology need not be upgraded or that it should be rejected if upgrade has a cost. For PCSO the cost of purchasing the old equipment for 25 million pesos and not upgrading equipment would be to forego the eventual increase in annual revenue from 11.7 billion pesos in 2007 to 18.4 billion in 2010 and possibly even suffer a decline of revenue. It is this kind of laud and uninformed bravado from public figures that prevents Filipinos from having a competitive mindset or a best business practice. Fortunately, the old PCSO board chose to do their work quietly and diligently.

As a result of the upgrades and lease extension, PCSO annual revenues grew from 11.7 billion pesos in 2007 to 18.4 billion in 2010 (only for Luzon) or an average annual growth rate of about 16% If we are to include Pacific Online for Visayas and Mindanao ( a separate system supplier), it would total to about php27 B for 2010. Both system suppliers upgraded their machines at no cost to the PCSO.


Sales of PCSO plateaued at below 12 billion pesos during the years 2004- 2007, and would not be able to increase if the equipment was not upgraded to accommodate faster transactions and more games. During the period of use of the old machines, from 1994 to 2006 PCSO revenue grew from 2.6 billion to 11.9 billion or multiplied more than 4 times in 12 years. While the old machines had served its purpose, it would no longer support the growth in revenue that the new machines eventually provided.

The critics do not understand that upgrading to modern information technology is not an option. Periodic upgrading is the necessity for any business. They want to keep the capability of PCSO in the ancient age. Who are they to want to hold back PCSO from being world –class? Doesn’t the public deserve a world-class lottery operation?

May I emphasize that had we stopped the two system suppliers, the PCSO would had to go into international bidding that would have taken two (2) years to realize. Doesn’t the new PCSO board realize the consequences on the lotto in the Philippines? We would have had to stop the lotto gaming for at least two years while the international bidding is going on.


The joint venture agreement with the TMA Group of Companies of Australia for the production of thermal papers and bet slips for lotto operation is very advantageous to the PCSO which will not spend a single centavo but stands to share 20% of profits in the project.

“Not a single centavo from the government,” stressed Morato who added that the joint venture could well ante-date the administration’s ublic-private partnership flagship program as it passed through rigid review and legal procedures following strictly the guidelines of the national Economic development authority (NEDA) who found it “one of the best government contract we have ever reviewed on the laws of the joint ventures; and the favorable opinion of the OGCC that even awarded the PCSO a trophy for going into a most advantageous contract for the government.”

Among others, TMA’s unsolicited proposal which was subjected to a public Swiss challenge and thorough study by PCSO’s technical working group, wa sprompted by the unreliable supply of imported thermal papers and the scheduled end of the supplies contract by September this year.

“We cannot sacrifice the integrity of the thermal paper which is the life-blood of the lotto games. Once the trust of the betting public is ruined, there goes your lifetime investment in lotto,” explained Morato, adding illegal numbers game will again proliferate once lotto’s operations cease.

Morato said TMA, which has plant facilities located in New South Wales, Melbourne, Victoria and Brisbane all in Australia and in New Zealand and Shanghai, China, is investing more than php4.4 billion to finance the first thermal coating plant in the country for sale of its products here and abroad. It is the same thermal paper that won the international bidding in 1993 when chairman Mita Pardo de tavera, my predecessor, was the PCSO Chairman. President ramos appointed me PCSO chaiman in 1994. That Mark Sensing (now TMA) contract was already in effect when I took over.



Morato added that the projected congressional inquiry being readied in the Lower House will unravel the truth behind the well-orchestrated shame campaign and baseless allegations being manufactured by Juico and her allies in the PCSO now.

In all this, I was informed by some Commission on Audit employees na kaya pala daw magaganda lamang na COA report ang ipinalalabas ni PCSO Chairman Margie Juico ay dahil “ kinatay-katay nila ang COA report for their first year 2010/2011.” I was told na tinanggal daw ang mga masasamang report at inilabas lang ang gusto nila. In other words, pinilian at hinimay at kinatay ang COA Report to favor the present PCSO management.

No wonder even Secretary lacierda is singing out of tune. He mentioned on ANC na P1.9 M lamang daw ang rental sa PICC. Nakatipid raw ang PCSO sa paglipat. Pero 500 employees lang ng PCSO out of the 1,200 ang nagkasya sa pICC. ‘yong 700 were farmed out to satellite offices all over Metro Manila. Hiwa-hiwalay. Samantalang sa PCSO office sa Quezin Institute kasya lahat ‘yong 1,200 PCSO employees with 6.5 hectare land prior pa for only P2.3 M grant.

Sa PICC may bayad ang parking kasi concessionaire ang nagpapatakbo ng parking. Sa Quezon Institute, libre lahat. At one stop-shop pa for the patients and for everybody who does business with the PCSO.

Sa ngayon, ang PCSO ay may office sa PICC, sa Quezon City Hall Waste Management, sa San Marcelino, sa Camp Aguinaldo at kung saan pang impyerno.

P6.5M raw ang gastos ngayon ng PCSO sa PICC at sa lahat ng satellite offices and facilities. At over one hundred million pala daw ang ginastos sa paglipat sa PICC.

Kayo na po ang maghusga kung tama itong pinaggagawa ni Chairman Margie Juico.

Isa pa ang “success” na kini-claim nya ay galing sa aming ginawa sa nakaraang administrasyon- ang 6/55 grand Lotto na nagpasok ng malaking kwarta without their lifting a finger.

Kung wala pala ‘yong 6/55, on the red pala sana ang PCSO ngayon by at least P500 M.

So anong “success” ang kini-claim nila?

They are a total failure; and they killed so many sick patients along the way.






Monday, July 4, 2011

Qualities of a good leader



364 days is not enough to clean up a multiple decades of unjust, mess and uncontrollable corruption. Even the elected tricycle drivers association president cannot just lower the price of “prangkisa” or cannot just ask about the route to take because of the process and the culture which everyone is used to but as what they said, nobody can pleased everyone and for all the hard effort there’s always critics.

The question is about visibility of the leader of the state. Which unlike his predecessors who are more for a show is silent on doing his job but what are the consequences? Billions of dollars are in debt, poverty felt and economic progress declined.

For May 2010 election, the people show the support by electing the one that didn’t asked for it from the start. Maybe the hope and change that everyone was looking for lies to the son of a hero. As the son of the former President of the Philippines, wealthy bachelor and a famous family clan under his belt maybe just some of the reasons why he didn’t strived before to become the most influential leader in the country.


From www.mb.net , He said his determination to rid the bureaucracy of corruption is paying off -- business confidence is back and the economy is stronger.
Some of his accomplishements that maybe the majority of the population are not aware of or doesn’t care at all are as follows:
1.      The issuance of Executive Order #7 ordering the suspension of all privileges of officials of 122 government-owned and -controlled corporations and government financial institutions that resulted in savings of P2.5 million.
2.      The Philippines’ winning the case on the Ninoy Aquino International Airport 3 also saved the government P43.4 billion.
3.      The President’s order to stop negotiated contracts with the Department of Public Works and Highways and the re-bidding of urgently-needed projects also saved the government P934.1 million.
4.      He said his order to defer the purchase of a helicopter for the Department of Defense due to allegations that it favors one company allowed the government to set aside P3.6 billion.
5.       The President said he has ordered a thorough study on the P18.5 billion Laguna de Bay project to avoid waste of money.
6.      The Chief Executive noted that weather forecasting has improved from the every-six-hour update to an hourly, more focused weather update when he ordered the change in the stewardship of the country’s weather bureau and saved the government billions of pesos.


According to Barbara White, How often have you heard the comment, “He or she is a born leader?” There are certain characteristics found in some people that seem to naturally put them in a position where they’re looked up to as a leader.
In Philippines with more or less than 95 million in population, the majority of the masses are not watching news on television, can’t afford to buy newspapers and don’t have any access to internet. Filipinos wants to feel the change by means of measurements in which they usually used in their everyday life or activities such as:
1.      Lower price of basic commodities such as food or oil
2.      Decrease in crime rate
3.      Accessibility to free medical needs
4.      Infrastructure projects
5.      Peso exchange rate
6.      Housing programs
7.      Work availability to everyone

These activities and basic needs are common needs not only in the Philippines but same in any other countries.  As the developing country, Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations, defined a developed country as follows. "A developed country is one that allows all its citizens to enjoy a free and healthy life in a safe environment."
Good health and safe environment are both a necessity in the Philippines. To enjoy life, the citizens must have good and established work to sustain the basic needs such as food, clothing, home, medicine and good education. As the developing country and with billions of dollars in debt to other countries, the President of this nation will have a hard time to turnaround the existing situation unless everyone from the Baranggay level will cooperate.
According to Barbara White, “Whether in fact a person is born a leader or develops skills and abilities to become a leader is open for debate. There are some clear characteristics that are found in good leaders.” These qualities can be developed or may be naturally part of their personality and here are her study with regards to a qualities of a good leader.



Seven Personal Qualities Found In A Good Leader:
  1. A good leader has an exemplary character. It is of utmost importance that a leader is trustworthy to lead others. A leader needs to be trusted and be known to live their life with honestly and integrity. A good leader “walks the talk” and in doing so earns the right to have responsibility for others. True authority is born from respect for the good character and trustworthiness of the person who leads.
     
  2. A good leader is enthusiastic about their work or cause and also about their role as leader. People will respond more openly to a person of passion and dedication. Leaders need to be able to be a source of inspiration, and be a motivator towards the required action or cause. Although the responsibilities and roles of a leader may be different, the leader needs to be seen to be part of the team working towards the goal. This kind of leader will not be afraid to roll up their sleeves and get dirty.
     
  3. A good leader is confident. In order to lead and set direction a leader needs to appear confident as a person and in the leadership role. Such a person inspires confidence in others and draws out the trust and best efforts of the team to complete the task well. A leader who conveys confidence towards the proposed objective inspires the best effort from team members.
     
  4. A leader also needs to function in an orderly and purposeful manner in situations of uncertainty. People look to the leader during times of uncertainty and unfamiliarity and find reassurance and security when the leader portrays confidence and a positive demeanor.
     
  5. Good leaders are tolerant of ambiguity and remain calm, composed and steadfast to the main purpose. Storms, emotions, and crises come and go and a good leader takes these as part of the journey and keeps a cool head.
     
  6. A good leader as well as keeping the main goal in focus is able to think analytically. Not only does a good leader view a situation as a whole, but is able to break it down into sub parts for closer inspection. Not only is the goal in view but a good leader can break it down into manageable steps and make progress towards it.
     
  7. A good leader is committed to excellence. Second best does not lead to success. The good leader not only maintains high standards, but also is proactive in raising the bar in order to achieve excellence in all areas.
Sometimes the issue is not only about leadership but integrity and honesty. Greed is one reason on why a good leader became a dictator at the end. As a private citizen, observant and aware of what’s happening, it is better to be slow, not visible on television or press conferences as long as the executive leader is doing his job, quietly.



Saturday, July 2, 2011

Leadership and Change

 

 According to Frederick Hayes   “ There is no way to make people like change. You can only make them feel less threatened by it.”

 Leadership is an intangible concept that produces tangible results. It is referred to sometimes as an art and at other times as a science. In reality, leadership is both an art and a science.

There are identifiable characteristics if a good leadership exists within the organization. Whether they are small companies or a nation.  Most characteristics are:

  1. Effective and efficient use of resources
  2. Majority good feedbacks
  3. Faster results with quality
  4. Good understanding between higher organization and ranking files
  5. High levels of productivity
  6. Positive, empowered team members
  7. Commitment for achieving organizational goals and objectives.

    What Leaders must be able to do

According to Warren Bennis and Burt Nanus there are three leassons of leadership tat summarizes what leaders must be able to do:

  1. Overcome resistance to change

For every change there’s resistance and it is given to all organization. Whether the change will be for the upper organization or ranking files. Some people in the management wants to do this because of the power and control which the same as what Mayor Sara Duterte of Davao City did which was punching the sheriff a couple of times when her request two hours delay for the demolition has been refused for the demolition of houses owned by informal settlers in one barangay.
Mayor Sara Duterte hit a court sheriff with a couple of punches in full view of residents and reporters.The violence prompted Duterte to punch court sheriff Abe Andres who was trying to enforce the demolition order on informal settlers in a 2,000-square meter land. The violet reaction of the executive official of that city  is not acceptable for everyone. A lot of discussion is happening in a social media on what prompt the Mayor who resorted to violence rather than a peaceful discussion.
In politics, majority of voters came from the poor sector of the nation. Whether the stunt is just a show for the coming 2013 lection, nobody knows but the reaction is still questionable. To others with a good leadership, everything will be done in a mutual understanding and good process. Leaders who can overcome resistance through a mutual, willing and voluntarily commitment is the best leader one organization is looking.


  1. Broker the needs of constituency groups inside and outside of the organization

Conflict and criticisms will be always be there. Whatever the leader do, there’s always resistance, conflicts and critics. Nobody can pleased everyone but a good leader could compromised, reconcile and make all conflicts resolve by finding ways that will be good for both parties.


  1. Establish an ethical framework within which all employees and the company as whole operate.

Setting a good example is the best way for everyone to follow. Implementing law and being consistent is one way to do this.





President Noynoy Aquino Speech on His First Year of Administration


Mga minamahal ko pong kababayan,

Isang taon na rin nga po pala ang lumipas. Naaalala pa po kaya ng lahat ang pinagdaananan na po natin? Dati, kapag nakarinig ka ng wangwang sa kalsada, wala ka nang magawa, hindi ho ba, kundi tumabi. Ang pinakamatayog mong pangarap ay makakuha ng VISA para makapagtrabaho sa ibang bansa. Matutulog ka nang mahimbing sana, ngunit gigisingin ka ng bahang halos umabot na sa iyong higaan, dahil wala man lang babalang ipinaabot sa iyo ang PAGASA. Ilan po ba sa atin ang sumuko na at nagsabing wala na sigurong makakamit na hustisya ang limampu’t pitong Pilipinong minasaker sa Maguindanao?

Naalala po ba ninyo ang panahon kung kailan kapag may maririnig kang masamang balita, ‘di mo man lang makuhang umiling dahil alam mong may mas masahol pang parating? Noon, sabay-sabay ang mga Pilipinong nagbuntong-hininga: tiisin na lang natin, tutal patapos na rin naman ito. ‘Di po ba’t nabigla tayong lahat nang umangat ang ekonomiya bago mag-eleksyon noong isang taon—iyon po pala, kaya umangat, nakaantabay na, hindi lang tayo kundi ang buong mundo, sa pagbaba ng administrasyong Arroyo, at sa napipintong pagtatapos ng kalbaryo ng Pilipino. ‘Di po ba’t parang kahapon lang nang iabot ninyo sa akin ang naghihingalong liwanag ng pag-asa, at tinawag ninyo ako upang ipaglaban ang atin pong daang matuwid?

Sa panahon pong tinawag ako ng taumbayan, ni isang karatula o polyeto ay wala pa po akong naiimprenta, dahil alam naman po n’yo, wala po talaga akong kabalak-balak tumakbo. Hindi ko po inambisyon na sagupain ang dambuhalang problema na ipapamana ni Ginang Arroyo—mga problemang pilit kong hinadlangan noong nasa Kamara de Representantes tayo, at sa Senado pa lang ako. At nakita ko na rin naman, sa karanasan ng pumanaw kong ina, kung gaano kabigat ang tungkulin maging isang Pangulo, lalo pa kung mamanahin niya ay sistemang nilapastangan. Tinanong ko ang aking sarili: kakayanin ko kayang kumpunihin ang lahat ng ito?

Malalim ang pagmumuning dinaanan ko bago tumugon sa inyong panawagan. Ngunit nang abutan po ako ng garapong puno ng barya para lamang makatulong sa kampanya; nang salubungin ako ng madlang ‘di man lamang makabili ng payong na panangga sa init ng araw; nang sinabi ninyo sa aking hindi ako nag-iisa—hindi ko po itong masikmurang tanggihan. Hindi ko po kinayang sabihin na, “pasensya na kayo, naduduwag po ako, at gusto ko pa sanang humaba ang buhay ko.” Ang sinabi ko po noon: Pilipino, kasama mo ako. Itutuwid natin ang baluktot, tatanggalin natin ang tiwali, at itatama natin ang mali.

Narito po tayo ngayon, isang taon matapos markahan ang wakas ng pamahalaang bulag at bingi sa hinaing ng kanyang mamamayan. Ipinasa po sa atin ang isang tahanang lumulundo ang kisame at bitak-bitak ang mga pader. Kinahoy na nga po ang mga muwebles, ipinangutang pa ang pamalit. Ang masaklap niyan, alam kong mamanahin natin ang mga utang na iyon, sampu ng lahat ng dumi na ikinalat nila.

Ang pinangangambahan nating pangit na daratnan, mas sukdulan at kasuklam-suklam pa pala ang tunay na kalagayan. Halimbawa: mula taong 1972 hanggang taong 2000, umabot sa 12.9 billion pesos ang utang ng NFA. Nang dumating si Ginang Arroyo, sa loob lamang po ng isang taon, o 2001, naiangat niya ang utang na iyan sa 18 bilyong piso. Ulitin ko lang po: Mula 12, isang taon na lumipas, naging 18 bilyong piso ang pagkakautang ng NFA. Hindi pa po siya nakuntento; pagbaba niya sa puwesto, ‘yung dating 12 billion na minana niya, nasa 177 billion pesos na po ang utang na ipinamana sa ating lahat. Isanlibong porsyento at mahigit pa ang itinaas ng utang ng NFA: record-breaking po talaga ang ginawa nilang pagbabaon sa atin sa utang, hindi ho ba?

Ganitong uri ng administrasyon ang humihikayat sa ating kilalanin ang kanilang mga nagawa, at tumuntong sa kanilang mga balikat. Ganitong uri ng administrasyon ang nagsasabing wala daw pagbabago, at sa malalim na bangin lamang tayo dadalhin ng tuwid na daan. Magpapaloko po pa ba tayo sa pagpupumilit nilang padudahin tayo, para sa pagkalito natin, magkaroon ng puwang na bumalik ang lumang sistema?

Hindi na po ako magsasayang ng panahon para makipagbangayan sa kanila. Nagpapasalamat na lamang po ako sa pag-amin ni Ginang Arroyo na ‘di umano’y kabaliktaran raw niya ako. Sa wakas, magkasundo rin po kami. Talagang magkabaliktad po kami.

Dahil hindi na nga po ako sasagot, hahayaan ko na lamang tumugon ang 21,800 pamilya ng sundalo at kapulisan na maaari na ngayong magkaroon ng disenteng tahanan bago matapos ang taong ito.

Dalawang linggo po, o halos dalawang linggo, inaasahan ko na tutuparin ng NHA na 4,000 doon sa unang 21,000 iyan ang ipagkakaloob na natin sa mga nararapat na kawani po ng gobyerno na bibilang sa hanay ng kapulisan at kasundaluhan—at umpisa pa lang ho iyan.

Hahayaan ko na lang tumugon ang mga maralitang kababayan nating nakarehistro na sa Conditional Cash Transfer program. Apat na araw mula ngayon, sasaksihan ko po mismo ang paglagda ng ika-dalawang milyong benepisyaryo ng CCT. Uulitin ko lang po, two million na po ang na-i-enroll natin sa CCT pagdating ng July 4.

Hahayaan ko na lang din pong tumugon ang halos 240,000 magsasaka na nakikinabang na ngayon sa mahigit 2,000 kilometrong farm-to-market roads na nailatag natin sa loob lamang ng isang taon.

Sila nga po ang tanungin natin? ‘Di ba’t malinaw ang pagbabago? Noon pong isang taon, barko-barkong toneladang bigas ang inaangkat, at katakut-takot din ang gastusin sa mga bodegang pinagtatambakan nito. 1.3 million metric tons lang po ang kailangan natin pampuno sa kakulangan ng ating ani, pero umangkat sila ng dalawang milyong metriko tonelada. Ngayon po, halos kalahati na lang ang inaangkat nating 660,000 metriko tonelada.

Hindi po tayo nag-magic para dumami ang bigas na inaani natin dito: itinutok lang po natin ang pondo ng irigasyon sa kung saan ito pinakamura at mabisa; pinalawak ang paggamit ng maiging klase ng binhi; at pinalawig din ang upland rice farming. Lahat po ito, nagdulot ng dagdag na labinlimang porsyento sa ating inani noong huling taon, at ng pinakamataas na ani sa kasaysayan ng dry season cropping. Pasensya na po kayo, bihira lang ako magtayo ng sariling bangko: 1.3 million tons kulang natin taon-taon. Itong unang taon natin, ang aangkatin 800,000—para may konting reserve—pero 600,000 tons na lang ang kakailanganin natin. (Kailangan pong i-irrigate ang atin pong lalamunan.) Palagay ko po, sa 2013, talagang pupurihin ko kaliwa’t kanan si Secretary Alcala ‘pag totoo nga po na self-sufficient sa rice na tayo sa 2013.

Noon pong isang taon, ilan po ba sa atin ang nangahas mangarap na ang bigas na ating isasaing, dito rin sa Pilipinas itatanim, aanihin, at bibilhin. Mukha pong matutupad nga: nasabi ko nang ipinangako ni Secretary Proceso Alcala (dinidiin ko po para maalala natin lahat kung sino nangako) na bago matapos ang 2013, hindi na natin kailangan pang mag-angkat ng bigas mula sa ibang bansa.

Mantakin po ninyo: dahil sa tamang paggugol at pagtapal sa mga sugat sa sistema na tinatagasan ng pera ng bayan, nakalikom tayo ng dagdag na pondo upang magpatupad ng mga programang higit pa sa napaglaanang pondo sa ating General Approprations Act. Nagawa natin itong walang itinataas na buwis. Labindalawang bilyong piso na po ang tumutustos sa ating mga pangangailangan: mula sa Pantawid Pasada sa mga pampublikong sasakyan na tinamaan ng pagtaas ng presyo ng langis; hanggang sa pampasahod ng 10,000 nurse na nakadestino sa mga maralitang lalawigan; mula sa pambili ng mga modernong barko na magtatanod sa ating mga baybayin; hanggang sa marami pang ibang mga programa at proyektong totoong napapakinabangan ng kabuoan ng atin pong bansa.

Isipin na lang po ninyo kung hinayaan lang natin ang walang-saysay na paglustay sa kaban ng bayan. Baka po naglalakad na lang ang mga tsuper natin. Baka po ang mga nakaratay sa mga lalawigan ay nananatili pang ngumunguya ng dahon para lunasan ang kanilang mga karamdaman. At baka po patuloy na ngang miski mga isda ay hindi man lang masindak sa ating Hukbong Pandagat.

Pabahay, bigas, seguridad, pasahod, kalsada, pantawid pasada, at salbabida para sa mga kababayan nating nilulunod ng kahirapan: iyan po ang pagbabagong inaani natin ngayon. Alam naman po ninyo, hindi naman po natin nahukay ang kayamanan ni Yamashita para maipatupad ang mga ito. Hinabol lang po natin ang mga tiwali sa gobyerno, itinama natin ang pag-gugol ng pera, at itinuwid natin ang mga baluktot sa sistema.

Tingnan nga po lang natin ang ginawa nila sa Philippine National Construction Corporation: ni hindi nga po nila magawang mag-remit ng disenteng kita sa taumbayan, may kapal ng mukha pa silang umentuhan ang kanilang mga sarili. Limang pahina po ang memo na ipinasa sa akin ng bagong mga opisyal ng PNCC, na nagdedetalye ng mga katiwaliang kanilang naungkat at isinasaayos: mula sa mga walang-katuturang posisyon na pinasasahuran ng kalahating milyon kada buwan, hanggang sa mga cellphone plan na wala namang silbi sa kanilang katungkulan; mula sa mga kagamitang ibinebenta ng palugi para lamang di umanong kumapal ang kanilang bulsa, hanggang sa mga inimbento nilang fixed allowance na hindi bababa sa siyento mil kada buwan; lahat po iyan ay itinigil natin. Kaya naman ang dating monthly expense na 22 million pesos, naibaba na natin sa 11 million pesos.

Isa pa pong halimbawa itong kalokohang natuklasan natin sa PCSO. May pera sila para mag-over-budget sa patalastas na nagbabalandra ng mukha ng kung sino-sinong politiko sa telebisyon, pero wala silang pera para magbayad ng tatlong bilyong pisong utang sa mga ospital ng gobyerno. Dahil sa utang na di mabayaran—dahil sa katiwalian—ang mismong ospital na pinopondohan ng gobyerno, ayaw nang tanggapin ang garantiya ng kapwa nila sangay ng gobyerno. Isipin po n’yo iyon, itinayo, ‘di ba, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office—iba ho ang ginugulan ng charity.

‘Di po ba’t sasakit din ang batok ninyo sa kalakarang ito? Pagsisiwalat sa kalokohan, sa halip na pakikisawsaw sa katiwalian: ito po ang pagbabagong sinasabi natin.

Alam ko rin pong marami sa atin ang nag-aapurang anihin na ang mga bunga ng naipunla nating reporma. ‘Di ko naman po masisi ang taumbayang, dumaan sa isang dekada ng katiwalian, at ayaw nang maniwalang posibleng magkaroon ng gobyernong handang tumahak sa tuwid na daan. May ilan pong nahihirapang mapagtanto na kailangan nating magtulungan, magsaluhan, at mag-ambagan para maabot ang ating mga mithiin. Alam ko po ang pinanggagalingan ninyo: Ako man po ay nangangarap na bukas makalawa ay magising tayong may solusyon na sa bawat problemang minana natin. Ngunit alam ko pong mulat din kayo na wala ring maitutulong ang mabilisan, ngunit walang bisang solusyon. Kailangan ang maingat na paglalatag ng reporma, ang pagsigurong epektibo ang ating mga programa, at ang pangmatagalang mga tugon na hindi na magpapamana ng problema sa susunod na salinlahi.

Simple lang naman po, hindi ba? Nakita naman natin kung paano tayo nagdusa noong nakaraan, at nakita rin natin ang situwasyong gusto nating makamit sa kinabukasan. ‘Di po ba’t ngayon, buong-loob na nating pinupunan ang puwang sa pagitan ng mga tagang “sana” at ng “kaya,” at nakikilahok na rin ang bayan upang ang ating mga mithiin ay maabot na nating lahat sa wakas? ‘Di po ba’t ngayon, nasaang panig man tayo ng usapan, ang nagbubuklod pa rin sa atin ay malasakit para sa bayan? Ngayon po, bawat kibot natin, nasusundan na. Nagtataka ako: kung may isyu at magtikom ka ng labi, di maubos ang batikos sa akin. Kapag naman naghahayag ka ng kuro-kuro, pakialamero ang bansag sa akin. Kulang na lang po, kung minsan iniisip ko, hatiin ko ang aking katawan at maging manananggal na lang po ako para mapagbiyan ang lahat ng bumabatikos sa akin. Pero iyon po kasi, tanda lamang talaga na mayroong mga tao, ayaw nilang gumanda ang atin pong inang bansa.

Sinabi ko po sa inyo noong araw: kung walang corrupt walang mahirap. Katumbas ng tamang pamamahala ang direktang benepisyo sa taumbayan, lalo na sa mga kapos po sa buhay: bawat tableta ng gamot na pinopondohan ng gobyerno para sa ating maralitang kababayan, bawat pulgada ng kalsada, bawat pagkakataong makahanap ng disenteng pagkakakitaan—lahat po iyan ay bunga ng integridad at malasakit ng inyo pong pamahalaan na nakikipagtulungan sa sambayanan. Maliwanag po ang patutunguhan natin, at diretso tayong tutungo po doon. Ang serbisyong nakalaan para sa inyo ay dumarating sa inyo: hindi napupunta sa bulsa ng mga naghahari-hariang kung tinignan ampaw naman pala.

Malayo na po ang narating natin sa loob lamang ng isang taon. Isipin na lang po ninyo kung gaano pa katayog ang mga maaabot natin sa susunod na limang taon. Saksi ang Pilipino at ang buong mundo: Nagbubunga na ang pagbagtas natin sa tuwid na landas. Ngayon pa ba tayo aatras?

Sinisikap pa rin pong buwagin ng mga tiwali ang pananalig na nagtulak sa aking tumugon sa inyong panawagan, at nagbunsod sa ating tagumpay noong nakaraang halalan. Inaasahan po natin ito, at alam kong nasa likod ko po rin kayo sa pakikipagsagupa natin sa mga mapang-api. Sinabi ko po dati: kayo ang aking lakas, ang lakas na bukal ng mga tagumpay na inaani na natin ngayon, at ng tuluyan at napipinto nating pagpitas sa katuparan ng atin pong mga pinapangarap.

Hindi kailanman magbabago po ito. Kayo pa rin ang boss ko.

Iyong unang taon po ay puwede na rin ‘yung nagawa natin. Pero ‘yung susunod na taon, inaasahan kong lahat ng kawani ng gobyerno, sampu na ng sambayanan, ay lalong magtutulungan—dahil gusto ko pong tumulin nang tumulin, ang pagbabago nating ninanasa na marating ay lalong maging katuparan na.

Magandang hapon po sa inyong lahat. Maraming
salamat po.

Friday, July 1, 2011

On Leadership and Management



   I been helping my parents since grade six and experienced a lot while working with people. My dad taught me all the do's and dont's in business transactions and while dealing with customers, the customer is always right. We are three girls in the family and whether we like it or not, we need to be independent. Managing people is like taking care of your children, they have different attitudes, characters and sometimes with tantrums. As one grows older, you need to support them with values and wisdom, same as managing people. Total Quality Management (TQM) is a must for it deals with continous education about work for the satisfaction of the end- user and profit for the manager.



   As a manager of one medium construction firm and handles twenty people per project for residential and building construction with a goal for quality output and achieve  the target date, patience and understanding like a mother must be consider. You dont like to have a frequent turnover from time to time once you found out your suburdinates did something less from your expectation. Having people around is difficult with different idea and points of view and working as a team is a common objective of one organization to produce the output faster and better in one direction with cooperation and coordination.



   A painter must have a continous or updated information about the application and right process of applying a certain paint. One must know what to use for the first coating and the curing time before the use of nuetralizer to remove the water content from the cement. There are some seminars like from Boysen Philippines about the updated use and techniques. If you are a painter, one must update his knowledge due to competition in the market today. As a carpenter, there are many tools that could help for faster result that could give benefits for both the manager and end user. Less work, faster result, zero wastage and just in time (JIT) delivery. As a concrete mason, there are thickness of mortar applications that must be follow to reduce the existence of concrete hairline crack from the wall. One must understand the correct ratio and proportion and the right mixture of aggregates and water.



  The problem arise in a working place when the manpower insist his usual ways on how to do a certain job. Culture is one culprit and for any change there is resistance. One must remember that continous education is a plus and advantage for a better, faster and profitable result. Usually construction workers who are skilled ranges from 25 to 50 years old. Usually they are highschool graduate and the skills came from experience whether by looking at their relatives job or by training. In construction, there is a correct engineering way on how to do all works, engineering is an exact science and the specifications from the blue prints or plans must be consider, strictly and mandated by the government.





  As a manager who likes to have quality output for all projects, the goal must also be the same for all the workers. A suburdinate must follow all the suggestions and specifications but sometimes it does'nt happen that way. I am a young engineer and mostly all of my skilled workers are twenty years older than me, they might be thinking, that because they worked longer than me, they already know all the strategies, techniques on how to do everything in a right way. The difference is the education, books helps a lot because of the theories, research and methods on how to do it well and better that can be learned in school. Though they said, nothing beats the experience. I believe, but those two must be together to get the most satisfying result. Two heads is better than one.

   Meeting and MBWA (Manager By Walking Around) must be done accordingly and frequently and from my experienced is the most effective way in dealing with employees work and project inspection. This is to check if the workers are following the plans and scope according to the specified work schedule and design. This is done by effective managers based from the management principles and for one manager to become visible at all times. Classical management is not applicable at all times, there must be a team building, trust, respect, patience and understanding. It is applicable to those organization who have the same objective, to finish the work well with quality output for the satisfaction of both manager and customer. This is the ideal organization. But the ideal is far from reality.



   I got four projects at the same time, workers need to adjust for the rotation of working site. After one finish the job in one place, he might be send to another project with different scope. There's advantage and disadvantage. But if one can survive and the goal is to work for the family, for the quality and to maintain his job, he must be satisfied and accept all the responsibilities. For every project there must be one team lead, the one who delegates all the work, supervise and conduct meeting in the absence of the site manager or engineer. The team lead must know the objective and the correct engineering practice, what to install and what to do effectively and efficiently. If the team lead will just be in the working area because of the money, the organization will be gone soon and the project will lead to delays, backjobs and reworks or worst.








   From experienced, a manager must have a firm decision and good judgement. The manager must know the background of his manpower and the need. Managing people is hard. It is better to have a small franchise outlet like Zagu with only two to three manpower and the manager can do some more things than staying in one place. If the manager of the organization cannot handle the pressure, he is not a leader. The manager is not fit for the position or must change his line of work if the character is questionable. Managing different people with different background, characteristic and attitude is like managing a country. The president must be a leader and must have a charisma. Not everyone has a force to be a manager or leader, one must be empowered and the manager must empowered also his subordinates.

Child Labor in CALABARZON area


Group Picture

June 8, 2011 at Splash Mountain Resort, Los Banos, Laguna a Memorandum Of Agreement (MOA) signing for intensified sustained and unified implementation of Philippine Program Against Child Labor (PPACL) has been held. Speakers were Eduardo R. Nicolas III (Regional Governor in Region IV from Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry),  Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Vice Chairperson from the Regional Tripartite Peace Council Emmanuel Martinez, Regional Director Philippine national Police 4A Police Superintendent Attorney Gil C. Meneses and Philippine Information Agency Regional Director Norito Cabotaje.

From the Factsheet under Working Children in CALABARZON are the following statistics to show that in 2009, the number of working children in the region reached 135 thousand. The figure is lower compared to 140 thousand in 2008. The trend is the number of working children is generally increasing. The number of working children in the region is 6.1 percent of the total for the country in 2009. This is a proof that with advocacy and joined forces from the government agency and Private sector, Illegal hiring or minors if not totally eliminated but decreasing.

Number of Working Children 5-17 Years Old by Age Group (In Thousands)

Age Group                   2008                2009
Total                            140                  135
5-9                               2                      1
10-14                           31                    28
150-17                         108                  106

Philippine Chambers of Commerce Regional Governor Ed Nicolas III, Grace Bondad- Nicolas, Philippine Information Agency Norie Sumilang and PNP Chief Head in CALABARZON

 
Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Regional Director Norito Cabotaje quoted the following from famous people like  Charles Darwin “Pagbabago ng buhay, ang nagtatagumpay na naghahangad na mabago ang buhay ay hindi ang malalakas, hindi rin ang matatalino kundi ang mga responsible.”

“Kaisipan ni Dr. Jose Rizal:  Ang buhay natin ay sandali lamang, aanhin natin ang ating buhay kung di natin gagawin sa isang dakilang layunin o gawain.”

Atty. Gil C. Meneses said that In order to minimized the Child Labor in the region, there must be a Political Will to the government officials and as the child rights advocate. He said that that Womens


Another speaker from DSWD quoted the following:

“Tulong tulong at sama sama at maiayos ang protocol and guidelines for no overlapping, no competition but nag aaugment at nagtutulong tulong to achieve the advocacy.
We need to take care of the future, future ang mga bata, if pangalan ng bata ay today ay sya ang ating future at ihanda ang ating mga future generation.”
The objective of the event is to strengthen the bond between the government sector and private sector in establishing the fight to eliminate child labor. 16 years old Rafael from Cavite, a former child laborer talks about his experienced. He thanked DOLE for the new life and hope together with San Miguel Corporation. He was a “Nangengete” or nagkakarga ng batya ng isda sa piyer in exchanged of money or a kilo of fishes to sell or to eat. He is encouraging agencies to help the children to finish school for better future.

Mr. Eduardo Nicolas from Toyota Motor Philippines in Sta. Rosa laguna and the Regional Governor under Reion IV from Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry said that “ Di maiiwasan ang child labor sa CALABARZON upang maghanapbuhay sa halip na nag aaral. One out of six is a child laborer. Stop Child Labor dapat now na!.”