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ONE Bacolod: A Call For Unity (Part II)

“Do not be a part of the problem – be a part of the solution.” The message is loud and clear – Bacolod is looking for solutions, and not just solutions but innovative and creative solutions built around concensus.

This is the essence of One Bacolod which I launched on November 30 also as a tribute to the life and sacrifice of our national hero, Andres Bonifacio, the Father of the Philippine Revolution. 

I presented the major problems in Bacolod based on a compilation of surveys in social media. There are more than 20 different answers. In the previous One Bacolod article, I presented the Top 5 problems (aside from political will or leadership and self-discipline). To closely look at the other items, I am sharing the top ten problems based on the graph below: 

Given this problems, I presented solutions in the form of visuals.

Bacolod has a lot of ordinances already. What we need is to inventory and implement the most relevant and urgent. This point gave me the opportunity to share all the ordinances I have authored as a councilor.

I also laid down the basic strategies for effective leadership which I coined as JOBS.

Finally, I needed to emphasize that there is no other way to effect good governance and achieve its ends aside from abiding with the eight tenets prescribed by the United Nations.

The most important idea is to realize that Bacolod will constantly bear the effects of urbanization, pollution, mismanagement of fiscal and non-fiscal resources – if we remain under a kind of leadership that is not open to new ideas and innovation.

One Bacolod is the response to this very exclusive governance happening in Bacolod today. One Bacolod is all about participation and consensus building.

I wish to see more Bacolodnons joining us in this quest for change.

ATTY. JOCELLE BATAPA-SIGUE • Named as one of The Outstanding Women in Nation’s Service of the Philippines or TOWNS for 2016 in the field of Information and Communications Technology or ICT • Positions: Past Vice President (2018) and Past President (2010-2012) and Past Trustee (2013-2017) of the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines or NICP • Founder, Former President and Current Executive Director of the Bacolod-Negros Occidental Federation for ICT or BNEFIT • Served for 3 terms as councilor of Bacolod City • Chosen as one of Asia Society Top Ten Philippines 21 Young Leaders in 2009 • Chosen as the Eisenhower Fellow of the Philippines in 2012 • Awarded as Philippine Individual Contributor of the Year during the International ICT Awards given by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the Philippines

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