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Daddy Joe's Yearbook

2020 came with lots of nice surprises, especially the first week which I traditionally devote to general cleaning of the house and office. It is more about digging into very old stuff and memorabilias and getting rid of things that haven’t been of use but occupy space. One of my precious finds is my Daddy […]

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Bacolod Vision 2020

The new year is a start of a new decade and 2020 has nice ring to it. 20/20 stands for normal visual acuity or the clarity or sharpness of vision measured at a distance of 20 feet. According to the American Optometric Society, having 20/20 vision does not necessarily mean you have perfect vision. 20/20 […]

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2019 Philippines WEF Global Competitiveness: Dissecting The Positive and Negative Factors

This country is certainly not a bed of roses. But neither is it entirely a bed of thorns. The latest World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Competitiveness Report 2019 was not positive of the Philippines as it slides eight notches lower to the 64th place out of 141 countries from the 56th spot out of 140 […]

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Capitulación Firmada el Seis de Noviembre: Bacolod As the Birthplace of Freedom

The freedom to chart your own future is like a beautiful ray of sunlight over a land long covered in darkness. That must have been the sentiment of our Negros forefathers 121 years ago when the document evidencing the surrender of Spanish forces in Negros Occidental was signed in the then town of Bacolod on […]

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The Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service (TOWNS) Awardees for 2019

Twelve remarkable Filipino women are hailed as The Outstanding Women in Nation’s Service (TOWNS) by TOWNS Foundation, Inc. on October 29, 2019. TOWNS is a national awards program given to outstanding Filipino women ages 21 to 50 years old who have contributed positively to strengthening national capability and shaping the nation’s future and served as […]

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BNEFIT: Strategies to Create Opportunities

Note: This is a 2015 Article. It is amazing how one idea can lead to another. From several concerned individuals who supported the plans of the Sanggunian Committee on Communications and Energy chaired by first-termer Bacolod Councilor Jocelle Batapa-Sigue in 2004, to an organized group called the Bacolod IT Focus Team, to eventually an Information […]

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Responding to Greta

Published in SunStar Bacolod under my column – DISRUPTIVE MODE on October 2, 2019 Sixteen-year old climate activist Greta Thunberg has become an overnight name for saying what other environmental activists failed to strongly say to our leaders – shut up and show it. For decades, our leaders have designed all sorts of policies, treatises […]

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A Peddler of Hope

The dignity of earning a living comes with a price. Its amount is equivalent to how much are we willing to value ourselves as citizens of our community alongside our economic needs. Our street vendors live each day precariously with that question in mind – balancing whether they must earn or must follow the law. […]

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CHANGE: First 100 Days (2) – A Focus on Solid Waste Management

Part 2 of 10: Days 11 to 20 – Rolling Our Sleeves For the Real Work – Identifying Newer, More Cost-Effective and Efficient Solutions to Address Solid Waste Management The word CHANGE has become a cliche these days. It has become an overused and misunderstood political slogan for decades. A political challenger uses the word […]

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CHANGE: First 100 Days (1) – Organizational Development

Part 1 of 10: My proposed first 10 Days – Visioning and Onboarding, Strenghtening Stakeholders to Ensure Good and Results-Centric Govenance Change is inevitable. Apparently in Bacolod, the current administration repeatedly insists “We don’t need change.” A repetitive campaign slogan that many swallowed hook, line and sinker. From the side of the public, the dangerous […]