Guideposts for Virtual Warriors

Published in Sunstar on December 10, 2021 The last two months of each year are like a “heroes’ months” in the Philippines where we mark Andres Bonifacio’s natal day on November 30, Dr. Jose Rizal’s death anniversary on December 30, and the birth of Graciano Lopez Jaena, founder of La Solidariad on December 18. TheContinue reading “Guideposts for Virtual Warriors”

Odette Pushes Data Governance

Published in Sunstar on December 27, 2021 How do we build a comprehensive data analytics and visualization portal for national and local development in the Philippines, so that we limit the number of variables in every situation? That question constantly nags me, and now even more with the extent of damage that Odette has causedContinue reading “Odette Pushes Data Governance”

My President is Not a Politician, He Started A Revolution to Build The Republic of the Philippines

Just like he lost the elections in 1897, he will also lose the 2022 elections if here were to run today. But I am proud that I come from a race whose First President epitomizes all the ideals I believe. And so, every year, as a kid, beyong mere images and celebrations, I reflect onContinue reading “My President is Not a Politician, He Started A Revolution to Build The Republic of the Philippines”

One Last Salute to A Mentor for Three Decades

Bacolod lost one of its few decent and competent leaders today – a man worthy of all my respect. Something which I have practically lost for almost all political leaders today. But I grieve most especially for losing a mentor and a friend. Both words are actually synonymous in meaning. The word mentor (n.) meanContinue reading “One Last Salute to A Mentor for Three Decades”

Do Leaders Care About the Future?

Do Leaders Care About the Future? Published for Disruptive Mode at Sunstar Bacolod on October 22, 2020 How many of our leaders today are conscious about the fact that the decisions they make will certainly have an impact on the future? Resources are scarce and there is a need for a more conscientious use ofContinue reading “Do Leaders Care About the Future?”

Outgrowing Our Youthful Ideals

Written as a Facebook Note on October 17, 2010 Atty. Jocelle Batapa-Sigue, Convenor, SMILE Bacolod Youth 2005 This country will never run out of young activists. I need to remind myself every day to hold on to my ideals, but I realize I am not getting any younger.  So it brings me comfort to knowContinue reading “Outgrowing Our Youthful Ideals”

Integration and Utilization of ICT Towards a Better Nation

Written as a Facebook Note on October 17, 2010 Our country will soon see a new ingredient in the formula to success – the full utilization and integration of information and communications technology to nation-building. At the rate we are going, we might be able to achieve this sooner than we thought with strong championsContinue reading “Integration and Utilization of ICT Towards a Better Nation”

Run for Filipinos. Do not Run for your Parties.

I am praying for a Transformation Bloc – every new leader with strong following and show sincerity in their actions, those who have new value propositions – will come together and forget yourselves first and build a Transformation Agenda under which every Filipino can support you collectively. Here are my initial recommendations for a PhilippineContinue reading “Run for Filipinos. Do not Run for your Parties.”

The Need for Data Literacy

Disruptive Mode Published in Sunstar on September 2, 2021 The power of big data, data science and data analytics propel businesses and governments around the world today to develop clear and effective solutions and strategies to meet targets, address customer or citizen’s needs, and generate more significant results. The challenge is how to find expertsContinue reading “The Need for Data Literacy”

Courage and Competence

Disruptive Mode Published in Sunstar on August 13, 2021 In his book, Choosing Courage, Professor Jim Detert says, there are a host of qualities that effective leaders should model if they want to influence others and deliver truly positive outcomes. But chief among these is the willingness and ability to act courageously — with competence.Continue reading “Courage and Competence”