Fearless Innovation Forecasts for 2020

Published in SunStar Bacolod on January 15, 2020 Last week, I shared my four of my new year’s resolution and a list of ten paradigm shifts that I am hoping to see happen soon if we are to successfully survive this decade as a city, and hopefully as a country. This week, I am sharingContinue reading “Fearless Innovation Forecasts for 2020”


Note: I found this piece in my computer files today. It looked like an unfinished speech in 2019. Let me share it anyway to preserve it. As I enter one of the most crucial challenges in my life to day – running for the mayor of the City of Bacolod – I face another importantContinue reading “THE JOCELLE BATAPA-SIGUE LEADERSHIP”

Are you asking the right questions?

DISRUPTIVE MODE (October 9, 2019) SUNSTAR BACOLOD Creating a conducive location that is ripe for information and communications technology (ICT) – enabled jobs and investments is never easy.  For over a decade, I have been immersed in countless meetings with investors and stakeholders in more than 50 provinces around the country. I have practically beenContinue reading “Are you asking the right questions?”

Competence in the Digital Age

DISRUPTIVE MODE (November 2, 2019) SUNSTAR BACOLOD Are you competent in the digital age? This is a question that is probably challenging to answer in the Philippines considering that we do not have a clear and unified national digital competence framework for citizens. The ITU Digital Skills Insights 2019 cites reference frameworks for digital competenceContinue reading “Competence in the Digital Age”

Responding to Greta

DISRUPTIVE MODE (October 2, 2019) SUNSTAR BACOLOD 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 and pacts to mitigate the impact ofContinue reading “Responding to Greta”

Breaking New Grounds

DISRUPTIVE MODE (SUNSTAR BACOLOD) September 25, 2019 In order to change an existing paradigm, you do not struggle to try and change the problematic model. You create a new model and make the old one obsolete. Innovators, disrupters and changemakers would be likely familiar with these thoughts of American architect, systems theorist, author, designer, inventorContinue reading “Breaking New Grounds”