Monday, September 01, 2014
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
The Business Preview Experience
After my class, I rushed up to Dolores Hotel with my wife to catch up the business preview. I saw some familiar faces in the function who happened to be my co-participants and investigators of the business concept. I was not able to understand everything presented by Atty. Tiamson but was so amazed when few of them, including Rey Avila had testified on their reasons in joining the business. I was able to see Chito Zarate and Jessie Lozada who gave their testimonies too. My perception during that time was so ridiculous. I was thinking that those people were not telling the truth but only speaking lines that would hit us audience and join them. Chito Zarate set a follow up appointment with me but I denied to meet him for lots of reasons. Some were true but most were not. I left the function not so convinced but Beng started to see it differently. She started to saw us as one of the business leaders in the Philippine market. How amazing...
My First Home Meeting Attendance; The Convincing Point
I was so glad that Rey Avila did not drop me like a hot potato. He continuously visited me and one time, brought with him Armel Adanza, the planning officer of SOCOTECO II. In the midst of our conversation, I was struck when he (Armel) asked me about my dreams. At that time I can't gave him even one dream for I already stop dreaming, believing that God had already fulfilled His visions for me. I was reminded of the passage in the Bible which says "...when there is no vision, people perished". Oh my God, Am I dead? Why is it that I don't have any dream anymore? I MUST HAVE DREAMS LIKE OTHER PEOPLE LIVING.
That night I went to a home meeting alone in a subdivision near us. It was Pastor Rey Lu conducting a meeting. I saw Chito and Rey in the venue. I saw attendees who were "seamen" and their wives. These people expressed their desire to be permanently staying with their families if only given the opportunity. As I reflect, I had convinced myself that I had found a treasure that will bring me to financial prosperity... (to be continued)
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
After the month of November, nothing happens. I received no calls, no emails, notices from the three agencies who assured of getting me to join their teams. I checked my feelings but no amount of disappointment and hurt is being recognized... (to be continued)
Friday, July 31, 2009
"The notion which was disproved several times that there are things that men can do that women cannot, was again proven wrong. This happened when mothers and daughters enrolled jointly in a masonry con jalousie installation training program spearheaded by the EU-Assisted Build for Peace in Mindanao Project of the Habitat for Humanity Philippines. The sub-project dubbed Angat Kakayahan ng mga Kababaihan or shortly named “Akay-Kababaihan” was organized by the Project Management Office of the Habitat for Humanity Philippines in support to the project deliberables.
Better than the charms of men, the project intended for women generated massive support from partners. The Building and Wood Workers, International (BWI) based in Metro Manila provided the funds for the Gender training component of the project while the National Union of Building & Construction Workers (NUBCW) funded the activity through the provision of training materials. Locally based supporters like the Alcantara Foundation (AF) sponsored the participants’ expenses on meals and transportation. The Kalinaw Sarangani of the Provincial Government of Sarangani extended their facilitation services in documenting the process and in identifying participants based on the criteria set forth by the Habitat for Humanity Project Management Office. The Municipal Government of Malapatan and the BLGU of Tuyan generously extended their internal facilities that served as the lecture and practicum avenues of the skills training. More of the exciting collaborative undertaking was the participation of the National Home Builders Association who extended their technical assistance in the training together with Mr. Ricardo Marin, a trainer from the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority. The women had also gone through a TESDA-standardized examination after the training and had received their certificates of competency.
The five days intensive skills training did not only made the women from Barangays Tuyan and Lumatil of Sarangani Province equally skillful with men on construction related skills, but likewise were empowered in decision making and community participation. Two decades ago, Tuyan and Lumatil were two of the sites of fighting between government and rebel Moro forces. The fighting contributed a lot to women in these areas became passive in participation and decision making. Further, among the Muslim and Blaan traditions, wives do more of the household chores than their husbands. Men do more the decisions. After their attendance to the training, they had changed a perspective. “Kung kaya ni mister, kaya ni misis (if the husband can do it, so can the wife),” said Annie Juan, one of the participants of thirty women from these two villages who were trained last November 10-16 at the Tuyan town hall compound. Mrs. Juan’s attendance to the training made her realized the essence of women’s participation as partners of men in development building.
The existence of the community center’s masonry and jalousie works in Barangay Tuyan are living demonstration of the skills they acquired. As skilled workers accredited by TESDA, women can bring in more income for their families. Habitat hopes to employ these women in their ongoing Peace Build and other future regular projects.
…well, given the appropriate intervention, in many instances, we have seen women are on the go. My salute to all women, especially to the three special women in my life… my wife, my daughter and my mama.
Likewise my salutation to President Gloria and President Cory. Today, August 1, 2009, President Cory died but she had proven her worth as a woman. She is dubbed as the Mother of Philippine Democracy Restoration. 'Til next time. SHALOM.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Well, my first reaction was to think, if how I can handle the responsibility, being so responsible of many things prior to the appointment. How will it be possible for me to become fruitful College Dean as expected while having a consultancy work with the Habitat for Humanity holding a Regional wide project? How could I do my task in my new job and being on top with the GENSARSWAI Foundation with lots of projects in line? However, beyond these fears, I was able to see great opportunities and another avenue where I can share something beyond community works. I know that the Almighty God is with me and He will just stop me if seen overspeeding.
Risk Taking is an integral and intrinsic part of success or living a full life. Let me see how this will work with this new challenge i received. I am so greatly inspired with what the Bible says "In Christ, everything is possible". The apostle Paul further said, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthjened me". I kow, I have to thank God for this.
Friday, August 22, 2008
It is so worthwhile to recall that on November 2007 Pak Boyet Macorol invited me for the third time, to join his team in the EU-Assisted Build for Peace in Mindanao Project. This project is one of the contributions of the Habitat for Humanity Philippines in the peace build efforts in
December 1, 2007 I reported to Habitat for Humanity Philippines-HBRC Mindanao to fulfill my commitment. I told Boyet that I cannot spare my 8 hours a day, 5 days a week to the project since I was holding several tasks even after the convention. To mention few are as follows: I was a part time social work professor in two big colleges; the
The year 2008 was a good year of new revelations, to start every day communing with Him and talking to Him anytime of the day. Acknowledging my nothingness without Him and putting every molecule of trust in Him. Then… more blessings followed. In Habitat, more competent staffs were added and a new manager was in placed. The work became so light and well focused. In the family, communication gaps are slowly healed and physical health conditions are improving. Consultancy opportunities are growing. On May 2008, I received a full time appointment in my teaching career in the Social Work Program of Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Colleges. In the Foundation, we started to launch three major programs and two Convention projects. Again, the more opportunities, the more pressures. However, to effectively manage our stress in this reality, we need to go back to our knees and seek His guidance and wisdom. We cannot get out of opportunities because these are blessings that we can use to also bless others. An opportunity is always an opportunity to serve Him and touch the lives of others.
It’s a great experience, realizing that even in stress, His enabling power is with us. Let us be His real children and inheritors.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
The MOA stipulated responsibilities that lessen the load of Habitat but pushing towards the gain of the home partners. Without the two other organizations I believe it will make Habitat do the swimming and sinking thing in fulfilling the deliberables of the Build for Peace in Mindanao Project. Given the partnership, Habitat will only focus to its core competency; building homes while SAO will do the savings mobilization and community organization. On the other hand, MCW will help in financing income generating projects for women and in other activities which will increase capability of the home partners. THAT'S THE POWER OF PARTNERSHIP!