Wednesday, May 22, 2013

To the people of Taiwan

To the People of Taiwan
The present people of Taiwan are angry because of an incident that was not done by the entire 100 million Filipinos.
Our OFWs do not deserve to be physically harmed by the mistake of another person. That is the essence of humanity and friendship.
The Taiwanese need to be reminded that the Philippines and the Filipinos were on their side when the KMT-led ROC regime retreated to Taiwan and established the island as a base of operations to fight back to the Chinese mainland.
The Taiwanese need to be reminded that the Philippines was the forward element of the Task Fleet 38 that struck Japanese airfields in Taiwan in World War 2.
The Taiwanese need to be reminded that the Karenko POW Camp in Taiwan were high ranking officers of the Philippines are interred when they were captured by the Japanese and died defending Taiwan.
We do not deserve the present treatment of being attacked, humiliated and scorned by the present generation of Taiwanese.
What will happen if China, God forbids, reclaim Taiwan by force. Will you come again to the Philippines to escape?

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Skills and competencies before graduation

Last Friday, I was asked by one student if he is ready to work a day after graduation. I felt awkward because I handled him in one subject only and his skills and competencies I am totally unaware of the level. Instead of answering directly, I asked him four questions:

  1. Do you have the ability to read, understand and use written materials and basic numerical information?
  2. Do you have basic communication skills, team skills, problem solving & decision making, intiative skills?.
  3. Do you have any technical/professional skill?
  4. Do you have business knowledge and management skills? 

I told my student that he don't need to give the answers but to weigh his current situation. Only he can answer if he is ready to work or not.

In an article by Schmidt Labor Research Center, they conclude that in the 21st century the workforce need less technical skills but more of a mix of professional, foundation, business and entrepreneurial skills to remain relevant in the fast-paced service sector. The worker should be subsumed in technological literacy, which involves informational science, digital media fluency, advanced computer and internet communication. 

Happy new Year to all my blog readers!

arnel l. cadeliña

Thursday, November 29, 2012

The challenge for the new Lucena City Mayor Don-don Alcala

Dear Mayor Alcala:

First of all congratulations. The city is now finally will put behind the question of who is really the right Mayor. As a long-term Vice Mayor you know that Lucena City is facing huge challenges in order to make our hometown competitive and the people to find decent jobs.

In your first week as a Mayor may I present to you the big developmental challenges our hometown is facing: economic growth of the city has not been enough and it has not been inclusive.

Poverty reduction in the city is slow and we are not experiencing high growth compared to other CALABARZON Chartered cities, From 2000 to 2010 the proportion of poor Lucenahin seemed to be in an upward trend.

In addition, opportunities remain scarce in terms of access in decent jobs, health services and capital market. Our city's unemployment rate is not available for the public and if it is, only few people has accessed to it . I assume it is 7% comparable to the country in general.

You need all the help to make our beloved hometown address the unemployment. Here is my viewpoint for your to consider:
1. The city is not creating jobs fast enough.
2. The jobs available maybe considered as belonging to less quality job.
3. The city need to create inclusive growth that will include the poor and the marginalized.

As a concern constituent, may I suggest the following strategies for inclusive growth of Lucena City:
1. Require your think-tanks to submit recommendation for infrastructure development in the city and make sure that the marginalized barangays will be connected to city proper. Fight tooth and nail to acquire budget.
2.  Strengthen human capital development. The City should create pool of skilled persons and include the poor with a lot of potentials.
3. Provide assistance to the poor, Your think tank should provide your office a program for poverty reduction focusing on the marginalized barangays.
4. Can you provide temporary employment to unemployed Lucenahin? Please do. Have them work in your infrastructure projects NOT a pencil pusher in offices. When they work in your infrastructures they will learn skills that will make them employable later on. As I said, the poor should be part of the growth.

I see no problem in your governance because I believe it will be good. I will always pray for your success. When you transform Lucena you will also transform the future of my future grandchildren. That will be enough motivation to write you as frequently as possible.

Good luck and God bless you!

Yours truly,

Arnel L. Cadeliña


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Six Ideas for the Working Filipinos

There are lot of books that suggest that we can be happy in our chosen line of work. Some of them trumpeted that our skills and values should be aligned to our jobs in order to be happy. I have no argument on the theory but after working for two decades I came to a  conclusion that we can all be happy while doing our job. The ideas are simple and daily we are experiencing them. We can love our work and we are happy if:
  1. The people around us are nice and respectful.
  2. We are productive because our work interests us.
  3. We are not idle because we need to accomplish the tasks given to us.
  4. The monotony that envelop us is frequently broken after work by doing something else that is not align to our field,
  5. Our income commensurate to our contributions to the company.
  6. We know that we can leave a legacy that other people may benefit.

Foreign books frequently tell us that we should follow our desires in order to be happy but their circumstances are entirely different from us. The 6 ideas that I mentioned are fit for Filipinos, can be align to our temperament and can be shape by the realities of our culture.
Have a very merry November to all of my blog readers!

Arnel L. Cadeliña

Friday, September 28, 2012

MVP versus the Ateneo: How Physics works

Manuel “Manny” V. Pangilinan has severed his ties with the Ateneo de Manila University after the Jesuit-run private school issued a paper opposing mining in the country.
                                                                                 -Manila Times September 22, 2012

     Principles frequently clashed because two people or two groups are devoted to their beliefs. Mr. Pangilinan, being the CEO of PHILEX mining,  is committed to deliver excellent value to its investors, employees and other stakeholders hence he passionately espouse that mining can change the country and can contribute in creating jobs while the Ateneo calls for strengthening governance, transparency and capacity in the mining sector and for applying a moratorium on approving new mining projects until specific governance conditions for responsible mining are in place, Naturally these two principles will collide because the most basic physics principles are at work. 
       The mechanics of the collision between Mr. Pangilinan and the Ateneo can be described as a contact force wherein principles touch each other and the forces of both players not only have magnitudes but directions as well. We call it vectors. This brings the mining discussion as net forces. Because there is more than one force acting on the system between the two players and the mining issue, the net force is a vector sum of all the forces acting on the system. 
       The interesting thing about the collision of mining principles is that it involves many agendas acting as  different objects, all of which have different force vectors. According to Newton's Second Law, if Mr. Pangilinan and the Ateneo were traveling in the same speed and in this case, toward the mining issue, the players would collide and both travel in the opposite direction, this is without the consideration of the Ateneo basketball team whose small mass contributed slim to no effect on the collision.
     Mr. Pangilinan and the Ateneo are not alone in experiencing the basic Physics law. Harvard alumnus Ted Kaczynsk ( the unanbomber) versus Harvard University as well as Cornell University versus Adidas. They also collided because of principles.
        Mr. Pangilinan severed ties with the Ateneo to reduce or terminate the collision velocities while Fr. Nebres resigned from the PLDT board to help the force spread over a greater time and  make the change in momentum much smaller.  

(Mr. Arnel L. Cadeliña is an MBA alumnus of Ateneo) 

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Online stock buying

    It's been several months since my last blog. I am too busy writing researches and only last night I squeezed some time to write about this article.
    Many researches confirmed that in general we as a people possessed low savings and an openness to incur consumer debts. Only a small percentage of Filipinos are aware that we need to save more and cut down on credit card debts and instead look for an  opportunity to obtain passive income. One avenue of earning aside from our salary is to trade stocks online. The number of individual investors who trade stocks online has significantly increased in recent years. One company that recently introduced their online investing is First Metro Securities, the subsidiary of Metrobank.
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First Metro Sec is offering a free seminar on on-line stock buying in the following dates:

Oct. 1, 2, 8,  9, 15, 16, 22, 23, atTraining Room of First Metro Securities, 18th floor, PSBank Building, 777 Paseo de Roxas Avenue, corner Sedeno street, Makati City.
Good luck!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Ateneo President's message on the Ateneo professors and the RH bill

 The Ateneo President's message on the Ateneo professors and the RH bill

20 August 2012

Memo to:       The University Community

Subject:          HB 4244

Together with our leaders in the Catholic Church, the Ateneo de Manila University does not support the passage of House Bill 4244 (The Responsible Parenthood, Reproductive Health and Population and Development Bill).  As many of these leaders have pointed out, the present form of the proposed bill contains provisions that could be construed to threaten constitutional rights as well as to weaken commonly shared human and spiritual values.

Now that the period for amendments is about to begin, I enjoin all in the Ateneo community to continue in-depth study of the present bill, and to support amendments to remove provisions that could be ambiguous or inimical from a legal, moral or religious perspective.

In connection with this, I call attention to the 192 members of our faculty who have grappled with the underlying issues in the context of Catholic social teaching, and who have spoken in their own voice in support of the bill.  Though the University must differ from their position for the reasons stated above, I appreciate their social compassion and intellectual efforts, and urge them to continue in their discernment of the common good.  As there is a spectrum of views on this ethical and public policy issue, I ask all those who are engaged in the Christian formation of our students to ensure that the Catholic position on this matter continues to be taught in our classes, as we have always done.

Should the bill with whatever amendments be passed, we should neither hesitate to bring to the judiciary whatever legal questions we may have nor cease to be vigilant in ensuring that no coercion takes place in implementation.

If there is no easy answer to the concerns that the proposed bill raises or no facile unanimity among divergent views, this only proves the complexity, depth, and sensitivity of these concerns.  Nevertheless, Catholic tradition has always taught that reason and faith are not enemies but allies in the service of God’s truth.  From this tradition, we can draw strength and compassion in our often tortuous journey as persons in community toward the greater glory of God and the service of God’s people.

Jose Ramon T Villarin SJ

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Ateneo de Manila University