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