Category: Management

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Still Evolving, Science Gropes for Answers

(Also published by The Manila Times on 11 April 2020) A NEW study suggests that the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19)-causing virus can travel distances way beyond government’s spread-prevention physical distancing protocol of 1 meter. It shakes the grounding on which strategies to control the pandemic stands. An Agence France-Presse (AFP) report says, “the researchers, led…

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Policy Delphi and People’s Congress — the theoretical boxwork

(Also published by The Manila Times on 4 March 2020) DEVELOPED by Project RAND (of Rand Corp.) in the 1950s, the Delphi Method is a management tool originally designed “to forecast the impact of technology on warfare. The method entails a group of experts who anonymously reply to questionnaires and subsequently receive feedback in the…

Micro Enterprise Ideas

Enterprise suggestions for LGUs

Still on the topic of the area model approach to development, about which I discussed in broad terms in previous columns (please see “Fault lines of PH Economy” [November 20, 2019] and “If Rural Philippines Mattered…” [November 27, 2019])as the best vehicle by which the country’s economic development can be made more inclusive and sustainable,…

SEO Infograph

SEO 101

Search Engine Optimization, or SEO, is a complicated technique to master, even for webmasters. I am not a webmaster, so please take at face value what I am going to share with you today. Try to google search “seo” and the top four results will likely show, in ascending order, three google advertisements (by Adwords),…

Government Procurement

Open Government Contracting

A relatively new discipline pertaining to procurement and contracting bodes well for government and other organizations that spend public funds, such as non-government organizations. This emerging field is called Open Contracting Data Standard (OCDS), developed in 2014 by the World Bank with support from the Omidyar Network. OCDS, according to, is an open data…

Commitment Fees

Red tape, defined by Webster as “official routine or procedure marked by excessive complexity which results in delay or inaction,” is a form of corruption. (Ironically, the term “red tape” is believed to have originated from the bureaucratic protocol of the Roman Empire [early 16th century] where red-colored tapes were used to bind documents that…