Category Archives: Management

Management – the art and science of how to’s. This is all about management that liberates: compelling essays on the art and science of managing sustainable, inclusive and integrated socio-economic development.’s management – the art and science of how to’s consist mostly of management stories that depict concrete application of acquired knowledge on the lives of people, particularly the poor who need external support the most. They are sourced from personal and collective experiences. They are enriched by scanning existing literature on this field and mining nuggets of wisdom from experts.

Plots and sub-plots of these stories take on broad topics related to project management as well as on community participation process, particularly on facilitating collective decision-making.

Don’t sell what you sell

Don’t sell what you sell was also published by the The Manila Times on 2 August 2023. Advertising oneself is fine. In a motivational talk, Arnold Schwarzenegger (“Terminator” in movieland and former California, USA Governor in politics) said: “Work like hell and advertise.” After having put in the work, it is fair to tell the… Read More »

PPP Ideas for LGUs

PPP Ideas for LGUs was published by The Manila Times on 10 August 2022. President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has advised local government units (LGUs) to engage the private sector for possible funding of their investments, such as for infrastructures, through public-private partnerships (PPPs). I wish to introduce here unsolicited ideas that can be developed further… Read More »

A governance approach to rightsizing

A governance approach to rightsizing was also published in The Manila Times on 20 July 2022. I WAS a personnel specialist at the Civil Service Commission when the Marcos dictatorship ended in 1986. Several months after the Cory Aquino-led opposition wrested political power, I resigned. The Cory government took bold steps to govern. It abolished… Read More »

Climate Change and Transitions

Climate Change and Transitions, titled “Transitions,” was also published by The Manila Times on 29 June 2022. Tomorrow the national government and many local governments will transition to possibly new ways of conducting public affairs. A fresh mandate from the electorate is known to more than inspire those who are tasked to govern. Unfortunately, however,… Read More »

Pagpag Circular Economy

Pagpag circular economy was also published by The Manila Times on 18 May 2022. Left alone, nature cleanses itself. But when humans come in, supposedly the most intelligent among the living species, nature deteriorates. It becomes a wasteland. It rots. And yet we humans are not only part of nature. We ought to be masters… Read More »

Odette’s painful test

Admin’s note: Odette’s painful test was also published by The Manila Times on 22 December 2021. Unlike other common disasters such as earthquakes and fire, we have yet to devise preparedness drills for typhoons. Our preparedness drills for typhoons come during the actual occurrence of the calamity itself. Let it not be said that occasions… Read More »

Technology of Participation

(Admin: Technology of participation was first published by The Manila Times on 4 August 2021) THERE are several ways of engaging communities in a development process. The common and traditional way is what I may call as the set-and-forget formula. Every three years, people elect government officials, who then proceed to plan and implement development… Read More »

The Balik-Probinsya Remix

(Published by The Manila Times on 29 April 2020) THE coronavirus pandemic has exposed the many faces of poverty, especially in urban areas. It also exposes what seems to be the limited knowledge the government has of poverty. Because of this deficiency, the solutions it proposes to address the problem are also suspect. News reports,… Read More »

Duque’s Tenacity

(Published by The Manila Times on 22 April 2020) HEALTH Secretary Francisco Duque 3rd is to gecko as Vulcaseal is to glue. He clings to his post with the tenacity of a skin disease (to borrow the words of Jose Rizal in Noli Me Tangere). That is the impression he projects if one is to… Read More »