The Foundation

The Foundation

Behind success stories there are untold story to tell, many individuals out there become successful in their field of profession, businesses, etc. Sen. Manny Villar is one of them whose story is an inspiring one that we may call it from “rugs to riches”.

But success is not only measured when someone reaches the peak of his/her accomplishments but it is measured by strength and perseverance. It means our desire to pursue our dreams and the will to cope up hardship in life.

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Lingon

My late father after WWII worked as a gasoline boy, and his determination to provide us good education is the only treasure that we keep through all these years. I think of him as the land, the heart and soul of the family. He gave us the avenue and structure to pursue our goals in life. He always remind us of a verse that goes “Lihok Tawo ug Tabangan ko Ikaw” (Work for it and I will help You).

That verse guides us and made us strong in spite from families’ financial difficulties in life. My brother woke up at 4:00 in the morning selling “pandesal” in the neighborhood to sustain his school needs. All of it was not put in vain, he graduated Valedictorian both in elementary and high school, and a full scholar in college and the rest is the story about “CUADERNO“.

Today, he is now a successful businessman of a consulting firm that he organized based in Mandaue, Cebu and presently the Managing Director of CESEEPS (Center for Studies in Electrical Engineering Practices and Standards). Currently, he is also in the world of blogging.

As a youngest of the five, my brother has been my mentor, listener, and taught me so much about life and the future.

I am writing this because I remember what he says in the - Biggest Challenge, “It is best to prepare and anticipate. But preparedness does not mean that we allow ourselves to lose track of the basics. It is the bedrock foundation of our competence”.

The basics are those tough times everybody had, the bedrock foundation of who are these people today.

Ang hindi lumingon sa pinangalingan ay hindi makakarating sa patutunguhan“.

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Simple Thoughts

Simple Thoughts” was the first blog entry of an OFW who found a new home in the world of blogging.

What interest me of the said entry is that - 2 weeks ago I and my best friend discussed about family matters, financing difficulties, budgetting, loneliness and the life of an OFW away from home. Then I show him the text message of my wife how happy my daughter was in her simple birthday with her friends in  the neighborhood and at school. Though, she have only one wish every birthday and that is – my presence.   

Ka Ambo is right, how many birthdays, graduation days do we have to missed away from our kids?

That is exactly the price an overseas Filipino have to pay in exchange for our kids better future. All I have to say is - PAGLAKI MO ANAK, MAIINTINDIHAN MO RIN.

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LGU Bonds

Among the alternatives: Local Government Unit (LGU) bonds

LGU-Development Bank

LGU-Development Bank

Local government unit (LGU) bonds are a young creation, says vice president Antonio “Johnny” Villanueva of Preferred Ventures, Corp. since the first LGU bond issued was in 1999. But these have been a way for the country’s towns, cities and provinces to raise funds for needed infrastructure and income-generating projects.

LGU bonds are interest-bearing instruments that LGUs issue to finance their operating or capital cost of a special project. Ordinary people and financial institutions such as banks can invest their money on an LGU’s revenue-generating project of the LGU, which issues the bond. The LGU, explains Villanueva, in turn promises to pay the investor a specified amount of interest (usually semi-annually) and return your money (the “principal”) on a specified maturity date (such as seven years). These same LGUs have identified various priority projects that also generate needed local government income.

These include: mass housing, public markets, bus, jeepney or ferry terminals, commercial complexes, refrigeration and cold storage facilities, mass transport system, slaughterhouses, air/sea ports, eco-tourism projects, industrial estates, reclamation areas, waste disposal system, and a potable water system. LGU bonds have financed projects such as the Daraga Public Market (Daraga, Albay), the Masbate Fish Complex (Masbate province), and the Boracay Ferry Port Terminal (Boracay Island, Aklan).

There are several layers of guarantees for LGU bonds. Primarily, these are revenue-generating projects that are self-liquidating, and are subject to feasibility studies, aside from a ratings system on the financial capability of LGUs. The Local Government Unit Guarantee Corporation (LGUGC), a private guarantee institution providing credit enhancement to LGU debts, provides another layer of guarantee (LGUGC is owned by the Bankers Association of the Philippines, the Development Bank of the Philippines, and the multilateral Asian Development Bank). When all these fail, the internal revenue allotments (IRAs) of LGUs stand as guarantees to ensure that investors will be paid.

Overseas Filipinos can be investors of these bonds as part of the secondary market, Villanueva said. He also

Economic Resource Center for Overseas FIlipinos

Economic Resource Center for Overseas FIlipinos

encouraged hometown associations of these Filipino migrants to invest in these bonds, and even determine the income-generating project that their hometown back home must embark on through their investment. These investors from abroad do not only earn from the interest, but their investment into these bonds is an opportunity for these migrants to be vigilant watchdogs of their hometown government’s performance.

Antonio Villanueva does financial advisory services to local government units through Preferred Ventures, Corp. (formed and owned by renowned investment banker Sixto Roxas).

Taken from: Overseas Filipinos and Hometown Development, (ERCOF) by: A. Ranque

War, OFWs atbp.

The recent occupation of Israelis in the Southern part of Lebanon is an indication that the war is far from over. The UN effort in mediating to end the war between Israel and Lebanon has proven futile and the Israelis uncontrolled bombing that hit UN post killing 4 of its UN observer is indeed a sign that both warring faction are determined to crushed each other till the winner is proclaimed. These senseless killings are all at the expense of innocent people who are nonetheless the casualties of war.

 

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The first batch of OFWs flown back to Philippines are mostly OFW in distress housed at Filipino Workers Resource Center in Beirut. The war gives the way for their immediate repatriation back in our country. They probably escaped unharmed from the war but the sad tales of their plight due to maltreatment and abused will remain in their heart and certainly never be forgotten.   

 

All I can say is- Ban the Deployment of Filipina maids in the Middle Eastern countries where great risk is at stake to our Filipina Domestic Helpers. 

 

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WE convey our thanks to all Philippine Government representatives currently in Lebanon. Though we have to admit that there are still a lot of things to be done and the possible worst scenario has not yet to come.  

 

To DFA USEC Rafael Seguis, thank you for being there, you did your job satisfactorily. A true public servant like you – is worthy to be praised. 

 

Mabuhay ka Sir! Kailangan namin ang isang katulad mo.       

Saving Grace of the Philippine Economy

“The concerned government authorities should regularly make an assessment of the situation in countries that have unstable security situations. We need to ensure that our OFWs are not exposed to unnecessary threats or dangers.”

 

“OFWs are already sacrificing so much by working abroad and being away from their loved ones, the concerned authorities should really look after their welfare. We should immediately provide protection and assistance to distressed OFWs, especially those in high-risk countries.”

 

“Given the tremendous contribution of OFWs to our country’s economy, we should ensure that their needs are very well taken cared of. They have been the ‘miracle workers’ or ‘saving grace’ of the Philippine economy year in year out through the precious dollars that they remit to their loved ones here.” 

 

Sen. Manny Villar

Incoming Senate President

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In behalf of the OFW’s, We Welcome You Sir! as the New Senate President of the Upper House of Congress.

The 2 captives, the ME Crisis

Sorry, but I just cant ignore not to post an article that answers all my questions, why Israel hated Lebanon too much? It is written by Patrick Seale, a leading British writer on the Middle East, and the author of The Struggle for Syria; also Asad of Syria: The Struggle for the Middle East; and Abu Nidal: A Gun for Hire.

In the article, he mentioned that “if the conflict had been purely a local one Israel might have  agreed to an exchange of prisoners, as both Hizballah and Hamas demanded, and as has taken place a number of times in the past”.

The best part of the article that I read is this: But the war has a wider dimension. The United States has given Israel a free rein because it is confronted with the probability of two highly disagreeable developments: a nuclear-armed Iran and a humiliating defeat in Iraq. It urgently needs to regain the initiative in the wider Middle East and has persuaded itself - or been persuaded by Israel’s friends inside and outside the Administration - that Israel can help it do so. The pro-Israeli neocons in the United States have been trumpeting that a victory for Israel in Lebanon will be a victory for the United States, and a defeat for Israel will be a defeat for the United States.

Ali Sharara, 21, who fled his home in south Beirut  said “I can’t believe they are doing all this for two captives” and he is exactly right, it is not.

You want to read the whole article please click and read Why Israel is destroying Lebanon?

No Contingency Plan at all

I am saddened after reading the article Nowhere to Hide

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Burning: Israeli air raids hit the southern suburbs of Beirut.

In my point of view, the Philippine Government from the beginning is not really prepared in any eventualities that might happen if the war between Lebanon and Israel escalates. The truth is they don’t have any contingency plan at all.

How much more if it happens in other ME regions particularly in Saudi Arabia where huge number of OFWs are working? Do they have a concrete plan for the plight of OFWs in Saudi Arabia?

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Waiting: Canadian nationals register their names in Beirut to be evacuated.

During informal telephone calls and text messages with community leaders in Riyadh, we conclude that it should not be happen in Saudi Arabia, if ever there is a threat of war in the region. This kind of attitude from our Government should be cured once and for all and it is more likely that we should be part of finding its cure.

Filipino Community in KSA must join together, make prior plans or recommendations in coordination with the concerned authorities in the Kingdom and the Philippine mission to prevent untoward situation like what happen in Lebanon.

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Fleeing: The Orient Queen ship arrives at Beirut’s port to evacuate a group of Australian, Canadian and German nationals.

We should not rely much with our Government; and in turn we have to offer them our own contingency plan rather than giving them the full trust of safeguarding the safety of our compatriots in future uncertainties like war.  

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The Route to KSA (Green)

 Note:  In behalf of the entire Filipino Workers in Al Ajial Co. Ltd., our heartfelt thanks to the owner and Managing Director Mr. Hussein Mohammed Badran for  facilitating the  safe return of our co-Filipino employees  from Lebanon during the war.

Tagbo Bol-anon Tibuok Kalibutan

Tagbo Bol-anon, Tibuok Kalibotan (Reunion of Boholanos Around the Globe) that is going to be held on July 21-30, 2006 in Tagbilaran, Bohol is a rare occasion that Boholanos don’t want to miss. As we all knew that one famous trait Boholanos have is they don’t fail to go home just to attend fiestas and Christmas celebration. 

 

The 3rd Tigum Bol-anon sa Tibuok Kalibutan (TBTK) reunion coincide the Sandugo Festival and the Bohol Day Festivities.

 

The said gathering does not only promote unity among Boholanos but socio-economic empowerment as well.

 

In fact Boholano OFWs in Saudi Arabia are united not only for social activities but also in socio-economic endeavors. One of them is the Boholano Community in Jeddah whose organization are actively involved in classroom project for our less fortunate barangay public school in Bohol.

 

In Al Khobar a cooperative was formed named BOWACC (Boholano Overseas Workers Community Credit Cooperative) headed by my friend Mr. Dong Bonite. Now, BOWACC is on their way gaining more members among Boholanos around the Kingdom. This cooperative was primarily set up in preparation for its members eventual return to our homeland.

 

 

It shows that IJA IJA, AHO AHO is a wrong perception that others think and therefore concluded as a mere joke to Boholanos like me.

 

I just want to convey my heartfelt appreciation to Bohol Governor Erico Aumentado for the near completion of the Bohol Circumferential Road Improvement Project that will link Tagbilaran City to Ubay town. This particular project will also attract tourists coming to the province to see beauty spots in municipalities specially the Anda Peninsula where white beaches can be seen.

 

In behalf of the Boholanos in Saudi Arabia, MY WARM CONGRATULATIONS!  To Betty Veloso Garcia, the Chairperson of this years TBTK, and to all members of the TBTK Steering Committee. 

Cuaderno

Below was the Opening Remarks of my brother Engr. Dominico “Doods” Amora  in one of the training sessions  of CESEEPS (Centre for Studies in Electrical Engineering Practices and Standards).  

I posted this speech (below) by giving it with a title ” CUADERNO “.  This is a true story…..

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Dear Participants of CESEEPS Training Program,

Before embarking into the specifics of the seminars composing the CESEEPS TRAINING PROGRAM, allow me to articulate the subject on Career & Competency Development of an Electrical Engineer. Please appreciate that this message is coming from the author’s heart & mind, thus I trust that you will never forget this message as you all trod along with your own respective professional lives – today and in the future.

Learning & developing oneself is all but a never-ending & continuing process. It is therefore a sin to feel that your cups are full because if you are ‘full’, anything added & poured unto you will just be wasted as overflow. Not allowing new inputs into your system will render you cemented to what you believe as facts when more often than not, are myths – in the long run finding yourselves tailing behind the realities that surround you as a professional. The Re-Engineering & Competency Development Program on “DESIGN PRACTICES IN INDUSTRIAL ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS” that we made available to everybody is a product of this learning process, the discoveries along with the acceptance to internal embarrassments but later the daring re-emergence as a much better electrical engineer in the service to the ideals of the profession and mankind.

We are now in a global environment; we therefore should ask ourselves, are we globally competitive? Are we world class? Are our practices according to standards, nationally & internationally? Or, are we growing professionally?

FACE-TO-FACE WITH REALITY

In corporate environments where this author did belong for many years, there is always that so-called “Career Path Development”. What does it mean to us? In simpler terms, it could mean, where will I be in five years time, or to make it more personal, what do I want to be in five years time … in 10 years time?

To make the subject more interesting, here’s a true-to-life story

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“CUADERNO”

Thirty years ago, there was a young hometown boy, who had just passed the board exams. Fresh from the oath-taking ceremony, he returned to his hometown, proud, full of idealism, armed with a thought that being a full-pledged engineer something big was in the offing! After all he was the high school valedictorian then and everybody in his hometown knew it! His hometown in Northern Mindanao boasted of a large wood-based industrial complex which since his childhood mystified him. His coming back home had a ready employment waiting for him in that plant – an employment paved by his father and his father’s friends. And he would be paid P 1.73 per hour or P 13 per day or P 360 per month. With overtime & Sunday works included, it could mean a P 500 per month. Fine, not bad! The position? … to his girlfriends, the position was “Assistant Engineer” but in reality the position was, “Trainee Engineer”. Inside, there was some form of a protest because he was already a ‘full-pledged’ engineer, then why a trainee?

However, the first day of work was a humiliating experience, in fact a disappointment for the rest of a four year period. Humbled; not because of the pay or position - but because of reality! At the end of the day, the young engineer realized that the company should have not paid him at all! Why? Because he realized that he was not at all productive. Nothing in the plant that he understood or had something in confidence with. He used to be only an “audience” or “kuyog-baboy” to every large undertaking. And if he participated in a project, he ended up chiseling off concrete and helped lay out heavy conduits, making pull boxes, climbing electric poles and most of the time helping out an electrician in maintenance activities, this amidst the fact that he was a full-pledged electrical engineer. When asked what he was doing, the answers were: “I am cleaning a contactor”. “I am splicing a wire”. The sad thing was that he was often tested and embarrassed by electricians. College education was not enough and the realities in the industrial world were so overwhelming to the guts of an engineer fresh from school or board examinations.

Nevertheless, what he did was to bring along a “cuaderno” making notes on significant learnings of the day and transfer them into a personal logbook.

Then there emerged a challenge. He must compete and subdue his tormentors! He must be over & above and better than them. He then focused on the electrician’s expertise that is, “controls troubleshooting” – the day-to-day action in the industrial plant scenario. In an environment of production, production & production as priority, management in this environment wants people good in controls. Troubleshooters usually save the day’s production commitments. By the 4th year, the young engineer earned the respect of his men and colleagues. He became a “TARZAN”, meaning, the hero in plant troubles. He became “conversant” of the plant equipment and its control systems. He was labeled as being “good” engineer. Meanwhile, the “cuaderno” had slowly become thicker and thicker. He survived for 5 long years, until there was an opportunity in a more glamorous company based in Cebu where he eventually transferred employment.

While in this new employment, this time as a maintenance supervisor, the process of learning was repeated. The engineer must know the control systems of process equipment of his new environment. That’s the only way to earn respect and authority. Again he must become a TARZAN – the one always being waken-up during the wee hours of the night because the trouble in the plant had already lasted for hours. In the past, achieving TARZAN status will give the engineer the authority to command his wards. As one San Miguel Vice President said, “Wala kang karapatang mag-utos kung hindi mo alam ang inu-utos mo!”

THE AWAKENING

Because of good performance, he was then given multi-million projects as “project engineer” where he designed & constructed the fastest Bottling Plant in the world (at that time) as well as the first expansion of the brewery. With flying colors, he was later given larger projects and more responsibilities that when asked this time what he was doing, his answers were in different tunes as: “I am building a Brewery. I am building a Substation; I am building a high-tech, state-of-the-art manufacturing plant”.

But then there was an awakening. If you are good in operation & maintenance, it doesn’t mean that you are good in system design and construction. In electrical engineering, there is that delineation of so-called power and controls. Aside from Control Engineering, one engineer has to obtain competence in Power Engineering. Then, this young engineer started to train his focus on the power side of electrical engineering. “How am I going to design and build a brewery system?” Then he realized that he never grew up in his engineering. Because being masterful in specific equipment controls is making you a “Technician”, not an engineer. Looking back to the efforts expended in the past years, the truth was that he strived to learn the electricians’ knowledge and had to be better. A Technician, in the lingo of most industrial plants, is a guy who possesses better skills than the electricians. The only difference was that the engineer is an engineer obtained through a BSEE course and a board exam, while a technician is not. So he realized then, that what he worked hard for 8 years in practice is actually, exerting to become a technician. How many electrical engineers in the country have been in this situation?

Designing and later building a plant from scratch is a creation and real engineering for that matter. In fact, taking a Professional Engineers License needs the competencies in power engineering design. The examiners need to see presentations & computations how the ratings of equipment and system components are derived because according to one board examiner, “if you are a PEE, you are licensed to practice the full scope of the profession”. Control Engineering is of course OK but it is in the power side that kills people, burn buildings and cause nationwide black-outs. The board is looking at it, as priority.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not against of the engineer becoming a “technician” for it is in fact part of the electrical engineer’s learning process.

THE COMPETENCY DEVELOPMENT PROCESS

To continue with the story, this engineer lived on with this 2nd employment for 22 years, traveled to Germany & Singapore for latest technology training then applied his competencies in the corporation’s plants in the Philippines, Indonesia, Hong Kong and three cities in China. Along the way he hurdled the PEE exams as second placer. He was then promoted as Superintendent and eventually became the Electrical & Instrumentation Manager of the whole corporation, holding office no longer in the provincial plants but in the posh corporate headquarters in Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City. In the professional scene, he was awarded as the IIEE’s “Most Outstanding Electrical Engineering Practitioner of the Country in the Field of Industry” in 1996. He retired from the company in January of 2000 to become the plant manager of a multi-national automotive wire harness manufacturing company in Mactan Export Processing Zone, where he achieved world record breakthroughs in manufacturing. At present, he is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of an electrical engineering consultancy outfit. In 2002, he was adjudged as the Most Outstanding Electrical Engineer of the Country in the Field of Consultancy. In 2003, he was conferred as the Most Outstanding Regional Governor of IIEE. Also in 2003, Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) conferred him as the “Most Outstanding Alumnus in the Field of Engineering Consultancy”.

The point of the story is that learning is itself a process we seem to ignore. Tracking down the process of learning will yield the following:

ü First Phase is: The “Innate Aptitude”: From the formative years up to high school.

ü Second is: “The Enrichment”: That is our BSEE and years of college education to include the review and the board exams.

ü Third is: “The Technical Training”: The training to become an Electrician and later to become a Technician. Because we have to earn that authority to “command”.

ü Fourth is: “The Awakening”: The awakening of a vision and direction what you really wanted to be. This is the breakthrough in competency development process.

ü Fifth is: “The Re-Engineering”: The retraining process to become truly an engineer. That’s why we are here in this training program.

ü Sixth is: “The Responsible Correct Practice”: After the training program you will have lots of it.

ü Seventh is: “Making Things Happen”

THE REALITIES IN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING STANDARDS

The story however did not end there. Looking back again, caught in the midst of a limbo some 30 years ago, that young electrical engineer dreamt of a book that would someday guide and mentor him in the various facets of designing the electrical system of an industrial plant or a commercial complex. That dream book proved to be elusive only until the recent times when the book serial entitled, “DESIGN PRACTICES IN INDUSTRIAL ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS”, becomes available. Interestingly, that young engineer (who is now 53 years old) wrote it …no longer for himself but for others who may find these books valuable. Feeling confident after 30 years of experience, he was set to transform the “cuaderno” into not one, but five books.

But then again came another rude awakening… When the books were in the making, this engineer noticed that there were errors, misconceptions, wrong notions and misapplications in his previous works that he never thought of before. As reference books were researched, there were things missing and wanting in our practice, and that is, the STANDARDS!. To be honest, how many of us here have read the Electrical Code? Yet, we are fond of writing in the blueprints, “all installations shall be in accordance to the latest edition of the Philippine Electrical Code”. Are the designs & plans we produced compliant to the Philippine Electrical Code? On top of this, how many of us had looked into IEEE/ANSI or IEC? How many of us had seriously thought why buildings burned?

“Faulty Electrical Wiring”… there goes always the culprit. Is there really faulty electrical wiring? Whenever Manor or Ozone types of tragedy recur, our expert opinions have always been like this: “There is no such thing as faulty electrical wiring; only abuse or misuse of electricity”. But are we aware that most electrical installations in the country are in fact violations of the Code?

Faulty means “out of order”, “defective”, “flawed”. But a faulty structure doesn’t mean that it won’t work, at least momentarily. A defect in the structure doesn’t mean that it is not habitable. But when tremors or earthquakes come, they unmask the real integrity of the structure. In electrical engineering practice, energizing a system successfully doesn’t mean that they are not faulty! But are the electrical systems we designed & constructed do have the integrity? In CESEEPS, we believe that faulty electrical wirings are practices both in design and construction methods that violate the code or standard. That is one of the missions of CESEEPS and one big reason why we are here in this re-engineering program.

Our profession is dying. Year after year, electrical engineering enrolment dwindles. A number of engineering colleges are considering closing shop the electrical engineering department. There’s no more glamour. There is no more motivation.

Why? Because other professions are usurping & eating us up. Architects for instance are looking at electrical engineering as a very simple discipline. Imagine, it takes only an architectural draftsman (not even an architect) to design the electrical system of a commercial complex..? It only takes to find a PEE in the neighborhood to sign & seal the plans!!! But you will find out later on, that electrical engineering, after all, is not as easy as what we think.

THE CAREER PATH

The story of that young engineer is an example of a career path. It may not be so impressive because he is still working hard until these days, yet the story is full of the facets of career development. One electrical engineer that I know of became the president of a large electrical component manufacturer in the country when his father-in-law died. Years before that, he married the daughter of the owner, that is a career plan. Another Cebuano electrical engineer that I know of is now Vice President of one of the biggest conglomerate companies in the country, when he directed his destiny in the field of manufacturing management. Another electrical engineer is driving a posh Mercedez Benz on top of his flashy BMW when he chose to be an electrical businessman – and he was just my student before. A lot of them electrical engineers are in the comfort of Prado’s, CRV’s & Pajero’s. It is just a matter of hard work of the ‘man you see on the mirror’.

There is something that I would like to point out here and that is the man you see on the mirror. The lesson of the story of that “man on the mirror” in relevance to our subject today can be summarized in the following:

1) “VISION”: PROJECT YOUR DESTINY WHILE STILL YOUNG. Identify the state where you are happy, which kind of work that suit your taste and who you will be in the near and distant future. Know your destination. “A person without a vision is like a ship without a rudder”. It just depends which direction the wind blows.

2) “MISSION”: CHART YOUR DESTINY WITH A ROAD MAP. Identify which road you are going to take in going there. Identify what are to be accomplished. What should be done to prepare yourself.

3) “STRATEGY”: STRATEGIZE TO ACTUALISE YOUR MISSION. Hone your skills and competencies while there is still time. According to Stephen Covey, “Sharpen your tools. Train yourself”. The story of the disappointment that led to the “cuaderno” was after all not wasted. It was part of reality, a part of the never-ending learning. Each learning is a preparation to a higher level of responsibility.

4) “ALIGNMENT”: Drive yourself into correct direction desired. According to Jack Welsh, CEO of the great General Electric, “control your destiny or somebody else will”. Align yourself with the company’s mission & vision. You will then feel comfortable in your work.

5) “BE A SHINING JEWEL”: Broaden your capabilities so that you will be on top of the heap among jewels. You should have the TECHNOLOGY, keeping abreast of TRENDS & other competencies that others don’t have. Make yourself exceptional.

6) “DO IT”: Make it happen. Create opportunities. Don’t wait for something to happen. Make yourself a participant to the events. Don’t be a fence sitter. The story of the “cuaderno” did not end up hanging. It had already produced five books.

7) “KAIZEN”: Continuous Improvement. Don’t sit on your laurels because if you rest, you rust. It means relentless adrenaline & energy. Remember, your best may not be good enough. There should always be an extra mile.

8) “TEAM PLAY”: Don’t think of yourself. That’s Interpersonal Relationship in American management. Interdependence in Japanese style of management. Make something to lift others. Make a clone of yourself. Make others as good as you are so that others could replace you. Remember, you can’t be promoted to higher position if nobody can replace you. Remember, Management is the art of making others do it for you

9) “THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS SUCCESS”: Never think that you are successful. Success is relative, intoxicating and momentary. You might be the president of a company but your family might be in shambles. Thus there should be a balance of career success and family success. Remember, man’s life is an open book until he dies.

10) “AIM SMALL BREAKTHROUGHS”: A winner never quits, a quitter never wins. You should learn to accept small breakthroughs as winnings because success is not all material. What’s important is that you are happy in what you are in. “Mababaw lang ang kaligayahan” – that’s better than a Big Success but laden with corruption.

11) “GOD’s GRACES”: Seek ye first the kingdom of God and everything shall be added on to you. Your greatest inspiration, mentor and ally is GOD. No matter how colossal your efforts are, they are nothing if there is no grace from heaven. Remember, for every great phenomenal fortune, there is always a crime in the closet.

THE VALUE OF CESEEPS TRAINING PROGRAM

The knowledge we have been sharing in CESEEPS seminars along with the books that come from each course can not be retained overnight. To hone your newfound competencies (after having graduated from the five modules), it requires practice calculations from time to time and from one condition to another. In Single-Line-To-Ground Fault calculations for instance, there are several possible conditions that are purposely left out for you to practice on. The NGR’s and the grounding transformers are ‘given’ data in CESEEPS’ books, but what if the condition requires you to design the NGR or the grounding transformer? What if there are two substations in parallel with the power plant bus? These are left out as a challenge for you do your own computations. When done, rest assured you will have the feeling of self-fulfillment just as we did!

You must have noticed that designs that are anchored in all relevant facets of electrical engineering for which Book 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 had accorded, will surely build up confidence that the resulting power systems that you may be conceptualizing on paper are safe, reliable and stable. On top of this, the electrical engineer becomes proud of his work as a real engineer, not just a pushover engineer.

CESEEPS’ Training Program on “DESIGN PRACTICES IN INDUSTRIAL ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS” had been designed to uplift the Filipino electrical engineer, a hundredfold. We in CESEEPS are working hard to make these seemingly difficult subjects easy to understand in real-world practice. It is worth mentioning that we also underwent into similar limbo before. For years I myself groped for mentors and I luckily found one. In your case, you don’t have to scan the clouds, you have us in you. That’s the greatest legacy we can offer.

In closing, CESEEPS will sincerely be happy to see you successful in work. We shall as well be excited to witness CESEEPS graduates becoming Professional Electrical Engineers. We have already produced five PEE’s. If CESEEPS has given you good results in your professional lives, we shall be happy to hear them – just e-mail us.

In the end, for any career path or career development, it is still the man on the mirror that counts. If you can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel there’s nothing to blame, except that man on the mirror! What one needs therefore is COMPETENCE. That’s the essence of global competitiveness.

Good luck, then. But note that luck is not the key. The key is your own road map in achieving to your success and how you do it. As what the respectable Engr. Arsenio A. Abellana, PEE, MSEE & former president of IIEE Mactan Chapter said: “The best thing in life is to do good, even if others don’t”.

By: Engr. Dominico “Doods” Amora  

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Engr. Dominico Amad Amora (PEE)

DOODS is a PEE with 36 years experience in the electrical profession. He was once the Manager for Electrical Engineering, Corp Tech’l Services of San Miguel Corporation. He later joined LEAR CORP as Plant Manager of Plant 222, an American automotive wire harness company in Mactan Economic Zone with corporate offices in Southfield, Michigan USA. His over-all training & application of experience revolved in the Philippines, Germany, Singapore, Hong Kong, People’s Republic of China & Indonesia.

Doods was IIEE’s 1996 Most Outstanding Electrical Practitioner in the Field of Industry while in 2002, as the Most Outstanding Electrical Practitioner in the Field of Consultancy. He was CIT’s Y2003 Outstanding Alumnus in the Field of Engineering Consultancy. Doods at present is the COO of PEPSCOR, a consultancy outfit based in Mandaue City. He is also the Managing Director & Chief Lecturer of CESEEPS.  

Back to Riyadh Without Delay

Update: This is to inform the families of my co-employees namely; Santiago Estinopo, Willy Ibis, Castor Sampoli, Mauricio Nazaro and Marlon Penez that there love ones are on their way to KSA from Syria today 18 July 2006. Praise God!

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The recent war between Lebanon and Israel could be possibly  worsen in the days to come. Hoping that the Philippine government is really prepared for the safety of our OFWs in both countries.

 

5 Filipino Employees from the company where I am employed are instructed to prepare themselves for immediate return to our home base in Riyadh. The said 5 OFW’s were assigned in a project in Lebanon. Anytime this week they will be coming back to Riyadh via Syria and we are praying for their safe return.

 

 

Lebanon and Israel used to exchange prisoners through diplomatic means and swapping of prisoners was done in the past.  However, the recent capture of 2 Israeli soldiers that started the war  is not part of the moved for the release of their remaining comrades in Israel. 

 

The unforeseen war occurred when Hezbollah militants mingles with the situations. 

 

We are praying that the United Nations will intervene and exert efforts to end this useless war where many ordinary citizens are the ones will suffer.

Makialam. Makilahok, Magparehistro

Last 14 July 2006 (Friday), the Philippine Embassy conducted Special OAV registration at Riyadh Medical Complex, Al Issha Dormitory. An estimated 3000 Filipina nurses employed at Ministry of Health are being housed in the said facility.

Attache Delsa Deriada & Pinay Nurses @ Riyadh Medical Complex

Attache Delsa Deriada & Pinay Nurses @ Riyadh Medical Complex

At the same date, Filipina Nurses Association-Riyadh (FNAR-MOH) was formed under its interim officers headed by Ms. Ma. Nilda Ballesteros, a nursing supervisor. The formation of the mentioned group was assisted by OFW Congress-Riyadh. FNAR-MOH Constitution and By-Laws is being drafted for the purpose of accreditation with the Philippine Embassy.

Magparehistro Kana!

Magparehistro Kana!

Sa mga kababayan natin na hindi pa naka rehistro, MAKIALAM, MAKILAHOK, MAGPAREHISTRO, para makaboto sa darating na halalan ng 2007.

Lacson Fund, TUPA Inc. Ngayon

Sen. P. Lacson

Sen. P. Lacson

The long awaited Lacson Fund amounting of 2 Million Pesos (SR 140,000.00) from his pork barrel is now finally in its first implementation stage. The said fund is intended for our distressed Filipino workers in the Kingdom.

The amount is part of the 5 million peso amount pledged by Sen. Lacson for Barya Mo, Buhay Ko, which started initially as a program but which has become an association for purposes of registration with the SEC.

The fund could not be released due to the Kingdom strict procedures and formalities that have to be followed regarding funds donated for humanitarian causes. In compliance to the rules, BMBK is now named Tulong Pag-asa sa OFW, Inc. (TUPA, Inc.).

2 Milyon

2 Milyon

Today July 13, 2006 at 4:00 PM, the Philippine Overseas Labor Office headed by the Incoming Labor Attache Rustico De La Fuente will have a meeting with Filipino Community Organizations in the formation of the Evaluation Committee and the Fund Management Committee, which shall coordinate with POLO in the release of funds to the intended beneficiaries.

In the mentioned meeting, OFW Congress-Riyadh will be represented by Executive Council Vice President Engr. Jaafar Angkaya and VP for Welfare and Protection, Engr. Dante Pangcoga.

Hoping that the Committees involved in the disbursing of funds must ensure integrity in transparency of operations as their acts and role is crucially important. The members should police its own activities by voluntary measures of self-restraint and supervision.

However, 2 Million Pesos is just a small amount intended for many beneficiaries, therefore the committee should further study how to replenish the amount, like fundraising projects for the purpose.

After all, I believed this is a good start initiated by the POLO office to unify Filipino community organizations in the Kingdom for the welfare of our distressed OFWs.

GOOD LUCK!

Happy Birthday my Angel

A Poem for my daughter “Angel”  10th Birthday

July 13, 2006, July 13, 2007, July 13, 2008, July 13, 2009

Angel and Kitty

Angel and Kitty

 “A Daughter Through The Eyes of a Father”

By: V.P. Hale Johnson

 A daughter is beauty at its finest.
Heart of an angel, soul so pure, and sweet.
Daughters are one of God’s most precious gifts

that he has bestowed upon the world.

Angels in Heaven do not compare to thine beauty,

and grace my ever so beautiful, and lovely daughter.
Seeing you at birth brought more joy to me
than all the money in the world could ever do.

You are morning, bright, and shining,
you are noon, you reside at the highest point in my heart,
you are the dew kissed night.
You are my daughter, heart, and soul.

 To  my dear “Angel” I LOVE You & Happy Birthday!

FROM: PAPA

OAV Registration in Riyadh

ANNOUNCEMENT

The Philippine Embassy in coordination with OFW Congress-Riyadh will conduct a special registration for overseas absentee voters (OAV) at the Riyadh Medical Complex-Al Issha Dormitory on July 14,  2006 (Friday), from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

 

Special OAV registration is also scheduled on July 21, 2006 (Friday), from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM at the Elite International School, simultaneous with the Martial Arts Tournament to be hosted by the Black Python Martial Arts Association.

 

A special OAV registration is also set on August 4, 2006 (Friday) from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM for the members of the Sangguniang Masang Pilipino International Inc. (SMPII). The venue will be posted soon. 

 

The registration team will be headed by Vice Consul Gerardo Abiog and members of the diplomatic corps.

 

OAV registrant must submit photocopy of their Philippine Passport. 

Welcome! KAPUSO

KAPUSO-GMA7

KAPUSO-GMA7

I am a TFC subscriber but it doesn’t mean that I am an ABS-CBN supporter. We all knew that there are only 2 competing giant TV network in our country, the ABS-CBN and GMA TV7.  Now,  Kapuso is trying to gain access to the hearts of Filipinos overseas especially in Saudi Arabia. Nothing wrong with that, two different TV stations can provide more information to the viewing public. Though I have to admit that some OFWs were irritated of too much political issues in the news. Sana mga magandang balita naman ang mapapanood namin tungkol sa ating inang bayan.

Kapuso TV 7 plus Channel 4, Welcome Kayo! sa PUSO ng mga pinoy sa gitnang silangan.

Bisayan BLoggers

Today I have plenty of time surfing the net and I decided to look for something new, like surfing bisayan bloggers in the world of  blogosphere. I found many, to name a few in my link, Bisayang Dako, Leon Kilat, Butik Binisaya, Ms. B, Lapu Lapu Times. Lastly, I found an interesting blog “bisdakobenieta”  that features bisayan poems (balak).

With all due respect to Michael Obenieta, permit me to paste below the poem I like most. Mabuhi Ka! Mike.

Dili ko

Makauuwaw

Kiyud Sa Balod

Kiyud Sa Balod

ang imong hangyo.

Bisa’g hapsay ang imong
pag-uraray, wala ako
magtiaw: Dakong sala
ang gisangon nimo nako karong gabhiona
samtang kita galawig, gitugnaw ibabaw
niining bapor.

Por dios, por santo. Ayaw
intawon. Dili ko.

Basi’g bakak, basi’g
bahakhak ang mahimong tubag
sa hangyo mong balak. Sama kana
nianang dagat: Sa matag kiyud
sa balud nagpabudlat sa nagpahipi
ug naamang nga buwan. Pastilan!

Pagkalawom sa gilapdon
sa atong pagpadulong.

particularly, preferably, priority

The recent FORUM held last July 7, 2006 between OWWA officials and migrant sectors concluded that creation of an OFW Bank through government initiative is not the answer to our long dream of having a bank that we can call our own.

They also questioned the bills filed in Congress just for a mere inclusion of the word “particularly”, “preferably” and “priority”.

 

A bill is a proposed law subject for deliberation and approval by the members of Congress. This can be corrected or amended if there is really a probable cause disadvantageous to OFWs. Kaya nga proposed bills.

I am not questioning the intellectual abilities of the minds behind the said forum, but why we should not focus on a unified recommendation for the realization of this dream?

I still believed that creation of an OFW Bank through legislative measure is the best solution on this issue.    

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