WE Pray..

Our Prayer

There are rumors circulating around the Filipino community about the protest in the coming days. There will be or not, WE, Filipinos should be aware of our status in the Kingdom. As a visitor in this oil rich country, we must be careful of what we are doing in our daily lives, like roaming around the city, staying late at night in the streets and having fun in groups around malls and restaurants and other places where the local authorities might sense it as a gathering with purpose.

What we need to do is to pray that what is going on now in Libya will never be happen in this country. We loved this country like our home, a country that provides us job and golden opportunities. Though some of us are not lucky enough, but majority of us Filipinos in Saudi Arabia have managed to become successful in their lives  dahil sa “Katas ng Saudi”.  Many Filipinos consider that working in Saudi Arabia is a privileged.

Although most Saudis I mingled concur that “it is highly unlikely to happen in this country” where the government is very supportive to its people.  Like any other countries in the world, it is natural for the people to air their grievances and needed some reforms.  But it should be done in a proper forum.

To fellow Filipinos, Muslims and Christians, let us join our hands in prayer  that  if such action will takes place, we pray   that cooler heads will prevail  and the reprehensible action of the few will not result in equally reprehensible retaliatory acts of violence, in GOD Almighty, WE PRAY. Amen!

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Angat ka nga Pinoy!

ANGAT KA NGA PINOY!

Habang naglalakad, tumitingin tingin, ng aking mabili
Nang maipadala, sa aking pamilya, sapagkat nawili
Habang namimili, tanong ng tindero, ‘ko daw ba’y nepali
Sa arabong wika, sagot ko sa kanya, ”ana Pilipini”

Tinderoy nag”thumbs up”, ibig na sabihin, ayos daw ang pinoy
Sa bargain na damit, sa paghahalungkat, akoy nagpatuloy
Habang nagka kalkal, may pagmamalaking, sa isip sumibol
Sapagkat ramdam ko, at napatunayang, ANGAT KA NGA PINOY

Isa dalwa tatlo, apat lima anim, marahil ay walo
Mga dominanteng, mga manggagawa, sa bansang arabo
Sa ganda ng papel, na ating ginampang, mga pilipino
Nasumpungan tayong, lagi sa listahang, nag numero uno

Hindi bat yay dahil, sa tayo ay tapat, sa ating tungkulin
Ano mang iatas, bastat makakaya, ay ating gagawin
Kayat ang tiwala, sa ating sarili, ay pana tilihin
Isiping tayo ay, mga pilipinong, may talento’t galing

Imahen ng ating, lahing dinadalay, ating pag ingatan
Papel na kayputi, ni kahit, gatuldok, huwag dudungisan
Nang di man dumating, ganda nitong bukas, sa Lupang Hinirang
May matatakbuhang, mainit na bansang, naghihintay lamang

By: Briggs Napicog

OFWEmpowerment Blog- 5 years of existence

OFWEmpowerment- 5 years of existence

Like any other anniversaries, today marks a new year to a new beginning and my further commitment to serve the OFW sector.

"AKO Pilipino Taas Noo Saan man Dako sa Mundo"- Babalik AKO Bayan Ko

Five years of existence is a symbol that increases in value or in strength with each passing year that reflects what this blog has made in the partnership of my fellow OFWs. As what I’ve said in my previous entry “I am not perfect but it’s quite relieving that someone out there believes in you.   

Today is a significant milestone for this blog and time to pause, to reflect, and to celebrate what has been accomplished in a relatively short span of years. Though this blog started  just for fun to ease the homesickness of the blogger far away from home and his loved ones; yet it is very fulfilling that it became a home to our fellow OFWs who needs answers to their unanswered questions.  

I came to realization that what I am doing is not enough, because with you as my partner, together – WE can do many things to help each others in times of needs and for us to lend a hand to those who needs us.

And as long as I am the writer, the editor and publisher  of this blog, I will remain your humble servant. I will try my best to keep this blog alive, to hear your sad stories, inquiries among others. I will also try to give all the information you need beneficial to the OFW sector.

To all my readers, visitors, friends and fellow community leaders, I have been deeply moved and heartened by your unwavering support and encouragement. I am gratified by the wholehearted endorsement of so many to read and subscribed “OFWempowerment” blog.

Today, WE still exist because of   YOU out there. You are the bedrock upon which OFWEmpowerment existed; you are the foundation that will sustain OFWempowerment towards a new years’ to come.

OFWempowerment 5 years of existence is also dedicated to my dear friend the late OFW Farmer Claro Ybanez  of  Davao and to his family. Wherever you are now  Nong Claro, I want you to know that -  We continue to exist because of  you and you are my inspiration.

To my brothers  Doods  and Bebs who believes of what I am doing, to my family, to my close friends, to OFW Congress-Riyadh and to all of you in the cyber world – THANK YOU So much!

Happy 5th Year Anniversary.

December 13, 2010

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Election 2010: Seek the Divine Guidance

Seek the Divine guidance

Philippine Election 2010 is fast approaching, a very crucial voting exercise indeed for the Filipino people to choose the new leaders in our homeland.

May 10, 2010 we will be called upon, troop down to the polling booth to elect the two highest position in our land, 12 Senators, members of   the House of Representatives and elective provincial, city and municipal officials and local officials. 

Divine Guidance

Divine Guidance

This comes a very important history of Philippine politics not only for the mature voters but to the youths who are now actively involved in the process.  The Filipino people are very tired of election maneuverings, cheating, vote buying, guns and gold. This will be a decision we are about to make and therefore we do not seek to do this in our own strength and wisdom, but instead submit ourselves to God and seek that HE will lead us to choose the right onewho will surely do the right thing for our country.Bong Amora

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America’s virtual democracy

Most people have a relatively simple understanding of American democracy. Each person has a right called a “vote.” A person casts the vote for a candidate. The candidates who receive the most votes  Win and make laws. Candidates win by supporting popular policies. “Free” citizens thus govern themselves.

But contrary to conventional perception, American democracy is not an organic, grassroots phenomenon that mirrors society’s preferences. In reality, the will of the people is channeled by a predetermined matrix of thousands of election regulations and practices that most people accept as natural: the location of election-district boundaries, voter-registration deadlines, and the number of voting machines at a busy polling place. This structure of election rules, practices, and decisions filters out certain citizens from voting and organizes the electorate. There is no “right” to vote outside of the terms, conditions, hurdles, and boundaries set by the matrix.

Although most people are oblivious to the matrix, it has very real consequences. In our closely divided political environment, even an obscure election rule in a single state can determine who sits in the White House or which party controls Congress. Collectively, the various rules and practices result in a class of politicians that control various aspects of Americans’ lives, such as the number of students in a second-grade classroom in Detroit, the level of mercury in the air we breathe, and the matter of whether a student in the Army Reserve will sleep in his University of Iowa dormitory or in a barracks in Baghdad, Iraq. And because the United States is a military and financial superpower, the matrix affects not just Americans but also hundreds of millions of humans around the globe.

The book concludes by focusing on a few average Americans who—despite the demands of business and family—make time to work on democratic reforms in their community.

Americans are not inevitably destined to a fate in which a narrow class of political elites controls the matrix. Change is possible. This book is a road map for bringing the power of the vote back into our hands.  - Taken from: Stealing Democracy by: Spencer Overton

same entry posted at: http://www.ofw4Noy24president.wordpress.com

words to remember

s56799103571_4780To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society’s ills on the West — know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy.

- U.S. Pres. Barack Hussein Obama

 

 

Obama’s victory and today’s  inauguration are great moments of another important U.S. history. Personally Yes! I am pleased very much with the outcome of the just concluded U.S. Presidential election. It is a big victory and a bigger challenge to American people. We are hoping that he (Obama) may have a positive outlook foreign policy especially in the Middle East. – Manuel A. Amora

Dugo Ko Alay Ko

Dugo Ko Alay Ko

During the Iraq-Iran war, Saudi Arabia required all those renewing or applying for a driver’s license to donate blood to the Ministry of Health. The blood collected was sent to Iraq where these are used in the operation of Iraqi soldiers who got hurt in the field. Years later, whenever the Ministry of Health needs blood to augment the inventory of its blood banks, it pays the donors a good amount of money.

H.E. Philippine Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Antonio Villamor

H.E. Philippine Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Antonio Villamor

Starting today, the Ministry of Health will be receiving a steady supply of blood for free. It does not even have to ask for it because the donors are giving it voluntarily.

Dugo ko Alay ko, a blood donation project spearheaded by the Philippine embassy and the Philippine overseas labor office in cooperation with the Filipino community in Riyadh and the King Faisal Specialist Hospital, was officially launched at the Philippine embassy compound this morning.

"Dugo Ko Alay Ko"

"Dugo Ko Alay Ko"

The project, which is said to be the first of its kind, is the Filipinos’ way of expressing their thanks and appreciation to the people and government of Saudi Arabia, who for more than two decades have provide home and source of income to the growing number of overseas Filipinos. Indeed what could be a better way to express gratitude than to let ones blood mix and run with those of his friends?

A big round of applause should be given to the organizing committee that managed the project from conceptualization through its eventual implementation. The launching alone this morning speaks a lot. Banners and streamers decorate the chancery both inside and outside; colorful posters are stuck on bulletin boards, some even cleanly pasted on rear windows of some cars; shirts and caps bearing the project’s logo are worn by volunteers; and almost everybody were given buttons to pin to their shirts.

FilCom "Sharing Blood, Giving Life"

FilCom " A Life, Giving Life"

What the recently concluded overseas absentee voting lack in information campaign materials, the Dugo Ko Alay ko project had so much in abundance.

The embassy gates were even left wide open through out the day, as if telling passers by to come in and join the celebration. An early celebration of success it looked like indeed. The chancery was filled with people that it was even a bit hard for the lady volunteers distributing free bottled water to squeeze into the crowd. That size of a crowd was never seen during the voting period.

The blood letting will run through out the year. The first group of donors this morning came from members of Alpha Phi Omega. Because pre-screening of would be donors is required, those who registered as donors, and passed the requirements, will be scheduled during the succeeding weekends. Where a group of donors is located in one area, the mobile blood bank facility may even go onsite instead of requiring the donors to go to the embassy.

The launching was capped by a light noon snack hosted by no less than His Excellency Ambassador Antonio Villamor and Labor Attache Rustico dela Fuente. The food provided by a catering company was good, and added more color to this all new experience of A Life Giving Lives. * May 25, 2007 By: Ka Ambo

Hawak Kamay

Hawak Kamay

Hawak Kamay

The song “Hawak Kamay” composed and interpreted by Yeng Constantino really touches the Filipinos heart. The song relates a story of two friends stick together, helping each other, lending each others hand against sorrows, pains and miseries in life. Hoping that this entry may find a way to connect OF/OFWs worldwide.

FWRC or Filipino Workers Resource Center, a center for our Filipina runaways distressed OFWs was established by the virtue of the 1995 Migrant Workers Act.

It’s not new to us that many of our distressed OFWs housed at FWRC like “Bahay Kalinga in Riyadh” and “Bahay Kanlungan in Jeddah” needs personal things to be used in their daily needs while staying at our Government shelter. A number of them are there for quite a long period of time waiting resolution of their case and others luckily waiting for their air tickets. OFW community organizations, kindhearted individuals and companies in the Kingdom usually offered monetary help in securing air tickets for their final freedom bound for home.

United Filipinos Worldwide for Community Development or UFWCD is a newly organized, SEC registered non-profit global overseas Filipino organization. UFWCD was primarily formed to help build our nation to move forward towards progress. We believed that Overseas Filipinos and our fellow Filipinos at home, united as ONE and armed with a vision that regardless of political and economic mayhem our country been facing there is still hope for a “BETTER PHILIPPINES“.

Last Year, UFWCD personally went to Albay to reach out the typhoon victims in the area and a small token of contribution were handed to our less fortunate brothers and sisters at Tala Leprosarium in Cavite. (Posted in my previous entry titled Transnational Philanthropy).

Last month, the just newly elected worldwide officers and the group general membership headed by our very own President Mrs. Fe Kim (Korea) initiated a project for the purpose of “lending a hand” to our fellow distressed OFWs in the Kingdom.

Thus, the “Hawak Kamay” project (name of the project was suggested by this blogger) was launched recently at the UFWCD e-group. Targeted recipients are our distressed OFWs, mostly lady-kababayans currently refuge and housed at FWRC, Bahay Kanlungan, Jeddah as well as at the FWRC, Bahay Kalinga, Riyadh and other satellite centers in Al Khobar, Eastern Region-KSA.

Walang Bibitiw

Walang Bibitiw

It all started when 2nd VP elect Ernie Perez of Riyadh, who had the attention posted at UFWCD e-group on the late distressed Domestic Helper, OFW Ms. Rosita Crisologo who died of cancer to whom this “HAWAK-KAMAY” was coined incredibly. Today, it is an active on-going project as long as there are many fellow OFWs willing to reach a hand of those in needs.

As per report by our energetic 1st VP elect Jun Macaranas based in Jeddah, aside from the previous goods intended for the “Hawak Kamay” the following were being mobilized:

- There is a 3rd group of GOODS still stored at Home Health Care Office, KFSHRC-Jeddah with a destination point to the distressed workers at Phil Consulate Jeddah.

- Estimated at 250kgs, sealed 6 boxes plus loose goods containing: used clothing, blankets, mattresses, bath soap, surgical items, used bags, footwear and 2 boxes of noodles.

- A nursing staff and a physiotherapist at HHCare-Jeddah have expressed their willingness to do a voluntary service (medical and counseling) especially to the ladies stranded at the Consulate Center, a planned schedule to be finalized.

This 3rd batch of goods may not be realized without the following kindhearted OFWs:

Mr. Arnold Francisco Taguiam & wife Lina Medical Records, Ms. Remi Ancheta Chief Medical Officer’s Office, Ms. Annie Agoncillo OB-Gyne Clinic, Cecilia “Salma” Laguna OB-Gyne Department, Eden Castillejo NeuroSciences Department, Roselda O. Agpalza Home Health Care, Leilani Purisima (PT Dept.) Home Health Care Unit, Mohammed D. Amrou, Asst Head Nurse. All employees at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, KFSHRC-Jeddah.

Mr. Philip Alinas, Pharmacy Dept., KFSHRC, Jeddah and Mr. Dennis Follosco of Saudi Oger-Ltd, Jeddah, who have conveyed their voluntary gesture of assisting UFWCD-Jeddah in due time to finally connect these goods to kababayans at Phil. Consulate, FWRC-Jeddah.

To those willing to participate in this noble cause, UFWCD “Hawak Kamay” Project, contact persons are listed below:

In Jeddah: UFWCD 1st VP Mamerto “Jun” C. Macaranas, Jr., Home Health Care (J-13), King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center-Jeddah (KFSHRCJ) at Tel/Fax: (+966-2) 667-7777 Ext 3506/3524 or Mobile Mobile: (+966) 551-348251 – dial from Outside KSA, 0551-348251 – dial within the KSA.

In Riyadh: UFWCD 2nd VP Ernie Perez at Tel. # (+96611) 2258763 or to Email Address: eljoff@yahoo.com / erniep@sabic.com or leave a comment in this entry and we will be with you very shortly.

The Career Path

Career Path

Career Path

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”.

book%20coverThe 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.

Taken from CESEEPS 

By: Doods A. Amora ( Managing Director-CESEEPS International )

Note: See  related article by clicking “CUADERNO” .

Dear FFBP

Dear FFBP (Filipinos For Better Philippines),

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Isang munting tula ng aking paghanga
sa lahat ng nangangasiwa sa katipunang FFBP.

Ako’y natutuwa,
Ang samahang ito’y nalikha,
Sapagkat aking napagalamang,
Kay dami pa palang nagmamahal sa ating bansa.

Sari-saring paksa’y,
Sinasaliksik tinatalakay,
Kanya-kanyang pananaw ipinaglalaban;
Ang nakakalungkot lamang kapag nagkasarapan,
Humahantong sa di inaasahang personalan.

Talas ng isipa’y nabibigyan ng buhay,
Mapa-wikang sarili o mapadayuhan,
Mayroong tonong maka-bayan,
May himig maka-banyaga; nangag-tutungayawang
ipangtanggol kanya-kanyang diwa.

Lahat sana ng ikagagaling,
para sa bayan nating ginigiliw,
Talas ng isipan ating ng pagsama-samahin,
Mag kaisa-isa na sa i-isang layunin,
Maging isang bansa sa isang diwa at gawa,
Sa ilalim ng isang bandila.

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Mabuhay po ang samahang FFBP!
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Note: Please be informed that FFBP today is the United Filipinos Worldwide for Community Development – UFWCD. 

10 Little Things OFWs could do to help

Taken From: The Desk of Atty. at Work

(Atty. Alexander L. Lacson is the author of the Book “12 Little Things Every Filipino Can Do To Help Our Country.” He wrote the article “10 Little Things OFWs, Balikbayans & Pinoy Expats Could Do To Help Develop Our Philippines” as a reply to the request of PinoyExpats Magazine (May 2006), an online magazine based in Europe. A number of websites and e-groups have since picked up and passed around that article, but according to Atty. Lacson, the version being passed around is the cut-and-pasted one. Here’s the clearer version, reproduced in full with his permission.)

a)     Spend your vacation, your dollars, in our Philippines

It is understandable for our OFWs, balikbayans and Pinoy expats to spend vacation in other countries. The world is truly beautiful and majestic. But please do spend some of your vacation, and some of your dollars, in our Philippines. Every dollar that you bring into our country will help build our Philippines. It will help our tourism industry. It will mean more sales and more jobs for our local industries. It will mean an increase in our country’s international dollar reserves. It will help stabilize the Peso. And ultimately, it will help stabilize our economy.

b)     Teach your relatives back home to be good citizens & good Filipinos

Whether or not you are sending money to your relatives in the Philippines, you are one of their heroes. They look up to you as models. They listen to every word you say, to whatever you tell them. Please teach them to become good Filipinos, to become good citizens. They can start with my book - 12 Little Things Every Filipino Can Do To Help Our Country. Please ask them to help me spread the message of the book. In particular, please ask them to “Buy local. Buy Pilipino.” In an article in one of the recent issues of TIME Magazine, it was said that the most crucial factor for economic progress is not foreign investments, but economic nationalism, i.e., when people learn to support their own country’s products. 

c)All OFWs, Balikbayans and Pinoy Expats should do more during elections in RP

In the next and all future elections, the OFWs and Balikbayans and Pinoy expats should do more by helping your relatives back home in choosing the right leaders – the national ones especially - for our country. Your relatives at home will surely listen to you. This means that as OFWs and expats, you need to surf the internet and read the news so you’ll know the candidates who should be elected to office. There are organizations and websites which can help you on this.

If is true that there are at least 8 million OFWs all over the world now, and if it is also true that every Filipino has at least 4 family members or relatives, then the 8 million OFWs have at least 32 million relatives back home in the Philippines. This means that the OFWs and their families, by their own numbers, can already change and transform the political leadership in the Philippines, our government, and eventually our nation as a whole.

Click here for the rest ” 10 Little Things OFWs Could do to Help“. 

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.

Lingon

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“.

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.  

A Blink of an Eye

22 years ago during my college days there was these two beautiful kids (toddlers) that I tended or taken care of whenever Im free at school. Dressed them up and sometime gave them a bath when the maids cannot attend to it. Irked a bit by their kakulitan but I loved them very much. They are my nephew and niece, Kristine May (Kitty) and Kristoffer Dominic (Boboy).  

 

Brought up by good guidance and God fearing parents they both finished college and presently in their way to success that every parents could be proud of.

 

Many long years had gone by, its just liked a blink of an eye.

  

Kitty whose childhood dream is to become a stewardess will come true. She will be flying to her base country Qatar on Saturday (July 8) as an international flight stewardess.

Kitty Rivas Amora

 

Boboy on the other hand is getting married tomorrow (July, 6) to a pretty bride Hon Hon.

 

Boboy Amora & Hon2 Ybanez

 

Huh! It means Im getting older and older everyday.

 

To Kitty and Boboy, CONGRATS! You both have made it, cherish every opportunity that will come along the way and I wish you all the best in the years to come, I AM PROUD OF YOU    

CESEEPS Electro-Technical Seminars

To: IIEE-CRSA, IIEE-ER, IIEE-WR and to all Filipino Electrical Practitioners in KSA.

Kindly disseminate below information to all your vacationing colleagues particularly those from Visayas and Mindanao.

ceseepsContinuing its mission to address the wide gap between the academe and the industry, CESEEPS INTERNATIONAL is announcing its series of electro-technical seminars for the second semester of this year, as follows: Mod 1: LOW VOLTAGE SYSTEMS & APPLICATIONS (July 12-14); Mod 2: Medium Voltage Systems & Applications (Aug 9-11); Mod 3: FAULT CALCULATIONS & APPLICATIONS (Sept 6-8); Mod 4: INDUSTRIAL SUBSTATIONS & PROTECTION SYSTEMS (Oct 4-6); and Mod 5: INDUSTRIAL MAINTENANCE & ENERGY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS (Nov 8-10).

Venue will be at PSI Training Center, 2nd Floor, Northgate Center Building (across Gaisano Country Mall), Banilad, Cebu City. Open to all electrical practitioners, CESEEPS Continuing Training Program is designed to catapult the electrical engineer to higher dimensions in the practice of electrical engineering. The program is expected to transform the electrical engineers into quality practitioners of world-class engineering applying international standards of design & construction for industrial plants, commercial complexes and utility power systems. Application of competencies derived from this program will not only accelerate the productivity of the engineer but will also result to a safer, reliable and a much better electrical environment.  

For every seminar, each participant is entitled to an average of 280 page-hard bound book written specifically for the seminar subject.    

For more information, interested participants may call Tel No.: (032) 345-4531 or Fax No. (032) 343-6936. See also related link.

PTAG and Katipunan-USA

Been an e-group subscriber for quite a time now with Progressive Times Action Group (PTAG) based in USA.  Though I am just a lurker in the group but I never missed reading their exchanges more particularly when it comes to charitable topics. 

PTAG as I understand is also an affiliate organization of Katipunan-USA a group of FilAm that oversees the welfare of Filipino Veterans. I just cant help thinking that  if my father still alive now he will be joining this group in America. My father acquired American citizenship as a Filipino Veteran during WWII. He came back home and passed away during the time of his vacation.

Anyway, what important for me is the email that I just read today and kindly allow me to post it below. Another undertaking that deserves to be acknowledged by Filipino migrants overseas and Filipinos back home.

THIRTEEN ‘BALIKBAYAN’ (BIG)  BOXES OF BOOKS  SHIPPED TO  PTAG MINDAN

To all our PTAGmembers, fellow Rotarians, friends and supporters:

After about two months since Dr. Greg Bowden, the principal of Running Springs Elem School in Anaheim Hills, California arrived from his lst ‘missionary’ trip in Mindanao, Southern Philippines, THIRTEEN BIG ‘BALIKBAYAN’ BOXES FILLED OF OVER TWO THOUSAND BOOKS WERE SHIPPED TO THE PHILIPPINES. This noble project was initiated immediately by Dr. Bowden and his students, teachers parents and network of fellow professors teachers and church members. Katipunan-USA was able to get a deeply discounted shipping charges from REN INTERNATIONAL that enabled us to ship the 13 boxes at the same time… We were informed that the shipment should be in Notre Dame Marbel University in Koronadal City between 30 to 40 days from today.

As I have personally seen the dire need of books, especially in Lake Sebu, where about 1,000 books are alloted to one elementary and one high school., I can just imagine the joy and happiness of those students who are hungry to get hold of a good book! So are the nursing students who will be using a lot of nursing and medical books from this first shipment… Dr. Bowden and I agree that we can do this at least once every six months.

I told Greg today that I had goosebumps just knowing that it was only a year ago that Greg and I met because he read about Katipunan-USA’s support of Jing Ureta’s ONLINE mentoring program… and the rest is history… I am indeed humbled yet very happy that an Awesome Power made us instruments to do something for others l0,000 miles away… WITHOUT any expectations of any rewards from anyone… a real service to humanity, a genuine SERVICE ABOVE SELF.

To Dr. Greg, his loving and supportive family, his teachers and students and parents, the Anaheim Hills Rotarians and the Fil-Am Community and everyone who in their own ways helped in this BOOKS FOR FILIPINO CHILDREN, A BIG THANK YOU… AND GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

MAY YOUR TRIBE INCREASE!

Good news reporter,

Ernie Deflin

Uncommon Valor of Common People

Many Labor Attaches and Welfare Officers who come and go in Saudi Arabia. In Jeddah, I can’t forget former WelOf Iriles Ladjabassal whom I considered a friend and a father during my first 4 years as an OFW in the Kingdom and so with the late Labor Attache, Atty. Abraham Malli. 

Here in Riyadh, a few of them I came to mingle with, like Labatt Sodusta whom I first met when he visited OFWs in the company where I am presently employed. Of course my friend Labatt Jainal Rasul, Jr., who was the one advised me to form an organization in the Industrial Area.

But there was one whom I havent got the chance to meet but I heard, read much about him and I truly admire his dedication in serving his fellowmen (OFWs) during his time as Labor Attache in the Kingdom. In fact Filipino community in Eastern Province and even in Riyadh were saddened when his tour of duty ended and transferred back home. His name is Atty. Jalilo O. Dela Torre.

Former Labor Attache Atty. Jalilo Dela Torre (now DOLE XI regional director)

Former Labor Attache Atty. Jalilo Dela Torre (now DOLE XI regional director)

Atty. Jalilo O. Dela Torre was formerly a practicing lawyer based in Cebu. He joined Government service particularly the DOLE since 1978. He was former Labor Attache in Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia and his last posting overseas as Labor Attache in Tel Aviv, Israel. At present, he is DOLE Regional Director in Cordillera Region and one of the proponent of Training-cum-Employment Scheme for the Business Process Outsourcing Industry of the Philippines (TRACES-BPO), a 30-day training on English proficiency, technical skills and confidence building for our new graduates. It started in Cordillera and is now being implemented in Caraga Region. TRACES-BPO is also being eyed for replication in Cagayan de Oro, Palawan, Aklan, Region 2, Cebu and Oriental Mindoro.

Now, aside from being a good public servant, Atty. Dela Torre loves to write and is currently writing his second book with a working title of -Uncommon Valor: Profiles of Unknown Filipino Heroes and Role Models- This is a compilation of the life stories of Filipinos, dead or alive, who are have displayed extraordinary courage in the field of battle, or displayed uncommon sense of decency, honesty, morality, or have successfully established a business through hard work, or who have returned to the Philippines from work abroad and have become successful entrepreneurs, or who have participated in governance of this country with the highest sense of idealism, commitment and vision.

Presently, he is interviewing Ferdie Capili, an OFW-turned-educator who owns the Don Martin Montessori School in Balagtas, Bulacan and Minerva Calugas-Javier, daughter of Jose Calugas, the only Filipino-born awardee of the US Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest American military honor.

How about you? Do you know of any Filipino, deceased or otherwise, who deserves to be installed in our Hall of Heroes? He or she doesn’t have to be a dead hero like Calugas. He could be a gasoline boy who sincerely and honesty returned a bag of money or an expensive cellphone. He could be a policeman who does his job effectively and honesty, despite being surrounded by thieves. Extraordinary feats of ordinary common people.

If you know of any, please e-mail Atty. Jalilo Dela Torre, contact details below:

ATTY. JALILO O. DELA TORRE

Department of Labor and Employment, Cordillera Administrative Region

Baguio City, Philippines, 2600

Mobile: +639159810968

E-mail: jalilodelatorre@gmail.com; jalilo_delatorre@yahoo.com

ICQ: 175530561

Fax: +63744435339

The Biggest Challenge

One of my friends an Electrical Engineer in Yanbu who happen to visit my blogspot (original blog) asked me why I did not post The Biggest Challenge here in new “ofwempowerment blog”  by wordpress. The “Biggest Challenge” was a remarks/speech delivered by my brother addressed to the new Professional Electrical Engineers in Cebu. I told him that it was my first posting in Funchain and categorized under Motivation. Maybe he doesnt have much time browsing the net or have limited access that is why he cannot surf much time in the internet.
 
 
Anyway, I posted it again in here and delete the previous one. Here it goes.
 
THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE

Engr. Dominico "Doods" Amora

By: Doods A. Amora (PEE)

The journey continues. The engines of change keep throbbing relentlessly with power & energy. The fire is burning hot as light is beckoning from afar. The tigers paws on guard while the eagles watchful eyes probing into the unknown wilderness. Another canto had been captured. Dusts cleared. The spoils of the recent battle settled. Tired but not spent. Weakened but not short of second wind. Still potent and sharp, this time wiser, more experienced.

Casualty? Zero. Injury list? There were some temporary set-backs, but everybody is standing upright. Morale? Everybody is proud and smiling. Now refueled, our group is again ready to embark into another uncharted chapter of the next battle.

Thank you very much then for the kind words intended for me and Ely when you said that we were the mentors. We appreciate it very much. Probably after the ashes had cleared, we need such remarks in order for the adrenaline to keep on flowing.

Yes, success in a competitive game is usually won by team play and coaches do play that big role. However, success in ones personal battle as in the board examinations is not won by coaches. It is to be won by the individual himself because he is not competing against others. He is in fact fighting against his own shadow. The Fear Factor as Bro Noel Fernandez had always pointed out, is the biggest adversary. It is in fact the handicap exemplified by the butterflies in the stomach that drives one player to lose his wits during a round or rounds of grueling combat inside a four walled ring.

Freddie Roach has done a great lot for the improvement of Manny Pacquiao and the others. But his role is only limited, he cant do anything once the player is already inside the ring. Once unleashed, it is the players diskarte that matters – in solving the puzzles while alone. Our motivation as mentors is only to make the engineer a much better technocrat in the dispensation of his responsibility as an engineer. The decision to take the PEE Board is for the individual himself. The big difference however is preparedness and anticipation. As Achilles Ponces Report states, Looking through the future, there must be that so-called anticipation  and anticipation leads to preparedness as an answer to complete the loop. Surprisingly most of the time, preparedness derived from anticipation can only be discovered if we look back to past and historical performances. And past statistics usually become the answer and guide in future plans of actions.

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. Once the basics are forgotten, the foundation will be weakened and the structure might crumble. The PULSE ANNUNCIATOR will feature the basics of our foundation. Do not belittle these Code Basics because you will experience later that the basics after all will make someone a PEE. I am therefore inviting you all to focus on these basics.

Now back to basics: The danger of success is success itself,  its intoxicating. We therefore need to always look back where we were before. Ang taong hindi lumingon sa pinang-galingan ay hindi makakarating sa patutunguhan. Looking back, we need to re-nurture the conviction of the principles we had been applying in the past several months. If we rest, we rust. We shall never sit on our laurels. Our best is not enough. Our cup must never be full. Do not mind the pressures imposed on you by the mentors. As I said, pressures in work are realities to live with, because we need it! Open a faucet and water flows from it. Why? Because there is pressure! Be a part of the team. Never be in the sideline, because if you are, you will be left behind.

Work is Force times Distance. The tons of force exerted are nothing if you covered no distance. Passing the PEE Board is a vast mile covered. That is work done!

To the new PEEs, theres one fact in life that I would like you to keep in mind always. Just as life is temporal, lifes setbacks are more recurring. The duration of these setbacks are a lot shorter than life itself. So dont allow these setbacks to spoil what otherwise is a life worth living. Your perseverance in turning around some of the extemporaneous setbacks in your interview performance was something not entirely surprising to me. It would have been surprising if it were someone else who did it. But knowing you and what you are capable of doing, you just have to do it because thats the stuff you are made of. Let me tell you this as part of your development and growth: Ive known you people to be the kind of characters who eat personal challenges for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The problem as I see it is this: When those challenges disappear, you begin to starve. The biggest challenge therefore for you is how to keep looking at every situation as one that needs challenge. In other words, the challenge to challenge, and don’t let mere words get the better of you. You will therefore do your share in training others. It will be something of a work in a lifetime.

LET US THEN CONGRATULATE THE PLAYERS. THEY HAVE JUST CROSSED THE RUBICON! WE ALL ARE PROUD OF YOU!

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Engr. Dominico A. Amora or Doods was 2nd placer in the 1983 PEE Board Examinations, a college instructor, speaker in various technical fora & symposia and lecturer in seminars. His significant contributions to the electrical engineering profession earned him IIEEs Most Outstanding Electrical Practitioner of the Country in the Field of Industry, an award he received in 1996. In 2002, Doods again was conferred as IIEEs Most Outstanding Practitioner of the Country in the Field of Consultancy. He had been the President of the IIEE Cebu Chapter in 1986. He became Governor of Region VII in 2003 where he was conferred as the Most Outstanding Governor of the Year. Doods in 2003 earned CITs (Cebu Institute of Technology) Mos
t Outstanding Alumnus in the Field of Engineering Consultancy.

Doods at present is the Chief Operating Officer of PRIMARY ELEKTRIKS & POWER SPECIALIST CORP (PEPSCOR), a consultancy & contracting outfit he organized based in Mandaue City – a company specializing in power systems designs, project execution, energy management, maintenance management systems and project management. He is also at present the Managing Director of the CENTRE FOR STUDIES IN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING PRACTICES & STANDARDS (CESEEPS) and the Vice President of the ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL ELECTRICAL ENGINEERS OF CEBU (APEEC). Currently the Managing Editor of the Pulse Annunciator a monthly E-Zine for Electrical Practitioners.

He also authored five (5) Book Series on Electrical Design Practices in Industrial Power Systems.

Jun Credo – OFW “Bagong Bayani”

"an unknown helping hand"

"an unknown helping hand"

You may not be a renowned community leader, a known artist, a writer, a fund giver, etc., etc. to be deserved and be recognized as a Bagong Bayani Awardees. There are many OFWs in their individual capacity who contribute a lot of good deeds for the welfare and protection of their fellow OFWs, dedicating their life by setting aside personal interest or gain in the service of his fellowmen, community and country particularly to those in needs, they call it unconditional service to the community in the absence of recognition and publicity.  

That is why I believed what Pirke Avot says: It is not one says but rather what one does that makes a difference in the world.

A lot of them out there whose names are unknown to us, one of them is Engr. Jun Credo.

I’ve been working in the Kingdom for a quite a time now and actively involved in various community services but I never saw him in any Filipino community gatherings. But his name is known to Filipino community, Philippine Mission in the Kingdom and especially to those OFW in distress. Though I don’t have the chance meeting him in person but I admire his works and services he had shared for what he was known for. 

But his life was turn upside down when he himself needs help and no one to turn to, except God.  Fortunately, with the help of prayers from friends in the community and the Assistance to National Section of our Embassy, after 2 months he was released in jail.

There were untold stories of the life of Engr Jun Credo, from helping others and the time when he needs help but it is not important anymore. He is now back home together with his wife (an Iraqi national) and children.

This guy deserve to be recognized by our Government and if you need to know why? Just contact our Philippine Embassy in Riyadh for you to hear the Story of  OFW Jun Credo.  

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It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how strong man stumbles or where the deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again because there is no effort without error and shortcomings, who knows the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best knows in the end the high achievement of triumph and who at worst, if he fails while daring greatly, knows his place shall never be with those timid and cold souls who know neither victory nor defeat. – Theodore Roosevelt  

Filipinos – The Best Expats in KSA

Al Ajial Co. Ltd. Corporate Office, 3rd Industrial Area, Riyadh

Al Ajial Co. Ltd. Corporate Office, 3rd Industrial Area, Riyadh

AL AJIAL Co. Ltd. where I am presently employed has been blessed with success through these years of its existence because of Filipinos. Majority of its employees, from the staff (Administration, Finance, Production, Installation) down to skilled workers are predominantly occupied by Filipino employees.

The company was established in 1980 close to old Industrial Area, located in Al Kharj South of Riyadh and later transferred to bigger location in Exit 11 Al Kharj Road, 3rd Industrial City. The company engaged in the sawing and manufacturing of cut to size slabs of marble and marble architectural designs.

AL AJIAL Co. Ltd. retain a full skills capability consisting of Filipino qualified specialist Engineers, Architects who have expertise in Design

Engineering Department

Engineering Department

through Auto Cad computerized equipment to be able to proud the best design and workshop drawing; and improve diverse any shapes of architectural works in order to produce the finest work of art, to adapt particular requirement of each job. To achieve that, each project is carefully managed by the Filipino Engineers who maintains regular dialogue with the client.

 

 

 

 

Al Ajial Co. Ltd. Finance and Enginering Staff

Al Ajial Co. Ltd. Finance and Enginering Staff

Filipino Architects and Engineers identify and select appropriate designs. The team knowledge and experience of marble is often a valuable source of expertise welcomed by client. The Engineering (Design) Department has made AL AJIAL Co. Ltd. as one of the top leading and distinguished company compared to other marble companies in the Kingdom. The company has hired a full skills capability consisting of Civil and Design Engineers, AutoCad Operators, Marble Craftsmen of different nationalities where 90 % of its workforce comes from our country, Philippines. Each has been carefully selected. All have completed demanding trade test distinguish as some of the best in their field.

AL AJIAL Co. Ltd. has a plant or factory designed and constructed to achieve the highest optimum production and for

Finishing Department

Finishing Department

 expansion to meet increasing product demand. The production process from serving of delegate blocks upon customers choice, to the very fast finishing details that must be passed in a separate strict quality control standards. The almost technological advance equipment from computerized polishing, bridge cutting machines, calibrating machines, lathe, profiling and high pressure waterjet machines which guarantee a high level finishing of the companys productivity.

We are proud that Filipinos are the best worksmen in Saudi Arabia not only in the area of IT but also in the field of quality workmanship.

The company in return give its full support to Filipino workers in our needs and see to it that our rights as a foreign workers in this country are well protected.

Overseas Migration and Migrant’s Rights

My friend Ms. Ellene Sana, Executive Director of CMA (Center for Migrant Advocacy) inform us that Atty. Henry Rojas, CMAs Legal Counsel will give a presentation on Asian Overseas Migration and Human Rights in Norfolk, Virginia, USA on May 30, 2006. The event is part of the celebration of the Asian Pacific American heritage month and is sponsored by the Norfolk, BAH WLC, Diversity Committee and the Old Dominion University Filipino American Center. For those (FilAm) interested you may contact Erwin Sabile today, May 27 at sabile_erwin@bah.com or phone number (US) 757 515 2531.

Atty. Henry Rojas

Atty. Henry Rojas

We hope that Atty. Rojas will include in his presentation the following; how to develop approaches and or rather; how to enhance or improve the participation of established communities of Filipinos overseas, in order to help poverty alleviation in our country.

Overseas Migration, Beyond Remittances

A study I read from Policy Institute, Beyond Remittances: (The Role of Diaspora in Poverty Reduction in their Countries of Origin, Philippines, July 2004). It says that;

The policies of the Philippine government appear to treat the financial contributions of Diaspora and temporary workers alike primarily as income flows rather than potential investment stock. As income flows, they relieve poverty directly. But the Philippine government does not seem to have a strategy to maximize the developmental potential of established communities of Filipinos overseas, which might have a more lasting impact on poverty reduction.

Above mentioned study collaborated former OFW Mr. Mike Bolos point of view in a letter to Mr. Rey Gamboa (Bizlinks)

OFW Empowerment

OFW Empowerment

of Philippine Star, published 01/30/2006 titled Harnessing the OFW Power, excerpt of the published letter below;

To date, the government’s view as far as the overseas Filipinos are concerned has been confined within a box.

Dependence to and assistance from the government by returning overseas Filipinos have become the centerpiece of the various reintegration programs at the micro-economic level. However, there have been far more failures than successes because not all mortals were meant to become successful businessmen or businesswomen. This situation to a large extent will sadly remain the same in the years to come if the government keeps looking just inside the box. The government should perhaps look outside the box for answers.

In my opinion, economic and political empowerment of migrant Filipinos can only be realized if we take a step outside from the realm of the Government, and look deeper into the potentials of migrant Filipinos in re-building our nation towards progress using its own developmental capabilities.

On Human Rights

Coffee Break

Coffee Break

In my understanding, the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipino Act of 1995 requires the government to ensure that states hosting Filipino migrants protect their rights and conform to the provisions of international conventions and bilateral agreements. However, there are few provisions in this act that should be amended to assert the rights of all migrants as an essential component of good migration management. Though this particular issue remains politically sensitive one for both receiving and sending nations, more particularly between the Philippines and the Middle Eastern countries.

For me, in todays global scenario, the successful migration management can only be achieved when the human rights of migrants is respected.

I am wishing Atty. Henry Rojas successful presentation. From the U.S., he will proceed to Montreal, Canada in June, to participate in the International Human Rights Training Program of the Canadian Human Rights Foundation (now Equitas). Good Luck and more power Sir.

Give Back

I am so touched when I read inspiring messages in my Cbox especially from my fellow Nasipitnon, like Atty. Loloy Compendio based in our town; and Raquel Toland my silingan/kapitbahay who is now residing in U.S.

 

As I recall, Nasipit in my younger years was probably the busiest town in the province of Agusan Del Norte but due to economic depression in the late 1980s the famous Nasipit Lumber Company  (NALCO) that employed hundreds of its people ceases its operation. It was then that the continuing economic growth of the once called a very progressive town started to weaken. Presently our beloved town primarily depends on the income generated by its port, the International Port of Entry.

 

  

Nasipit Town Hall

 

My schoolmates and some of my friends in the old golden days are now mostly in different parts of the globe, many of them are OFWs/Migrant workers. Yet a few of us are keeping in touch by way of emails particularly the Nasipit e-group. I am hoping and praying that out of these kumustahan and usual exchanges of e-mails, something will give  spark that soon be a light that could help put our town back on track. 

 

Mainit Dot Org, in Surigao Del Norte, a civil society organization who focused on developmental issues of the town and contributed its economic progress first came as an idea by two town mates who happen to know each other in high school, one idea led to another, and this group certainly more than just an idea now.

 

Thinking aloud, many successful Nasipitnons back home and overseas could perhaps sit down together over a bottle of beers and a cup of coffee, I have just imagine some of the good guys out there like, Bubot Gicum, Gerry Ampo, Nerio Ruiz, Loy Compendio, Eddie Tan, Capt. Bolongaita, Mike Marave, Boboy Dompor, Bondit Rotor, Ian Atupan, Dodong Amora, Pia brothers, Enghog Family, Margie Lombard, Dindo Bugas, and many, many more, that may talk about certain things on what we can do for our town. It is about time to return something back to a town that moulds us into what we are today, a responsible citizen.

 

Maybe we are not physically be there but the spirit of being a Nasipitnon will lingers on and it cant be denied that we came from a small town that memories never fades and wherever we are it embraces us whenever we come back.

 

But Hey! Ill join you all, over a bottle of Beers.    

Thank You Mr. Chips

Mr. Chips - Jack Kilby

Mr. Chips - Jack Kilby

Yesterday, I was cleaning up the mess of my template, exploring and looking for the best place where I could fix its codes – aiming for a nice look that makes this blog presentable to all my visitors. And it was a success! The side bar format is now clean and looking good.

I am so very grateful to those who made this tool wonderful; like Bill Gates, gifted programmers and of course to Jason Banico who made Funchain easy to explore. But there is one you need to know, a man who shared a significant contribution to the era of information technology. 

Ever heard of Jack Kilby? Clue: His invention changed your/our life. Based on the story written by T.R. Reid (Washington Post). Jack Kilby  is from Kansas U.S.A. who has turned down by MIT because his math scores were too low and who never had much formal physics training yet received the Nobel Prize in Physics. This is slightly anomalous, because Jack St. Clair Kilby is not a physicist.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences was willing to overlook that minor detail though, because Kilby did, after all, come up with the most valuable invention: the microchip. Jack Kilby’s idea sparked the information age.

The tiny silicon chip at the heart of all digital devices has arguably become the most important industrial commodity since crude oil. Without it, there could be no personal computer or cell phone, no Internet or PlayStations. The semiconductor integrated circuit has changed the world as fundamentally as did the light bulb, the telephone. But somehow the man who made the microchip has never achieved the recognition that Edison, Bell and Ford enjoyed.

Sitting in the semiconductor lab, Kilby came up with the answer: eliminate the wires. It was such a daring break with the history of electronic circuits that he first thought it couldn’t work. But he realized all the basic elements of a circuit could be made of the same material-silicon. And if all of the elements could be carved into a single slice of that material, then the interconnections could be laid down, or even printed, on a little silicon chip.

No wires, no soldering. And that meant a huge number of components could be compressed  into a tiny space. You could put a whole computer circuit on a chip the size of a baby’s fingernail.

On July 24, 1958, Kilby scrawled this idea in his lab notebook: The following circuit elements could be made on a single slice: resistors, capacitor, distributed capacitor, transistor. That’s the sentence that brought its author the Nobel Prize.

An Open Letter to Saudi Authorities and Fellow Filipinos

As representative of good standing in the Filipino Community in Riyadh, WE speak on behalf of the vast majority of Filipinos in the Kingdom who has come here for the singular purpose of working decently and quietly to secure a better future of our respective families back home.

As employees in different fields of expertise, we express the collective gratefulness of OFWs in the Kingdom for continued trust and confidence of our esteemed employers as well as the privilege of being welcomed, along with our families, to share in the progress and lawful protection of the Kingdom.

As members of the expatriate community who have spent a good number of years in the Kingdom, WE convey the firm resolve of our fellow OFWs to remain fully cognizant and deep respect to the laws, customs and traditions of our friendly host and promote better understanding and closer relations between the Filipino community and the Islamic world particularly in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

As a leaders of various community; clubs, guilds and organizations, WE are committed to ensure that our competence and excellence are recognize not only in our field of work, but also in the community of service, sports, arts, music and other worthwhile activities to which we devote our free time.

Thus, in the wake of disparaging news reports concerning some OFWs in Saudi Arabia, WE strongly take exception to the allegations that Filipinos are engaged with illegal operations in the Kingdom.

WE denounced such activities of a few individual OFWs, if actually proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt, as contrary to the much larger and lasting relations of the Filipino Community with the Saudi society in which they play an active role towards continuing development.

WE avow that we will exert our best efforts to always maintain the highest respect for all the values the Saudi society holds dear and cooperation with the authorities in preserving these values as well as the existing cordial relations between both country and its people.

From: The Filipino Community in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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Jason Banico (Creator of Funchain)

Jason Banico (Creator of Funchain)

Browsing Internet is part of my daily job, not to mention that the company where I am employed have unlimited access with our ISP. It means that I can always visit and post important events, commentaries, etc. to my blog whenever I have the spare time to do it.

Actually, I heard this blog mania a couple of years ago and was fascinated by some bloggers conveying personal opinions through the freedom of expression using the power of blogging.

My impulse told me so creating my own blog. Then, I discover myself doing my homework in my PC at my flat. It does not only eases homesickness away from home, it likewise enhances my know-how in the usefulness of Information Technology (IT).

Blog

Blog

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thus- the creation of ofwempowerment.blogspot.com (now http://ofwempowerment.wordpress.com) whose postings relates Overseas Filipino Workers issues and concern.

I found blogspot.com powered by I POWER BLOGGER popularly known as IBlog easy to use and recreational, not only venturing creativity in developing my personal site but it also helps improve my love of writing.

Few days ago I visited one of my favorite blog created/authored by Davao City Councilor Peter Lavina, I noticed that he shifted to a new blogger powered by FUNCHAIN. Out of curiosity I started my new blog with the same blog name (ofwempowerment) using FUNCHAIN and later conclude it remarkable, very easy to use and more convenient.

In this new era of information technology, let your views be heard, let us exercise our freedom of expression through the use of a proper venue; and that is – the power of blogging. However, we should be always compassionate in expressing our respective viewpoint, thoughts and ideas.

Try making your own blog using Funchain.

Who brought this idea to reality? Like us – He is Filipino, in the name of Mr. Jason Banico. Find out a little bit of who this person is – below:

Jason Banico is a technopreneur with 9 years of IT experience. He hails from Davao City, only coming to Metro Manila for his college studies at Ateneo de Manila and working there for approximately 10 years.

In 2005, he became a Reuters Digital Vision Fellow at Stanford University, where he realized his dream of finally going to Silicon Valley. Staying in a converted garage (yes, the proverbial Silicon Valley garage), he brought Funchain from idea to reality. *** BongA