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PostSubject: Assignment 8 (Due: September 7, 2009, 13:00hrs)   Sun Aug 09, 2009 9:30 pm

On the assumption that you heard/read the SONA of the President last month (July 2009), identify at least 3 areas related to Human Resource Mangement and explain how these areas can improve our quality of life. (2000words)
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PostSubject: Re: Assignment 8 (Due: September 7, 2009, 13:00hrs)   Sun Aug 16, 2009 1:19 pm

On the assumption that you heard/read the SONA of the President last month (July 2009), identify at least 3 areas related to Human Resource Mangement and explain how these areas can improve our quality of life. (2000words)


The following are the areas related to HRM that was stated by our President during her SONA last July 2009.


1. “Namana natin ang pinakamatagal ng rebelyon ng Komunista sa buong mundo.

Si Leah de la Cruz isa sa labindalawang libong rebel returnee. Sixteen pa lang siya nang sumali sa NPA. Naging kasapi sa regional White Area Committee, napromote sa Leyte Party Committee Secretary. Nahuli noong 2006. She is now involved in an LGU-supported handicraft livelihood training of former rebels. We love you, Leah!

There is now a good prospect for peace talks both with both the Communist Party of the Philippines and the MILF, with whom we are now on ceasefire….

We inherited an age-old conflict in Mindanao, exacerbated by a politically popular but near-sighted policy of massive retaliation. This only provoked the other side to continue the war….

In these two internal conflicts, ang tanong ay hindi, “Sino ang mananalo?” kundi, bakit ba kailangang mag-away ang kapwa Pilipino tungkol sa mga isyu na alam ng dalawang panig over issues na malulutas naman sa paraang demokratiko.”

Fighting can’t help us, it can’t even solve a problem, and it could just worsen it. So why fight, right? But I, myself, can understand whatever that conflict happening between the NPA and the government. I also is not that preferred to the government though I’m not also as harsh like the NPA people. But whatever they are doing with their victims, it would be God who could only punish them.

2. “Sa hirap at ginhawa, ang ating overseas Filipinos ay pinapatatag ang ating bansa. Iyong padala nilang $16 billion noong isang taon ay record. Itong taon, mas mataas pa….

I know that this is not a sacrifice joyfully borne. This is work where it can be found—in faraway places, among strangers with different cultures. It is lonely work, it is very hard work….

Kaya nagsisikap tayong lumikha ng mga trabahong maganda ang bayad dito sa atin so that overseas work will just be a career choice, not the only option for a hardworking Filipino in search of a better life…

Meanwhile, we should make their sacrifices worthwhile. Dapat gumawa tayo ng mga mas malakas na paraan upang proteksyonan at palawak ang halaga ng kanilang pinagsikapang sweldo. That means stronger consumer protection for OFWs investing in property and products back home. Para sa kanila, pinapakilos natin ang Investors Protection Task Force….”

They are all very brave, really brave. They are very potent and hardworking for they are sacrificing on becoming far to their loved ones. I’m very proud to all OFWs. It’s really amazing to think they are so far away from home. Despite of that, they are more inspired to work and it is a big help not only to their families but also to country. As what Arroyo said, if we could find a way for them not to stay away from their families, it would not be a better one, but the best.

3. “Ang magandang edukasyon ay susi sa mas mabuting buhay, the great equalizer that allows every young Filipino a chance to realize their dreams…

Nagtayo tayo ng 95,000 na silid-aralan, nagdagdag ng 60,000 na guro, naglaan ng P1.5 billion para sa teacher training, especially for 100,000 English teachers. Isa sa pinakamahirap na Millennium Development Goals ay iyong Edukasyon para sa Lahat pagdating ng 2015, na nangunguhulugang lahat ng nasa edad ay nasa grade school. Halos walang bansang nakakatupad nito. Ngunit nagsisikap tayo. Binaba natin ang gastos ng pagpasok. Nagtayo tayo ng mga eskwela sa higit isang libong barangay na dati walang eskwelahan, upang makatipid ng gastos ng pasahe ang mga bata. Tinanggal natin ang miscellaneous fees para sa primary school.

Hindi na kailangan ang uniporme sa mga estudyante sa public schools…

We assist financially half of all students in private high schools….

We have provided 600,000 college and post-graduate scholarships. One of them Mylene Amerol-Macumbal, finished Accounting at MSU-IIT, went to law school, and placed second in the last bar exams–the first Muslim woman bar topnotcher. Congratulations…

In technical education and skills training, we have invested three times that of three previous administrations combined. Narito si Jennifer Silbor, isa sa sampung milyong trainee. Natuto siya ng medical transcription. Now, as an independent contractor and lecturer for transcriptions in Davao, kumikita siya ng P18,000 bawat buwan. Good job.

The Presidential Task Force on Education headed by Jesuit educator Father Bienvenido Nebres has come out with the Main Education Highway towards a Knowledge-Based Economy. It envisions seamless education from basic to vocational school or college….

It seeks to mainstream early childhood development in basic education. Our children are our most cherished possession. In their early years we must make sure they get a healthy start in life. They must receive the right food for a healthy body, the right education for a bright and inquiring mind—and the equal opportunity for a meaningful job….

For college admission, the Task Force recommends mandatory Scholastic Aptitude Tests. It also recommends that private higher education institutions and state universities and colleges should be harmonized. It also recommends that CHED will oversee of local universities and colleges. For professions seeking international recognition—engineering, architecture, accountancy, pharmacy and physical therapy—it recommends radical reform: 10 years of basic education, two years of pre-university, three years of university…

Our educational system should make the Filipino fit not just for whatever jobs happen to be on offer today, but also for whatever economic challenge life will throw in their way….”

Everyone is always saying that education is really important for it is where we can gain knowledge that we can share unto the next generations. And it would a very big opportunity if someone in our country can think of giving importance to education because nowadays, many parents can afford to send their children in school. And with that reason, many could go to the wrong way and become a problem in our society.

4. “Mula noong 2001, Nanawagan tayo ng mas murang gamot. Nagbebenta na tayo ng mga gamot na kalahating presyo sa libu-libong Botika ng Bayan at Botika ng Barangay sa maraming dako ng bansa. Our efforts prodded the pharmaceutical companies to come up with low-cost generics and brands like RiteMed. I supported the tough version of the House of the Cheaper Medicine Law. I supported it over the weak version of my critics. The result: the drug companies volunteered to bring down drug prices, slashing by half the prices of 16 drugs. Thank you, Congressman Cua, Alvarez, Biron and Locsin….

Pursuant to law, I am placing other drugs under a maximum retail price. To those who want to be President, this advice: If you want something done, do it hard, do it well. Don’t pussyfoot. Just do it. Don’t say bad words in public.

Sa health insurance, sakop na ang 86% ng ating populasyon…”

The Cheaper Medicine Law was already implemented and because of that, of course medicines are now in a cheaper price compared previously. It can make our country better especially that there would be no absent employees because of illness. And it would make their work better that can result to a better product and better economy.

http://www.karenveloso.com/2009/07/president-gloria-macapagal-arroyo%E2%80%99s-sona-2009/

My Blog: http://etelur.blogspot.com/2009/08/sona-2009-hrm.html



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PostSubject: Re: Assignment 8 (Due: September 7, 2009, 13:00hrs)   Wed Aug 19, 2009 7:27 am

BEAT THE ODDS program (acronym for Balance budget, Education for all, Automated elections, Transportation and digital infrastructure, Terminate hostilities with the MILF and NPA, Heal the wounds of EDSA’s I, II and III, Electricity and water for all, Opportunities for livelihood and ten million jobs, Decongestion of Metro Manila, and Develop Subic and Clark)


*Government transportation and infrastructure projects benefit poor Filipinos

The advances in the transportation and infrastructure sector have productively benefited the poor Filipinos throughout the country.

Transportation and Communications Secretary Leandro Mendoza said in a television interview today that the programs and projects under the administration of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo are all focused in providing excellent services for the ordinary Filipinos.

He cited as example the “sustainable, affordable, fast and safe” transport system under President Arroyo’s watch.

One of them, he said, is the completion of the Roll-On, Roll-Off (RORO) project and the establishment of three nautical highways which have linked the major islands in the country.

Mendoza noted that under President Arroyo’s term, almost 72 airports were repaired and upgraded to accommodate bigger planes.

The government, according to him, has also constructed six new airports and there are still five more being built.

Mendoza likewise said that the linking of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) and the Light Rail Transit (LRT) will be completed before the end of the year allowing Filipinos to move around Metro Manila seamlessly through rails.

The Philippine National Railways (PNR), he said, is on-track even as he expressed confidence that the Caloocan-Alabang route will be operational before the year ends.

* PGMA’s CLEEP program helps cushion impact of crisis among poor workers

The establishment of the Comprehensive Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (CLEEP) by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo serves as a potent vehicle to cushion the impact of the global economic crisis particularly among poor Filipino workers.

In a television interview this morning, National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) Secretary Domingo Panganiban said that as early as last year, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has already set her vision to protect the workers through the implementation of CLEEP.

Panganiban said that a total of 238,610 Filipino workers have been given jobs under the CLEEP program since its implementation in January this year.

These CLEEP beneficiaries were hired to improve and preserve the fruits of the country’s economic sustainability.

Aside from CLEEP, NAPC earlier reported that some 12,058 previously unemployed or underemployed workers have already been hired through government-sponsored swine fattening and breeding projects, the Out of School Youth Serving Towards Economic Recovery (OYSTER) program, the Botika ng Barangay program of the Department of Health (DOH), the Kalahi program, and the flatbed dryer projects of the Department of Agriculture (DA).

CLEEP is the Arroyo administration's immediate and broad-based response to protect the country's most vulnerable sectors --- such as the poor, returning expatriates, workers in the export industry, and out-of-school youths, from threats and consequences of reduced or lost income as a consequence of the global economic crisis --- by providing emergency employment and funding and supervising livelihood projects.

President Arroyo pushed for the program’s implementation to build the
capacities of Filipino workers and afford them the skills they need to compete in tougher job markets.

CLEEP implementation is also intended to create as many jobs as possible in the least possible amount of time for the poor through investments in public works and enterprise development.

Funding for the CLEEP has been increased to P10 billion pesos this year and is being administered by the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) as the lead agency for the implementation of the program.

*EDUCATION

• MDG performance indicators measure access to primary education – whether children who should be
in school are actually in school (i.e. elementary participation rate, cohort survival rate, primary
completion rate and literacy rate of individuals 15-24 years old).
• MDG performance indicators for primary education showed a declining trend from 2000 to 2006.
• While updated statistics for 2007-2009 show slight improvement in the MDG performance indicators
from 2006 data, the general assessment remains: there is a “low probability” for the Philippines to
fully attain universal primary education by 2015.
Participation rate
o Target: 93.0% participation rate in SY 2010-2011; all primary school-age children should be enrolled in primary school by 2015
o Status:
_ 85.12% participation rate as of SY 2008-2009 (85 out 100 primary school-age children were actually in primary school)
_ this is worse than the participation rate in SY 2000-2001 (96.77%)
_ target is not likely to be attained by 2015 Cohort survival rate
o Target: 78.0% cohort survival rate at the elementary level in SY 2010-2011; all Grade 1 pupils in the same batch will make it to the Grade 6 level by 2015
o Status:
_ 75.39% cohort survival rate as of SY 2008-2009 (75 pupils out of a cohort of 100 Grade 1
pupils reached the Grade 6 level)
_ an improvement from the cohort survival rate in SY 2000-2001 (69.46%)
o target for SY 2010-2011 is likely to be attained, but it remains to be seen whether it can meet its 2015 target


Primary completion rate
o Target: all Grade 1 pupils in the same batch will finish schooling up to the Grade 6 level by
2015
o Status:
_ 73.28% primary completion rate as of SY 2008-2009 (73 pupils out of a cohort of 100
Grade 1 pupils finished Grade 6)
_ this is a slight improvement from the completion rate in SY 2000-2001 (68.68%), but
it is still off-target
Literacy rate of 15-24 years old
o Target: 100% literacy rate among 15- to 24-year olds by 2015 (simple literacy = ability to read
and write; functional literacy = ability to read, write and compute)
o Status:
_ latest available literacy rate data for comparison are for years 1994 and 2003
_ the simple literacy rate for this age group was worse in 2003 compared to the 1994 rate
_ the functional literacy rate for this age group was better in 2003 compared to than
1994 rate, but it is still off-target
Efforts to keep kids in school
The Arroyo administration implemented conditional programs in an effort to keep kids in school.
o Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program: cash grants to poorest of the poor households; P3,000
for one school year or P300/month per child for educational expenses, maximum of 3
children per household, but with certain conditions like children must enroll in school and
attend classes at least 85% of the time
o Food for school program: started in 2004; daily ration of 1kg rice for poor pre-school and
Grade 1 pupils for 120 school days
An assessment of other MTPDP indicators shows both gains and setbacks in
President Arroyo’s education promises.
• Aside from the MDG performance indicators, MTPDP also measures progress in basic education in
terms of classrooms, teachers, textbooks and computers.
• Gains include surpassing the target number of classrooms to be built per school year; classroompupil
ratio in the elementary level; teacher-pupil/student ratio; textbook-pupil/student ratio in some
subjects; and the provision of computers in high schools.
• Misses include classroom-student ratio in the high school level, and textbook-pupil/student ratio in
some subjects in both the elementary and high school level.

Classrooms
o Target: build 6,000 classrooms every school year and maintain classroom-pupil/student ratio
at an average of 1:50
o Status:
_ target number of classrooms built was surpassed every year from 2004-2008
_ DepEd has achieved the target classroom-pupil ratio (elementary level) since 2004-
2005; classroom-pupil ratio improved in 2008 from 1:50 to 1:45 at double-shifting
_ DepEd remains off-target in terms of classroom-student ratio (secondary level)
_ classroom shortage still exists in some areas; many schools implement multi-shifting,
meaning two or more sets of pupils/students use a classroom
_ DepEd acknowledges that classroom shortage is a perennial problem due to the
continuing increase in student population and destruction brought about by natural
and man-made calamities
Teachers
o Target: maintain a 1:50 teacher-pupil/student ratio
o Status:
_ target maintained for both elementary and secondary levels since SY 2004-2005
_ ratio may be higher in some remote areas due to high population density and
teachers’ preference to be stationed in urban centers and safer places
Textbooks
o Target: maintain a 1:1 textbook-pupil/student ratio in public elementary and secondary
schools
o Status: (as of SY 2009-2010)
_ 1:1 ratio for both elementary and secondary levels in English and Makabayan
textbooks
_ Science – 1:2 for elementary, 1:1 for secondary
_ Mathematics – 1:3 for both levels
_ Filipino – 1:2 for elementary, 1:3 for secondary
Computers
o Target: All public high schools shall have computers by 2010
o Status: In its 2009 Report Card, DepEd claims that all public high schools have been
provided with a computer package. Only about a third have internet access

Education budget and expenditures
• Education expenditures' share to GDP during the Arroyo administration is only at 2-3%; this is
below the international standard set by UNESCO, which is 6% of GDP.
• DepEd got P158.2 billion in new appropriations as per GAA 2009. Eighty percent of this amount
(P126.6 billion) is set aside for salaries.
• Education expenditures account for half of the government's expenditures on social services.
• Although education spending has seen an increase in nominal value over the years, its share to
total expenditures for social services has shown a declining trend in recent years as the Arroyo
administration increased spending in social security, welfare and employment.
• The government spends more on debt servicing than it does on education.
o The DepEd budget is the second biggest item in the national budget, next to debt service
(P252.55 billion in 2009)– this, despite a Constitutional provision stating that education
must be given the highest budgetary priority.
o Education expenditures account for 13-16% of total government expenditures; debt
servicing accounts for 21-31%.


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PostSubject: Re: Assignment 8 (Due: September 7, 2009, 13:00hrs)   Sat Aug 22, 2009 11:37 am

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Query:
On the assumption that you heard/read the SONA
of the President last month (July 2009), identify at least 3 areas
related to Human Resource Mangement and explain how these areas can
improve our quality of life. (2000words)

Retort:
THE PRESIDENT'S SONA 2009



As we Qouted:
"Today the Philippines is weathering well the storm that is raging
around the world. It is growing stronger with the challenge. When the
weather clears, as it will, there is no telling how much farther
forward it can go. Believe in it. I believe…"





These are the 3 areas that a suppose that is related to Human Resource Management.

1.] Telecommunications
Quoted:"Sa telecommunications naman, inatasan ko ang Telecommunications
Commission na kumilos na tungkol sa mga sumbong na dropped calls at mga
nawawalang load sa cellphone. We need to amend the Commonwealth-era
Public Service Law. And we need to do it now…."

Ang sa akin lang:
-Telecommunications
in the Philippines has always been tough and strong in helping the
growth and development of the economical conditions specially in
modernization and in technology. In the previous months there came the
outrage in the news about lost loads and promotional text messeges,
ring tones, picture messages etc. that dropped off loads abruptly.
Even
officials in the senate officials like Senate President Juan Ponce
Enrile in may times experienced that. Frankly, we are making and
helping those big Telecommunication Companies boom like their taking
bath with our money when we are availing cellphone loads from them and
yet they are not contented, ninanakaw pa nila mga load natin.
Thanks to the President when she said she will do something in that matter.
right noW! she meant that.
I am a student who needs to load my cellphone everytime. It's not explainable.. everybody loads!
because
now a days we need an instant communication because we are logical and
rational enaough to make use of that availability.
-By all means of
possibility, when the Telecommmunication Commission has done the proper
solution to this matter..probably all the people in the philippines
will be happy and will be satisfied in all the services they are
availng in all telecommunication companies.
We cannot deny the fact
that using our cellphones[with loads of course] is also the key and the
big feet in every businesses,students,vendors and everybody and it is
big part of our suCcess every step on the way, triumph and victory!
MABUHAY!
-therefore i conclude, having a cellphone load that are not vanishing in the

Inappropriate expiration date can truely improve our quality of life!..

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2. BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) Philippines
Quoted: "Kung noong nakaraan, lumakas ang electronics, today we are creating
wealth by developing the BPO and tourism sectors as additional engines
of growth. Electronics and other manufactured exports rise and fall in
accordance with the state of the world economy. But BPO remains
resilient. With earnings of $6 billion and employment of 600,000, the
BPO phenomenon speaks eloquently of our competitiveness and
productivity. Let us have a Department of ICT….
"

reference:http://bpo.box.com.ph/

-The Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) indusrty is booming in the
Philippines. The most common BPO services here in the country are call
centers, software development, transcription, encoding, animation,
human resources, accounting and payroll outsourcing.
BPO is implemented as a cost-saving measure for tasks that a company
requires but does not depend upon to maintain its position in the
marketplace.
There are also a lot of new BPO opportunities, aside from the most
common BPO services mentioned above, that we, as Filipinos, can embark
on. Outsourced writing is one.
Philippines named 2nd top BPO destination in Asia-Pacific





The City of Manila has been named the second top Business Process Outsourcing (BPO)
destination in the Asia-Pacific region by the International Data
Corporation (IDC), just three months after the Philippines was named as
the ‘Offshoring Destination of the Year‘ by the United Kingdom’s National Outsourcing Association last October.
In the IDC list, Manila was ranked no. 2, second only to Bangalore, India.
Three other Philippine cities have been included by the London Financial Times in the survey of ‘Top Ten Asian Cities of the Future‘, thus validating the country’s position as a major player in the global offshoring and outsourcing (O&O) market.
Quezon City ranked 7th, Cebu 8th and Davao 10th in the survey
commissioned by the London Times, comparable with cities like Hongkong,
Singapore and Taipei which were the top three.
President Gloria-Macapagal-Arroyo announced that her administration
has targeted a 40% growth rate in the country’s O&O sector for this
year and 40% growth target in the workforce “in order to cope with the
industry demands”.
“These distinctions from the O&O sector and global ICT firms
provide our investor friends, who have come to E-services Philippines,
with objective third party assessments of our O&O capabilities,”
the President stressed.
According to the President, the runaway growth of the O&O
industry has echoed throughout the entire system, spawning impressive
growth on other sectors like real estate, telecommunications, food and
retail among others.




Ang sa akin lang:
-This is a very big proof that these are right here will definitely help improve our quality of living
SEE? there many job opportunities waiting for each Filipinos such as this:

call
centers, software development, transcription, encoding, animation,
human resources, accounting and payroll outsourcing.

-THanks
to our very own President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo that somehow she is
dong her job as the leader of our mother nation.Thank you maam!
MABYHAY!
-Congratulations to all of us! therefore i conclude, MORE JOB OPPORTUNITIES, MORE LIVES WILL GET BETTER!
probably, Progress is at stake!
GET It GOING!


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3.] REnewable Energy Act and BIOfuels Act

Quoted: "Samantala, umabot na sa halos lahat ng barangay ang elektrisidad. We
increased indigenous energy from 48% to 58%. Nakatipid tayo sa dollars
tapos malaki pa ang na-reduce pa iyong oil consumption. The huge
reduction in fossil fuel is the biggest proof of energy independence
and environmental responsibility. Further reduction will come with the
implementation of the Renewable Energy Act…and the Biofuels Act….again,
thank you
."

reference:http://www.senate.gov.ph/republic_acts/ra%209367.pdf





[ REPUBLIAC CTN o. 93 6 7 ]


AN -A_CT- -T- O- DTRECT T-~H E USE OF BIOFUELS. ~


ESTABLISHING FOR THIS PURPOSE THE


BIOFUEL PROGW, APPROPRIATING FUNDS


THEREFOR,
AND FOR OTHER
PURPOSES


Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of


the Philippines
in
Congress assembled:


SECTION1. Short
Title.
- This Act shall be known as


the "Biofuels Act of 2006.


SEC. 2. Declaration
of Polky.
-
It is
hereby declared


the policy of the State to reduce dependence on imported


fuels with due regard to the protection of public
health, the


environment, and natural ecosystems consistent with
the


country’s sustainable economic growth that would
expand


opportunities for livelihood by mandating the use of biofuels.


as a measure to:


a) develop and utilize indigenous renewable and


sustainably-sourced clean energy sources to reduce
dependence


on imported oil;


b) mitigate toxic and
greenhouse gas (GHG)
emissions;


c) increase rural employment and income; and


d) ensure the
availability of alternative and renewable


clean energy without any detriment to the natural ecosystem,


biodiversity and food
reserves of the country.



Ang sa akin lang:
-This ACts really hepl improve the Quality of our living.
IT simply shows..as we read those written Biofuel Act and REnewable Energu act.
It's
a very big hand to the Filipinos in the country especially those
'maralita at mga ordinaryong tao lalong lalo na ang mga kakabayan
nating mga Magsasaka'
It is very practical and helpful especialy to
the Ecosystem, through that we are not just helping our fellow
filipinos but most of all we are preserving our mother nature which is
our sourse of natural and raw materials in our idustries.
MABUHAY!

We are moving FOrward!
I can almost see Progress!


THANK YOU LORD

[my MIS and HRM Sona assignments are the same because they carry the same thought i have in mind.]
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~FIN~


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PostSubject: ass8   Sun Aug 23, 2009 6:37 pm

State Of the Nation Address '09


TOURISM...

The country's brisk tourism business is not only creating thousands of jobs but also spawning a new breed of professionals and developing a culture of product and service excellence.

Among the newly-hired are those specialising in hotel and resort operations, retail, logistics and distribution, more jobs are being created and filled up as the industry expands and the Department of Tourism develops new and attractive tourism products for the various segments of the global market.

with the JOB FAIR done by the Department of Tourism many Filipinos have given the opportunity to work here and abroad.


EDUCATION...

The quality of human resource of a nation is easily judged by the number of literate population living in it. This is to say that education is a must if a nation aspires to achieve growth and development and more importantly sustain it. This may well explain the fact that rich and developed nations of the world have very high literacy rate and productive human resource. In fact these nations have started imparting selective training and education programs so as to meet the new technical and business demands of the 21st century.

In fact, certain professionals like doctors and dentists, are obliged to follow mandatory lifelong learning. This is done so that they keep pace with all the research and development done in the medical field. These professionals not only needs to update themselves about these developments, but also learn new techniques of practice and perfect old ones. Learning about patient management and the delivery of care is rather a continuing process. Since these professionals, especially doctors have huge moral responsibility towards the patients and society in general, continuing education is a must for them.

The importance of education cannot be neglected by any nation. And in today’s world, the role of education has become even more vital. It is an absolute necessity for economic and social development of any nation.

OFWs .....

Benefits

I. Yearly Basic Membership
A. If the enrolled Family Member passes away,
• Provide the Subscriber with a round trip airline ticket (economy class)
• Provide cash assistance of One Hundred Thousand (Php 100,000.00) Pesos
• Personalized travel assistance that will enable the Subscriber to visit the Philippines.
II. Yearly Comprehensive Membership
A. If the enrolled Family Member passes away,
• Provide the Subscriber with a round trip airline ticket (economy class)
• Provide cash assistance of Two Hundred Thousand (Php 200,000.00) Pesos
B. If the enrolled Family Member is diagnosed with terminal illness before reaching age 60,
• Provide the Subscriber with a round trip airline ticket (economy class)
• Advance payment of Fifty Thousand (Php 50,000) Pesos
C. Personalized travel assistance that will enable the Subscriber to visit the Philippines

MICROFINANCE .....

Some principles:

1. Poor people need not just loans but also savings, insurance and money transfer services.
2. Microfinance must be useful to poor households: helping them raise income, build up assets and/or cushion themselves against external shocks.
3. “Microfinance can pay for itself.”Subsidies from donors and government are scarce and uncertain, and so to reach large numbers of poor people, microfinance must pay for itself.
4. Microfinance means building permanent local institutions.
5. Microfinance also means integrating the financial needs of poor people into a country’s mainstream financial system.
6. “The job of government is to enable financial services, not to provide them.”
7. “Donor funds should complement private capital, not compete with it.”
8. “The key bottleneck is the shortage of strong institutions and managers.” Donors should focus on capacity building.
9. Interest rate ceilings hurt poor people by preventing microfinance institutions from covering their costs, which chokes off the supply of credit.
10. Microfinance institutions should measure and disclose their performance – both financially and socially.

Microfinance can also be distinguished from charity. It is better to provide grants to families who are destitute, or so poor they are unlikely to be able to generate the cash flow required to repay a loan. This situation can occur for example, in a war zone or after a natural disaster.





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PostSubject: SONA_2009   Mon Aug 24, 2009 2:24 am

During the SONA of Madam President, she was sited the following areas of human resource management that has been improved during her service of time.

First was the "microfinance loans", it was benefited by the hundreds of thousands of emergency employment resiliency of our economic plan. The example of this was Gigi Gabiola, a former household service workers in Dubai, and now he is working with DOLE.

Also benefited by a million family housing program and palupa from Pag-Ibig, NHA, community mortgage program, certificates of lot award, then your loan con donation.

With the microfinanace loans, they have funds to support their needs and if someday they can pay it soon...

Proper policies lowered interest rates (in terms of basic needs)

Because of our reforms, we have been able to sell NFA rice is P18.25 per kilo to increase prices even out from P17.50 to P30 due to lack of supply in the world. While, for the first time, we made above the purchase of rice from farmers, from P17 to P11.

Because of our reforms, we have been able to invest in food-anticipating an unexpected global food crisis. We made thousands of kilometers of farm-to-market roads and, with the private sector, watered two million hectares. The Badjao like Tarnati Dannawi were taught modern mariculture. P reached the 180,000 he earned from last year. Congratulations, Tarnati. We will help more Fisherfolk shift to fish farming with a budget of P1 billion.

Because of increasing family naman daw hungry, we a new investor in our hunger mitigation program in the past have proven effective. Help me here, Congress.

Since 2001, we called that a less expensive drug. We sell medicine to half price on thousands of Botika ng Bayan and the Barangay Botika in many parts of the country. Our efforts prodded the pharmaceutical companies to come up with low-cost generics and brands like RiteMed. I supported the tough version of the House of the Cheaper Medicine law. I supported it over the weak version of my critics. The result: the drug companies volunteered to bring down drug prices, slashing by half the prices of 16 drugs. Thank you, Congressmen Cua, Alvarez, Biron, Locsin.

Pursuant to law, we are Placing other drugs under a maximum retail price. To those who want to be President, this advice: If you really want something done, just do it. Do it hard, do it well. Do not pussyfoot. Do not pander. And do not say bad words in public.

education and skills training

One of the most Millennium Development Goals are your Education for All by 2015 arrival. That is, all adult must be in primary school. Almost no country makakatupad it. But we still trying. We built schools over the previous thousand barangays without schools to save costs to the children fare. We removed the miscellaneous fees for primary school. No more uniform the students in public school.

In private high schools, we finance half of the students.

We have provided college and post-graduate education for over 600,000 scholars. One of them, Mylene Amerol-Macumbal, Accounting and finished MSU-IIT, then she went to law school, and placed second in the last bar exam - the first Muslim woman bar topnotcher. Congratulations!

In technical education and skills training, we have invested three times that of three previous administrations combined. Jennifer Silbor here, one in ten million trainees. He learned medical transcription. Now, as an independent contractor and lecturer for transcriptions in Davao, she earns P18, 000 per month. Good job, Jennifer.

The Presidential Task Force on Education headed by Jesuit Father Bienvenido Nebres educator has come out with the Main Education Highway towards a Knowledge-Based Economy. It envisions seamless education from basic to vocational school or college.

It seeks to mainstream early childhood development in basic education. Our children are our most cherished possession. In their early years we must make sure they get a healthy start in life. They must receive the right food for a healthy body, the right education for a bright and inquiring mind-and the equal opportunity for a meaningful job.

For college admission, the Task Force recommends mandatory Scholastic Aptitude Tests. It also recommends that private higher education institutions should be harmonized with state universities and colleges, and that CHED should oversee local universities and colleges. For seeking international recognition professions-engineering, architecture, accountancy, pharmacy and physical therapy-it recommends radical reform: 10 years of basic education, two years of pre-university, before three years of university.

Our educational system should make the Filipino not just fit for whatever jobs happen to be on offer today, but also economic challenge for whatever life will throw in their way.

Reference:
http://jlp-law.com/blog/state-of-the-nation-address-sona-2009/
http://opinion.inquirer.net/inquireropinion/columns/view/20090726-217249/Sona-2009


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PostSubject: HRM :: Assignment 8 (Due: September 7, 2009, 13:00hrs)   Mon Aug 24, 2009 3:55 am


On the assumption that you heard/read the SONA of the President last month (July 2009), identify at least 3 areas related to Human Resource Management and explain how these areas can improve our quality of life. (2000words)

*1.EDUCATION

"A good education is the ticket to a better life. Education is the great equalizer
that will allow every young Filipino a chance to realize their dreams".
==any act or experience that has a formative effect on the mind, character or physical ability of an individual. In its technical sense education is the process by which society deliberately transmits its accumulated knowledge, skills and values from one generation to another.

-We built 95,000 classrooms, created 60,000 teaching jobs, and allocated P1.5
billion for teacher training, especially for 100,000f English teachers.
One of the most difficult Millennium Development Goal is Education for All by
2015, meaning, universal primary education. Almost no country will achieve
it. But we are still trying. We built schools in over a million villages where
there were none so that the children can save on transportation going to
school. We eliminated miscellaneous fees for primary school. School uniforms
are no longer required for public school.
In private high schools, we finance half of the students.

We have provided college and post-graduate education for over 600,000
Scholars. One of them, Mylene Amerol-Macumbal, finished Accounting at
MSU-IIT, went to law school, and placed second in the last bar exams - the
First Muslim woman bar topnotch. Congratulations!
In technical education and skills training, we have invested three times that of
Three previous administrations combined. Jennifer Silbor is here, one of 10
million trainees. She learned medical transcription. Now, as an independent
Contractor and lecturer for transcriptions in Davao, she earns P18,000 a
month. Good job, Jennifer.
The Presidential Task Force on Education headed by Jesuit educator Father
Bienvenido Nebres has come out with the Main Education Highway towards a
Knowledge-Based Economy. It envisions seamless education from basic
education to vocational school or college.
We must mainstream early childhood development in basic education. Our
children are our most cherished possession. In their early years we must
make sure they get a healthy start in life. They must receive the right food for
a healthy body, the right education for a bright and inquiring mind—and the
equality of opportunity for a meaningful job.
For college admission, the Task Force recommends mandatory Scholastic
Aptitude Tests. It also recommends that private and state higher education
institutions should be harmonized with each other, and that CHED should
oversee local universities and colleges. For professions seeking international
recognition—engineering, architecture, accountancy, pharmacy and physical
therapy—it recommends radical reform: 10 years of basic education and two
years of pre-university before three years of university.
Our educational system should make the Filipino fit not just for whatever jobs
happen to be on offer today, but also for whatever economic challenge life will
throw in their way.

*System of formal Education*

1.Primary education
-Primary (or elementary) education consists of the first 5-7 years of formal, structured education. In general, main education consists of six or eight years of schooling starting at the age of five or six, although this varies between, and sometimes within, countries. Globally, around 70% of primary-age children are enrolled in primary education, and this proportion is rising.[1] Under the Education for All programs driven by UNESCO, most countries have committed to achieving universal enrollment in primary education by 2015, and in many countries, it is compulsory for children to receive primary education. The division between primary and secondary education is somewhat arbitrary, but it generally occurs at about eleven or twelve years of age. Some education systems have separate middle schools, with the transition to the final stage of secondary education taking place at around the age of fourteen. Schools that provide primary education, are mostly referred to as primary schools. Primary schools in these countries are often subdivided into infant schools and junior schools.
2.Secondary education
-In most contemporary educational systems of the world, secondary education consists of the second years of formal education that occur during adolescence.[citation needed] It is characterized by transition from the typically compulsory, comprehensive primary education for minors, to the optional, selective tertiary, "post-secondary", or "higher" education (e.g., university, vocational school) for adults.[citation needed] Depending on the system, schools for this period, or a part of it, may be called secondary or high schools, gymnasiums, lyceums, middle schools, colleges, or vocational schools. The exact meaning of any of these terms varies from one system to another. The exact boundary between primary and secondary education also varies from country to country and even within them, but is generally around the seventh to the tenth year of schooling. Secondary education occurs mainly during the teenage years. In the United States and Canada primary and secondary education together are sometimes referred to as K-12 education, and in New Zealand Year 1-13 is used. The purpose of secondary education can be to give common knowledge, to prepare for higher education or to train directly in a profession.

The emergence of secondary education in the United States did not happen until 1910, caused by the rise in big businesses and technological advances in factories (i.e. emergence of electrification), that required skilled workers. In order to meet this new job demand, high schools were created and the curriculum focused on practical job skills that would better prepare students for white collar or skilled blue collar work. This proved to be beneficial for both the employer and the employee, because this improvement in human capital caused employees to become more efficient, which lowered costs for the employer, and skilled employees received a higher wage than employees with just primary educational attainment.

In Europe the grammar school or academy existed from as early as the 1500s, public schools or fee paying schools, or charitable educational foundations have an even longer history.
3.Higher education
-Higher education, also called tertiary, third stage, or post secondary education, is the non-compulsory educational level that follows the completion of a school providing a secondary education, such as a high school, secondary school. Tertiary education is normally taken to include undergraduate and postgraduate education, as well as vocational education and training. Colleges and universities are the main institutions that provide tertiary education. Collectively, these are sometimes known as tertiary institutions. Tertiary education generally results in the receipt of certificates, diplomas, or academic degrees.

Higher education includes teaching, research and social services activities of universities, and within the realm of teaching, it includes both the undergraduate level (sometimes referred to as tertiary education) and the graduate (or postgraduate) level (sometimes referred to as graduate school). Higher education in that country generally involves work towards a degree-level or foundation degree qualification. In most developed countries a high proportion of the population (up to 50%) now enter higher education at some time in their lives. Higher education is therefore very important to national economies, both as a significant industry in its own right, and as a source of trained and educated personnel for the rest of the economy.
4.Adult education
-Adult education has become common in many countries. It takes on many forms, ranging from formal class-based learning to self-directed learning and e-learning. A number of career specific courses such as veterinary, medical billing and coding, real estate license, bookkeeping and many more are now available to students through the Internet.
5.Alternative education

-also known as non-traditional education or educational alternative, is a broad term that may be used to refer to all forms of education outside of traditional education (for all age groups and levels of education). This may include not only forms of education designed for students with special needs (ranging from teenage pregnancy to intellectual disability), but also forms of education designed for a general audience and employing alternative educational philosophies and methods.

Alternatives of the latter type are often the result of education reform and are rooted in various philosophies that are commonly fundamentally different from those of traditional compulsory education. While some have strong political, scholarly, or philosophical orientations, others are more informal associations of teachers and students dissatisfied with certain aspects of traditional education[citation needed]. These alternatives, which include charter schools, alternative schools, independent schools, and home-based learning vary widely, but often emphasize the value of small class size, close relationships between students and teachers, and a sense of community.
6.Indigenous education
-Increasingly, the inclusion of indigenous models of education (methods and content) as an alternative within the scope of formal and non-formal education systems, has come to represent a significant factor contributing to the success of those members of indigenous communities who choose to access these systems, both as students/learners and as teachers/instructors.

As an educational method, the inclusion of indigenous ways of knowing, learning, instructing, teaching and training, has been viewed by many critical and postmodern scholars as important for ensuring that students/learners and teachers/instructors (whether indigenous or non-indigenous) are able to benefit from education in a culturally sensitive manner that draws upon, utilizes, promotes and enhances awareness of indigenous traditions.

For indigenous students or learners, and teachers or instructors, the inclusion of these methods often enhances educational effectiveness, success and learning outcomes by providing education that adheres to their own inherent perspectives, experiences and world view. For non-indigenous students and teachers, education using such methods often has the effect of raising awareness of the individual traditions and collective experience of surrounding indigenous communities and peoples, thereby promoting greater respect for and appreciation of the cultural realities of these communities and peoples.

In terms of educational content, the inclusion of indigenous knowledge, traditions, perspectives, worldviews and conceptions within curricula, instructional materials and textbooks and coursebooks have largely the same effects as the inclusion of indigenous methods in education. Indigenous students and teachers benefit from enhanced academic effectiveness, success and learning outcomes, while non-indigenous students/learners and teachers often have greater awareness, respect, and appreciation for indigenous communities and peoples in consequence of the content that is shared during the course of educational pursuits.

*2.OVERSEAS FILIPINO
-In good times and bad, overseas Filipinos keep our nation resilient. Their
remittances of $16 billion last year were a record.
-I know that this is not a sacrifice joyfully borne. This is work where it can be
found—in faraway places, among strangers with different cultures. It is lonely
work, it is hard work.
That is why we are working to create good paying jobs here at home, so that
overseas work will just be a career choice, not the only option for a hardworking
Filipino.
Meanwhile, we should make their sacrifices worthwhile. We should take
stronger measures to preserve and enhance the value of their hard earned
wages. That means stronger consumer protection for overseas Filipinos
investing in property and products back home. For them, I am activating an
Investors Protection Task Force.
I spare no effort to visit our people and their hosts across the globe – from
Japan to Brazil, from Europe and the Middle East to the American Midwest,
listening to their problems and needs, learning how our government can help
them – by working out better policies on migrant labor, or by saving lives and
restoring liberty.
When I visited Saudi Arabia, King Abdulla granted amnesty to 700 jailed
OFWs. A planeload of them came home with me.
Since I visited Spain, it has become our biggest European donor. And King
Juan Carlos has been interceding in other countries for our distressed OFWs.
Sheikh Khalifa, Prime Minister of Bahrain, is another advocate for our people.
When I visited Kuwait, Emir Al-Sabah commuted death sentences.
Our vigorous international engagement has helped bring in foreign
investment. Net foreign direct investments multiplied 15 times during our
administration. Together with our OFWs, they more than doubled our foreign
exchange reserves. They strengthened our peso and helped keep inflation
down. They upgraded our credit because while the reserves of our peers have
shrunk this past year, our reserves grew by $3 billion.
*3.MICROFINANCE
“Nakinabang ang pitong milyong entrepreneurs sa P165 billion na microfinance. Nakinabang ang 1,000 sa economic resiliency plan. Kasama natin ngayon ang isa sa kanila, si Gigi Gabiola. Dating household service worker sa Dubai, ngayon siya ay nagtatrabaho sa DOLE.”
-refers to the provision of financial services to low-income clients, including consumers and the self-employed.
P165 billion worth of microfinance has given benefits in almost 7 million entrepreneurs.
The Philippine Microfinance Industry:

• Made remarkable progress the past ten years
• Reached a large number of the poor
• Market has grown
• Large unmet demand for microfinance services among the poor
• At end 2002, 25% of 4.3 million poor households reached
• Mostly married women
• MF clients clustered around the poverty threshold, including the vulnerable non-poor
• Estimated leakage to non-poor clients was 20%
-Seven million entrepreneurs benefited from P165 billion in microfinance.
A hundred thousand benefited from the emergency employment of our
economic resiliency plan. We have one of them with us today, Gigi Gabiola.
Formerly a household service worker in Dubai, now she works at the
Department of Labor. Good luck, Gigi.
A million families have benefited from our housing and shelter program: from
Pag-Ibig, National Housing Corporation, community mortage programs,
certificates of lot awards, and loan condonation and restructuring.
Our average inflation is the lowest since 1966. Last June, it dropped to 1.5%.
How?
Proper policies lowered interest rates, which lowered costs to business and
consumers.
Because of our reforms, we were able to sell NFA rice at P18.25 per kilo even if
the market price went up from P17.50 to P30 due to the world shortage.
Meanwhile, for the first time, we were able to buy palay from the farmers at
P17, up from P11.
Because of our reforms, we were able to invest in food production—
anticipating an unexpected global food crisis. We were able to build thousands
of kilometers of farm-to-market roads and, together with the private sector,
irrigate two million hectares. Badjaos like Tarnati Dannawi were taught
modern mariculture. Her earnings in the past year have reached P180,000.
Congratulations, Tarnati. We will help more fisherfolk shift to fish farming
with P1 billion.
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PostSubject: Re: Assignment 8 (Due: September 7, 2009, 13:00hrs)   Mon Aug 24, 2009 3:43 pm

As I read the full text of PGMA State of the Nation Address (SONA) which happened last July 27, 2009. In her SONA, I identify areas related to Human Resource Management and how these areas can improve our quality of life.

1.)Microfinance
“Nakinabang ang pitong milyong entrepreneurs sa P165 billion na microfinance. Nakinabang ang 1,000 sa economic resiliency plan. Kasama natin ngayon ang isa sa kanila, si Gigi Gabiola. Dating household service worker sa Dubai, ngayon siya ay nagtatrabaho sa DOLE.”

Entrepreneurship/MSME Development. As of 2007, micro-, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) comprised 99.66% of the total establishments in the country. Given the significant role of MSMEs in the country’s development, the Arroyo Administration committed to provide credit, technology and marketing support for three million MSMEs and empower existing SMEs to generate additional employment through increased lending and promotion.

With the launching of the SME Development Plan under President Arroyo in 2004, the government implemented various SME development programs such as financing, marketing and promotion, human resource development, product development, and advocacy, integrated into one enterprise development cycle.

Government Finance Institutions (GFIs)/Government Owned and Controlled Corporations (GOCCs). From 2001 to first quarter of 2009, around PhP165 billion in microfinance loans have been released to more than 6.9 million microfinance clients for their livelihood activities. This amount is about 46 times more than the PhP3.49 billion that was provided in 2001.

From 2004-2009, some 2.6 million new jobs have been created, surpassing already by about 30% the 2 million new jobs targeted through microfinance until 2010.

The Microfinance Lending Program for Government Employees. A total of PhP2.55 billion in loans was released to 183 government associations and cooperatives from 2007 to 2008.

2.) Health

“Mula noong 2001, Nanawagan tayo ng mas murang gamot. Nagbebenta na tayo ng mga gamot na kalahating presyo sa libu-libong Botika ng Bayan at Botika ng Barangay sa maraming dako ng bansa. Our efforts prodded the pharmaceutical companies to come up with low-cost generics and brands like RiteMed. I supported the tough version of the House of the Cheaper Medicine Law. I supported it over the weak version of my critics. The result: the drug companies volunteered to bring down drug prices, slashing by half the prices of 16 drugs.”

The Administration is focused on providing increased health services by (1) expanding the health insurance coverage under PhilHealth; (2) making available affordable, appropriate and quality medicines through the establishment of Botika ng Barangays/Botika ng Bayan (BnBs); and, (3) providing access to health services.

1.Expanded Health Insurance Coverage under PhilHealth

To protect and promote the health of the populace, particularly the poor when they require medical/hospital services, the President promoted the National Health Insurance Program. Depending on the program, financing for the members’ benefits come from the national government in partnership with other stakeholders like the local government units, employers and even the members themselves.

Around 79.56 million Filipinos or 86% of the 92 million population were enrolled as of May 2009, of which 18.32 million are indigents. PhilHealth’s other members consist of those in the employed sector (37.24 million beneficiaries); individually-paying members (14.86 million); non-paying members or the pensioners and retirees (700,000); and, the Overseas Workers (8.44 million Filipinos).

Premium collections from the members have increased steadily over the years, from PhP8.6B in 2000 to PhP25.6B in 2008. In the first quarter of 2009, premium collections reached almost PhP6 billion, 10% more than the collection in the same period from the previous year.
Benefit claims of the patients also increased substantially from PhP6.8 billion in 2000 to more than PhP18.2 billion in 2008, with the claims for drugs and medicines comprising the largest chunk of said claims. For the 1st Quarter of 2009, PhP4.5 billion has been released for the claims of the beneficiaries.

2.Access to Quality and Affordable Medicines

•Botika ng Barangay/Botika ng Bayan. To provide access to quality but very affordable medicines to the public, especially the poor, the Administration has some 13,498 Botika ng Barangay (BnB) outlets and 1,971 Botika ng Bayan outlets currently operational where low-priced medicines are made available to the public, particularly the poor.

Through the BnBs, drugs such as the anti-diarrhea Loperamide are available for only PhP1.05 against PhP4.10 in private drugstores, and the anti-diabetes Glibenclamide is available at just PhP0.78 against PhP8.90.

The Administration also launched the P100 Project in 2008 to support the campaign for cheaper medicines. Through this project, medicines will be sold for one hundred pesos (PhP100) or less in DOH-retained as well as in selected LGU hospitals.

•Cheaper Medicines Law. The President signed into law RA 9502 or the “Universally Accessible Cheaper and Quality Medicines Act of 2008” to further bring down the cost of medicines and to bring the country closer to her 2001 SONA pledge of “universal access to essential medicines at half prices by 2010”. The law encourages more competition in the local market through parallel importation of cheaper but quality drugs and authorizes the President to set price ceilings on various drugs.

3.)EDUCATION

“Our educational system should make the Filipino fit not just for whatever jobs happen to be on offer today, but also for whatever economic challenge life will throw in their way….”

The vision of every Filipino family is to ensure that each child has the opportunity to get a high quality education that leads to becoming a whole person, a successful entrepreneur and a productive and responsible citizen. This family vision is also the vision of the Philippine Main Education Highway which addresses cross-cutting issues in the education sector including the mainstreaming of madrasah education.

1. Improving Basic Education. Even as the participation and retention rates, school performance and academic achievement of students in Basic Education have generally improved in the past nine (9) years, there is a continuing and marked need to significantly raise the levels of achievement. There is a tendency to backslide without strong presidential prodding.

2.Improving Higher Education. There is a need to:

•improve the capability of higher education institutions (HEIs), state universities and colleges (SUCs) and local universities and colleges (LUCs) to equip students with the required skills and competencies for national development and to prepare them for gainful employment or entrepreneurship;
•improve the competitiveness of graduates by ensuring quality education and competent faculty;
•develop capabilities in research to be at par with the best in the world;
•improve capabilities in science, mathematics and engineering through research and development;
•align the goals and programs of private HEIs, SUCs, and LUCs to best achieve national development goals; and
•continue with curricular reforms, leadership and management development program for college and university administrators, faculty development, conduct of scholastic aptitude test (SAT) after Grade 10, R&D and leveling the playing field.

3.Benchmarking the Basic Education Cycle with International Standards. To be at par with the 12-year basic education cycle implemented in almost all countries, benchmarking the first two years of college education has to be seriously considered to reform the present 10-year basic education program.

4. Strengthening the existing institutions in the development of higher level scientists and engineers. Continuing tasks include training high-level scientists and engineers in cutting edge technologies by HEIs, supporting the priority thrusts in science and technology as enunciated in the National Science Technology Plan: 2002-2020, enhancing human capital for science, technology and innovation (STI) for absorption into the world of work, strengthening ICT-based Education by providing sound policy and funding mechanisms, infusing more investments in S&T and engineering research in the identified Centers of Excellence and Centers of Development, and providing support to the operationalization of the National Science Complex and Technology Incubation Park in UP Diliman.

5.Goals for Improving Technical Vocational Education. The employability of those who undergo tech-voc training programs needs to be increased by developing their skills and competencies to meet the requirements of industry and retrain workers to respond to new technology or changes in industry processes. Workers must be enabled also to compete for overseas employment opportunities through the accreditation of technical vocational courses. There is likewise a need to continue with the harmonization of Tech-voc and Higher Education through the Ladderized Education Program (LEP), improvement of trainers’ qualification, and accreditation of tech-voc courses.

6.Financing Education. While increasingly significant budgets to the education agencies have been allocated, there is still a need for a more innovative approach in financing the education sector, especially in the higher education segment.

7.Improving Education in ARMM. Policies and guidelines that would harmonize and synchronize the ARMM Educational System with the National Education System at all levels are currently being reviewed. Some of these may require amendment of legislation from Congress.

8.Strengthening Academe-Industry Linkages. The need to improve the job-skills matching program and strengthen the initiatives for the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry has been seriously noted. Current efforts of government agencies at coordinating with the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Business Processing Association of the Philippines (BPAP) on this endeavor need to be sustained.

9.Internationalizing of Education (Education Plus Program). With the goal of positioning the country as an Education Center in the Asia Pacific, a technical working group has been formed composed of representatives from the government and private sectors. CHED is currently undertaking a survey on international linkages/partnerships/twinning programs of universities and colleges, the results of which should be followed through.

10.Developing a National Educational Research, Evaluation and Testing System (NERETS). With the aim of establishing an independent/autonomous, highly credible, and respectable national assessment and research agency for education, a technical working group has already been created, which has conducted a series of discussions and consultation with testing providers, specialists and other stakeholders. Findings and perspectives generated from these activities should establish the steps required to develop and implement the System.

Finally, it must be emphasized that education is among the major entitlements that enlarge and broaden human choice. While socioeconomic development broadens peoples' choice by increasing their individual resources, education forges the desire to do more for the country and others - because education builds self-esteem and self-expression, the very values that let people seek for community, for effective rights and democratization of such rights. For the above reasons, the Arroyo Administration is optimistic that the next Administration will see the wisdom of the Main Education Highway.

4.) OFW Benefits

“Meanwhile, we should make their sacrifices worthwhile. Dapat gumawa tayo ng mga mas malakas na paraan upang proteksyonan at palawak ang halaga ng kanilang pinagsikapang sweldo. That means stronger consumer protection for OFWs investing in property and products back home. Para sa kanila, pinapakilos natin ang Investors Protection Task Force….”

Labor Protection programs that will generate jobs and employment, protect the Filipino workers here and abroad as well as promote their welfare by ensuring that the terms and conditions of their work, such as wages, working hours and safety measures are humane and just;

Reintegration services for OFWs. With the establishment in 2007 of the National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO), reintegration services for OFWs were institutionalized, making the effort more systematic and intensive in outreach. From 2007 to date alone, a total of 25,541 expatriate Filipino workers (EFW) and their families have been assisted through the Center. Services for EFWs include job search for local or overseas employment, issuance of certificates of eligibility for livelihood assistance, and legal services.

Other Services: Repatriation, Retraining

•Repatriation of almost 51,338 EFWs from 2001 to June 2009;
•Assistance to almost 500,000 EFWs on-site and one million EFWs/family members in the Philippines;
•Provision of education and training benefits to more than 1.54 million EFWs and their families; and
•Facilitation of enrolment of 320,000 informal sector workers in PhilHealth and SSS, the Philippine National Red Cross, Pag-ibig, and Accident Insurance through the DOLE’s Social Protection Program.


References:
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http://www.gov.ph/sona/sona2009/2009_SONA_TECHNICAL_REPORT.pdf

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PostSubject: Re: Assignment 8 (Due: September 7, 2009, 13:00hrs)   Tue Aug 25, 2009 1:51 pm



On the assumption that you heard/read the SONA of the President last month (July 2009), identify at least 3 areas related to Human Resource Mangement and explain how these areas can improve our quality of life. (2000words)
1. EduCaTioN and TraiNinG
Generally, at the start of a very young age, children learn to develop and use their mental, moral and physical powers, which they acquire through various types of education. Education is commonly referred to as the process of learning and obtaining knowledge at school, in a form of formal education. However, the process of education does not only start when a child first attend school. Education begins at home. One does not only acquire knowledge from a teacher, one can learn and receive knowledge from a parent, family member and even an acquaintance. In almost all societies, attending school and receiving an education is extremely vital and necessary if one wants to achieve success.
However, unfortunately we have places in the world, where not everyone has an opportunity to receive this formal type of education. The opportunities that are offered are greatly limited. Sometimes there are not enough resources to provide schooling. Furthermore because parents need their children to help them work in factories, have odd jobs, or just do farm work.
Since it is not traditional, in some places to receive a formal education, the one who receive a formal education, the one who receive an education is usually envied, praised and even admired by members of the community.
Learning subject in school is not enough. One can learn history, math, science in school, and be “book-smart”. In addition, one can learn how to live life by knowing what to say when, acting a certain way in a certain situations and be “street-smart”. These two types of education are extremely essential to be successful in life.
Education is the key that allows people to move up in the world, seek better jobs, and ultimately succeed fully in life. Education is very important, and no one should be deprived of it.

The President affirmed that one of the most difficult Millennium Development Goals (MDG) target is the "Education for All," or universal primary education by 2015.
Although most countries will not be able to achieve it, the President said, her administration is trying its best to improve its own education system.
She said her administration have cut the cost of going to school by building more classrooms in 1,000 barangays, stopping the collection of miscellaneous fees for primary school, and declaring school uniforms optional.
She added that 47 percent of students in private high schools have likewise been provided government assistance including the funding for technical education and skills training which is three times larger than the budget allocated to such training by previous administrations.
At the same time, the President noted that her government has also provided 600,000 college and post-graduate scholarships.
In this connection, she recognized and introduced one of the beneficiaries of the program, Mylene Amerol-Macumbal, the first Muslim woman bar top notcher who finished accounting in MSU-IIT, went to law school and placed second in the last bar exams.
The President mentioned the accomplishments of the Presidential Task Force on Education headed by Jesuit educator Father Bienvenido Nebres that came out with the Philippine Main Education Highway Towards Knowledge-based Economy.
"Our educational system should make the Filipino fit not just for whatever jobs that happen to be on offer today, but also for whatever economic challenge life will throw them," she said. (PND)

2. HeALTh
“Mula pa noong 2001, nanawagan na tayo ng mas murang gamot. Nagbebenta tayo ng gamot na kalahating presyo sa libu-libong Botika ng Bayan at Botika ng Barangay sa maraming dako ng bansa. Our efforts prodded the pharmaceutical companies to come up with low-cost generics and brands like RiteMed. I supported the tough version of the House of the Cheaper Medicine law. I supported it over the weak..”

This is very essential to us as Filipino people to take good care of our heath. It is more advantageous on our part if the government will give us cheapest cost but high quality medicine in order for us to function and manage well especially in performing our daily routine. It gives huge help most especially for us Filipino to become active and aware in the different activities on our community.
Health is one of those things that people tend to take for granted. Until you are facing disease or injury, your good health, like a clean house, greatly goes unnoticed. When all your body parts are working properly, there is no pain to grab your attention, no chronic illness to debilitate your daily life. Health is a state of mental and physical well-being in which everything is functioning properly and you experience a general feeling of vitality. Good health allows you to perform the tasks necessary and desirable to your daily life. Work, family, home and pastimes can be enjoyed and conducted without pain or interruption.
Good health is important because it allows people to focus on their interests and obligations. Poor health, in the form of injuries, disabilities, chronic pain, mental illness or disease, prevents millions of people from supporting, caring for or expressing themselves effectively. Anyone who has lived with chronic pain can tell you how the condition clouds every aspect of your life, making even the most mundane tasks into ordeals of suffering and despair.

3. OFW's

“Our vigorous international engagement has helped bring in foreign investment. Net foreign direct investments multiplied 15 times during our administration. Together with our OFWs, they more than doubled our foreign exchange reserves. Pinalakas ang ating piso at naiwasan ang lubhang pagtaas ng presyo. They upgraded our credit because while the reserves of our peers have shrunk this past year, ours reserves grew by $3 billion.”


An Overseas Filipino is a person of Philippine origin who lives outside of the Philippines. This term applies both to people of Filipino ancestry who now live and reside as citizens of a different country, and those who continue to be Filipino citizens and those supporting their families back in the Philippines. It may also extend to Filipinos having extended holidays abroad, however, common usage does not usually include this group.
The term Global Filipino is now also being used to refer to a Filipino citizen who lives and works abroad. The performance of the Philippine economy over recent decades, combined with a widespread knowledge of English, a legacy of the Philippines' position as a former United States colony, have made Filipinos one of the most internationally mobile nationalities. Filipino workers greatly contribute to this, as they need to support their families back at home. As a result, many countries around the world have a substantial Filipino community.
Overseas Filipino Workers contribute huge help especially to our country as well as to their respective family. We can’t deny the fact that there are maximum numbers of workers here in the Philippines but are opting to work in a foreign country. Obviously, maybe we had already the hint, why is that so. Fortunately for our OFW’s they just receive large amount of salaries and because of them also this primarily reason why they more than doubled our foreign exchange rates. The value of peso increases and the cost of daily necessity decreases.


4.MiCroFinAnCe
“Nakinabang ang pitong milyong entrepreneurs sa P165 billion na microfinance. Nakinabang ang 1,000 sa economic resiliency plan. Kasama natin ngayon ang isa sa kanila, si Gigi Gabiola. Dating household service worker sa Dubai, ngayon siya ay nagtatrabaho sa DOLE.
Microfinance refers to the provision of financial services to low-income clients, including consumers and the self-employed.
More broadly, it refers to a movement that envisions “a world in which as many poor and near-poor households as possible have permanent access to an appropriate range of high quality financial services, including not just credit but also savings, insurance, and fund transfers. Those who promote microfinance generally believe that such access will help poor people out of poverty.
1.Poor people need not just loans but also savings, insurance and money transfer services.
2. Microfinance must be useful to poor households: helping them raise income, build up assets and/or cushion themselves against external shocks.
3. “Microfinance can pay for itself.” Subsidies from donors and government are scarce and uncertain, and so to reach large numbers of poor people, microfinance must pay for itself.
4. Microfinance means building permanent local institutions
5. Microfinance also means integrating the financial needs of poor people into a country’s mainstream financial system.
6. “The job of government is to enable financial services, not to provide them.”
7. “Donor funds should complement private capital, not compete with it.”
8. “The key bottleneck is the shortage of strong institutions and managers.” Donors should focus on capacity building.
9. Interest rate ceilings hurt poor people by preventing microfinance institutions from covering their costs, which chokes off the supply of credit.
10. Microfinance institutions should measure and disclose their performance – both financially and socially.
This one also is very much helpful to those Filipino people who are scarcity in terms of food medicine, shelter and other primarily needs. In this way, they can quickly face against economic crisis. This may serve as their tool in moving forward especially o the victims of different calamities like typhoon, flood, earthquake and many more


References:
http://www.op.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=25755&Itemid=2
http://jlp-law.com/blog/state-of-the-nation-address-sona-2009/

http://www.helium.com/items/1373827-importance-of-good-health


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PostSubject: Re: Assignment 8 (Due: September 7, 2009, 13:00hrs)   Tue Aug 25, 2009 6:12 pm





In her 9th State of the Nation Address (SONA), last July 27, 2009, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo cited the status and improvements of the nation in terms of different fields. One of which is related to Human Resource Management. Some of the areas related to HRM and the reasons that can help in the improvement in the quality of life are the following:

flower 1.) Tourism Sectors

Tourism sectors serve as an additional engine of the growth of the country in whose development helps in creating wealth. It is said that the tourism is now a $ 5 billion industry. Tourism provides more jobs and generates more income.

Take the case of the 100 families living in the Suba fishing community on Olango Island.
At first, fishermen had caught less fishes which mean very low income, pushing them to do illegal fishing which results to more damaged coral reefs. Also, the village women feels like the market in making shell handicrafts has been oversaturated, that’s why they are facing the income challenges. Plus, scarcity in potable water, electricity, health services brought them to the low livelihood status. It is then found that the family income was only $37 a month.

Because of the initiative of USAID funding enabled the Philippine Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Coastal Resource Management Project (CRMP) to conduct a series of workshops for community members. Its goal is to help the village attain their economic goals by creating the place as a tourist destination from the region’s migratory bird flyway.

After a trial tour by international tourism experts in 1998, and earning an “A” rating, the authentic community ecotourism product was launched. In 1999, the cooperative took over administration of the tour operations and formalized collective ownership of the business.

As a result, The Olango Birds and Seascape Tour, now managed by fifty-five cooperating community families, had thirty-three runs with 357 visitors during its introductory period, with 31% foreign guests from seventeen countries. More than thirty international organizations have visited the project. Familiarization tours were introduced for government agencies and tour operators to experience the potential of the project. Hopeful villagers are made as local tour guides which means additional income, so on and so forth.

Another major boon for Philippine tourism is the government’s current P2.4 trillion budget for infrastructure developments to be implemented from 2006-2010, which will be increased by nearly 60% per year until 2010.

One of its many importances is that it enables in the reduction of the Filipino jobless workforce. Within the last year, the country saw a continued reduction in unemployment, with 900,000 new jobs created as a result of government, a figure the Arroyo administration was able to accomplish annually since 2001 (an annual average of 897,000 versus the previous administrations yearly average of 134,000). Nine out of 10 working age Filipinos are now employed.

“The most important result of President Arroyo’s economic achievements is the elevation of Filipino citizens’ well-being,” said Emma Ruth Yulo, Director of the Philippine Department of Tourism in New York.

(Michael Verikios - Wednesday, June 27, 2007)

"Tourism means jobs. Where tourism advances, poverty retreats," said Richard Gordon, former secretary of the Department of Tourism/color]

 He explained that the benefits from tourism "will trickle down to the members of the population, as seen in the Maldives experience. Just as in that island paradise, the cottage industries of this region, such as weaving and rattan furniture, will also profit from the advances in tourism. More importantly, the international market will be aware of the other, more established components of the regional economy, such as mining and agriculture."(http://www.senate.gov.ph/press_release/2007/1127_gordon1.asp)

flower2.) Microfinance

P165 billion worth of microfinance has given benefits in almost 7 million entrepreneurs.
The Philippine Microfinance Industry:

• Made remarkable progress the past ten years
• Reached a large number of the poor
• Market has grown
• Large unmet demand for microfinance services among the poor
• At end 2002, 25% of 4.3 million poor households reached
• Mostly married women
• MF clients clustered around the poverty threshold, including the vulnerable non-poor
• Estimated leakage to non-poor clients was 20%

(http://www.kms.aim.edu.ph/aim-adb/day1/mfp.pdf)


Microfinance Council of the Philippines, Inc. has the following objectives:

1. To help members serve significant numbers of poor households with financial and non-financial services.
2. To promote the adoption of poverty assessment tools and social performance monitoring systems.
3. To promote the adoption of and adherence to international performance standards.
4. To advocate for a policy environment that is conducive to the growth and development of a market-oriented microfinance sector.
5. To help build members' capacity for innovation that enhances the development of a market oriented microfinance sector.
6. To promote market-oriented microfinance products and services.
7. To initiate the conduct of international and national forums for best practice microfinance.
8. To mobilize resources and to network with government, donors, funding agencies, investors, and financial markets in order to enhance the development of the microfinance sector.
(http://www.microfinancecouncil.org/mission-vision.htm)

flower3.)Economic Resiliency Plan


Economic resiliency plan benefited 1,000 entrepreneurs including Gigi Gabiola, former Dubai household service worker who is now working in DOLE.

The P300-billion Economic Resiliency Plan of the country is aimed to pump prime the country's economy in 2009.
This was announced by Socioeconomic Planning Secretary and NEDA Director-General Ralph G. Recto as he recently bared the plan's framework.

The Plan, which is the country's own stimulus package, was borne out of President Gloria Macapagal - Arroyo's desire for the country "to hit the ground running in 2009" in response to the global economic crisis.
"What we intend to do is upgrade infrastructure and capital stock and expand social protection at the same time," Recto said.

[size=14]The resiliency plan hopes to ensure sustainable growth and attain the higher end of the growth targets for the year. The Development Budget Coordination Committee has pegged growth for 2009 at 3.7 percent to 4.7 percent.
In particular, the Plan aims to save and create jobs, protect the poorest of the poor, returning OFWs and workers in export industries, ensure low and stable prices to support consumer spending, and enhance competitiveness in preparation for the global rebound.
(http://www.pia.gov.ph/?m=12&fi=p090109.htm&no=43)


flower4.) Health Insurance

In Health Insurance, it almost covered 86 % of the over all population.
Philhealth is a premier government corporation that ensures sustainable, affordable and progressive social health insurance which endeavors to influence the delivery of accessible quality health care for all Filipinos.
As a financial intermediary, PhilHealth shall continuously evolve a sustainable National Health Insurance Program that shall:
• Lead towards universal coverage
• Ensure better benefits for its members at affordable premiums;
• Establish close coordination with its clients through a strong partnership with all stakeholders; and,
• Provide effective internal information and management systems to influence the delivery of quality health care services.
(http://www.philhealth.gov.ph/about_us/index.htm)

It is significant because employees deserved different kinds of benefits and one of these benefits is related to health, an important asset of every workforce.

Securitization law didn’t encourage the recklessness that brought down giant banks and insurance companies elsewhere and laid their economies to waste. It monitors and regulates the new fangled financial schemes.

flower5.) Technical Education and skills training

In Technical Education and skills training, the government has invested three times that of three previous administrations combined. Jennifer Silbor, one of the 10 million trainees learned medical transcription and is now an independent contractor and lecturer for transcriptions in Davao and is earning Php 18, 000 per month.

Also, over 800,000 workers will be trained to help them find higher paying jobs and better employment opportunities this year through a P5.66-billion fund the government has set aside for massive skills training and technical education.
(Paolo Romero, The Philippine Star)

(http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleid=470711)

It helps in the improvement of the life of the human resources to learn specific in demand needs of the industry.

flower 6.) Benefits for OFWs

In the case of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), the government is trying to create jobs which generates greater earnings so that oversea work will just be a career choice ; not the only option for a hardworking Filipino in search of a better life.

It is known that OFWs have a big help in the advantage of the nation’s economy. It records $ 16 B last year and is expected to grow this year. However, this is not a sacrifice joyfully borne. It is a lonely and hard work.

“Meanwhile, we should make their sacrifices worthwhile,” the president said. She noted the need to protect and give importance with the earnings the OFWs gained. That means stronger consumer protection for OFWs to property and products back home. In this connection, Investors Protection Task Force is addressed.

PGMA noted that she didn’t hesitate to visit the OFWs all over the world with their respective host countries such as Japan, Brazil, America, Middle East, and Europe, so and so forth. Its purpose is to listen and understand their needs and problems and how the government could answer these by working out better policies on migrant labor or by saving lives and restoring liberty.

Her visit to Saudi made way for King Abdullah pardon almost 700 OFWs in prison. Her visit to Spain made King Juan Carlos to communicate with other countries to address the problems of the OFWs. Same with Sheikh Khalifa, Prime Minister of Bahrain. Also, her visit to Kuwait made Emir al-Sabah to commute death sentences.

Other Overseas Filipino Workers Programs, Services , OFW Benefits,Charity and Welfare for General Filipino Community are the following:

* OWWA and Microsoft's Tulay Project for Overseas Filipino Workers (Added Mar 2007)
* Atikha - Economic and Social Services to OFWs and their Families (Added Mar 3 2007)
* ACHIEVE,INC - Action for Health Initiatives, Inc. (Added June 24 2007) - NEW
* Banco De Oro - BDO Asenso Kabayan Program (Added Mar 4 2007)
* BPI Express Online - Tulong Sa Pinoy Project (Updated Mar 3 2007)
* Classroom Galing Sa Mangagawang Pilipino Abroad (Updated Mar 3 2007)
* CFO Services for Overseas Filipino Workers and Filipino Immigrants (Updated Mar 3 2007)
* DBP (Development Bank of the Phils) Electronic Cash Remittance (EC REMIT) Program (Added JUn 24 2007) - NEW
* DOLE: Kasanayan at Hanapbuhay Program - KasH Program (Added Mar 2007)
* DOLE: KAbataan Program for Filipino Youth (Added Mar 22 2007)
* DTI: Order Regalo Program for OFWs (Added Mar 22 2007)
* Duty FREE Philippines Balikbayan Plus Program (Updated Mar 3 2007)
* ECONOMIC RESOURCE CENTER FOR OVERSEAS FILIPINOS (ERCOF) PHILIPPINES, INC. (Updated Mar 3 2007)
* Friend of Overseas Filipinos Incorporated Scholarship Program (Updated Mar 3 2007)
* Gabay ng OFW - Rated Public Service Radio Program for OFWs (Added Mar 3 2007)
* Gawad Kalinga (GK) - Building Houses for the Poorest of the Poor (Added Mar 4 2007)
* Globe Kababayan - makabagong mga serbisyo para sa mga OFWs at kapamilya (Added Mar 3 2007)
* GO Negosyo - Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE) promotes entrepreneurship nationwide (Added Mar 4 07)
* HONDA Motors - CAREmittace Program for Overseas Filipino Workers (Added Mar 2007)
* LIBRENG Aral Sa Computer - FREE Computer Course Training
* National Reintegration Center for Overseas Filipino Workers (NRCO) (Added June 24 2007) - NEW
* OFW E-Card - Equitable PCI Card Service for OFWs / Overseas Filipino Workers
* OWWA Credit Program for OFWs (Updated Mar 3 2007)
* OWWA EDUCATION AND TRAINING BENEFITS (Updated Mar 3 2007)
* OWWA Insurance and Health-Care Program Benefits (Updated Mar 3 2007)
* Pabahay Handog sa Pilipino, Inc. (Updated Mar 2007)
* Pag-Ibig Fund Overseas Program for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW)
* Pamilyang OFW-SME Netwwork Foundation, Inc (Updated Mar 2007)
* Pasali Cooperative Nederland - Advance the Ecoonomic Empowerment of the Overseas Filipinos (Added Mar 4 07)
* Philhealth's Coverage for Overseas FIlipino Workers Medicare Program (Added Mar 22 2007)
* PNB: OWN A PHILIPPINE HOME LOAN PROGRAM for OFWs and Non-OFW (Added Mar 22 2007)
* POEA - The Bagong Bayani Awards
* POEA OFW Services ( Philippine Overseas Employment Agency)
* Scholarship on Professional Animation for OFW Dependants
* SMEF-Center for Overseas Filipino Workers! (Added June 24 2007) - NEW
* Social Security System (SSS) Flexi Fund for Overseas Filipino Workers
* SSS Housing Loan Facility for Trade Union Members and OFWs ( Updated Mar 3 2007 )
* Ugnayan at Tulong para sa Maralitang Pamilya Foundation, Inc. (Updated Mar 3 2007)
* UNLAD KABAYAN MIGRANT SERVICES FOUNDATION INC.

(http://vanie.ofw-connect.com/an_overseas_Filipino_Workers_Programs_Services_Welfare_Benefits.htm)

It is important since it addresses the needs and problems our fellow Filipino workers in the other countries which is a big help in the growth of the countries economy.. It means that the government values them and offers the things they really deserved in exchange with their sacrifices.

MY BLOG:
http://shielamariepnara.blogspot.com/2009/08/assignment-8-in-mis-sona-2009.html

REFERENCES:

http://jlp-law.com/blog/state-of-the-nation-address-sona-2009/
http://archondigital.com/wp-content/uploads/sona.jpg
http://www.usaid.gov/stories/philippines/cs_philippines_tourism.html
http://www.traveldailynews.com/pages/show_page/18746-Philippines%60-sustainable-growth-benefits-tourism




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PostSubject: ASSIGNMENT 8   Fri Aug 28, 2009 5:04 am

On the assumption that you heard/read the SONA of the President last month (July 2009), identify at least 3 areas related to Human Resource Mangement and explain how these areas can improve our quality of life. (2000words)


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Sona of the president - talking about Human Resource Related


1.)Microfinance

“Nakinabang ang pitong milyong entrepreneurs sa P165 billion na microfinance. Nakinabang ang 1,000 sa economic resiliency plan. Kasama natin ngayon ang isa sa kanila, si Gigi Gabiola. Dating household service worker sa Dubai, ngayon siya ay nagtatrabaho sa DOLE.”

Arrow Wow..entrepreneurs contribute a lot in our economy. The lesson that we can learn from this person Gigi Gabiola was the perseverance to achieve our goal in life, the challenge to be success in life or improve the quality of live. It is just that we should not depend on the president or in the government officials that we vote because it is our responsibility to make our goals come true. And I think the role of those who are in the positions are just to guide us on how we able to be success.

2.)Health

“Mula noong 2001, Nanawagan tayo ng mas murang gamot. Nagbebenta na tayo ng mga gamot na kalahating presyo sa libu-libong Botika ng Bayan at Botika ng Barangay sa maraming dako ng bansa. Our efforts prodded the pharmaceutical companies to come up with low-cost generics and brands like RiteMed. I supported the tough version of the House of the Cheaper Medicine Law. I supported it over the weak version of my critics. The result: the drug companies volunteered to bring down drug prices, slashing by half the prices of 16 drugs.”

Arrow A good benefit to us. Medicine are such expensive like the daily vitamins that you take. And also for the person that are sick or in ill it is such a headache in their minds. So, i say thank you for making this medicine for affordable. It just a great contribution to us people leaving in the Philippines to have a low price of medicine. Good job|!


3.)EDUCATION

“Our educational system should make the Filipino fit not just for whatever jobs happen to be on offer today, but also for whatever economic challenge life will throw in their way….”

Arrow In my opinion it is just like we are studying, getting the course that we want and it is just a useless that our course is not fit for our job. WHAT THE EIW!!....(hmnpf) but in spite of that i understand that this country the Philippines is just a low of job importunity not in the sense a very little but the government cannot support the yearly graduates of our schools. So let's just help find a way we can get jobs after we graduate so that to help our selves and also to contribute to our economy.

4.) OFW Benefits

“Meanwhile, we should make their sacrifices worthwhile. Dapat gumawa tayo ng mga mas malakas na paraan upang proteksyonan at palawak ang halaga ng kanilang pinagsikapang sweldo. That means stronger consumer protection for OFWs investing in property and products back home. Para sa kanila, pinapakilos natin ang Investors Protection Task Force….”

Arrow For this issue yeah!!I really agree for that even if my parents are not OFWs but still i really understand the sickness when far from your family the sacrifices they have made day by day, the challenges so let just respect it.
In support for this I heard in the program in the ABS-CBN in WOWOWEE.. when the players where OFWs and then when one of the players there has a great disappointment of his wife because he said in five years he worked in abroad even a single cent she did not save. Wow!!what a crap!..what a terrible wife but to criticize his wife i dont really know the reason why she did not save but the husband said that it just about the "BISYO"! toinks.. Mad affraid crap!!

So here are some of areas of Human Resource :

Areas in Human resource management include:

Change Management-

organizational and personal change management, process, plans, change management and business development tips

Here are some rules for effective management of change. Managing organizational change will be more successful if you apply these simple principles. Achieving personal change will be more successful too if you use the same approach where relevant. Change management entails thoughtful planning and sensitive implementation, and above all, consultation with, and involvement of, the people affected by the changes. If you force change on people normally problems arise. Change must be realistic, achievable and measurable. These aspects are especially relevant to managing personal change. Before starting organizational change, ask yourself: What do we want to achieve with this change, why, and how will we know that the change has been achieved? Who is affected by this change, and how will they react to it? How much of this change can we achieve ourselves, and what parts of the change do we need help with? These aspects also relate strongly to the management of personal as well as organizational change.

See also the modern principles which underpin successful change.

For a wonderful example of managing successful ethical change in modern times, see 'Three Wins'.

Do not sell change to people as a way of accelerating 'agreement' and implementation. 'Selling' change to people is not a sustainable strategy for success, unless your aim is to be bitten on the bum at some time in the future when you least expect it. When people listen to a management high-up 'selling' them a change, decent diligent folk will generally smile and appear to accede, but quietly to themselves, they're thinking, "No bloody chance mate, if you think I'm standing for that load of old bollocks you've another think coming…" (And that's just the amenable types - the other more recalcitrant types will be well on the way to making their own particular transition from gamekeepers to poachers.)

Instead, change needs to be understood and managed in a way that people can cope effectively with it. Change can be unsettling, so the manager logically needs to be a settling influence.

Check that people affected by the change agree with, or at least understand, the need for change, and have a chance to decide how the change will be managed, and to be involved in the planning and implementation of the change. Use face-to-face communications to handle sensitive aspects of organisational change management (see Mehrabian's research on conveying meaning and understanding). Encourage your managers to communicate face-to-face with their people too if they are helping you manage an organizational change. Email and written notices are extremely weak at conveying and developing understanding.

If you think that you need to make a change quickly, probe the reasons - is the urgency real? Will the effects of agreeing a more sensible time-frame really be more disastrous than presiding over a disastrous change? Quick change prevents proper consultation and involvement, which leads to difficulties that take time to resolve.

For complex changes, refer to the process of project management, and ensure that you augment this with consultative communications to agree and gain support for the reasons for the change. Involving and informing people also creates opportunities for others to participate in planning and implementing the changes, which lightens your burden, spreads the organizational load, and creates a sense of ownership and familiarity among the people affected.

See also the excellent free decision-making template, designed by Sharon Drew Morgen, with facilitative questions for personal and organizational innovation and change.

To understand more about people's personalities, and how different people react differently to change, see the personality styles section.

For organizational change that entails new actions, objectives and processes for a group or team of people, use workshops to achieve understanding, involvement, plans, measurable aims, actions and commitment. Encourage your management team to use workshops with their people too if they are helping you to manage the change.

You should even apply these principles to very tough change like making people redundant, closures and integrating merged or acquired organizations. Bad news needs even more careful management than routine change. Hiding behind memos and middle managers will make matters worse. Consulting with people, and helping them to understand does not weaken your position - it strengthens it. Leaders who fail to consult and involve their people in managing bad news are perceived as weak and lacking in integrity. Treat people with humanity and respect and they will reciprocate.

Be mindful that the chief insecurity of most staff is change itself. See the process of personal change theory to see how people react to change. Senior managers and directors responsible for managing organizational change do not, as a rule, fear change - they generally thrive on it. So remember that your people do not relish change, they find it deeply disturbing and threatening. Your people's fear of change is as great as your own fear of failure.

responsibility for managing change

The employee does not have a responsibility to manage change - the employee's responsibility is no other than to do their best, which is different for every person and depends on a wide variety of factors (health, maturity, stability, experience, personality, motivation, etc). Responsibility for managing change is with management and executives of the organisation - they must manage the change in a way that employees can cope with it. The manager has a responsibility to facilitate and enable change, and all that is implied within that statement, especially to understand the situation from an objective standpoint (to 'step back', and be non-judgemental), and then to help people understand reasons, aims, and ways of responding positively according to employees' own situations and capabilities. Increasingly the manager's role is to interpret, communicate and enable - not to instruct and impose, which nobody really responds to well.
change must involve the people - change must not be imposed upon the people

Be wary of expressions like 'mindset change', and 'changing people's mindsets' or 'changing attitudes', because this language often indicates a tendency towards imposed or enforced change (theory x), and it implies strongly that the organization believes that its people currently have the 'wrong' mindset, which is never, ever, the case. If people are not approaching their tasks or the organization effectively, then the organization has the wrong mindset, not the people. Change such as new structures, policies, targets, acquisitions, disposals, re-locations, etc., all create new systems and environments, which need to be explained to people as early as possible, so that people's involvement in validating and refining the changes themselves can be obtained.

Whenever an organization imposes new things on people there will be difficulties. Participation, involvement and open, early, full communication are the important factors.

Workshops are very useful processes to develop collective understanding, approaches, policies, methods, systems, ideas, etc. See the section on workshops on the website.

Staff surveys are a helpful way to repair damage and mistrust among staff - provided you allow allow people to complete them anonymously, and provided you publish and act on the findings.

Management training, empathy and facilitative capability are priority areas - managers are crucial to the change process - they must enable and facilitate, not merely convey and implement policy from above, which does not work.

You cannot impose change - people and teams need to be empowered to find their own solutions and responses, with facilitation and support from managers, and tolerance and compassion from the leaders and executives. Management and leadership style and behaviour are more important than clever process and policy. Employees need to be able to trust the organization.

The leader must agree and work with these ideas, or change is likely to be very painful, and the best people will be lost in the process.

change management principles

1. At all times involve and agree support from people within system (system = environment, processes, culture, relationships, behaviours, etc., whether personal or organisational).
2. Understand where you/the organisation is at the moment.
3. Understand where you want to be, when, why, and what the measures will be for having got there.
4. Plan development towards above No.3 in appropriate achievable measurable stages.
5. Communicate, involve, enable and facilitate involvement from people, as early and openly and as fully as is possible.


Executive recruiters -

Management Recruiting Today

Historically, management recruiting was a very personal professional. The management headhunters and recruiters cultivated direct, personal relationships with Business owners, managers of recruiting firms, and the like. At the same time, executive recruiters maintained a list of clients who were interested in finding gainful and satisfying employment in one professional field of another. With the advent of high-tech advances in communications, management headhunters have had to adapt and change in order to provide optimum Service to their clientele. In no small way, gone are the days where the fostering of personal relationships was of primary concern. And, presently, enter the day of high-tech communication and the Internet.
How an Executive Recruiter Stays in the Game

As mentioned at the start of this article, executive recruiters must be well versed in the latest technology if they want to continue to play a significant part in the field of employment placement and related endeavors. In the 21st century marketplace, with the use of high-tech Communication via the World Wide Web and similar venues, it is very easy for employers to make direct contact with potential employees thereby effectively freezing out the recruiters who are looking for management positions all together. Therefore, the most successful executive recruiters, search firms and Recruiting services are taking consistent and determined steps to maintain access to the most current forms of technology. By doing so, a search firm, recruiting firm or management executive recruiter will be able to continue to serve as a vital link between an employer and a prospective employee.
Internet Resources: The Online Directory of Executive Recruiters

Fortunately, there are an abundant number of Internet resources available to today's executive recruiter. Chief amongst these are online directories of various sorts and varieties. These online directories can assist management headhunters, recruiting firms, executive search firms and the like in obtaining information and services relevant to their particular pursuits. For example, pharmaceutical executive recruiters and management executive recruiter specializing in placing health care related professionals can draw upon a whole host of online directories and directory services that provide information on employment and hiring resources in the mammoth pharmaceutical industry. There are a significant number of specialty online directories that can readily serve and service the needs of head hunters and others in the employment and job placement industry. Examples of these types of information resources include different versions of the directory of executive recruiters and the more general recruiter directory.

sources: http://www.businessballs.com/changemanagement.htm
http://www.onlinerecruitersdirectory.com/executive-recruiters.html


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PostSubject: Assignment 8   Sat Aug 29, 2009 3:08 pm

During the 9th SONA of the President at the Batasang Pambansa, there are lots of achievements she shared. She discussed some achievements in banking and finance, education, and a lot more and one of the achievements she shared related in the Human Resource Management are; for small entrepreneurs they should be well funded, teacher's training to provide more quality education to their students and lastly, effective protections for our OFWs.

To discuss these three areas related to Human Resource Management further, let's go back what Human Resource Management is. According to our brother online dictionary, Human resource management (HRM) is the strategic and coherent approach to the management of an organization's most valued assets - the people working there who individually and collectively contribute to the achievement of the objectives of the business. The terms "human resource management" and "human resources" (HR) have largely replaced the term "personnel management" as a description of the processes involved in managing people in organizations. In simple sense, HRM means employing people, developing their resources, utilizing, maintaining and compensating their services in tune with the job and organizational requirement.

For the last works done by our dynamic President, she made some efforts in order those employees both in private and government sectors will work in motivation. That is why, many of our organizations, corporations and companies here in the Philippines doesn't experience recession well.

These were the three areas related to HRM in which the President shared. To wit:

1. Nakinabang ang pitong milyong entrepreneurs sa P165 billion in microfinance loans. Nakinabang ang sandaan libo sa emergency employment ng ating economic resiliency plan. Kasama natin ngayon ang isa sa kanila, si Gigi Gabiola. Dating household service worker sa Dubai, ngayon siya ay nagtatrabaho sa DOLE. Good luck, Gigi.

Here, loaning is one of the easiest way in which our small entrepreneurs can sustain to their businesses. They have to borrow some money from the lender whether how much is it. That is why, the Arroyo administration imposed this kind of loaning system which is called microfinance loan. Microfinance refers to the provision of financial services to low-income clients, including consumers and the self-employed. This Microfinancing loans are small loans granted to the basic sectors, on the basis of the borrower’s cash flow and other loans granted to the poor and low-income households for their microenterprises and small businesses to enable them to raise their income levels and improve their living standards. These loans are typically unsecured but may also be secured in some cases. That is why, this microfinance loan is such a great help to our so-called mamamayan. For them, this is not a burden but as long as they can sustain their businesses in their own, it is better not to borrow in order for them not to sink in the quicksand of debts.

2. Pardon my partiality for the teaching profession. I was a teacher. Kaya namuhunan tayo ng malaki sa education at skills training. Ang magandang edukasyon ay susi sa mas magandang buhay, the great equalizer that allows every young Filipino a chance to realize their dreams. Nagtayo tayo ng 95,000 na silid-aralan, nagdagdag ng 60,000 na guro, naglaan ng P1.5 billion para sa teacher training, especially for 100,000 English teachers.

In this second issue, education is important to everyone especially to the young minds. Education is central to development and a key to attaining the millennium development goals of our government and our society. It is one of the most powerful instruments for reducing poverty and inequality and lays a foundation for sustained economic growth. That is why, most developed countries invest more in their education system and produce more competitive which our country envy. When Pres. Gloria Arroyo first stepped in the Malacañang Palace as our second woman president, she planned and studied well about the poor education system of our country. After for a long time, Madam President has a solution in which students can benefit but the teachers also. This solution in which our president made, is such a great help in order that the teachers and instructors of different schools in our country will be more competitive. It is good to know that the government invest funds worth of billion pesos for the training for our teachers. This training will help and motivate our teachers especially those English teachers to work hard so that they can serve well our country and so that they will know what are the new trends in teaching in using new technologies nowadays. And because of that, good to hear that and well done Madam President!

3. Sa hirap at ginhawa, pinapatatag ang ating bansa ng ating Overseas Filipinos. Iyong padala nilang $16 billion noong isang taon ay record. Itong taon, mas mataas pa.

I know that this is not a sacrifice joyfully borne. This is work where it can be found -- in faraway places, among strangers with different cultures. It is lonely work, it is hard work.

Kaya nagsisikap tayong lumikha dito sa atin ng mga trabahong maganda ang sahod, so that overseas work will just be a career choice, not the only option for a hard-working Filipino.

Meanwhile, we should make their sacrifices worthwhile. Dapat gumawa tayo ng mas epektibong proteksyon at pagpapalawak ng halaga ng kanilang pinagsikapang sweldo. That means stronger consumer protection for OFWs investing in property and products back home. Para sa kanila, pinapakilos natin ang Investors Protection Task Force.

In this last area related to HRM, the President focused it to the OFWs or Overseas Filipino Workers. According to them, OFWs are the modernized heroes of our country. The money in which the OFWs remittedevery year is such a great help so that we can earn billion of pesos. Because of the blood and sweat offered by the OFWs to work outside the country, most of us admired them. That is why, the government established a task force in which it is beneficial to the OFWs so that they will be overseen by the government whether they were paid well by their employers or not. Good to hear also that the government implemented well to have jobs inside the country with a nice wages so that working outside the country is a choice now and because of that, no more BRAIN DRAIN anymore.

Now, because of these few achievements done by our President , we may not call her tamad na Presidente but instead a WORKING PRESIDENT. These achievements done by her is a proof that our country Philippines is a developing country and soon to be a Tiger Economy .
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PostSubject: Re: Assignment 8 (Due: September 7, 2009, 13:00hrs)   Sun Aug 30, 2009 12:59 am

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PostSubject: Assignment 8   Mon Sep 07, 2009 11:01 pm

The Human Resources Management (HRM) function includes a variety of activities, and key among them is deciding what staffing needs you have and whether to use independent contractors or hire employees to fill these needs, recruiting and training the best employees, ensuring they are high performers, dealing with performance issues, and ensuring your personnel and management practices conform to various regulations. Activities also include managing your approach to employee benefits and compensation, employee records and personnel policies. Usually small businesses (for-profit or nonprofit) have to carry out these activities themselves because they can't yet afford part- or full-time help. However, they should always ensure that employees have -- and are aware of -- personnel policies which conform to current regulations. These policies are often in the form of employee manuals, which all employees have.
As a part in the SONA in July 2009 these are the part which I think related to our topic:

“Compared to the past we have built more and better infrastructure, including
those started by others but left unfinished. The Subic-Clark-Tarlac
Expressway is a prime example of building better roads. It creates wealth as
the flagship of the Subic-Clark corridor.”

“We have built airports of international standard, upgraded domestic airports,
built seaports and the roll-on-roll-off system. I ask Congress for a Philippine
Transport Security Authority Law.”

“This year they gave the largest increase in Internal Revenue Allotment to local government units (LGUs) of P40 billion, imparting strength throughout the country at every level of government.”

This shows that our president did her job. This things can help improve our quality of life because of the jobs that they can offer.


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PostSubject: Re: Assignment 8 (Due: September 7, 2009, 13:00hrs)   Tue Sep 08, 2009 4:43 pm

On the assumption that you heard/read the SONA of the President last month (July 2009), identify at least 3 areas related to Human Resource Mangement and explain how these areas can improve our quality of life. (2000words)


Its such a good thing having a of the nation address(SONA) of the president since it shows to people the achievements brought by the leadership of the president.Last July 27,2009 she made her SONA .Here, she have tackled complement of her leadership such a financial assessment, infrastructure, ,agriculture ,housing ,people and etc.
Like MIS(management of information system) we have assignment in this subject HRM(human resource management) to do an assumption that I had heard/read on the SONA of the President last month (July 2009),and I should identify at least 3 areas related to Human Resource Mangement and explain how these areas can improve our quality of life.
For the passed discussion we have known what is HRM .|It is a managing human resource. It involves work, benefits of the workers, in simple word they handle people .It such a hard thing to do because we can’t dictate people as a robot so its should be favor to and not against to people who are concern.
In the SONA of our president he stated some site that involves for having a good HRM in our coutry,putting people first:
Towards that vision, we made key reforms. Our economic plan centers on putting people first. Higit sa lahat, ang layunin ng ating patakaran ay tulungan ang masisipag na karaniwang Pilipino. New tax revenues were put in place to help pay for better healthcare, more roads, and a strong education system. Housing policies were designed to lift up our poorer citizens so they can live and raise a family with dignity. Ang ating mga puhunan sa agrikultura ay naglalayong kilalanin ang ating mga magsasaka bilang backbone ng ating bansa, at bigyan sila ng mga modernong kagamitan to feed our nation and feed their own family.

“The draft SONA indicated the President will present the stark reality that economic growth has slowed although the country remains better off than most other nations. Keeping the country from global recession will be hard but she will say she has never stepped back from any challenge.”These is the principle of our president ,the resource manager of our country .She is always concern of the people and its need as well as the country.


Razz EDUCATION
“We must give them every opportunity to use their God-given talents to lift themselves up. Education is the ticket to better life,”

Education is the a central principle of President’s administration because we cannot have a high quality of life without a good economy, and she said “And the only way for our hard-working citizens to take advantage of a strong economy is through attaining a sound education”.In these principle ,our country can build a human resource to a good one and could help the economy in its best. We can build a responsible human resource by attaining much education .she have also stated that
“Nothing is more sacred or more valuable to enhancing the dignity of every Filipino than a good education. No issue is more to us than education. Our children, the children of our nation are our most precious to us,” She have cleared that Filipino’s dignity starts from our good education and these is more sacred that’s why children should attain education for soon they can help our economy .
They provided provided college and post-graduate education for over 600,000 scholars. These would help to those Pilipino citizen that doesn’t have much money but willing to study and to graduate ,many student attain that. Our president stated that“Our educational system should make the Filipino fit not just for whatever jobs happen to be on offer today, but also for whatever economic challenge life will throw in their way.” She insist that our education system should not just apply the jobs for today but also could be useful in whatever economic challenge .

Razz OVERSEAS FILIPINOS

“Sa hirap at ginhawa, pinapatatag ang ating bansa ng ating Overseas Filipinos. Iyong padala nilang $16 billion noong isang taon ay record. Itong taon, mas mataas pa”

“Kasama ng ating mga OFWs, they more than doubled our foreign exchange reserves Pinalakas ang ating piso at naiwasan ang lubhang pagtaas ng presyo. They upgraded our credit because while the reserves of our peers have shrunk this past year, ours reserves grew by $3 billion”
OFW has the big help for the country’s eonomy they help our foreign exchange reserves doubled. They that upgraded our credit ,our reserves grew by $3 billion.
These proves that human resource from the Philippines has the best because we are hardworking and we love our country too much that’s why our foreign exchange were doubled. These Overseas worker should be safe and be care by our government because other’s country president were proud of Filipinp workers .
Government are concern to there safety of those abusing alien to our beloved countrymen. They studied the problem and work out better policies on migrant labor, or by saving lives and restoring liberty.


Razz AGRICULTURE

“Ang ating mga puhunan sa agrikultura ay naglalayong kilalanin ang ating mga magsasaka bilang backbone ng ating bansa, at bigyan sila ng mga modernong kagamitan to feed our nation and feed their own family.”


Agricultue is one of the concern of the government since these is the backbone of our country .And they should have an equipment for them to easily done their jobs and can produce efficient supply of foods top our country.
The HRM manager should concern to the things that the company’s backbone or what is the things helped the company grow . These is also concern of our president since agriculture is our backbone in supplying vegetable ,fruit ,food not only in our country but also other country as well that’s why they should concern how these department be improved.

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PostSubject: Re: Assignment 8 (Due: September 7, 2009, 13:00hrs)   Tue Sep 08, 2009 5:30 pm



The SONA 2009


Her administration faced many challenges, full of accusations and threatens by the opponents who fight for what they believe in. But despite the allegations that surround her undisputed presidency, Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo delivered her State of the Nation Address last July 27, 2009.

The said SONA receives both critique and salutation. As we could expect, her opponents will continue to throw their mouths on her and for those who believed her will give her applause.

On her SONA, the president cited the progress of the country despite global crisis. And one area that was mentioned was related to the Human Resource Management. What are these manpower relations and how will these become a way to improve our quality of life?

Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW’s)


The country cannot support the needs of jobs for many of the Filipinos, thus, most of our countrymen has to find their luck to the other countries. With these, the OFW’s played a very dramatic role in supporting our dying (as many said) economy. It records $ 16 B last year and is expected to grow this year. What an advantage isn’t it? But the hard work, perseverance and sacrifices of our fellowmen cannot be equalized. For they endure loneliness to be away from home.

“Meanwhile, we should make their sacrifices worthwhile,” the president quoted. She said that we have to protect and give importance with the earnings the OFWs gained. And that was through a stronger consumer protection for OFWs to property and products back home. Thus, Investors Protection Task Force is addressed.

When we will try to see the brighter side of this area, we could say that it contributed an improvement and progress to our quality of life. Aside from the fact that the government cannot suffice our needs for jobs, we should have to work for the family to have a better life style. And some find the answer through going across the sea. Though it was very hard then to be far away from home, looking at the future will give courage to choose an overseas work if there’s an opportunity. It improves the quality of life because as we could see, if one will find a better job there, then he/she could support the financial needs of the family. The shelter, education, foods, clothing etc… Therefore, we could see the difference if we will just sit here and wait for the years to come and the problems will still not be addressed or find the right thing to do at the moment despite that the exchange would be our happiness, if it’s for the betterment of the family, we can bear the pain and loneliness. Filipinos are tough!


Technical Education and Skills Training

This one is really a big help. The popularity of TESDA has contributed a lot of opportunities for those who had never get the chance or those who doesn’t like to enroll in degree courses. Like the one the president had mentioned, “Narito si Jennifer Silbor, isa sa sampung milyong trainee. Natuto siya ng medical transcription. Now, as an independent contractor and lecturer for transcriptions in Davao, kumikita siya ng P18,000 bawat buwan. Good job, Jennifer”. It only shows that there are many possibilities and chances to improve our quality of life only if we have the courage to find it. And of course, the government had been helping to made it possible. And this type of trainings engaged in a less consuming time, therefore, you will not spend many years to have the changes in your life. And with hard work, honesty and perseverance, a successful life would be a guarantee.


CARP


The Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) was a land reform law mandated by Republic Act No. 6657, signed by President Corazon Aquino on June 10, 1988. It was the fifth land reform law in fifty years, following the land reform laws of Presidents Manuel Quezon, Ramon Magsaysay, Diosdado Macapagal and Ferdinand Marcos.
According to RA 6657, CARP aims “for a more equitable distribution and ownership of land.” It meant to distribute lands to farmers in a span of 10 years, but was extended by the 11th Congress due to delays in land distribution and lack of budget allocation.
Section 3 of RA 6657 defined agrarian reform as the “redistribution of lands, regardless of crops or fruits produced, to farmers and regular farm workers who are landless” and “all other arrangements alternative to the physical redistribution of lands, such as production or profit-sharing, labor administration and the distribution of shares of stock which will allow beneficiaries to receive a just share of the fruits of the lands they work.”
Vast agricultural lands are distributed to the farmers tilling the land, whereas only a maximum of five hectares can be retained by the landlords and three hectares for each of their children.
However, a common CARP loophole was that landlords escaped relinquishing their lands through land reclassifications. Lands classified by local zoning ordinances as residential, commercial and industrial lands are excluded from CARP.

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Department of Agrarian Reform website, http://www.dar.gov.ph (By Neil Jerome C. Morales)

“Sa pagpapamahagi ng milyun-milyong ektaryang lupa, 700,000 na katutubo at mahigit isang milyong benepisyaryo ng CARP ay taas-noong may-ari na ng sariling lupa. Hinihiling ko sa Kongreso na ipasa agad ang pagpapalawig ng CARP, at dapat ma-condone ang P42 billion na land reform liabilities dahil 18% lamang ang nabayaran mula 1972. Napapanahon, it’s timely because it will unfreeze the rural property market. Ang mahal kong ama ang nag-emancipate ng mga magsasaka. Ii-mancipate naman natin ngayon ang titulo”, the president said.
The passage of this Act gives hopes to the people who dedicate their life in tilting the land to have their own. As the president has told, millions of hectares have been distributed for the people to have their own land. And since this State policy promotes the rights and welfare of landless Filipino farmers and farm workers, as well as social justice, in pursuit of sound rural development and industrialization. The many years of sacrificed have been justified. It is established to help landless Filipino farmers to own directly or collectively the lands they till or, in the case of farm workers, to have a share of the fruits harvested or produced. Thus, it improves the quality of living because the farmers will not depend on their landlords when it comes to their shares during reaping time. They can have their own income and there’s no need to cut portions that won’t equal their effort. They could produce their own farm products without a need to worry that they might receive less than what they sow. They wouldn’t be a slave to their own right but they were now a master of their own property.


Education

“Ang magandang edukasyon ay susi sa mas magandang buhay, the great equalizer that allows every young Filipino a chance to realize their dreams”, president Arroyo.

"It seeks to mainstream early childhood development in basic education. Our children are our most cherished possession. In their early years we must make sure they get a healthy start in life. They must receive the right food for a healthy body, the right education for a bright and inquiring mind—and the equal opportunity for a meaningful job".

They said that the quality of manpower of a nation can be justified by the figure of educated persons belonging in it. Will it mean that education must be a key to achieve progress and development? Probably yes! If we could see, powerful nation’s starts with their creative minds, thus, they were able to sustain the needs and growth of their territory. But it doesn’t meant that the Filipinos were left behind in terms of powerful minds, maybe, we were just influenced by our culture, thus, affecting our drive to a more progressive way of living.

Our educational system should make the Filipino fit not just for whatever jobs happen to be on offer today, but also for whatever economic challenge life will throw in their way. For the government believes that education is one strongest way to establish a strong nation. From basic to vocational school or college, the government tried to sustain their needs, financial needs.

Education improves the quality of life. If all of the Filipinos can have the chance to enroll themselves and went to school, everyone can get a better job, everyone knows how to use their time, everyone knows their responsibility as an individual, everyone knows how to be productive and no one will have to suffer poverty. Though others might say that education is not the only way to uplift their status, it can’t be denied that it is the main door to enter the possibility of our dreams. Education improves the quality of life because it has its way that people will realize the importance of their existence. And more so…

Tax Revenues


“We will work to increase tax effort through improved collections and new sin taxes to further our capacity to reduce poverty and pursue growth. Revenue enhancement must come from the Department of Finance plugging leaks and catching tax and customs cheats. I call on tax paying citizens and tax paying businesses, help the BIR and stop those tax cheats”.

This will help the improvement because the returns can be a benefit to all. The infrastructures, the roads, and any other government projects help the people. Though many claims that they cannot feel the benefit from the taxes they’re paying, still, it cant be denied that, sometimes, we were just trying to ignore the existence of the projects that the government give back to our community.


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PostSubject: Assignment 8   Sun Sep 13, 2009 11:56 pm

Business Process Outsourcing

The Administration would like to use IS and IT on it’s future plan, built the regulatory infrastructure that enabled the Services Sector particularly the Philippine Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry, to become one of the main economic growth drivers of the Philippines. The growth in the BPO also improved the country’s Balance of Payments (BOP) and investments.


This is very nice because the Philippine Economy will grow faster, but is this possible if almost all of our leaders in the National and Local Level will keep on getting money from the people?


Services for the OFW


“Sa hirap at ginhawa, ang ating overseas Filipinos ay pinapatatag ang ating bansa. Iyong padala nilang $16 billion noong isang taon ay record. Itong taon, mas mataas pa….

I know that this is not a sacrifice joyfully borne. This is work where it can be found—in faraway places, among strangers with different cultures. It is lonely work, it is very hard work….

This is to salute all the Filipino workers abroad for their sacrifice.

Education in its broadest sense is any act or experience that has a formative effect on the mind, character, or physical ability of an individual. In its technical sense education is the process by which society deliberately transmits its accumulated knowledge, skills and values from one generation to another through institutions.

This will help a lot especially to less fortunate people.


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PostSubject: Assignment 8 (Due: September 7, 2009, 13:00hrs)   Tue Sep 15, 2009 2:27 pm

The following are areas related to HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT how these areas can improve our quality of life.


“Our reforms gave us the resources to protect our people, our financial system and our economy from the worst of shocks that the best in the west failed to anticipate....
They gave us the resources to do reforms para palawakin ang suportang panlipunan and enhance spending power....For helping e raise salaries through joint resolution, thank you Congress.”


Quoted from SONA 2009, president addressed protection and benefits given to people or shall we say, employees through joint resolutions made by congress…

Allow me to cite example of this joint resolution mentioned by Her Excellency,

14th Congress
Senate Joint Resolution No. 26.

It is where the president of the Philippines is authorized to change the compensation and position classification system of civilian personnel and the base pay schedule of the military and uniformed personnel in the government which had been effectively implemented last July 1, 2009.

Government nurses and public school teachers cannot longer dream for getting salary increases soon as lawmakers had implemented this resolution. However, it is said that this particular resolution would effectively standardized or would lay legal basis on the present system of increasing salary to government employees.

For me, this will help provide lawful actions pertaining wage and salary boost.

“Pardon my partiality for the teaching profession. I was a teacher....
Kaya namuhunan tayo ng malaki sa edukasyon at skills training....”

In education, it is where the administration had built 95,000 rooms, added 60,000 teachers and allocated an amount of P1.5 billion for teacher trainings especially for 100,000 English teachers.

This would mean an improvement because those 95,000 rooms will serve as the well ventilated home of learning’s wherein students are comfortable enough having their lessons in much convenient way.
The other is for teachers added working positions. There are hundreds of professional teachers who are unemployed, but not anymore for these thousands of positions which had been opened.

Moreover, the money allocation for teachers trainings which is P1.5 B. Aside from unemployment, we have this trial having professionals who are not equipped enough for their fields. These will make them more competitive for their students to be taught enough and appropriate knowledge.

“In technical education and skills training, we have invested three times that of three previous administrations combined. Narito si Jennifer Silbor, isa sa sampung milyong trainee. Natuto siya ng medical transcription. Now, as an independent contractor and lecturer for transcriptions in Davao, kumikita siya ng P18,000 bawat buwan. Good job.”

A skilled and trained employee is a great demand nowadays… it is a big deal to have such workers in the country. If all workers that we have are adequate for their respective jobs, then we will not look for foreign workers to do the task and in a way working positions that is meant for Filipinos would be given to Filipinos.

“Kaya nagsisikap tayong lumikha ng mga trabahong maganda ang bayad dito sa atin so that overseas work will just be a career choice, not the only option for a hardworking Filipino in search of a better life...”

The Overseas Filipino Workers are great contributor to our economic status. They are investing large amount of money from their taxes. It is just a reward to treat them somehow special. They are working hard abroad for they want to uplift their status in life, but it is a good idea that working outside the country will just be seek for career improvement and profession’s upgrade and not their only preference to be gone with poverty.

Planning of stronger consumer protection for OFWs investing in property and products back home is in list of programs of administration according to the president.

Malacañang has created a task force that would monitor investment schemes, Administrative Order No. 185 released by Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita on the year 2007, created the Investors Protection Task Force (IPTF) "to monitor investment schemes, including real estate projects, especially those marketed to the public and Overseas Filipino Workers."

The task force will be headed by the Department of Finance and will have as members the Securities and Exchange Commission, Department of Trade and Industry, National Bureau of Investigation, Department of Labor and Employment, and the House and Land Use Regulatory Board, according to the order.

Accordingly, investments of OFW’s backhome will be in good hand and protection.

Not only for this, those Filipinos who are accused of crimes and sentence of death outside the country had been helped by the administration. By working out better policies on migrant labor, or by saving lives and restoring liberty....
“Pagpunta ko sa Saudi, pinatawad ni Haring Abdullah ang pitong daang OFW na nasa preso. Pinuno nila ang isang buong eroplano at umuwi kasama ko....
Mula sa ating State Visit to Spain, it has become our biggest European donor. At si Haring Juan Carlos ay nakikipag-usap sa ibang mga bansa para sa ating mga namomoblemang OFW. Ganoon di si Sheikh Khalifa, ang Prime Minister ng Bahrain....
Pagpunta ko sa Kuwait, Emir al-Sabah commuted death sentences. For overseas workers, maraming salamat.”


Nevertheless, the previously delivered SONA was criticized, well it’s a trend in politics but we can’t win the fact that it shows prints of works.

references:
♥️ http://business.inquirer.net/money/breakingnews/view/20070801-79985/Palace_forms_task_force_against_investment_scams
♥️ http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleid=473985
♥️ http://www.senate.gov.ph/lis/bill_res.aspx?congress=14&q=SJR-26
♥️ http://www.mukamo.com/gloria-macapagal-arroyo-sona-2009-speech-summary-transcript/
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PostSubject: HRM Assignment # 8   Tue Sep 15, 2009 9:02 pm

On the assumption that we heard/read the SONA of the President last month (July 2009), we are to identify at least 3 areas related to Human Resource Mangement and explain how these areas can improve our quality of life.


1) Key Reforms

“Towards that vision, we made key reforms. Our economic plan centers on putting people first. Higit sa lahat, ang layunin ng ating mga patakaran ay tulungan ang masisipag na karaniwang Pilipino. (applause) New tax revenues were put in place to help pay for better healthcare, more roads, and a strong education system. Housing policies were designed to lift up our poorer citizens so they can live and raise a family with dignity. Ang ating mga puhunan sa agrikultura ay naglalayong kilalanin ang ating mga magsasaka bilang backbone ng ating bansa, (applause) at bigyan sila ng mga modernong kagamitan to feed our nation and feed their own family.”

Government Owned and Controlled Corporations Reform (GOCC)
After discussions and consultations, the Consulting Team, ADB, and DOF agreed to bring down to four (4) the initial six (6) pilot GOCCs. The key criteria for the selection of the four pilot GOCCs are, a) GOCCa??s importance to the sector, b) impact on fiscal position of the government , e.g extent of dependence on the national budget,c) broad sector coverage, possibility of quick gains from reforms, visibility of GOCCs, and willingness of the GOCC management to undertake reforms. The 4 pilot GOCCs identified are: Home Guaranty Corporation (HGC), National Development Company (NDC), Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) and Philippine National Railways (PNR). The proposed policy and GOCC specific reforms that will enable the 4 pilot GOCCs to operate more efficiently.

http://pid.adb.org/pid/TaView.htm?projNo=39606&seqNo=01&typeCd=2


2) Infrastructures

“Compared to the past we have built more and better infrastructure, including those started by others but left unfinished. The Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway is a prime example of building better roads. (applause) It creates wealth as the flagship of the Subic-Clark corridor.

We have built airports of international standard, upgraded domestic airports, built seaports and the RORO system. I ask Congress for a Philippine Transport Security Authority Law.”

Philippines to spend 28 billion dollars on infrastructure projects

MANILA, April 27, 2006 (AFP) - The Philippines plans to spend 1.5 trillion pesos (28 billion dollars) on major infrastructure projects over the next five years, seen as a hindrance to investments, the government said Thursday.

It plans to finance 56 percent of the costs and rely on the private sector for the balance of funds required for the projects.

About 743 billion pesos worth of transportation projects lead the list, the economic planning department said in a statement.

The rest would be spent on the power sector, water utilities, communications and social infrastructure.

Infrastructure spending would account for about four percent of the country's total gross domestic product for 2006-201O, the statement added.

"Infrastructure plays a crucial role in boosting economic growth and reducing poverty. Substantial investment is needed to create new infrastructure and maintain or improve existing ones," Economic Planning Secretary Romulo Neri said.

Kuwait firms plan $10 bln Philippines investments

KUWAIT, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Kuwaiti firms including logistics provider Agility plan to invest more than $10 billion in infrastructure projects in the Philippines, the company leading the group said on Tuesday.

The firms and one non-Kuwaiti company plan to develop airports, ports, railways, power stations and telecommunications, Kuwait investment firm Al-Abraj Holding Co said in a statement.

The deal is pending a signing with the Philippine government expected at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, later this month, Abraj Deputy Chairman Sameer Nasser Ali Hussein told Reuters.

The Philippines government has said it wants to invest 1.7 trillion pesos ($41 billion) in its power, water, telecommunications and transport industries by 2010. Last year, it offered 10 infrastructure projects worth $2 billion to foreign investors.

LUCRATIVE

Gulf Arab states and companies, buoyed by record oil prices, have been looking to invest more in Asia, where economies are growing faster than in Europe and the United States, traditional destinations for their surplus funds.

Qatar's $60 billion sovereign wealth fund, the Qatar Investment Authority, said last month it plans to spend at least $850 million in Indonesia, its biggest commitment to the country. [ID:nL06717821]

Kuwait's Abraj said the group would set up a holding company in Europe, of which the Kuwaiti partners would own 75 percent and British firm Argon, acting on behalf of Philippine authorities, 25 percent. This could change a little, Hussein said.

He said Abraj wanted to raise the money possibly through an initial public offering, while Philippine institutions would also contribute to the project.

Kuwaiti partners include International Leasing & Investment and al-Mal Investment Co , Abraj said.

Agility said negotiations were continuing. "A big part of this project would come to Agility," Hussein said.

The biggest investment from the Middle East in the Philippines is a 40 percent stake held by state-owned Saudi Aramco in Petron Corp , the largest oil refiner in the country.

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/archive/index.php/t-343729.html


3) Microfinance

“Nakinabang ang pitong milyong entrepreneurs sa P165 billion in microfinance loans.

Nakinabang ang sandaan libo sa emergency employment ng ating economic resiliency plan. Kasama natin ngayon ang isa sa kanila, si Gigi Gabiola. (applause) Dating household service worker sa Dubai, ngayon siya ay nagtatrabaho sa DOLE. Good luck, Gigi”

• The Government of the Philippines took a decidedly pro-microfinance stance ten years ago. How has the sector evolved in relation to your expectations at that time? Do you feel that the 1997 National Strategy is still valid today?
About ten years ago, the vision to have a viable and sustainable private microfinancial market was espoused through the creation of the National Strategy for Microfinance. The main objective of this strategy is to provide low income households and microenterprises access to financial services.
I am happy to report we have made significant progress since then. Through the National Strategy for Microfinance, a policy framework was created and several laws and issuances were passed to ascertain that the private sector will have a greater role in the provision of financial services and that the Government will focus on the creation of an enabling policy environment. It is evident that these policy principles are being adopted. At present, more and more private microfinance institutions are providing this much needed service while the Government rationalized its directed credit programs and established a microfinance-friendly policy and regulatory environment. The strategy is definitely still the guiding principle of the development of the sector in the Philippines.

• What are the salient features of microfinance in the Philippines? What are the main challenges facing the microfinance sector in the Philippines today?
I would say that one of the most salient features of microfinance in the Philippines is that there is a microfinance-friendly environment in which microfinance institutions operate, whether Bank, Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) or Cooperative.

In the Philippines, the necessary infrastructure is in place for these microfinance institutions to flourish in a sound and sustainable way. Aside from the National Strategy, we have a regulatory framework and a uniform set of performance standards that cut across all types of microfinance institutions.

The development of microfinance in the banking sector is also one of the encouraging features of microfinance in the Philippines. The Bangko Sentral NG Pilipinas (Philippine Central Bank / BSP) has taken proactive measures in institutionalizing microfinance within the banking sector through the creation of an enabling policy environment, capacity building, as well as promotion and advocacy. We now have, in the BSP, a Microfinance Committee, a Microfinance Unit and a core group of examiners specialized in microfinance operations of Banks. These initiatives have borne much fruit as the number of Banks with microfinance operations has increased by 300%.
Because of the increased interest in microfinance and the ever-growing number of microfinance institutions, the main challenges lie in assuring that the operations maintain a good level of performance standards. At the end of the day, only sound and viable institutions can provide quality and timely services to the entrepreneurial poor, the microfinance clients.

Another challenge is the need for a comprehensive credit bureau. Again, because of the increased number of players in the field, credit pollution and multiple borrowings need to be addressed through the proper reporting and sharing of credit information.
http://www.uncdf.org/english/microfinance/pubs/newsletter/pages/2005_03/featured_guest.php

Microfinance Focus August 31, 2009: Grameen Foundation on Monday announced it has facilitated the first privately placed corporate note issued by the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, Inc. (CARD) of the Philippines.
The $10.4 million transaction, which was supported by a $5 million guarantee from Grameen Foundation’s Growth Guarantee program and related advisory support, was oversubscribed by six local Filipino institutional investors: Security Bank Corporation, Allied Banking Corporation, Banco de Oro Unibank, Inc., BDO Leasing and Finance, Inc., BDO Private Bank, Inc., and Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation. SB Capital Inc, the investment banking subsidiary of Security Bank Corporation, served as the lead arranger for the notes issuance.

The five-year note is the first ever to be issued by a microfinance institution (MFI) in Southeast and East Asia, and marks an important milestone in opening up broader capital markets to MFIs in the Philippines.
This is Grameen Foundation’s third and largest Growth Guarantee transaction with CARD and will provide it with long-term financing to expand its outreach by an additional 100,000 poor families. The first two transactions, totaling $5.3 million in bank financing, were partially secured by guarantees of $1 million each through the program.
“In the current economic climate, when banks and investors are generally more risk averse than they were previously, this transaction sends a strong message about investor confidence in quality MFIs such as CARD, as well as in the broader microfinance industry,” said Alex Counts, president of Grameen Foundation.

CARD is one of the first Grameen replication programs in the world and is the largest MFI in the Philippines. Formed in 1986, it targets primarily low-income landless rural women and serves over 435,740 clients throughout the Philippines. It is part of CARD Mutually Reinforcing Institutions, a family of organizations which focus on providing financial and non-financial services to poor Filipino women.
“This transaction is a watershed moment for CARD, as well as for the microfinance sectors in Southeast and East Asia,” said Dr. Jaime Aristotle B. Alip, founder and managing director of CARD.

http://www.microfinancefocus.com/news/2009/09/01/grameen-foundation-mobilizes-10-million-investment-for-card-microfinance-2/


4) Cheaper Medicine

“Mula pa noong 2001, nanawagan na tayo ng mas murang gamot. Nagbebenta tayo ng gamot na kalahating presyo sa libu-libong Botika ng Bayan at Botika ng Barangay sa maraming dako ng bansa. Our efforts prodded the pharmaceutical companies to come up with low-cost generics and brands like RiteMed. I supported the tough version of the House of the Cheaper Medicine law (applause) over the weak version of my critics. (applause) The result: the drug companies volunteered to bring down drug prices, slashing by half the prices of 16 drugs. Thank you, Congressmen Cua, Alvarez, Biron and Locsin.“

For the first time, half-priced essential medicines, universal health insurance coverage and lower rental rates for residential units are now being enjoyed by ordinary Filipinos under the government's social services program for the poor and the vulnerable sector of society.

In her last State-of-the-Nation-Address (SONA) at the Batasan Complex in Quezon City, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said her administration has been working hard to provide cheaper essential medicines which ordinary Filipinos are now enjoying at some 13,000 Botika ng Barangays nationwide.

To best serve the public welfare, the President said government efforts have now prodded the pharmaceutical industry to come up with a 50 percent cut on low-cost generics and branded medicines like RiteMed under the Cheaper Medicines law which she signed last year.

The President earlier gave a deadline to drug firms to voluntarily comply with the cheaper medicines law by reducing the prices of essential medicines by at least 50 percent. Otherwise, the government will mandate price ceilings for 22 commonly prescribed drugs.

"I supported the tough version of the House on the Cheaper Medicine law. I supported it over the weak version of my critics. The result: the drug companies volunteered to bring down drug prices, slashing by half the prices of 16 drugs," she said.

The President thanked the lawmakers who pushed for the passage of the tougher version of the cheaper medicines law even as she advised critics to just work hard to immediately provide relief for the poor and vulnerable.

The President pointed out that 86 percent of the population is now enjoying Philhealth insurance coverage.

As part of the its economic resiliency plan, the government is providing additional Philhealth benefits for the universal health coverage particularly of the poorest sector.

The President thanked Congress for the passage of the Rent Control Law which she recently signed providing for a one-year moratorium in the rental increase of residential units including the allowable seven percent annual increase until 2013. (PND)

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PostSubject: Re: Assignment 8 (Due: September 7, 2009, 13:00hrs)   Thu Sep 17, 2009 5:34 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Assignment 8 (Due: September 7, 2009, 13:00hrs)   Thu Sep 17, 2009 8:42 pm

SONA 2009

Microfinance loans/ pabahay at palupa

\"Nakinabang ang pitong milyong entrepreneur sa 165 billion pesos in microfinance loans. Nakinabang ang sandaan libo sa emergency employment ng ating economic resiliency plan. Kasama natin ngayon ang isa sa kanila, si Gigi Gabiola. Dating household service worker sa Dubai, ngayon siya ay nagtatrabaho sa DOLE. Good luck! Gigi.\"

\"Nakinabang ang isang milyong pamilya sa programang pabahay at palupa, mula Pag-IBIG, NHA, community mortgage programs, certificates of lot award, at saka yung inyong Loan Condonation and Restructuring Act. Salamat.\"


Such things mentioned and if surely be done and provide people then it would definitely improve the quality of life of the people involving it. Microfinance refers to the provision of financial services to low-income clients, including consumers and the self-employed. This would help those small clients and self-employed citizens to have just enough financial loan for starting a small business or just grant their financial needs.


EDUCATION
\"Nagtayo tayo ng 95,000 na silid-aralan, nagdagdag ng 60,000 na guro, naglaan ng 1.5 billion pesos para sa teacher training, especially for 100,000 English teachers. Isa sa pinakamahirap sa Millennium Development Goals ay yung ‘Education para sa Lahat’ pagdating ng 2015. Ibig sabihin, lahat ng nasa tamang edad ay dapat nasa primary school. Halos walang bansang makakatupad nito.

Congratulations! In technical education and skills training, we have invested three times that of three previous administrations combined. Narito si Jennifer Silbor, isa sa sampung milyong trainee. Natuto siya ng medical transcription. Now, as an independent contractor and lecturer for transcriptions in Davao, kumikita siya ng 18,000 pesos bawat buwan. Good job, Jennifer! The Presidential Task Force on Education headed by Jesuit educator Father Bienvenido Nebres has come out with the Main Education Highway towards a Knowledge-Based Economy. It envisions seamless education from basic to vocational school or college.

It seeks to mainstream early childhood development in basic education. Our children are our most cherished possession. In their early years we must make sure they get a healthy start in life. They must receive the right food for a healthy body, the right education for a bright and inquiring mind, and the equal opportunity for a meaningful job.\"

On education President Arroyo just shared her accomplished jobs in the past years and is planning for more improvements for public schools and the teachers. Well as I\'ve said a while this would be a great help for every students if it would come into reality. Hope so. The president also pointed out some improvements for technical education and skills training so as to early childhood development. This technical education and skills training would be of help for those who wants easy course that would make them land in a good job. Having teachers to undergo training would also be of help for the improvement of the quality of education in the country.


OFW
\"Sa hirap at ginhawa, pinapatatag ang ating bansa ng ating overseas Filipinos. Iyong padala nilang 16 billion dollars noong isang taon ay record. Itong taon, mas mataas pa. I know that this is not a sacrifice joyfully borne. This is work where it can be found in faraway places, among strangers with different cultures. It is lonely work, it is hard work. Kaya nagsisikap tayong lumikha dito sa atin ng mga trabahong maganda ang sahod, so that overseas work will just be a career choice, not the only option for a hardworking Filipino.

Meanwhile, we should make their sacrifices worthwhile. Dapat gumawa tayo ng mas epektibong proteksyon at pagpapalawak ng halaga ng kanilang pinagsikapang sweldo. That means stronger consumer protection for overseas Filipinos investing in property and products back home. Para sa kanila, pinapakilos natin ang Investors Protection Task Force. (applause) Hindi ako nag-aatubiling bisitahin ang ating taong-bayan at kanilang mga host sa buong mundo mula Hapon hanggang Brazil, mula Europa at Middle East hanggang sa American Midwest, nakikinig sa kanilang mga problema at pangangailangan, inaalam kung paano sila matulungan ng ating pamahalaan -- by working out better policies on migrant labor, or by saving lives and restoring liberty.

Pagpunta ko sa Saudi, pinatawad ni Haring Abdullah ang pitong daang OFW na nasa preso. (applause) Pinuno nila ang isang buong eroplano at umuwi kasama ko. (applause) Mula sa ating State Visit sa Espanya, it has become our biggest European donor. At si Haring Juan Carlos ay nakikipag-usap sa ibang mga bansa para sa ating mga namomoblemang OFW. Ganoon din si Sheikh Khalifa, ang Prime Minister ng Bahrain. (applause) Pagpunta ko sa Kuwait, Emir Al-Sabah commuted death sentences. (applause) We thank all our leaders, all the world leaders who have shown compassion for our overseas Filipino workers. Maraming salamat (applause)
Our vigorous international engagement has helped bring in foreign investment. Net foreign direct investments multiplied 15 times during our administration. Kasama ng ating mga OFW, they more than doubled our
foreign exchange reserves. Pinalakas ang ating piso, naiwasan ang lubhang pagtaas ng presyo. They upgraded our credit because while the reserves of our peers have shrunk this past years, our reserves grew by three billion dollars.\"


Talking about our OFW\'s.in other countries is not an easy job. They have made a lot of sacrifices for their families. It is just enough taht the government would make such improvement for the quality of life of our fellow OFW\'s. The said protection for the OFW\'s should be implemented for the sake of the hardworking lives of the OFW\'s in other countries.


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PostSubject: Re: Assignment 8 (Due: September 7, 2009, 13:00hrs)   Tue Sep 29, 2009 8:27 pm

* With earnings of $6 billion and employment of 600,000, the BPO phenomenon speaks eloquently of our competitiveness and productivity.

-BPO or Business Process Outsourcing have been very popular to the Filipinos. Through BPO's companies will come to hire people from the Philippines, thus, giving a huge numbers of opportunity for the Filipino workers.

* In the last four years tourism almost doubled. It is now a $5 billion industry.

-Tourism is one of the jobs for those people and workers that are not qualified for an office work. Our native people are the ones that will benefit mostly with regards to tourism. They can become tour guides and when numbers of tourist will come to visit Philippines, that means more dollars will come for the Philippines.

* Sa pagpapamahagi ng milyun-milyong ektaryang lupa, 700,000 na katutubo at mahigit isang milyong benepisyaryo ng CARP ay taas-noong may-ari na ng sariling lupa.

-Filipinos are born farmers, it is the primary job of a huge percent of the Filipinos. By granting hectares for native people, they would be able to plant more raw materials and foods, especially rice. This means that they will be more numbers of stocks for export and for the Philippines itself.

* Nakinabang ang pitong milyong entrepreneurs sa P165 billion na microfinance loans.

-Due to this, there will be lot of companies and firms that will rise, which means they will need huge numbers of employees, thus, resulting to reduce or even vanish the problem with unemployed Filipinos.

* Nagtayo tayo ng 95,000 na silid-aralan, nagdagdag ng 60,000 na guro, naglaan ng P1.5 billion para sa teacher training, especially for 100,000 English teachers.

-As from what we all know, that education is the only property that can not be bought, and another thing is, it is the foundation of every Filipinos lives and job in the future. If there will be more class rooms established, the more students will be accommodated by a certain school, especially public schools located on native areas.
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PostSubject: Re: Assignment 8 (Due: September 7, 2009, 13:00hrs)   Tue Sep 29, 2009 9:44 pm

Kung noong nakaraan, lumakas ang electronics, today we are creating wealth by developing the BPO and tourism sectors as additional engines of growth. Electronics and other manufactured exports rise and fall in accordance with the state of the world economy. But BPO remains resilient. With earnings of $6 billion and employment of 600,000, the BPO phenomenon speaks eloquently of our competitiveness and productivity. Let us have a Department of ICT.

Improve the quality of education by providing more classroom expert in teaching staff. The government should allocate a big budget to answer the needs of facilities in enhancing with quality education. Improve our skills in oral and written capacity of a student. Nowadays, BPO () is in need of more skilled workers who speak fluent English, years ago Filipinos were competitive in English skills that’s why many business like BPO () invest in the Philippines. The government should provide scholarship to those students who has a special talent I this field.

Nakinabang ang pitong milyong entrepreneurs sa P165 billion na microfinance. Nakinabang ang 1,000 sa economic resiliency plan.

Nowadays, in times of global recession the government should promote small and medium enterprises by allocating budget to finance the small and medium entrepreneur. The government should also need to conduct several trainings in livelihood and also the government should help the entrepreneur to market their products. The government should lend to the small and medium enterprises with no interest. On the other hand cooperatives are one way of creating more jobs especially the various sectors like farmers and fisherman.




Lumikha tayo ng walong milyong trabaho, an average of a million per year, much, much more than at any other time.


The government creates more jobs by hiring skilled workers in the government project like creating infrastructure projects, instead of hiring through construction field. The government can create jobs by self-contracting, instead of having bidding a construction firm but the agency itself can manage the project through hiring skilled workers, instead of paying other companies. For example, in a one locality in creating roads the city engineer on that locality can implement, the government can save more money on that way.


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PostSubject: assignment 8   Wed Sep 30, 2009 11:20 am

On the assumption that you heard/read the SONA of the President last month (July 2009), identify at least 3 areas related to Human Resource Management and explain how these areas can improve our quality of life. (2000words)
HRM means employing people, developing their resources, utilizing, maintaining and compensating their services in tune with the job and organizational requirement.


The following are the areas related to HRM that was stated by our President during her SONA 2009:

1.) Education

Ang magandang edukasyon ay susi sa mas magandang buhay, the great equalizer that allows every young Filipino a chance to realize their dreams.
‘Education para sa Lahat’ pagdating ng 2015
Lahat ng nasa tamang edad ay dapat nasa primary school. Halos walang bansang makakatupad nito. Ngunit nagsisikap pa rin tayo. Nagtayo tayo ng mga paaralan sa higit sanlibong barangay na dati walang eskwelahan upang makatipid ng gastos sa pamasahe ang mga bata. Tinanggal natin ang miscellaneous fees para sa primary school. Hindi na kailangan ang uniporme sa mga estudyante sa public school. In private high schools, we financed half of the students.
Our educational system should make the Filipino fit not just for whatever jobs happen to be on offer today, but also for whatever economic challenge life will throw in their way.

We should not value education as a means to prosperity, but prosperity as a means to education. Only then will our priorities be right. For education, unlike prosperity is an end in itself. .. power and influence come through the acquisition of useless knowledge. . . irrelevant subjects bring understanding of the human condition, by forcing the student to stand back from it.- Roger Scruton

Education is a very important aspect in our life. This is one way in improving our life and to have a better tomorrow. So that, all the children of this country have a chance to education in order to be able to make it in life on their own because when children are supported to understand their strengths and limitations at an early age, they operate from a strong foundation and are better prepared to advocate for themselves. The government should produce a good teaching method. To give relevant knowledge that a student can understand, retain and pass to others. Today, many children are not educated.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Education
http://www.famousquotesandauthors.com/topics/education_quotes.html


2.) Cheaper Medicine

Dahil dumarami na naman daw ang pamilyang nagugutom, mamumuhunan tayo ng panibago sa ating hunger mitigation program na sa nakaraan ay napatunayang mabisa. Tulungan niyo ako dito, Kongreso.

Mula pa noong 2001, nanawagan na tayo ng mas murang gamut. Nagbebenta tayo ng gamut
na kalahating presyo sa libu-libong Botika ng Bayan at Botika ng Barangay sa maraming dako ng bansa. Our efforts prodded the pharmaceutical companies to come up with low-cost generics and brands like RiteMed. I supported the tough version of the House of the Cheaper Medicine Law, I supported it over the weak version of my critics. The result: the drug companies volunteered to bring down drug prices, slashing by half the prices of 16 drugs. Thank you, Congressmen Cua, Alvarez, Biron, Locsin.

Cut the costs of medicines. Pass the Affordable Medicines Act Now! Affordable medicines from abroad, and to help generics firms to develop quality and affordable generic medicines. With these affordable medicines, it is a big help to us.
The Senate adopted the bicameral committee report that would, among others, allow the parallel importation of patented medicines from other countries where these were more affordable.
The law, officially the "Universally Accessible Cheaper and Quality Medicines Act of 2008," seeks to:

• allow the government use of patented drugs when the public interest is at stake;
• strengthen the BFAD so that it could ensure the safety of medicines, by allowing it to retain its revenues for upgrading of its facilities, equipment and human resources; and
• ensure the availability of affordable medicines by requiring drug outlets to carry a variety of brands for each drug, including those sourced from "parallel importation," to give the consumer more choices.
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/nation/view/20080429-133435/UPDATE-Congress-ratifies-cheaper-medicines-bill


3.) OFW’s

Sa hirap at ginhawa, pinapatatag ang ating bansa ng ating overseas Filipinos. Iyong padala nilang 16 billion dollars noong isang taon ay record. Itong taon, mas mataas pa.

I know that this is not a sacrifice joyfully borne. This is work where it can be found in faraway places, among strangers with different cultures. It is lonely work, it is hard work. Kaya nagsisikap tayong lumikha dito sa atin ng mga trabahong maganda ang sahod, so that overseas work will just be a career choice, not the only option for a hardworking Filipino.

Meanwhile, we should make their sacrifices worthwhile. Dapat gumawa tayo ng mas epektibong proteksyon at pagpapalawak ng halaga ng kanilang pinagsikapang sweldo. That means stronger consumer protection for overseas Filipinos investing in property and products back home. Para sa kanila, pinapakilos natin ang Investors Protection Task Force.
Filipinos are generally hardworking, innovative, and law-abiding. The government should be concern about our workers outside because they are big help in our country. And they should provide a safety of our OFW’s. Because being an OFW is not an easy job, you do not know what will happen to you in the other country, or you don’t know what life will may come to you. We should be proud of our OFW’s; they also help our economic standing to be better in the future. So, we should give them a good treatment.


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PostSubject: HRM Assignment 8   Wed Sep 30, 2009 2:51 pm

For this assignment we tasked to identify at least three sections related to Human Resource being discussed by PGMA in her SONA last July this year. As we all know the Human Resource is mainly referring to the people that encompass a certain organization or simply the PEOPLE, therefore the sections that i will be mentioning are things that are of related to the development of the people in this fast changing environment. Perhaps, as I review over the full text of the SONA I have come to identify the following sections discussed by PGMA in her SONA:

Microfinance

Basically, this microfinance is engaged for the poor descendants of the country.

1. What is Microfinance?

"Microfinance is the supply of loans, savings, and other basic financial services to the poor." (CGAP) In pursuant of this matter there microfinance institutions who are greatly involved in this financing. A microfinance institution (MFI) is an organization that provides microfinance services, ranging from small non-profit organizations to large commercial banks.

"Historical context can help explain how specialized MFIs developed over the last few decades. Between the 1950s and 1970s, governments and donors focused on providing subsidized agricultural credit to small and marginal farmers, in hopes of raising productivity and incomes. During the 1980s, microenterprise credit concentrated on providing loans to poor women to invest in tiny businesses, enabling them to accumulate assets and raise household income and welfare. These experiments resulted in the emergence of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that provided financial services for the poor. In the 1990s, many of these institutions transformed themselves into formal financial institutions in order to access and on-lend client savings, thus enhancing their outreach.

2. . Why there is a need for financial services by way of microfinance?

"Comprehensive impact studies have demonstrated that:

• Microfinance helps very poor households meet basic needs and protect against risks;
• The use of financial services by low-income households is associated with improvements in household economic welfare and enterprise stability or growth;
• By supporting women's economic participation, microfinance helps to empower women, thus promoting gender-equity and improving household well-being;
• For almost all significant impacts, the magnitude of impact is positively related to the length of time that clients have been in the programme." (UNCDF Microfinance)
"Poor people, with access to savings, credit, insurance, and other financial services, are more resilient and better able to cope with the everyday crises they face. Even the most rigorous econometric studies have proven that microfinance can smooth consumption levels and significantly reduce the need to sell assets to meet basic needs. With access to micro insurance, poor people can cope with sudden increased expenses associated with death, serious illness, and loss of assets.
Access to credit allows poor people to take advantage of economic opportunities. While increased earnings are by no means automatic, clients have overwhelmingly demonstrated that reliable sources of credit provide a fundamental basis for planning and expanding business activities. Many studies show that clients who join and stay in programs have better economic conditions than non-clients, suggesting that programs contribute to these improvements. A few studies have also shown that over a long period of time many clients do actually graduate out of poverty.
By reducing vulnerability and increasing earnings and savings, financial services allow poor households to make the transformation from "every-day survival" to "planning for the future." Households are able to send more children to school for longer periods and to make greater investments in their children's education. Increased earnings from financial services lead to better nutrition and better living conditions, which translates into a lower incidence of illness. Increased earnings also mean that clients may seek out and pay for health care services when needed, rather than go without or wait until their health seriously deteriorates." (CGAP) "Empirical evidence shows that, among the poor, those participating in microfinance programs who had access to financial services were able to improve their well-being—both at the individual and household level—much more than those who did not have access to financial services.

3. Is microfinance the solution to poverty?

My own view is that we have to approach extreme poverty a little like the way in which a doctor might approach a patient. Sometimes its terrible governance and the question is how to improve the governance and the hope for the kind of change that is needed. In other places it's the terrible burden of disease that may be addressable by good public health measures. In other places it is to show how to grow more food. In other places its how to get business going and microfinance has proven to be an incredibly powerful tool.

Once the basics are in place, the people are eating and can survive, then microfinance can play a huge role in helping a poor community find ways through the market to get new opportunities, to earn new income, to start saving, making investments and start the process of climbing the ladder of economic development in your children, in your business or your farm and continuing up the process of improving skills, specialization, new business ventures and so on. We've learnt that microfinance can be a wonderful tool for that." - Jeffrey Sachs, the Earth Institute at Columbia University, Director

"In the last two decades, substantial progress has been made in developing techniques to deliver financial services to the poor on a sustainable basis. Most donor interventions have concentrated on one of these services, microcredit. For microcredit to be appropriate however, the clients must have the capacity to repay the loan under the terms by which it is provided. Otherwise, clients may not be able to benefit from credit and risk being pushed into debt problems. This sounds obvious, but microcredit is viewed by some as "one size fits all." Instead, microcredit should be carefully evaluated against the alternatives when choosing the most appropriate intervention tool for a specific situation.

Microcredit may be inappropriate where conditions pose severe challenges to standard microcredit methodologies. Populations that are geographically dispersed or nomadic may not be suitable microfinance candidates. Microfinance may not be appropriate for populations with a high incidence of debilitating illnesses (e.g., HIV/AIDS). Dependence on a single economic activity or single agricultural crop, or reliance on barter rather than cash transactions may pose problems. The presence of hyperinflation or absence of law and order may stress the ability of microfinance to operate. Microcredit is also much more difficult when laws and regulations create significant barriers to the sustainability of microfinance providers (for example, by mandating interest-rate caps).
Some points also were tackled by PGMA, it may not said verbally but it can be understood, these are the following:

? Grants can be used to help overcome the social isolation, lack of productive skills, and low self-confidence of the extreme poor, and to prepare them for eventual use of microcredit. Small grants and other financial entitlements can work well as first steps to "graduate" the poor from vulnerability to economic self-sufficiency.
? Investments in infrastructure, such as roads, communications, and education, provide a foundation for economic activities. Community-level investments in commercial or productive infrastructure (such as market centers or small-scale irrigation schemes) also facilitate business activity.
? Employment programs prepare the poor for self-employment. Food-for-work programs and public works projects fit this model. In many cases, these programs may be out of reach for cash-strapped local governments but within the purview of donors.
? Non-financial services range from literacy classes and community development to market-based business-development services. While non-financial services should be provided by separate institutional providers, there are clear, complementary links with the demand for and impact of microcredit.
? Legal and institutional reforms can create incentives for microfinance by improving the operating environment for both microfinance providers and their clients. For example, streamlining microenterprise registration, abolishing caps on interest rates, loosening regulations governing non-mortgage collateral, strengthening the judicial system, and reducing the cost and time of property and asset registration can foster a supportive climate for microfinance."

Resiliency plan

Depending on your requirements, our consultants can help you document cross-enterprise actions and appropriate responses to create a true resilience plan:

• Action steps to recover files before their loss causes a disaster
• Emergency and incident identification and escalation definitions
• Crisis response plans to mitigate human loss and mitigates impact
• Departmental plans that address localized systems and processes
• Data Center and facilities plans, including those for multivendor technologies and networks
• Workplace plans for your staff situated at local, remote or homework locations
• Corporate plans for HR, payroll and many cross-business unit applications
• Call center plans for both internal resources and third-party agencies that use your customer sales and support systems and databases
Resilience Plans and Procedures Development occurs in four primary areas:
• Crisis Management Plan Development - defines the preparatory actions taken prior to and immediately following an emergency to mitigate damage and loss of life and property
• IT Plan Development - defines the IT actions to adapt and respond following a declaration of disaster using recovery strategies and prioritization that supports the recovery requirements of the business
• Business Unit Plan Development - defines actions to support critical business units and their processes, goals and objectives following a declaration of disaster
• Technical Procedures Development - defines the procedures to recover the IT equipment, data and network that support critical business processes
• Business Procedures Development - defines the procedures to recover business processes in the event of
a disaster
IBM’s Business Resilience and Continuity consultants will:
• Predefine the conditions that may cause your plan to go into effect
• Create definitions that accurately portray your organization’s
disaster definition
• Identify decision-makers and their roles before, during and after
an incident
• Inventory the resources required to bring your business units and IT systems back online
• Identify backup technique, frequency and location for data retrieval
• Prioritize and sequence the restoration actions defined in your recovery plan into a detailed timeline and checklist
• Predefine an operations center
to coordinate status, issues
and assignments
• Develop communication strategies for keeping your employees and customers informed
• Organize your recovery plan into a flexible, easily maintained format
• Identify steps and precautions to maintain the same level of security that you have on a daily basis
• Validate your recovery plan using diverse recovery exercise approaches, such as conducting simulations based on real-life disaster declarations

Health insurance

Solution: Preventive, high-quality care for better health.

By ensuring that health plans cover free preventive services for everyone, investing in prevention and wellness, and promoting primary care, health insurance reform will work to create a system that prevents illness and disease instead of just treating it when it’s too late and costs more.
Health insurance reform legislation will establish medically driven priorities and standards on quality, require quality reporting by hospitals, and provide incentive payments for high-quality performance. As a result, older women will have better information to support their health care choices and will receive higher quality care.

Solution: Making high-quality, affordable long-term care a reality.

Health insurance reform will create a new voluntary long-term care insurance program to help cover the costs of support services for the millions who need them. Legislation will also establish new reporting, accountability, and oversight requirements for nursing homes, and impose stiffer penalties on nursing homes with serious quality deficiencies.
Health insurance reform will develop national priorities on quality, standardize quality measurement and reporting, invest in patient safety, and reward providers for high-quality care, especially related to patients discharged from a hospital. Investments in comparative effectiveness research will empower seniors and their doctors with information on which treatments work and which don’t, so that they can make more informed decisions. Health insurance reform will also invest in advanced primary care services that will better coordinate and integrate care for our nation’s seniors, to ensure that they get recommended treatments, particularly for chronic diseases.

Sources:

http://www.healthreform.gov/reports/seniorwomen/index.html
http://www-935.ibm.com/services/us/bcrs/pdf/ss_resilience-plans-and-procedures-development.pdf
http://www.kiva.org/about/microfinance/














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