Job Hunting Moments

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Looking a job? Need a job? In search for work? Wanna be hired? Get the job you want! Etc…etc…etc…

These are frequently the slogans you can see when you read the newspaper, search the world wide web, and see job ads. From so many multimedia , the world wide web is the most accessible and most updated place to search for a job or to post a job opening.

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In the Philippines, almost millions of Filipinos are unemployed due to some reasons such as they can’t find the right place to start searching, requirements are hard to comply or there is job mismatch. Yet, there are still plenty of jobs that awaits every Filipino because everyone knows, even the foreigners, that Filipinos are trust-worthy and hard-working. Thus, here are some websites for the Filipino to start searching for his/her dream job:

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AWESOME ENDEAVORS!

Honor: A Key in Honest Public Administration

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People always discuss about accountability and ethics when in an argument about public administration or anything that concerns the government. Yet, often forget about the importance of “honor” in public service.

Honor is defined as moral integrity or the esteem accorded to virtue or talent. In Filipino language, it is known as “dangal”, “karangalan”, or “kapurihan”. Without honor, a person has no ethical directions and thus thinks little on being accountable for his actions. According to Shafritz, Russel, and Borick, they stated that:

“Honor comes before ethics because a person without honor has no moral compass and does not know which way to turn to be ethical.”

Honor, in ancient times, was an important characteristic that must be visible to a person if he wanted to involve himself in public affairs because those perceived to be honorable were considered as trustworthy in public operations. Today, the word “honor” or the adjective “honorable” is rarely used in real life. Honorable people can most often be seen or read about in novels or movies but rarely in today’s society. Are the present government officials truly trustworthy? Well, it may be true because the people, who have the power to put them in office, voted for them. Or, maybe everything is all due to power, money, and prestige?

There was once a story about Abraham Lincoln who walked miles through the snow to return a book by a promised date. His word to return the book on time gave the full faith of his whole self to keep commitments. This was truly an act of honor, because he lived up to his word. This is a very important issue when it comes to our modern politicians. Every election season, numerous promises are made. Like a child’s wish list to Santa Claus, that’s how much a modern day politician’s promises looks like. However, once they are in office, where are those promises? Gone with the wind like a child’s balloon.

All who work for the government understand that they have a moral obligation to the people they serve, public trust. Anyone who works for the government must be honorable, in principles, values, and importantly in words. Section 1 of Article XI of the 1987 Constitution provides that, “Public office is a public trust. Public officers and employees must at all times be accountable to the people, serve them with utmost responsibility, integrity, loyalty, and efficiency; act with patriotism and justice, and lead modest lives.”

References:

  • New Websters’s Standard Dictionary Vol.1, Kimball Enterprise 2006. P.453
  • Shafritz, J., Russel, E.W., and Borik, C. (2013): Introducing Public Administration, 8th ed. Pearson Education, USA.
  • Section 1 of Article XI of the 1987 Constitution.

What Makes A Filipino: Values and Beliefs

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A nation empowers itself depending on the beliefs, goals, ideals, aspirations, and values of its citizens. In order to achieve national unity and progress, it needs the full cooperation of its people. Values as a people and as a nation gives the identity that differentiates one race from the others. These values may improve or hinder development and progress but nonetheless, with unity of diversity, development and progress are achievable.

A Filipino holds strengths that most other nationalities admire but there are also weakness that makes him a laughing stock of its foreign neighbors.

STRENGTHS

  1. Close Kinship – a Filipino considers family as an important social structure that they must love and care. Close family ties results to the family still being intact regardless that the children are old and with families of their own.
  2. Respect for Elders – the use of “po” and “opo” in conversing or addressing older people is a sign of a Filipino’s respect for the elders. Filipinos do not send their elders to nursing homes because they still value the worth and presence of the elders at home.
  3. Hospitality – the Filipino community are very warm and hospitable. They even give “pasalubong” (welcome gifts) and “pabaon” (farewell gifts) to guests. At times, they sacrifice their own comfort to accommodate their guests very well.
  4. Strong Faith in God – their faith in God keeps them united to overcome all the problems and challenges of life.
  5. Flexibility / Adaptability / Resiliency – the Filipinos have the trait to laugh at themselves and their misfortunes or failures. This is a coping mechanism to balance emotional stress and to boost the capacity to survive. They can smile in midst of problems and hardships. They can still crack jokes despite the stresses of their daily lives and during calamities. They are strong and cheerful people.
  6. Ingenuity and Creativity – they are good inventors. They often improvise and make productive use of available resources.
  7. Patience and Self-sacrifice – a remarkable quality of a Filipino is his capacity to endure difficulties and hardships. Maybe related to the long suffering they endured during the many colonization in Philippine history. They are patient enough to wait for their turn to be blessed with greener pastures as long as they do what is right and good.
  8. Hard work and Industry – Filipinos are globally recognized for their excellent performance in any physical and technical tasks. Maybe visible due to the desire for economic security and advancement for one’s self and family.
  9.  Fairness and Justice – they always show concern for the well-being of others. They uphold the humanity of all people and regard everyone with respect and empathy. They are keen on interpersonal relationships, their primary source of security and happiness.Fairness & Justice –> Equality –> Social Justice –> Development & Progress.
  10. Readiness to Share and Help – they re always ready to lend a hand, not only in times of need (calamities or disasters) but also in festive occasions (“fiestas”, baptisms and weddings). The “bayanihan” spirit, or giving help without expecting something in return, of a Filipino is widely admired.

WEAKNESSES

  1. “Bahala Na” – this is also synonymous to the phrase “Que sera sera” (Whatever will be, will be), or “Hakuna Matata” (No Worries). It leaves everything to chance or just let the circumstances take care of themselves, embracing luck over good reason.
  2. “Ningas Kugon” – “kugon” is a kind of grass that burns easily when dry but extinguished easily as well. Like the cogon grass, Filipinos start things with great enthusiasm but at the first sign of difficulty, the enthusiasm is consumed as fast as it has ignited.
  3. Colonial Mentality – Filipinos prefer foreign-made products instead of patronizing Philippine-made ones. This result to higher gains for foreign businessmen than local businessmen. Thus, it motivates Filipino businessmen to improve the quality of their products to make it more competitive against foreign ones.
  4. “Mamaya Na” or “Bukas Na Lang” Habit – a poor habit, a sign of laziness, of leaving for a later time what can be done at the moment or today. Thus resulting to stacked workload to be done and then complain about it.
  5. Crab Mentality – a troublesome trait evident in a Filipino where when one sees the progress of a comrade, the other becomes resentful rather than happy for the achievement. Rather than to praise, he would highlight everything negative about that person in an effort to bring him down or destroy his reputation. They would focus on other’s own faults rather their own inadequacies.
  6. “Patigasan” – most Filipinos find it hard to say “I’m sorry” or “pasensya na”. Their precious pride always gets the best of them.
  7. “Kanya kanya” – a trait which shows self-centeredness and lack of regard for others. There are Filipinos who give priority to what they and their families could have, rather than what they can do to share their wealth and serve others better. This trait shows poor signs of patriotism, loyalty to community, and concern for the needs of others.

Passivity (submission to others or to outside influences)

  1. Indebtedness “Utang Na Loob” – Filipinos are fond of asking for personal favors from others. It is ingrained for them to acknowledge the person who had helped them in times of need. This is a good act but if forced to repay with something bad to show gratitude then it becomes a problem. “Utang na loob” must not be paid with unlawful acts.
  2. Interpersonal Relationships “Pakikisama” – every person wants to belong to a group where they can share ideas, jokes and feelings but sometimes it becomes a negative thing when the group is the one that influences the person to do unlawful or foolish things in order to belong or to gain approval. This is usually evident in the Filipino youth where peer pressure challenges someone’s morality.
  3. Lack of Self-confidence “Hiya” – the Filipinos are shy to boast their achievements because they might be regarded as show-offs. They prefer to just hide those achievements and call the idea “being humble”. This is actually a sign of lack of self-confidence.

These characteristics are a challenge for every Filipino. In order to attain development and progress, they must value and prioritize their strengths rather than hide under the clutches of their weaknesses. Embracing the strengths and conquering their weaknesses will truly help the Filipino nation go forward in attaining its plans and aspirations for a richer and more fun Philippines where most foreign countries will be jealous of.

Reference: Fajardo J., Balagtas M., Belarde R., Flora A., Ubiña M., dela Cruz, S. (2013). Philippines’ Pride 6 (Ed). Manila, Philippines: Rex Book Store.

Exercising Your Right

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Exercising Your Right

I exercised my right to vote for those who I think (based on my freedom, knowledge and experience) are authentic public servants that will take extremely good care of my beloved country and the its people.

This is truly a small step for every citizen of the Philippines, and one giant leap for the whole Filipino Nation!

A means of change in the bureaucracy and the refreshment of new faces, ideas and labor for the next Asian Tiger of the continent.

Politicians: Reachable to Untouchable

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During election times, every candidate aspiring for a seat of power in any government position (whether it’s the national, regional or local) most often unveils  an image of THE REACHABLE.

The Reachable, one who:

    • Goes out almost everyday, regardless of weather conditions, to interact with the people.
    • Speaks politely and professionally.
    • Receives, accepts and responds to comments, suggestions, complaints directly.
    • Home is open for the public.
    • Make promises here and there.
    • Proclaims as the defender of the poor and marginalized.
    • Regarding budget, usual answer, “There’s no way there’s no budget! I will make sure, once elected, that we will have enough budget for projects and polices.”
    • All-out implementation of projects and charity works.

Once that candidate wins the election and assumes the seat of power, he/she suddenly transforms or evolves into THE UNTOUCHABLE.

The Untouchable, one who:

    • Out-of-hall visitation varies. During bad conditions, stays in office and just let other people do the interaction.
    • Have the nerve to shout and at some point makes threats.
    • “For any comments, suggestions and complaints, please refer to my secretary because I’m busy (doing other needless, pointless, or maybe corrupt stuff). I will answer it once the media is already hunting me down.”
    • Home is guarded 24/7 and no entry unless family, business people, and loyal supporters.
    • Make excuses here and there.
    • Proclaims as the defender of justice and interest.
    • Regarding budget? The usual answer, “There’s no budget.”
    • Little to rare visibility of project and charity implementations.

Election time is really an amusing affair because its the time when human foolishness is so obvious to the naked eye of the general public. Candidates are backstabbing one another in various ways possible. All issues about a candidate are revealed, both work-related and personal. And, the general public really loves the personal part. “Para may pang chismis eh.” Sometimes, candidate histories and issues are more entertaining than that of the showbiz people. The worst part, the reachable feeds the public with those issues to be worthy of the magic of sympathy which has helped a lot of government officials in the past.

On the other hand, the untouchables are also an interesting bunch. “Promises? What promises? I never said that.” Problems? It will pass. Just sit back, relax and let the private sector handle it. No stress. Hey, which good road is up for another road maintenance project ‘coz I need the money.” These stuff never cease to amuse me. Every election and post-election time is always a new gimmick. So, stay tune!