Eight "Big Dreams" for the Philippines: Vision-Setting, SMART Goals, and Synergy
There’s the hallmark approach of Alex Lacson’s “12 Little Things”. And then – there’s the “Eight Big Dreams”. The proposition is based on on three concepts – “enabling environment”, “management by objectives”, and “synergy”
Create the Enabling Environment – Set a Vision
What is an “enabling environment” – The enabling environment refers to the national policies, laws, physical infrastructure (roads, electricity, etc.), and other infrastructure (access to education, access to banks, etc.) that need to be in place for people to be able to use government services to their advantage.
Vision is defined as the stated aims and objectives of a business or other organization.
“Vision goal setting is goal setting with a grand purpose. It begins with a dream based in your passion and inspiration in your work. From the dream comes a clear vision of where you want to be and what you want to do in your career. This vision projects you five, 10, and even 20 years in the future. Vision goal setting provides you with a clear “why,” “what,” “how,” and “where” for your efforts.
Value of Vision Goal Setting
Vision goal setting (VGS) provides you with deliberate steps toward fulfilling your job responsibilities and career aspirations. It can increase your commitment and motivation to planning, preparation, and action. VGS can enhance your feelings of control over your work, which can improve your confidence, reduce stress, and help you focus. Because you have a clear idea of where you are heading and what you are doing, you can increase your efficiency, quality, and productivity.”
Here’s a vision that I propose for the Philippines.
- Globally integrated – a member of the human race – the global village
- Large middle class- greatly reduced poverty
- Peaceful, Economically prosperous and vibrant – sustained free flow of investments, goods, services, tourism
We need to achieve the enabling environment that will sustain “the vision”.
Divorce, RHB, and Church intervention are tied together – Keep a dysfunctional family breeding and you have one effed up society – more people scampering for scarce resources.
To address poverty we need to widen the net for revenue generation. Cast a wider net so to speak. Go global – protectionism will not be to our advantage as it isolates us from the global stream of wealth. To do so – we need charter change.
To achieve peace – we need to recognize the aspirations for self-rule of the Bangsa Moro – under a new social contract. A federal system is an answer to this challenge.
To sustain the flow of investments, goods, services and tourism we need a lean government that works – the pork barrel is a major source of waste and corruption – it has to go. The freed up pork barrel will be rationally redirected towards balanced planned infrastructure development that will increase competitiveness and reduce the cost of doing business in the Philippines.
To ensure that the allocated funds go where it should be – we need transparency – not out of the good graces of a public official who can come and go – but under the law. We need a strong FOIA – that will unearth ALL government shenanigans since the republic was founded after WW II.
No one church has a monopoly of the truth of belief or disbelief for that matter. Render to Caesar unto Caesar. If the church wants to participate in the political process then it should pay the political dues and fees – make it pay taxes just like everyone else. We have better use for those taxes than have it spent on the Pope’s Prada shoes or bullet proof batmobile.
Create SMART Goals
To create an enabling environment for prosperity and economic vibrancy there are eight macro policies that can be adopted – which for now are goals – 8 big dreams.
EIGHT – S-pecific M-easurable A-chievable R-elevant T-imebound Goals.
What I did basically was to provide a goal-setting framework – the goals can be changed – but the point is to have a goal – all the dreams should work together to achieve “the vision”
- Synergy syn·er·gy (sĭn’ər-jē) n. The interaction of two or more agents or forces so that their combined effect is greater than the sum of their individual effects.
- combined action or functioning; synergism.
The synergistic interaction of transparency, economic vibrancy, functional families, and lean government will have an effect that is greater than if we were to approach this on a piece-meal basis.
The synergy of the eight goals/dreams will do the job of achieving “the vision”.
The Eight Goals/ “Big Dreams” for the Philippines
1. Support Charter Change
2. Remove protectionist provisions Sec 10, 11 – Art 12 of Philippine constitution.
3. Support the shift to a Federal parliamentary system.
4. Support the passage of a strong Freedom of Information Act
5. Support passing of the Reproductive Health Bill.
6. Support the passing of the Divorce Bill.
7. Eliminate the pork barrel.
8. Tax religious organizations that get involved in politics. Catholic church can participate in politics if it waives its tax exemption status.
Maybe, it’s not that Filipinos get what they deserve. Perhaps, its that Filipinos get what they strategize or don’t strategize for.
Somebody say… bahala na si Batman and keep on doing the “12 Little Things” yeah right – and stay little!!! 😈