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Eight "Big Dreams" for the Philippines: Vision-Setting, SMART Goals, and Synergy

September 9, 2010

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.

The Vision

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.”

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-power-prime/201007/business-vision-goal-setting

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.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SMART_criteria

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

  • 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!!!  😈


“In life you don’t get what you deserve,
you get what you strategize for

From → Lifestyle, Society

23 Comments
  1. Hyden Toro permalink

    I do not find the following: (1) Land Reform; haciendas given to tenants/tillers. (2) Remove family Political Dynasties. (3) Educate Voters to Elect competent officials. (4) Creat Jobs; let the OFWs come home. (5) Stop the Brain Drain. (6) Clear Up the Squatters, that are the cause of floods. (7) Produce more Rice and Sugar. Food Self Sufficiency. (8) Formulate a Working Energy Self Sufficiency Program. These are the pressing problems to be solved. As the Christian Bible states: “Your young men shall dream dreams. And, your old men shall see Visions.”

  2. Many Filipinos have a vision, but expect the government to do everything for them.

    Wala talagang mangyayari.

  3. Land reform is already being addressed – a matter of enforcement and continuous improvement. (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) – are addressed by Dreams #1,#2 – self-sufficiency at the cost of inefficiency and cost sounds too North Korea to me – so I disagree

  4. Hyden Toro permalink

    There is a hell of great difference. When looking at the present situation; the Land Reform Program is really and fully implemented; or just on paper ,with no teeth. No Haciendas must remain with the owners; mostly whom are owned by the Politicians. Land Reform also the Friar lands owned by the Catholic Church…Actual versus on paper; a tremendous gap…Food self sufficiency is a must…we had solved Rice Importation, during the Marcos Regime. Aquinos came: we import rice; we import sugar. Inspite of their sugar producing Hacienda Luisita…EDSA cannot feed Filipinos.

  5. Thus the need for synergy – land reform by itself is not enough – an enabling environment is needed.

    Food security refers to the availability of food and one’s access to it. A household is considered food-secure when its occupants do not live in hunger or fear of starvation. Whether the food is produced locally (rice) or overseas (wheat for flour) – the point is to have access to food when you need it, where you need it, at the price you are willing to pay for.

  6. ulong pare permalink

    @chino: bullseye! i have a vision (daaang, parang mlk, i have a dream it’s a wet one thingy)… i did it myself…. no flipgov involvement…. flipgov is a hindrance…. ignore it…

  7. silvercrest permalink

    It’s more like a dream to me, a fairytale. Like all the Philippine needs is a fairy godmother that would instantly just turn things around. Then Pinoys wake up at midnight realizing that their carriage has turned back into a pumpkin. Instead of making a real one, they prefer to go back to bed.

  8. ulong pare permalink

    @silver… daaaang…. flipland did have a fairy godmother >>> DOCTOR SANTA ATE GLO PHD, the god’s anointed. remember that she tried to turn flipland into asia’s disneworld/land?… bigger and better than the one in my ‘hood, santa rosa malagu-laguna….

  9. Anonylol permalink

    What if the people in this environment are so shitty that they can’t even pronounce synergy?

  10. natural selection – shape up or sink – it’s simple really🙂

  11. if they can’t spell synergy then they become the world’s butt of jokes – plain and simple.

  12. Anonylol permalink

    That’s a bit harsh don’t you think? But yeah, that’s how it is.

    Anyway, isn’t it supposed to be the common people who will be sustaining this endeavor? Sure the leaders could get the ball rolling but ultimately it will be the commoners (man, calling people commoners just makes me feel so goddamn smug) job to keep it rolling. I think there are some problems that need to be addressed first so that they are equipped to handle that responsibility.

    It does lend to the second vision you stated, having a large middle class. That economic divide should be first agenda I guess.

  13. they sink some more while they fiddle… it’s simple really… natural selection… the numbers will do the talking

  14. Anonylol permalink

    I don’t think just leaving people to natural selection is a good way to go about it. We are civilized people after all (In before “island niggers/mexicans civilized?” Hurrdurr).

    A grassroots movement might actually do well, especially when you take into account how terribly corrupt the traditional powers are in this country.

  15. if you are indeed civilized people.. behave like one… Strategize… else natural selection will take care of you… it’s that simple…. botched hostages rescue anyone?😀

  16. Hyden Toro permalink

    Our Political leaders have Visions. They visualize to continue their Political Dynasties, forever. Their Visions are for themselves; their families; their KamagAnaks; and their tribes/clans. They don’t have Visions for the whole country. for you and me; the ordinary voters. This is the reason, we have a Feudal Oligarchy. Supported by the Media,; owned by the Oligarchs. Supported by the Church, which itself is a Landowner/Oligarch…they are the problem, not us!!!

  17. J_ag permalink

    It is always amusing to read posts from the fringe types who propose policies for the betterment of the societal development of the Philippines. I assume it will always be about Philippine society.

    It is not shocking anymore to point out that most people who call themselves Filipinos know very little about the economic history of the country.

    The country has been always a net importer of capital, a net importer of goods and factor services and a net exporter of labor. For the more than 100 years that has been the case.

    After the American conquest of the country the Americans then decided to replace the Chinese and Japanese plantation workers in Hawaii and in a small part California with workers from the country. The substance of that policy is still going on today but with stringent parameters for skilled workers. At the turn of the century labor mobility for Asian workers
    were highly restricted in the West.

    When someone suggests over simplistic suggestions again and again pointing to the restrictions in the Constitution as a bane to Philippine societal development he obviously if pushing a policy framework of open borders for trade, capital and labor.

    That reality for the so called global community of countries is still long way off. Most especially for a country like the Philippines whose people still are lost in the wilderness finding their way
    towards statehood in the midst of still being shackled by economic colonization under an ersatz “independent” political structure. We are a country and are natives of that country but most of us still do not have a sense of country and are far from being citizens of a nation state.

    We have been taught to think like our colonizers and act like him. Hence pinoys are actually the exploiters of their own kind and country and happily act as agents for foreign interests. They all happily flash their foreign resident cards and foreign passports.

  18. and what do you exactly stand FOR?😉

  19. it’s the fringe types which create the optimal conditions for the global supply chain – leaving rip van winkle in the 19 kupong kupong

    don’t teach rip van winkle how to fish… he thinks the fish is sour… suit yourself😆

    A guy walks into the doctor’s office and says, “Doctor, you’ve got to help me. I pass gas HUNDREDS of times a day.”

    He tells the doctor that it’s silent and odorless. Then he says, “Doctor, you won’t believe this but I’ve passed gas ten times while we’ve been talking.”

    So the doctor gives him some pills, “Here, take two of these every day and come see me in two weeks.”

    The guy comes back in one week complaining, Doctor, what’s in these pills? I still have the gas, it’s still silent, but now it smells absolutely TERRIBLE!”

    The doctor says,

    “Well that takes care of your sinus problem, now let’s work on your hearing.”

  20. Jay permalink

    As harsh as it sounds, I’ve said it before that this is a dire time for Pinoys. If in 50 years or so if the society continues to degrade and cast upon themselves the dark ages, these pinoys are going to die. Either they adapt now, or they perish later on.

  21. “It is always amusing to read posts from the fringe types who propose policies for the betterment of the societal development of the Philippines.” – as it is amusing to read comments from biased fringes who pretend to be for the betterment of the societal development of the Philippines, when they only want their own vested interests and ideologies imposed.

    “It is not shocking anymore to point out that most people who call themselves Filipinos know very little about the economic history of the country.” – thanks to Lopez-owned media and the oligarchs.

    “The country has been always a net importer of capital, a net importer of goods and factor services and a net exporter of labor.” – Are all these all bad? I only see the last one as “bad.”

    “At the turn of the century labor mobility for Asian workers were highly restricted in the West.” – Do you mean 1900s? We’re way beyond that, y’know.

    “When someone suggests over simplistic suggestions again and again pointing to the restrictions in the Constitution as a bane to Philippine societal development…” – this someone tells the truth. It’s better than even more over-simplistic (or even primitive) suggestions that the western nations and their cultures are “enemies.”

    “That reality for the so called global community of countries is still long way off.” – Maybe only for the Philippines that seems to refuse to become a part of the global community.

    “We have been taught to think like our colonizers and act like him.” – and the colonizers are still better off today. We’ve been taught, but we never really followed.

    “Hence pinoys are actually the exploiters of their own kind and country and happily act as agents for foreign interests.” – The first part is a good explanation for the oligarchs, but the latter is certainly hard to prove.

    Excellent red herring there, J_ag.😉

  22. Kikuchi sensei permalink

    AHHH! FIRIPINO VERY FUNNY!

    Rike Firipin nationaru hero “HU-WAN TA-MAD”, it embody many Firipino attitude!!! AHHHH!

    Wait for dericious fruit to fooru down from tree of success, but end up doing nothing but SUCKKUSESS!!!

    VERY FUNNY!

  23. These strong visions are lacking in PNoy’s leadership. PNoy is wasting precious time and taxes with his vindictive goals. He should let the Ombudsman and the Justice Department do their respective jobs so that he can focus on economic goals.

    Create a large middle class group. Only then a country will prosper. I have seen and experienced the strong impact of middle class to economies in Europe. A handful of billionaires will not make a country progressive and rich. Poverty exists in all countries but the challenge is to make it less and more bearable.

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