The information and commodity deluge can be treated like a buffet. Just because your $12.95 allows you to eat unlimited everything – doesn’t mean you have to – at the risk of rupturing your stomach or suffering a really bad case of indigestion. Bite what you can chew and focus on the actions with the biggest ROI.
Cut through the darkness and mental labyrinth of Da Pinoy dysfunction – here’s some actions that you can focus your energies on and get the most positive impact to the bottom line of families, companies, the community, and society in general – starting in 2011 and beyond.
The Eight Goals/ “Big Dreams” for the Philippines just got an upgrade – in time for the holiday season and the new year (as if, the new year will bring in anything “new” to the Philippines) – with SEVENTEEN GOALS.
This is my list of goals which are attain the vision of a Philippines that is Prosperous, Huge Middle Class, Politically Vibrant, Globally Integrated Economy
#1 – Free the market – remove the protectionist provisions to stimulate competition, innovation, and economic velocity
#2 – Federalize government to unleash the dynamism and innovation of regional diversity towards the shared goal of peace and prosperity
#3 – A good balance of issues and personalities – go parliamentary or at the very least – a strong republic under the rule of law.
#4 – Propagate a culture of excellence to do away with the culture of mediocrity – and no, just because Pempengco, Pacquiao excelled in their fields does not mean Filipinos are the greatest. We are a long ways off – in case you all didn’t notice, our botched approaches to operational excellence exemplified by our management of Mendoza, Ampatuan, Vizconde, Lacson, Trillanes, Nobel boycott. And that’s not even calling attention to this mega eyesore of mediocrity – a student government presidency that makes the phrase comedy of errors an understatement – the Aquino Presidencies #1 and #2 – yes, they both SUCK – Cory and Noynoy.
#5 – Promote a culture of personal responsibility to counteract the culture of impunity and the mobocracy.
#6 – Provide, discuss, and weigh alternative models of behavior, attitudes, belief systems, practices and identify which can be adopted or rejected to deliver positive and equitable results to the bottom line.
Tessie Millan Mora added the following to the list, great stuff Tessie!:
# 7 – Stop the culture of UTANG NA LOOB which obligates, if not forces, a person to pay back, specially the politicians
# 8 – Stop being so onion skinned. we take everything personally. let us take genuine criticism in a good way – to change, reform. we put emotion into everything
# 9 – Encourage entrepreneurship and teach the children to think BUSINESS instead of being a lifetime employee
# 10 – The children should not be relegated to the background and hushed when there are visitors around. we should introduce our children to our friends formally so they become confident early on.
# 11 – Children should be heard, should be talked to in soft tones, not to be shouted at, specially in public
# 12 – Pregnant women should take their babies in the womb seriously by eating healthy food so that the Filipino children are healthy in mind and body at the outset
# 13 – EDUCATION IS STILL THE EQUALIZER! when one is educated, it presupposes no one can fool you, most specially the politicians!!!
And from the original Eight Big Goals
#14 – Support the passage of a strong Freedom of Information Act
#15 – Support the passing of the Divorce Bill.
#16 – Eliminate the pork barrel.
#17- Tax religious organizations that get involved in politics. Catholic church can participate in politics if it waives its tax exemption status.
Feel free to add your own goals to the list and pass it on.
Happy Kwanzaa’, Happy Hannukah, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays to y’all.