The gospel of Tulfo

Posted by watchmen
October 15, 2019
Posted in OPINION

Last night, I had a bout of insomnia, where I resort to reading books. However, I was bored with reading and, for a change, logged into YouTube and (unsurprisingly) most of the recommended videos were of “Raffy Tulfo in Action.” I checked out the videos and noticed he has 7.35 million subscribers! His appeal is …

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Tricycles and pedicabs are public transport?

Posted by watchmen
October 14, 2019
Posted in OPINION

Given the way tricycles and pedicabs operate along Bacolod City’s main thoroughfares, along with the entire province, are they considered “public transport?” Considering how local government units tolerate their behavior, I looked up Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) guidelines on the matter and found that former DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo, who served …

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Tourism to the rescue

Posted by watchmen
October 14, 2019
Posted in OPINION

“The thing about tourism is that the reality of a place is quite different from the mythology of it.” –Martin Parr The best way to promote the assets, facilities, and infrastructure of Iloilo is to listen to the Department of Tourism (DOT). The government department’s programs will help coax potential investors and pump lifeblood into …

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Professionalism in the workplace

Posted by watchmen
October 10, 2019
Posted in OPINION

In my years as a human resources manager, I have experienced and encountered varied personalities within the organization, along with a different company culture. One of the many issues that arise in a corporate setting is professionalism but, before I proceed, the issue of leadership must first be resolved—good leadership skills are essential before exercising …

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Manikan isn’t a crook

Posted by watchmen
October 9, 2019
Posted in OPINION

“You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you.” –Eric Hoffer Many thieves served in Iloilo City Hall when I covered the beat between from the late 1980s into the 1990s. These dishonest public servants made a pile either by directly stealing taxpayer money or using their …

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It’s festival time

Posted by watchmen
October 9, 2019
Posted in OPINION

Revelry returns again to Bacolod City as the annual MassKara Festival celebrates its ruby anniversary, or 40 years. I remember the first festival was held in 1980, during the incumbency of former Mayor Jose ‘Digoy’ Montalvo, Jr. Since that year, the festival has been a draw for visitors. The usual street food events, concerts, and …

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Why do teachers quit?

Posted by watchmen
October 8, 2019
Posted in OPINION

World Teachers’ Day was observed over the weekend. Students gathered and surprised their teacher, offering tribute to a person who is molding them for the future. It’s their way of paying gratitude to their mentor. However, in this era of President Rodrigo Duterte, teaching is now considered a second class profession with many still uncompensated …

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Banago Port should be tourist-oriented

Posted by watchmen
October 7, 2019
Posted in OPINION

After a certain shipping company closed its doors several decades ago, Bacolod City’s Banago Port has remained at a standstill as ferry vessels utilize the more convenient Bredco Port.  However, a modern roll-on/roll-off (Ro-Ro) vessel company still uses the former as it provides more comfort for those traveling between Bacolod City and Iloilo. What is …

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