Monthly Archives: March 2011

Purposely Procrastrinating

Starting the day in the office and not feeling much to do. Its good that after 10 or so years I finally started to do what I hoped to do during the start of my career. It had been my goal to work for an independent third-party verification organization eversince I had my first job out of college. However today, I am procrastrinating my tasks to write this entry for today.

In the coming few days, a number of fresh college graduates will join the workforce and I am wondering how many opportunities will be present for them based on the goals they have set for themselves. When I finished college, I was one of the lucky few who had a chance to study from a good university so it had become easy for me to find a job, not only find one but choose one.

The workforce is increasing but the opportunities are limited.

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Impersonal Puerto Princesa

Since 2006, I have been coming and going to Puerto Princesa City in Palawan, for family vacations or family affairs. “Family” seems like an ambiguous term given the fact that Dave and I haven’t legally finalized our union. I just went last week but not for personal reasons but for a project.  I suggested to my boss that we include the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park as one of our case sites for an ecotourism study and he however assigned me to do the case study for the site.

I told my “soon to be” brother in law that I am coming to the city to do a research project on ecotourism for the underground river and he kind of mentioned to the supposedly people I am going to work with that I am the soon to be bride of his brother and they should welcome me as one of their own.

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The Philippine Climate Change Act of 2009

Signing of Climate Change ActRecently attended the signing of the Philippine Climate Change Act of 2009. Hindi ko tuloy lubos maisip kung ang isang batas na tulad nito ay may patutunguhan tulad ng iba pang mga batas na nasaipatupad noong mga nakaraan. Sa Pilipinas, ang batas ay parang “band-aid”, isang panandaliang solusyon.

Ewan ko ba, at least meroon akong picture sa trono ng Malacanang na saksakan ng gulo. Starting from scratch, its nice though that the people who attended the signing are good scientists from my university, some who have won 50% of the Nobel Peace Prize of 2007.

But the problem is these very good people barely have a voice in government.  Those who prevail are those who have louder, stronger voices but with personal interests rather than really knowing what the true issue is and that is one big problem that I have to face.

As part of the signing of the law, we were all given a copy of the act, looking at it, it is quite general.  It seems it was hastily done in response to the Ondoy experience and nothing concrete was in it.  Maybe we should start waiting for the implementing rules and regulations.

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