MA. LOURDES TIQUIA, TMT

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LET us not shoot our nation’s foot because of the partisan politics that has been waged over the past 15 months, with the presidency embroiled in all this political maneuvering and with nary a lineman protecting and defending the quarterback. When leadership is exposed, and the exposure is self-inflicted, it…

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AFTER the Day of Protest, we hope things will now settle down and it should be clear to all that the country will not be under martial law and that PRRD remains the duly elected leader. We will never venture into coups d’etatagain for it has been proven that coups…

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FOCUS is not the strength of this administration. Often, since it appears there is no party in government, it shoots itself unnecessarily. Take the latest congressional offensives on defunding CHR, ERC and NCIP when there are bureaucratic issues against the heads of these agencies and cases can be filed or…

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ABRAHAM Lincoln once said, “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” And so we have the fates of two men in our midst today. Nicanor Faeldon, the former Bureau of Customs Commissioner and Antonio Trillanes, a senator on his…

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MOST companies offering services and products would often have customer service protocols and customer relations management (CRM) guidebook and software. Customer service is the “provision of service to customers before, during and after a purchase”. The perception of success of such interactions is dependent on employees “who can adjust themselves…

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THIS is my third successive column on federalism. First was the need to consider transitions, second was on asset mapping so we are able to establish the comparative advantages of the 81 provinces. This time around, we present the module on federalism in Pahayag, an independent, nationwide, omnibus survey by…

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(Continued from yesterday) SO, in determining the comparative advantage of each province, we include such factors as agricultural production, minerals, tourism, livestock, fisheries and export products as starting points. How do you monetize such advantages? Cavite is the country’s biggest province in terms of population. Cavite is the third largest…

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HOW rich is the Philippines? How about the 81 provinces? How do we monetize our natural wealth as assets that determine the future of shifting to federal? Why should we continue to rely on income, land area and equal sharing as the defined formula in determining Internal Revenue Allotment? Do…

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THERE are good laws and there are good laws but implementation is always the area where well written laws go down the drain. That is why some veteran legislators would always say, “let us introduce a sunset provision” to deal with unintended consequences. Others call it phase in, phase out.…

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IN politics, the safe zone is one’s comfort zone. Comfort zones “expand or contract over time.” Conventional wisdom that says ‘stay out of comfort zone for three times’ is good enough for one cannot do much in a six-year, single term. For the 16th, it’s as if he was molded…

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