A WEEK ago, the Joint Foreign Chambers and Philippine business organizations met to celebrate the 4th anniversary of Arangkada. Unfortunately, BSA3 was a no show at this high roller event. Worst, his speech was read, without much passion and nary an eye contact with the audience, by the literal cabinet secretary, Rene Almendras.

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz on the other hand was a refreshing sight to watch with her candor on the shortfall of DOLE and elation by the assessment of Arangkada for this 4th year. There is merit to the suggestion that in key portfolio positions in the Cabinet, we should instead have individuals from the ranks appointed. These individuals have institutional memories which give stability and predictability in the sector.

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