Strategic planning in this time of crisis

The last decade before the pandemic, we had seen good times in the global and domestic economies. The world gross domestic product growth rate had been hovering in the three percent level. In the Philippines, we had seen a range of six to seven percent growth. During these prosperous times, companies would just ride the … Read moreStrategic planning in this time of crisis

The acceleration of digital banking

Note: This is a speech delivered by the author during the Digital Banking Online Event Asia on Nov. 10, 2020.   As chairman of the Digital Banking Online Event Asia Philippine Track, I welcome everyone to this exciting, relevant and timely event to talk about the prospects, challenges and opportunities in digital banking across the … Read moreThe acceleration of digital banking

Sustaining disaster management practices in the Philippines

The Philippines hit the global stage again last week when Super Typhoon “Rolly” struck the country. It prompted the Incredible Hulk himself, Mark Ruffalo, to tweet: “Pray for our brothers and sisters in the Philippines then get ready to send donations.” On one hand, it was great hearing from one of Hollywood’s finest actors air … Read moreSustaining disaster management practices in the Philippines

Managing in difficult times

Nowadays, one will often hear from businessmen and managers alike how difficult and tough it is to manage their companies and businesses. Understandably, they lament and complain of lackluster revenues, rising costs, or a plainly slow market due to the lockdowns. But what does it mean exactly when they say business is difficult? For managers … Read moreManaging in difficult times

Social responsibility in times of crisis

The coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic has put extreme pressure on micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). In the US, data from Yelp shows that 97,966, or 60 percent of business closures due to the pandemic are now permanent. In the Philippines, at least 90,000, or 6 percent of its 1.4 million MSMEs remain closed … Read moreSocial responsibility in times of crisis

MSME survival and growth strategies in time of crisis

The prolonged community quarantine imposed by the government to contain the spread of Covid-19 has adversely affected micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the Philippines. According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, some 4.6 million Filipinos were out of work as of July, severely dampening household consumption. The increase in transportation costs because of the … Read moreMSME survival and growth strategies in time of crisis

Active listening in virtual conversations

As we move towards the eighth month of the pandemic and quarantines in many parts of the world, we would think that by now people have gotten used to virtual meetings; apparently far from it. Still, many people that I meet virtually keep their cameras off during the entire duration of the meeting. While many … Read moreActive listening in virtual conversations

The role of the household in home education

By now, most of us may have seen several social media posts and even news on the increasing number of errors found in the modules provided by the Department of Education. From instructing students to draw 896 stars to identifying an owl as an ostrich, the list of these errors seems to grow longer with … Read moreThe role of the household in home education