Food insecurity in the Philippines

“Siling labuyo nasa P1,000 ang presyo kada kilo (Chili pepper P1,000 per kilo).” This was one of the news items that flashed in the ticker box while watching the morning news today. This is certainly not the first time this happened, and one would recall various social media posts sarcastically joking about the soaring price … Read moreFood insecurity in the Philippines

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

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

Community marketing

Early last month, the Department of Trade and Industry reported that the number of online business registrations jumped to 75.876 at end-August from 1,753 in January to March 15. This underscores the pivot of many businesses, big and small, to the digital realm, driven by the behavior of consumers like you and me. Clearly, more … Read moreCommunity marketing

Community logistics

Last night’s news featured a displaced employee who is trying to earn a living through community delivery using his bicycle. Unfortunately, his bike was stolen, but a good Samaritan came along and replaced it with a new one. Similarly, a company messenger who was also sacked recently had to resort to delivering food using his … Read moreCommunity logistics

Post-pandemic technology trends in the developing world

The pandemic has truly disrupted our lives, organizations, and nations. Work-from home, social distancing, and quarantines have become the new normal. With the bleak prospect of a universal vaccine in the foreseeable future, the World Health organization and nations are already singing the same song – we have to learn to co-exist with the coronavirus. … Read morePost-pandemic technology trends in the developing world

Recession and unemployment in the digital age

By now most businesses and employees have already shifted their processes online: how one communicates, sells, closes and delivers goods and services are, more or less, done digitally now with minimal or no manual intervention required. There are two key things we need to consider when it comes to what is happening in the country … Read moreRecession and unemployment in the digital age