Local Cagayan de Oro news, Philippines
Early morning around 6:48 AM today 16Nov20 a moderate shaking was being felt here in Cagayan de Oro, Northern Mindanao, Philippines with 6.1 magnitude. Cagayan de Oro City is about 197 km away from the epicenter. Weather condition at 10:49 AM is partly cloudy at 29° with 20% chance of rain until 11:00 AM according to weather channel.
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DYNAMICS OF CHANGE AND LEADERSHIP IN THE WORKPLACE
"Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow." Sometimes in life, rare and unexpected things could really make us adjust to something that we are not used to doing it. Life is a dynamic process that every day we experience change, sometimes it is not obvious or properly observed by our naked eye that probably we tend to feel like there is something new that happened to us.
Change is the only constant in this world, and if we do not allow changes to be imparted in our lives, then there will be no progress or improvement. Just like in business, change is essential, and growth is more vital. Let us try to think into a wider perspective than the word itself that change is renewing something that should not be existed or happening. It’s part of life, and it is an opportunity to develop and improve something that is existing but lacking.
The given presentation was a bit informative, and it expounds on the basic concepts of how people tend to cope with change. And I assert that these basic concepts are a bit necessary to understand more concepts in dealing the business world. The first way of coping to change is escape coping which merely not a good thing to be followed because it is based on avoidance, and most of the time you take deliberate actions to avoid the difficulties of the change. Probably, it is thinking less beyond the limit of more possibilities because you are escaping the mere fact that change brought something that you were not benefited. That's why most people take it seriously, and when they can't even control it then suddenly they feel depressed or belittled then as a result, it causes pessimism sometimes depression for others. On the other hand, control coping is positive and proactive. You refuse to behave like a victim of change. Instead, you manage your feelings, get support, and do whatever you can to be part of the change. In reality, most of us respond to major changes with a mixture of escape and control coping. But control coping is generally the better option, as it is impossible to avoid the reality of change for long without becoming exhausted or damaging your reputation. Change can be difficult because it can challenge how we think and the way how we see things in our dispositions, how we work, and perform a task which is basically part of our routines, and the quality of relationships to others, and even our physical security or sense of identity.
The presentation also tackles about the four stages of reacting to change, the way how we feel about the change, and how we deal and overcome the situation. The stage of shocks and disorientation tells about experiencing a sudden, big change can feel like a physical blow. Which in the first place or in the initial stage, you'll likely feel confused and uncertain. Your first priority should be to seek reliable information and to make sense of the situation. Probably you need to seek other people's similar experiences and talk through your concerns with family and friends to find support and comfort. Assuring that you distance yourself from gossip and rumors which are baseless and negative to the point that it will likely cause you more pain, and anxiety, not less. And at this stage, you'll likely not reach any firm conclusions but as much as possible try to remain as positive as you can. The second stage focuses on anger and other emotional responses. Initial disorientation at the prospect of change usually gives way to a wave of strong emotions. Sometimes we might be angry about a downgrade of your role, or fearful about the impact that a layoff will have on your family. In the middle of the run, you may find yourself swinging between optimism and pessimism. But this is quite natural, and it's a normal step on the way to resolving your situation. It is important to avoid suppressing your emotions but it's equally key to manage them. Therefore acknowledging how you feel is quite important, but be sure to assess what you can express openly such as accepting general comments about a project's progress and what you should probably keep to yourself or embarrassed if you find yourself in tears at work. This is a natural reaction to the uncertainty and confusion that often follows a sudden change. Coming to terms with "New Normal" is the center point of the third stage. This stage diverts your focus into likely to shift away from what you've lost and towards what's new. The process might be slow and you might find yourself reluctant to acknowledge it, but it's an essential part of coping with change. The ultimate key here is to make a commitment to move on. Pick yourself in the process and start to explore more deeply what the change means. Your instinct may be to behave and unwilling to cooperate but this may lead yourself and others harm. Search and emphasize the positive aspects of your developing situation. During this time be patient because coming to terms with a change is a gradual process. The last stage is acceptance and moving forward. The stage when you come to fully accept your changed circumstance. Acceptance does not mean giving up your former situation because you still have valuable memories, skills, and relationships to carry forward, but the point is you’re moving on, whether in career or in your wider life. Try to draw a personal statement that serves as a strong and positive mantra to stay on track. Then set yourself goals to create an action plan to make the most of your new situation.
Overall, in life, we experience sudden downfall and sometimes stumble along with our ways. Change is inevitable and whether we like it or not it is already an inculcated process of life itself. We may think and feel the same way that we don't want to change ourselves or something within us just to show our deep imparted principles in life and our attitude but sometimes it is okay to adopt change and to be with the change alongside in the process because some way or another change might be a way to renew what is wrong and fulfill what is something lacking into us. It is like change is a kind of redirection that may re-assess ourselves and refocuses our goals in life to be back on track. Never let your emotions decide the pace of your life. Always remember that the best way to cope with change is by building up your resilience skills to quickly recover from any difficulties and toughness of life. Also, be transparent because it is vital to avoid pretending that everything is fine because it brings toxicity within ourselves and might as well it will affect our mindset. So if you find yourself regressing, give yourself a time to recover after all this is not a race but it is a battle of survival. People are more likely to progress through these stages successfully if they acknowledge their feelings, explore the facts, stay positive, draw on their support networks, and give themselves a time to accept.
GENDER EQUALITY AND WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
"It is time that we see gender as a spectrum instead of two sets of opposing ideals," said Emma Watson. A country that is fulfilled with unity and harmony by its people regardless of gender roles can achieve progress and development. People are one important aspect of the country or state because they are the salient element where they obviously sustain the emptiness of the country itself, meaning people provide manpower for the government and making the state as lively as it is.
Over the years, Gender inequality has been one of the major sources of the problem where both people labeled as men and women opposed and lead to conflicts, misunderstandings, and chaos. Living in the patriarchal standards of society, women are being oppressed and suppressed with high opportunities compared to men because basically, men are socially and physically able. Gender equality is a right that every human being must be benefited whether men or women, it must be fair and equal to all access to opportunities and job. Gender equality is not a privilege that only certain groups of people or races with the same gender can have, but it is for all. The rights of every woman should be emphasized because it does not only give them opportunities to reach their very potential in which, it is very critical not only for meeting the wide range of international and development goals but for attaining gender equality. Considering the gender word itself, it describes the socially-constructed roles and responsibilities that societies consider appropriateness for both men and women. The scope of gender equality covers the wide aspects for both men and women to be equally empowered with power, opportunities for financial independence, education, and personal development. Once a woman's critical aspect of achieving gender equality is being recognized woman's sense of self-worth, decision-making power, access to opportunities and resources, the power to control her life inside and outside the home, and her ability to effect change increases. Meanwhile, the gender issues do not only focus on women but rather alongside the story there are also recurring issues that men are experiencing.
One thing that could be a center of focus on gender equality is in the education area. Some countries in a developing world provide access to education prioritizing boys because of the deal with financial instability, lacking resources, school fees, and many more are some issues which contributes to the major controversial problem on gender equality because girls are being deprived of their full potential to achieve the right opportunity for them and their right to education. But due to certain reasons, girls are still being labeled as house agents where they tend to allocate most of their time doing households, doing chores, taking care of and serving their husbands and families, and raising their children. Let us consider the fact that once a girl is being educated, she might have the guts to achieve self-confidence, successful work and career, postponed marriage, raise a small family, have healthier children, and send them to school. And if it's the case, she might have the dwelling enthusiasm in participating in political processes, more opportunities to earn an income and be free from STD's. Another important area is women's health and safety, which is an impactful increasing issue for them. This is totally related to women, which are having totally fewer opportunities in health education, unequal power to a sexual partnership as a result of gender-based violence. Maternal health, prenatal and infant care are some issues that women are facing due to limited access in which causally brings women to complications during pregnancy and childbirth. And most of the time, these are evident to women who were already having a family before the age of 18. Quality maternal health care is necessary and part of women's necessity to actively make themselves as decision-makers to take care of themselves and for their child. There are still major aspects or areas where women are generally less important or less recognized, especially in economic and political empowerment like there are still places where they are deprived to own their inherit land and wealth, discrimination for job opportunities, earn income and move to a certain workplace. It is still evident that women lack self-empowerment that they still are underrepresented as decision-makers.
Overall, "Feminism isn't about making women strong. Women are already strong. It's about changing the way the world perceives that strength." said G.D. Anderson. For all of us living in the comforts of women's who were already part of our lives, we must not forget that they also need to be recognized and be appreciated in a way that they can also express their own identity, their full potential, and free will to participate in a certain movement or activity. Some who are totally misogynistic must erase this kind of mindset and learn to accept that women are the best assets that the world could have not for what they do or what they have but for who they really are as a person with rights and as a human full of integrity.
ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR: HUMAN BEHAVIOR AT WORK
"People tend to be very effective at managing relationships when they can understand and control their own emotions and can empathize with the feelings of others," said Daniel Goleman. I assert this idea because I think that if we want to be productive then we must learn how to wear the shoes of the others. Working in an organization does not embody the mindset of "me" but rather the "we" and "us". To arrive at our target goal one must respect the opinion and shared idea of the other so that it'll arrive up to many options. Options that would probably help and provide easy access to solutions. Working and being in a group must display oneness rather than dividedness because that would probably worsen the situation.
Organizational behavior is the systematic study and careful application of knowledge about how people as individuals and as groups act within organizations. It strives to identify ways in which people can act more effectively. Organizational behavior provides a useful set of tools at many levels of analysis. It also aids their understanding of the complexities involved in interpersonal relations, when two people (two co-workers or a superior-subordinate pair) interact. Working in an organization requires a strongly built foundation of connections and good relationships with the other co-workers. It imposes communications and understanding about a certain fact especially dealing with assigned projects or reports. The essence of good organizational management is by knowing the character and the attitude of the workers. It involves a grasp knowledge of their personality where behavior plays a certain role. Moreover, applying behavior is not that enough to sustain a good environment in working but rather there should be a presence of unity and camaraderie to achieve the common goal.
The book which is entitled Organizational Behavior: Human Behavior at Work is very informative to the extent that it allows and discusses strategies and pedagogies for good organizational management. Hence it is very effective and relevant for running such organizations. This book pulls together the best and most current knowledge, and it provides rich insights into people at work meaning experts with their experiences in their field of expertise in all kinds of situations and organizations. By contrast, this book makes a major effort to include numerous examples of real-life situations, as well as providing extensive lists of practical suggestions that can guide managers for years into the future. The book is characterized by its applied orientation, including a variety of end-of-chapter experiential approaches that encourage readers to reflect on what they have read and engage in self-examination. At the same time, this book is written in part to encourage and promote the development of thought processes by students. Business leaders continually admonish younger managers to think critically to ask penetrating questions, examine underlying assumptions, search for probable unintended consequences, be sensitive to the agendas and motivations of others, balance the needs of different stakeholders, and even challenge the mental models and theories espoused by others.
Useful practice in critical thinking can be gained while reading this book as you search for behavioral insights, derive conclusions from material read, and challenge the utility of various concepts. We have quickly learned that not all behavior whether our own, our managers, or that of our workmates is entirely rational. And we may have pondered a series of questions about what we saw and felt but there are certain reasons why it is happening. One major strength of organizational behavior is its interdisciplinary nature. It integrates the behavioral sciences (the systematic body of knowledge pertaining to why and how people behave as they do) with other social sciences that can contribute to the subject. It applies from these disciplines any ideas that will improve the relationships between people and organizations. Its interdisciplinary nature is similar to that of medicine, which applies knowledge from the physical, biological, and social sciences into a workable medical practice. Most people behave as they do at work because there are work etiquettes to be followed inside the workplace. Every worker must obey what has been imposed or even implemented by the management because it is their own way establishing organizational management and of actively monitoring individual performances of the workers in their specific fields.
As per discussed in the book, organization are complex systems thus it effectively combines people and science or what so-called as humanity and technology. With the invention of science for almost a past century, it provides rapid discoveries and improvements thus mastering technology is difficult enough and it requires knowledge and enough skills. Human behavior in organizations is sometimes unpredictable because the behavior of colleagues, managers, and customers arises from their deep-seated needs, lifetime experiences, and personal value systems. However, human behavior in an organization can be partially understood by studying and applying the frameworks of behavioral science, management, and other disciplines; exploring the various facets of such behavior is the objective of this book. There are no perfect solutions to organizational problems. However, employees can increase their understanding and skills so that work relationships can be substantially upgraded. The task is challenging, but the results are worthwhile. There are many factors why there is a wide gap of cooperation on work and probably the reason why other employees withdraw from their works most commonly are the uncooperative colleague that may limit one's performance and effectiveness, the behavior of the manager may sometimes be difficult to understand. Whether these behaviors are acceptable or not these don't have the luxury of not working with or relating to other people. Therefore, a good employee must learn about human behavior, explore how to improve and develop interpersonal skills, and begin to manage relationships with others at work. These are areas where knowledge of organizational behavior can make a significant contribution to effectiveness.
The book provides pieces of information that drive our minds and inspired our passion for organizational behaviors. It generally gives necessary viewpoints and backgrounds as to what organizational behaviors and how it is applied in the workplace. The structure or the relationship of people is quite essential in the workplace and, it is probably the most salient aspect in an organization together with communication and proper engagement. To work for an organization also implies trust within or among co-workers, and it's because you are in one place, then you must work hand in hand collaboratively. As a worker, you must display positive vibes to eliminate pressure and competition inside the workplace. Remember to embody the goals, vision, and mission of the organization for you to be on track. Part of the organizational behavior is a thorough understanding of one's emotions and outlook. Understanding and empathizing are key factors to positively engage among others at work.
MY MOST UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE LAST SUMMER SEASON
LAST SUMMER MY FAMILY AND I WENT TO TOLOSA, LEYTE. THERE WAS A RESORT THERE WHERE WE ENJOY SWIMMING IN THE POOL AND EATING OUR FOODS. I AM VERY HAPPY AND THANKFUL THAT WE HAD A GET AWAY OUTING WITH MY FAMILY SINCE MY FATHER IS ALWAYS IN CEBU WORKING. MY LITTLE BROTHER AND SISTER LOVES PLAYING THE WATER WITH THE TOYS THAT THEY HAVE BROUGHT. IT WAS ONE OF MY SPECIAL SUMMER SINCE MY FAMILY GOT TO EXPERIENCE FOR THE FIRST TIME AN OUTING LIKE THAT. I HOPE GOD WILL ALWAYS BLESS MY PARENTS SO THAT WE CAN AFFORD ALWAYS A GET AWAY OUTING EVERY SUMMER. AFTER THE SWIMMING, WE GO TO ROBINSONS MALL AND ENJOY IN THE "WORLD OF FUN". WE HAD RIDES AND GAMES AND SO MUCH MORE. I ENJOY SO MUCH OUR EXPERIENCE WITH MY WHOLE COMPLETE FAMILY.
How I Started my Journey as a Freelancer
By : Toochie T. Bandal
I have always been an employee and this was the mindset I had for almost 26 years. After graduating from college, I immediately applied for work and was lucky enough to get hired after 2 months of job hunting. That was the environment I ever knew existed. I was employed by a company, I work for them, then I get paid. My daily routine was: get up every morning at 5:00 am, prepare breakfast for the family, get my son ready for school, wait for his bus, get myself ready, go to work and brave the rush hour traffic that takes me around 1 ½ hours going to the office - either by public transport/carpooling/or bringing my car, work for around 8-10 hours at the office, then go home at night. By the time I was home, I was exhausted and drained to my bones. There was even a time when I had to bring my kid to work for almost 2 weeks because I couldn’t find a helper – who eventually never came back to work for us. During this time, I was already drained from work and keeping the house all by myself. My son was having problems with his academic standing too. This was the time when my husband and I decided that I should go full time as a homemaker.
So, I filed for early retirement from work and left the banking industry. But I still couldn’t quite give in to the idea of myself being a full-time housewife. I acted as a part-time Financial Advisor for one of the big names in the insurance industry. I was doing well during the first few months, however, the demands of my son’s school limited me from going full blast in insurance. Take note, I was also the head of the Parent-Teacher Association of my son’s class in Grades 9 and 10. Then I finally decided to concentrate on taking care of my family on a full-time basis.
The routine at home is tiring but very fulfilling. However, I noticed that I could still be productive, workwise, while I was at home. This was the time when I did my research on how to be a freelancer working from home.
It is not easy learning again from scratch and training myself for the tasks I am about to face. The freelancing industry is a whole new animal for me. Good thing I had help from different organizations offering trainings, coaching, apprenticeships, etc. on freelancing / virtual assistant services. I am still learning the ropes and hopefully will be able to successfully provide quality service to my clients.
These are the reasons why you should hire a virtual assistant:
• You will be relieved of administrative workload and focus on the important things about your company/business. Low-level tasks like email management, updating schedules, preparing graphic designs, checking your website, etc., should be assigned to someone who can handle all these while you work on growing your business without blowing up your cash flow.
• Virtual assistants (VAs) can help maintain and improve the products and services you offer in the market. They can monitor the product’s performance in the market, gather survey, compare with competitor’s products too. They can be your eyes and ears in the market and throughout your customer base.
• Keep your focus by making sure that your mental health is in check. The nitty-gritty work should be passed on to someone who is capable and who will also keep you sane while you work on the meaty stuff at the office and spend some quality time at home with your family. Some of the common tasks of a VA include, but not limited to:
• Administrative and office support functions;
• Front Desk tasks such as taking phone calls, managing appointments, hotel/venue bookings;
• Email management, sending responses, and filtering;
• Organizing your Google Drive, Dropbox, and other folders;
• Word processing, creating spreadsheets and presentations;
• Research and Data entry; and
• HR tasks
Get in touch with me as I relieve you of administrative tasks and responsibilities so you can add more productive hours to your business. Virtual Assistants are a great add on to your business and can be an asset to the company. Hiring a V.A. will be a worthwhile investment as you plan for the future of your business.
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THE PANDEMIC AND YOUTH’S MENTAL HEALTH
The Covid-19 Pandemic has took a toll on the lives of all people, and among those who are greatly affected are the youth. Staying at home everyday does not sound as relaxing as it is when you're doing the same thing everyday for months, with little or no social interaction, no proper exercise & body movements, etc. These negative impacts of the pandemic does not only affect the physical health of the youth, but there is also their mental health that's on the line.
On April 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) published an e-book entitled “Doing What Matters in Times of Stress: An Illustrated Guide”, this book talks about different ways on how to cope up with stress during a pandemic that all people can surely do even without the help of others (self-help techniques). In connection with this, it can be really seen that mental health was greatly affected in this pandemic, alongside of course the physical health of the people. Many suicide cases arouse in the Philippines alone and most of the victims are the youth, since the start of the pandemic and up until now, but many people are still unaware and unknowledgeable about what mental health is and how it affects a person’s overall well-being.
The people, not only in the Philippines, but all over the world, should come to realize and be sensitive on the importance of one’s mental health for us to fully function as individuals, friends, and family in the society. Educating ourselves about these topics isn’t hard to do anymore since we now have easy access to the internet (e.g. WHO’s published book which is free to download on the internet).
Red-tagging or red-baiting means the harassment or persecution of a person because of known or suspected communist sympathies. According to the dissenting opinion in Zarate vs Aquino III Supreme Court Associate, Justice Marvic Leonen cited a 2011 journal article that defined red-baiting as: “the act of labeling, branding, naming and accusing individuals and/ or organizations of being left-leaning, subversives, communists or terrorists (used as) a strategy...by State agents, particularly law enforcement agencies and the military, against those perceived to be ‘threats’ or ‘enemies of the State’.". Organizations that are frequently subject in the Philippines includes civil groups, religious institutions,health worker unions, academia, and mainstream and alternative media for they are against in the wrong doing of the government. Red-tagging is dangerous for us. It threatens the lives and safety of the people. The act of red-tagging human-rights defenders constitutes a grave threat to their lives, liberty, and security. It distorts the nature of their work and makes them susceptible to attacks and number of violations. Since 2016, Red tagging has caused an impact in terms of the number of systematic killings due to drug-related operations of police. Red-tagging is inevitable for the government has always a whole of their wrong doing. People and other organization just want them to be heard. But people in the government are deaf and blind. The cannot blame people if they do red-tagging for they just want to claim their rights.