The Filipino professionals: Hard work and toughness-A A +A
Meet the Countryside
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
A COUNTRY’S professional services are occupations that need formal education or special training, the ones that usually require holding professional licenses and provide varied specialist business as well as support to businesses of all sorts.
By the end of 2015, in addition to trade, there will be free flow of professionals among the 10-member ASEAN Community as country-specific barriers to licensing and/or certification of professionals are removed.
Are the Filipino professionals ready to compete in a borderless ASEAN Community? We’ve observed one of the PRC accredited professional organizations; and it’s kind of amusing as we watched its leadership panic in frenzy. It wasn’t much for not knowing and not doing their job. It wasn’t about apathy or disregard to the task. In missing out, there was no crime. It was just Peter’s Principle!
Of course, we are ready! Filipino professionals have always been competing exceptionally well globally. Long before the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Services (AFAS) was signed on 15 December 1995, in spite the odds, our professionals have gone abroad and so many have competed with the best in the world. Now, given equal footing, Filipino professionals should stand out more in the615-million people ASEAN Community.
Still, our domestic businesses, employees and families should be prepared in a new world of competition. Whether in a start-up enterprise or an established business, we need to build our capacities for competitiveness in a world of free trade and services. Let this be an opportunity to generate more income and new market products. It’s the time to expand our trade or services. Let us in fact start with our primary industries in agriculture and, in particular, advancing the animal industry.
The animal industry is all about its people and country living: hard work and toughness. This includes the motivation to renew essential Filipino values – shared humanity to be one with nature, joining, togetherness, being united and growing as a community; ethical sense of propriety, and the right attitude toward authorities; returning favors; the ability to adapt; and courage and rising up in the midst of uncertainties and challenges.
In the concept where the city meets the countryside, experience the 6th SPMLS and Rodeo (Southern Philippines Meat and Livestock Show) in Mambajao, Camiguin during the Lanzones Festival on October 19-26, 2013.
Again, the SPMLS and Rodeo will showcase the country’s challenges and comparative advantages – and model livestock with better incomes.
Spearheaded by professionals, the SPMLS & Rodeo aims to inculcate a gentleman’s behavior, amateurism, altruism, sharing knowledge, appreciating and recognizing a good job through hard work and toughness, rather than for the money or financial rewards; and, finally, the axiom of “pursuing excellence for the fun of it” as requisite imperatives in advancing the country’s animal industry.
The 6th SPMLS and Rodeo is live animal exhibits and processed meat products display; meat safety consciousness; basic horse training and performance; dog show; agri-quiz in all levels; game fowl show; pinaka contest, conservation and propagation of native genetics; and student championship rodeo.
The youth of the SPMLS & Rodeo has been increasing in numbers and are encouraged to learn more and hopefully will be part of the animal industry when they grow up. Hard work ethic and toughness in getting things done should be carried on after school to sustain our competitiveness.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on October 09, 2013.