Evolutionary Transformation-A A +A
At Close Range
Friday, September 7, 2012
TO PROVE that the transformation of Mabalacat into a city is no fluke, the brainy and top political adviser and analyst Jun Sibal has come up with three stages of the city's evolutionary transformation: first, on a short term period; next, on a medium term and later, on a long term episode. The transformation may be gradual but steady, as the ordinary citizen awaits the true change not only in the status of the city but also the real effect and benefits inuring to the new geographical wunderkind.
The course of transformation may be bumpy, if not rough and difficult at first, but the strategic planning group tasked to oversee the whole gamut of metamorphosis is steadfast in its avowal to see the complete albeit gradual "building blocks" transform into a viable city complex.
By virtue of the Executive Order (No. 15, series of 2012), issued by the City Mayor Marino "Boking" Morales, the strategic planning group shall heretofore "identify the strategic issues that are crucial to the attainment of the vision of a new Mabalacat".
Tall order, this is, but insurmountable odds are akin to a fledgling city. In a nutshell, the group shall endeavor to address the public's desire for a better place to build families, have jobs, earn a living and retire in a place the good mayor envisions to be Makati, North of Manila.
All of this, however, will only be easier said than done if the visions, goals and objectives are not met or achieved.
The newly-created Mabalacat strategic planning group is composed of: Mayor Boking as chairman, Restituto F. Sibal, Jr., as co-chair and members: Dionisio S. Magbalot, Jr., Myrna S. Ocampo, Rosanno S. Paquia, Rogelio C. Tanglao, Dr. Ma. Clara Aquino, Florencia D. Amurao, this writer, Lourdes Balatibat, Aurora Manabat, Atty. Ma. Victoria Rivera-Gilera and Jeffrey S. Santos.
On the matter of strategic planning, it is opportune to cull from the lectures from the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) which I have kept through the years after Mayor Boking obtained his Master in Entrepreneurship degree from this prestigious institution.
Allow me therefore to excerpt some pertinent portions of the manual: Strategic planning is a must for purposeful organizations seeking more effective ways of attaining chosen goals. It defines clearly what the organization wants, what it is all about, who it wishes to serve, what it intends to get out of its efforts and how specially it should move over time...
Strategic planning takes a longer term perspective established by an organization to guide shorter term decisions. It is a set of guiding principles which, put together, would produce the best result-to-effort, outcome-to-tasks and output-to-input ratios. It is the determination of the most efficacious means by which an organization can achieve its ends, given the resources it can muster and conditions it must operate in.
The tacticians and technocrats of Mabalacat City can formulate the strategic map based on real term issues now confronting the new city.
The bottom line of all this is the rendition of improved and much better public service.
No less than the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) which enthusiastically announced the upbeat news on hiring by employers for the fourth quarter of the year which reaches fever pitch during the holiday season.
In its latest survey, the country's top bank stated that the "employment outlook index" for the fourth quarter is encouraging and may translate into actual job openings, although seasonal or for short term only.
My kudos to Donnie Sayre for his being chosen 2012 Pagasa awardee by the Civil Service Commission. Fellow Peso head Donnie really deserves such accolade as he puts his best efforts and focus on all his undertakings but still keeps his feet firmly on the ground. Congrats, Donnie!
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on September 07, 2012.