Friday, October 15, 2010

Chile's Miners Rescue

Posted by Cielo at 11:20 AM 1 comments

The world has been a witness of the miners rescue trapped in Chile under 2,000 feet of rock to the surface. The 33 miners have bravely endured 70 days of being isolated and trapped down under. The long wait of the family was worth it. Though it takes time to rescue them, the plan was carried out strategically and logistically prepared thus not compromising the lives of the trapped miners. I had seen the outline of their rescue plan and I do admire them for incorporate “Twice-daily prayer sessions” in their daily tasks.

The world has been in awed and inspired by the rescue operation. It was a manifestation of hard work, team work and strategic planning. The support of the Chilean government has been a valuable help in the rescue operation. Based on the live telecast of the Chilean miner’s rescue, Philippines and other countries have lots to learn from them.

I noticed that following that we can take lessons from:

- Few people needed on site are allowed at the rescue areas, families of the miners being rescued and part of the rescue teams, a few medias and some important government officials.
- There were no grandstanding of government officials or other entities taking credit of the rescue.
- They are well-equipped thus they know where their taxes go. The rescuers are provided with proper safety gears like: work boots, overalls and rain gear.
- Apart from the logistics - Planning and unity is the key

What is also admirable is their government’s effort to take care of their miners for at least six months or until they have readjusted.

Friday, October 8, 2010

The Sad State of Employment in The Philippines

Posted by Cielo at 11:27 PM 1 comments

It is very said to note that there are many college graduates who are unemployed and under employed. This is a indicator that the economy is not doing well. Here in the Philippines because of this problems on labor and employment – many Filipinos opted to work abroad to seek for greener pasture abroad. Overseas Foreign Worker (OFW) are seeking for opportunities outside of the country because of the scarcity of jobs. “Unemployment” and “under-employment” are just one of the labor and employment problems in the Philippines.

Wikipedia definition:
“Unemployment occurs when a person is available and willing to work but currently without work.”

“Underemployment describes the employment of workers with high skill levels in low-wage jobs that do not require such abilities.”

I know of someone who graduated with a degree in Management who settled in Singapore to work as a bartender instead of being employed in a management jobs. It is very sad to realize that being a graduate from a business degree does not guarantee you with a business management jobs.

Nowadays, many high school students have turned to be more practical. They are taking a course in Nursing or other medical field hoping that one day they can land a healthcare management jobs abroad.

You can just imagine the current state of the labor forve here in our country. If the college graduates find difficulty in finding a decent job under his skill set, how much more the undergraduates.
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