Don't fly solo

Like the rest of the RTCs, we aren't spared from numbers this year. We have to conduct nth times training and other extension activities. There are things to do in preparation for the ISO 9001:2015. We will be implementing a program for the 22 provinces with high incidence of poverty, and in our region, it's the province of Leyte and the three provinces in Samar Island. We have on-going rehabilitation of our facility. These make our hands full and overflowing.

It's the difference that makes the difference

What makes the lotus different? It remains beautiful even in the filthy water of the pond. How about the eagle? It avoids the rain by flying above the clouds. The difference spells the difference between quality and poor services.

We make difference by doing service right the first time every time. We delight customer - we anticipate, meet and exceed customer requirement. We bring the best in others, count our blessings rather than our problems, thank for what we have because someone else has less, blame no one... the list goes on.


We remember the story of a man who rode on a horse-drawn cart, settled and closed his eyes to nap for a while. He assumed that the hotel had informed the driver of his destination so he only said, "Hurry and drive fast!" Later he realized they were heading the other way. So, he asked, "Do you know where we're going?" Still driving fast, the driver yelled, "No Sir, but I'm driving very fast!"

Fly! Why not?

How busy we can become and how empty. How easy to fall prey to meaningless and mindless activities that were not meant to be.

It's mid 2015 and our hands are still full. If we are not careful, the monotony of things will seep in, sweeping away our creativity. Let us not loosen our guard. It is when we lose the mark of surprise, when we become predictable that we start to rut. We have to create surprises. Why not?

Lead-off hitter

Who's first?

It's year ending and it's reckoning time. With KM we always recognized the innovativeness and creativeness of each RTC in enhancing access to AFE knowledge products and services. The recognition was no flare, just text sent to all congratulating those in the lead for the most news, first to upload or for a new block. Sometimes it's just like "I appreciate the blog of __ or the innovations of __" and everyone is high because we are a class. Remember: "class is already up and need not strive to look better by making others look worse".

Selling point

Entice. Mr Webster defines it as to draw on artfully. Its synonyms are lure, charm, attract and persuade. To do it, one must have a unique selling point. This is what many of our Magsasaka Siyentista (MS) do. They innovate to attract and influence.

Memories of e

Positive results evoke happy memories.

I was with Meitats when she presented her dissertation on "Learners' Intention to Continue Using ATI's e-learning Program". Why I was there?

Stick-to-e-tiveness. Meitats belongs to the e class. I am immersed in the e program and I cannot miss knowing how we fare in our e efforts. Here's what she presented.

BLOG to blogs

It's a sure-fire tip for blogging. Take it from Jim Paredes. You can't go wrong with him when blogging (jimparedes.com or jimparedes.tumblr.com).

B - be sure you write and consistently write. You must have the passion to write. It's the passion that makes you write well.

L - link your blog with top blogs of your topic. Borrow credibility and do not forget to credit information source. This is also a way of expanding your reach.

Weed and wild

"Go back and find yourself", Mr Dionisio "Dion" Pullan was told after the loss of someone dear to him.

He came back to the Philippines and to the place where he used to go as a child. The place is Bangkong Kahoy Valley in Dolores, Quezon, which is 7 kilometers from the town proper. It is a block of titled land in a protected area, nesling between two mountains, the Mt Banahaw and Mt Cristobal. His great grandfather firmly told them not to sell the place, "though you bite the rock".

Bangkong Kahoy

Once there was a tree, which had a strong bond with a boy.  The tree let the boy climbed its branches and picked its fruit.  The boy did and he was happy. When the boy became a man, the tree offered its trunk for him to make a boat so he could sail to other places and be happy.  The man did and was happy.  When he became old, the tree offered its stump for him to sit and reflect and be happy.  The old man did and was glad.

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