June 14, 2024

Last May 1, Filipinos celebrated the 122nd Labor Day spearheaded by the Department of Labor and Employment and highlighted by job fairs, Kadiwa ng Pangulo, and distribution of livelihood assistance.
Here in the boondocks, DOLE-Cordillera and the Baguio Public Employment and Services Office together with partner agencies and private institutions led a jobs fair at the Baguio Convention and Cultural Center and SM City Baguio.
Hundreds and maybe even thousands of work opportunities, both local and international, from the government and private sector, were offered at the job fairs held all over the country. Here’s hoping that many of our deserving countrymen were able to land decent or even high-paying jobs during the whole-day activity. Mabuhay!
This near-sighted Ibaloy writer read in a government website that the Philippine Development Plan 2023-2028 aims to achieve deep economic and social transformation to reinvigorate job creation and accelerate poverty reduction by steering the economy back on a high-growth path. We pray that this noble endeavor turns into reality four years from now or even earlier.
Obviously, we are always in full support of any legitimate and legal program, whether it is government or private sector-led, that would create jobs that pay living wages and release our fellow Pinoys from the shackles of poverty.
We are also in support of any legitimate and legal solution that would decrease or totally eliminate political dynasties who have, since time immemorial, continued to dominate and rule over our long-suffering people.
We honestly believe that political dynasties are a major cause of widespread corruption and poverty in our beloved land. As the saying goes, we truly deserve the leaders we elect into office. As voters, we can only blame ourselves.

Anyway, the city government conducted the “Digital innovation processes for the public sector” training program for selected employees last April 25 at Plaza Garden Hotel spearheaded by the City Planning, Development, and Sustainability Office under Donna Tabangin through the Synergize, Innovation and Gravitate Leadership towards Adaptive Technologies Baguio Youth Innovation Hub and OURTECH Information Technology Solutions, a dedicated start-up committed to fostering digital innovation in the public sector.
Tabangin said the training aimed to provide the necessary knowledge, skills, and tools to empower the Summer Capital’s public sector organizations to leverage digital solutions and foster a culture of innovation effectively.
“Our local government must adapt to new technologies and innovative processes in the rapidly evolving digital age. We believe this training will equip employees with valuable insights and strategies to drive information within our city’s public sector organizations,” she said.
The one-day activity also served as a platform to exchange ideas and collaborate and learn from industry experts and fellow participants.
Training topics included the role of digital innovation in public sector organizations; benefits, challenges and determinants of public sector digital innovation; digital innovation strategies for public managers; basic concepts of artificial intelligence, deep learning, and big data applications in the public sector; and case studies of digital projects in public sector organizations followed by a question and answer collaborative session.
May our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ continue to bless and keep us all safe.