Thursday, September 8, 2011

USAID Job Opportunities in the Philippines


The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID/Philippines) has an immediate need for a Development Outreach and Communications Specialist (DOC Specialist). The Specialist, who serves as the Outreach Team Leader, is the USAID/Philippines staff member with overall responsibility for all Mission public outreach and information efforts.  These efforts, both for the Philippines and for American consumption, educate and promote a better understanding of USAID programs.  The Specialist provides leadership in developing and implementing the Mission's communication strategy and operational guidelines, and implementing outreach and information activities such as: developing and packaging new information outreach activities and products; cultivating relationships with the media; promoting press coverage of USAID assistance; overseeing the Mission website; managing public outreach events and high-level visits; branding; and, developing and packaging routine and special reports and briefing materials.  S/He serves as the primary point of contact and liaison for USAID/Philippines with local and international media.

The DOC Specialist serves as the principal USAID/Philippines communications liaison with all Technical Offices and implementing partners.  S/He collaborates closely with U.S. Embassy Manila, particularly with the Front Office, Public Affairs Section, U.S. military representatives, and assigned control officers (e.g., for VIP visits) to ensure that Embassy personnel are always aware of USAID/Philippines public activities and projects.  The DOC Specialist also serves as the primary liaison with the USAID Bureau for Legislative and Public Affairs in Washington, DC for activities regarding communications and outreach.  S/He also ensures that all outreach responses to USAID/Washington, the U.S. Congress, the State Department, other U.S. Government agencies, implementing partners, and customers are of the highest quality and accurately reflect the latest Mission vision and accomplishments, as well as USAID guidance.

She/He is responsible for collecting, investigating, managing, and distributing information associated with the USAID foreign assistance program in the Philippines.

The candidate must meet the following Evaluation Criteria:

* Education (10%) -  Minimum of Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism, Public Relations, English, economic development, or a related field is required. A master's degree in a related field is preferred. 

* Work Experience (10%) -  A minimum of five to seven years of progressively responsible experience in communications, public relations, or journalism is required.  This experience should provide assurance that the DOC Specialist is skilled in disseminating information to a variety of target audiences.  Previous work in U.S. Government or other international development organizations is highly desirable.  Experience in managing an outreach team is required.

* Job Knowledge (25%) - Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of a variety of approaches to information outreach, and demonstrated skills and hands-on experience in public relations and/or media, e.g. journalism, publishing, television, etc., including the development and packaging of information, and presenting and/or disseminating this for maximum impact and reach.  Knowledge of standard principles, methods, and practices of communication and information management are required, in order to design and implement public affairs events and outreach materials.  And, the work requires a broad understanding of issues related to international development.  An understanding of the landscape of Philippine media players is preferred.

* Skills and Abilities (30%) – Demonstrated leadership to carry out the functions of the position in a largely independent manner, based only on general guidance and broad strategic/policy direction  Must have the ability to quickly analyze, synthesize, and clearly and creatively communicate complex information; demonstrated ability to think critically and analytically about the comprehensive portfolio of responsibilities; and, exhibit the leadership ability to plan, develop, and implement outreach and information strategy. The Specialist must have a high degree of creative ability, in order to produce effective outreach and information materials; and, the ability to serve as the primary point of contact and liaison for USAID/Philippines with local and international media, senior U.S. Embassy Officials and staff, USAID/Washington senior management and technical officers, Chiefs of Party for USAID, representatives of other donors, representatives of the U.S. and Philippine private sectors, high-level U.S. Government visitors, and representatives of other U.S. Government Agencies.  The Specialist must have the ability to handle interactions with high-level dignitaries and officials with maturity and confidence; the ability to travel throughout the Philippines in order to organize and implement outreach events and visit program/project/activity sites; have excellent computer skills, including MS Office, MS Outlook, MS PowerPoint, and Word; and have the ability to supervise a team of four staff members and contractors.

* Communication (25%) – The DOC Specialist position requires outstanding written and oral communication and editing skills.

Must have the ability to compose and edit executive level speeches and presentations.

Based on the successful candidate's salary history, a maximum annual salary of PhP 1,709,080.00 is offered. The compensation package includes mid-year and year-end bonuses, health and life insurance, and a supplementary retirement plan.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

If Bob Dylan Lived in Davao

If Bob Dylan Lived in Davao

How many slides must our people endure before a hill is called unsafe?
Yes 'n' how many floods must our people accept, be-fore you make them flood-free?
Yes 'n' how many slides must one hill have before it is forever banned?
The answer my friend is there in your hand, the answer is there in your hand.

How many times must the Council look up, to see and then to understand?
Yes 'n' how many years must one Council have before it can hear people cry?
Yes 'n' and how many deaths with take 'til they know, that too many people will die?
The answer my friend is there in your hand, the answer is there in your hand.

How many times must boulders crash down, roll and go crashing to the ground?
Yes 'n' how many tears must our people shed before they're a loud enough sound?
Yes 'n' how many petitions will it take 'til they know what is obvious and clear before their eyes?
The answer my friend is there in your hand, the answer is there in your hand.

How many years can Shrine Hill exist before it is washed to the sea?
Yes 'n' how many years can some people exist and still not be flash-flood-free?
Yes 'n' how many times can the Council turn it head, pretending it just doesn't see or understand?
The answer my friend is there in your hand, the answer is there in your hand.

J. Stacey Baird

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

IT Jobs in the Philippines

IT Jobs in the Philippines
Positions offered are contract or permanent

JAVA (35 vacancies)
Mid to Senior/Project Coordinator - SA/AP
 •3+ years experience in object-oriented programming
 •Experience in any of the following : J2EE, SQL, JSF, Webservices, VB, Hibernate, Spring, EJB, C/C++, Crystal Reports Generation
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(10 vacancies)
 •3+ years of business systems analysis and design
Apply to:,


(5 vacancies)
 •10+  years IT experience
 •Knowledgeable in different SDLC methodologies
 •Technical expertise should include: OOP, SOA, J2EE, DB Design, PRPC Design, BPM Tool
Apply to:,


(11 vacancies)
 •6+ years project management (end-to-end) or application/ solution development experience.
 •Experience in SDLC and web applications.PMP/PMI certified an advantage
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Do not catch migrating birds

by Bong Pedalino

Do not catch migrating birds, and don't even dare eat them, for they may be carrying the avian flu virus.

This was the warning aired by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) as it expected the surge in the arrival of these flocks of birds in flight looking for warmer places from their cool environments from the United States, China, and Australia.

Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Ricardo Tomol issued the alert yesterday during a gathering of heads of government agencies at the office of Rep. Roger Mercado, saying that these birds may reach Olango Island in Cebu and later fly to the mangrove areas in the city and the province as soon as they get overpopulated in the said island.

Tomol feared children roaming around the mangrove habitat areas may be tempted to shot these passing birds with slingshots, and cooked those they may catch for dinner.

Jonas Brothers Makes Charice Pempengco Music Video

Na-release na nga ang music video ni Charice na One Day sa ilalim ng AOLMusic.
Nai-tweet na ni Charice ito at sinabing excited na siyang magawa ang kanyang latest
music video na ang song ay sinulat ni Nick Jonas ng pamosong group ng Jonas Brothers.
Sobrang tuwa nga si Charice dahil pumayag si Nick na isulat siya ng isang kanta na
akmang-akma sa kanyang personality na dumaan sa maraming pagsubok at panlalait bago niya
marating ang kanyang kinalalagyan ngayon.
"Being a teenager as well, I can totally relate to them and I want them to realize that they
shouldn't listen to anybody, just be proud of yourself, be confident and nobody's gonna bring
you down. You just have to go for it, you just have to do it," sey pa ni Charice sa isang behind-
the-scene interview during the shoot of One Day.
Ipinagmamalaki ni Nick na nagkaroon siya ng chance na makatrabaho ang Pinay teen na
noon pa niya nababalitaan ay isang talented na singer from the Philippines. Bilib nga si Nick sa
Filipino talent dahil nakatrabaho na niya si Lea Salonga sa anniversary ng Les Miserables sa
London kamakailan.
"What I really love about her is the fact that she is just normal girl and she really shines
because of her vocal talent."
"I was so blessed to be able to produce her vocal because she is so talented in that
respect. It's amazing to see this big voice come out of her, especially on the song we did,
because it really does require a really vocal talent ad she really did a great job," sabi pa ng
American singer.

Art Contest in the Philippines

Davao High Schools
AIESEC Junk Art Contest
"Putting Art Back Into Earth"
NCCC Hall Thursday-Friday August 31 - September 1, 2011
Entrants Include Davao City High School, Ma-a High School, Santa Anna High School and two additional

Amelia Baird, a 3rd year Ateneo University student, is leading and directing the Petition Drive to help the Barangay Ma-a Environmental Watch Committee advocacy.  Amelia is  member of the local AIESEC*, group that is sponsoring the environmentally based Junk Art Contest.

The sub-theme of the contest is Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

More than 444 signatures were obtained Thursday, the first day, for our Save Davao Shrine Hills Open Letter petition action.

Efforts will continue all day Friday.  Many more signatures for our 10,000+ drive are expected.

The idea of the contest is to used old plastic and glass bottles, bottle caps, paper, wires, pins etc. to create "objects de art.  They obtained the participation of five Davao City High Schools and NCCC Mall.  No cash prizes will be awarded - Recognition only.

Petition Signatories were provided with the Petition Letter in both English and Bisaya.  Our brochure "Danger From Above" was also used and well received.

Thanks to all participants!

*AIESEC (pronounced "eye-sek", originally an acronym for Association Internationale des Étudiants en Sciences Économiques et Commerciales) is a global youth organisation that develops leadership capabilities through their internal leadership programmes and engaging students and graduates in international student exchange and internship programmes for profit and non-profit organisations.

Its international office is in Rotterdam, Netherlands. As of November 2010, the AIESEC network includes over 64,000 members in 110 countries and territories, making it the largest youth-run organisation in the world. It is present in over 2,100 universities across the globe, provides more than 10,000 leadership experiences to its members and sends students and graduates on 16,000 international exchanges yearly.

Consumer Protection Law in the Philippines

by Stacey Baird
House of Representatives recently passed a New Car Lemon Law. The Lemon Law provides, in part, that new cars with factory defects can be returned for replacement or a full refund, including incidentals such as title and license registration fees.
Have you had bad experiences with a subdivision?  Bad experiences that turned out as a geohazard or flood zone or did not provide the PROMISED amenities such as drainage, roads, water supply, swimming pool, telephone or cable or other things?
If you are living in Davao City, or at least a Filipino, what would you say about a Consumer Protection law /  SUBDIVISION LEMON LAW  to protect consumers from Developers who build subdivisions in areas subject to Landslide and Flooding or do not keep promises?
1) Would a Lemon Law requiring Refund or other penalties be a good thing?
2) Could it help discipline and punish erring developers?
VOTE: Would you LIKE such a Consumer Protection / Lemon law?