WE have three or four significant milestones to be thankful for this month. The first is for the Lopez Group harvesting 10 awards in PRSP’s 44th Anvil Awards, including the coveted Grand Anvil Award for Energy Development Corporation’s (EDC’s) “Harmonizing Environment and Technology” communications plan. This is the second Grand Anvil for the Group, the first time being in 2005 courtesy of MNTC.
The second is graduation day, when we thank all the children for completing their studies and, of course, the parents who made this achievement possible. Graduation 2009 is bittersweet for the graduates however as they seek to join the workforce at a time when many companies are closing down or cutting jobs, and the world at large is facing a deepening financial crisis. But, in fact, every year then same old record is played before each batch of graduates it’s a do great dog world out there, your 14 years of schooling wasn’t enough, jobs are hard to come by, ad infinitum.
The situation is not as bad as it seems, with some sectors actually thriving despite the meltdown. As First Philec Solar Corp. (FPSC) president Dan C. Lachica put it, “Let’s not focus on the world economy. Let’s focus on God’s economy.”
Lachica has every reason to be optimistic. FPSC, our cover feature this month, is the Lopez Group’s new venture into renewable energy, specifically the sunrise industry of solar power. With the application of the same best practices and quality management methodologies that reaped accolades for First Sumiden Circuits Inc. (also headed by Lachica), the company has been performing extremely well, so much so that the president is already looking beyond the horizon to expanding to regional markets and related products.
Finally, we are thankful that our PR group took the very important step of acquainting its members with Internet strategies, with emphasis on its significance as a PR tool in today’s information-obsessed world. If you are not familiar with blogging, tagging, plurking or Twitter.
I’m planning for a short break during the summer and was wondering if Lopez Museum will again have its bookbinding workshop. It’s something I’ve always wanted to take up, so I’m preparing (financially) for it already. If not, what are the workshops on offer?—Lowell From Mary Ann Pernia of Lopez Museum: “As part of its advocacy to teach techniques that hinge on preservation and conservation, Lopez Memorial Museum will once again offer bookbinding workshops with Loreto Apilado of the Cottage Industry Technology Center this May. We will keep you posted as to the final schedule and fee, as well as that of the other workshops we will be offering. Thank you.”
For Ms Ariola: How can an ordinary employee without a stock portfolio or a fat savings account such as myself cut costs and save “painlessly”? Would appreciate your ideas. Thank you. -Sonny C.
Ariola offers the following suggestions: Step 1 List down your monthly expenses from Day 1 to Day 30. Step 2—Identify the wants and the needs. Wants are things you can live without (like soft drinks, cigarettes and the like), while needs are those you can’t live without (like food, shelter, education). Step 3 Eliminate or delay the wants; buy the needs, but before doing so canvass for the best price. By doing this, you can generate savings, no matter how small. It is not how much you save that is important, but the habit or discipline to save that you develop by cutting down on unnecessary expenses.
I was happy to see more PR articles in the February issue, all touching on very timely topics. More, please! Emil
We hope you’ll enjoy our story on our very own social media intro, “Every Business Should Have a Blog” in this issue. Thanks for keeping an eye on our PR page and keeping us on our toes!
Thanks for featuring us in the Feb issue. To chess fans, please log on to meralcochess.blogspot.com. Regards. – Rolly
Is there an ongoing laptop plan for Lopez Group employees? I’m in the market for an affordable unit for my kids’ use. Thanks. – Ellen