Setting the Scene According to the World Risk Report of 2018, the Philippines is the third most vulnerable country to disasters. The country lies in the Pacific Ring of Fire where 80% of earthquakes occur. Around 20-25 typhoons ravage the country every year, leading to the loss of lives and millions of damages to infrastructure and … Continue reading The Spirit of Bayanihan
Despite the bad news happened in the 2nd week of October, here in Florida, I found that my first week in Tallahassee was fun. Before I arrived for my fellowship, I realized the possibility of having all the schedule that prepared for me to go with the wind is huge, due to the Hurricane Michael. … Continue reading Hot and Fun, it’s Florida 🌤
May 23, 2018, I had an opportunity to attend a workshop organized by the Division of Compliance Assistance (DCA) of Department for Environmental Protection (DEP), Kentucky. The workshop provided brief introductory workshop on waste management and compliances to help participants understand new amendments of regulations governing hazardous waste, and how to comply with them. Participants … Continue reading Waste Management Introduction & Compliance Workshop at Kentucky EPA: A Brief History of Waste Regulations in the United States 1965 – 2002
After completing orientation in Washington D.C., I traveled to Dubuque, Iowa where is the place that I come here for learning and gaining fantastic experiences. When I arrived in the city, I obtained a warm welcome from host community representatives, Mrs. Phyllis lee and Mrs.Cori Burbach. So, this is a good start to live with … Continue reading Sustainable breath in the sustainable Dubuque, Iowa
Life is a lot of surprises and good luck. I have received an excellent chance to make the American dream come true. I had accepted an offer from a YSEALI - ICMA and went to the United States with being a part of the 2018 Spring Professional Fellow Program. It is Happier and happier because … Continue reading SPRING CHALLENGE has come!!
Personally, I called my wife back home to say Hello and told her that I have arrived the U.S. with safe and sound after such a long trip from Cambodia with passengers more than 700 people on the board. She stays home alone with a 12 weeks pregnancy. She worries about me. And I worry … Continue reading First thing to do after landing!
The YSEALI Professional Fellowship is in less than two days, and it's a packing spree--my bedroom's littered with things from local travels, so it would be good to have a checklist of items and errands and prepare right for the journey. If you still haven't packed (or if you're procrastinating on the packing, like I'm … Continue reading Ticking off that checklist
A few days left before the YSEALI-ICMA Spring Professional Fellowship Program. And here I am, not yet packed, I'm still rushing to finish off reports and other outputs before I leave the paperwork behind or else bring them with me for an extra baggage or two. But I just had to make this quick map … Continue reading Manila to D.C. – 27 Hours++ and 8,667.65 mi (13,949.23 km)++ Later
Annual budget forecast for local government unit is always a balance between strong fundamental sources of revenues to facilitate its operations and the growing expenditures to address the needs of the community. Considering the demand and supply side of local budgeting is a general principle applicable worldwide. However, the vitality of it lies on the … Continue reading PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING IS MORE ABOUT EMPATHIC THINKING
Back at the time before I went to USA, I thought everything in USA was all perfect. Good transportation facilities, high public awareness, the good and open governance has been practically working, and other aspects that bolster up this country to be the superpower country in the world. News feed spreads like a disease and … Continue reading Nothing is perfect!