#MINDANAO: Trends in our world of work

Published July 14, 2021, 9:28 PM

by John Tria

In last week’s column I focused on vital trends worth noting in education, especially for Mindanao-based schools. I write about these since understanding these things that matter to many of us will all help us respond better to our situation and recover.

As promised, this week’s column will look at other trends such as our work. As countryside entrepreneurs in continuously urbanizing cities in the Visayas and Mindanao, we need to be abreast of developments in this field.

With COVID-19 cases surging in different Southeast Asian countries including the once heralded Vietnam, many investors have to look at a diversified platform for investment in the region. Our country thus remains to be a leading global source of growth in the long term with its young and technologically savvy population.

This will be helped by increasing digitalization of essential services like payments and government transactions that can decongest human and vehicular traffic in many central business districts especially in cities in Mindanao. Reports are of improving internet service, what with the roll out of enhanced services from current players and new ones such as DITO teleconmunity and Converge in Mindanao.

These developments will boost the capability of many locals in the Visayas and Mindanao to access the growing outsourcing and gig economy, and facilitate the choice for hybrid work arrangements that are emerging as an established mode of livelihood for many.

A survey mentioned in a June 15, 2021 MB article cites concerns over WFH arrangements. Nonetheless, I believe a good number will opt for such arrangements on a part time basis. These can include reporting to offices on certain days of the work week, and staying home in others. This will allow workspaces to maintain physical distancing as employees rotate throughout the week.

This, as demand for BPO and other office rentals are increasing, according to Leechiu and associates in a July 9 article ( https://mb.com.ph/2021/07/09/bpo-office-demand-grew-38-property-consultant/).

Helped by increased vaccinations, the robustness of this important economic sector in our recovery cannot be underestimated. I guess hybrid work arrangements will probably be pursued by companies even after large scale vaccinations are achieved. Local business groups should explore these hybrid work arrangements.

Archbishop Romulo Valles

Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles celebrates a milestone 70th birthday and ends his term as CBCP President. I have become an avid listener of his homilies ever since said during the Sunday 8am online mass. Such homilies are able to bring the gospel and, importantly, its values to light for many of us.

His down to earth reflections speak to me as an individual and to us as pilgrims, co-workers and families as we go through this earthly life. These have become timely reminders, and a vital benchmark of faith in these times when inspiration is critical to the millions who tread the recovery path from this pandemic.

Faith strengthens our resolve to do good and better, allowing necessary focus on the things that should matter, rather than the stuff that tends to sidetrack us daily on our social media news feeds. May he continue inspiring all of us.

What to do with pompano?

Of late, some readers have asked me how best to prepare golden pompano they bought, which is normally Sarangani Bay from southern Mindanao. In my opinion, the best way to prepare it is steaming with garlic soy sauce, black beans and ginger with some spring onion. Enjoy!

That said, let us continue to buy local produce to support our economic recovery!

Reference: https://mb.com.ph/2021/06/15/growing-wfh-fatigue-workers-want-office-life-back-survey/