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Jane Uymatiao

Jane T. Uymatiao is known as @citizenjaneph. She spent more than 15 years as an IT auditor/consultant at an accounting firm and another 2.5 years as VP-Head of a bank's Corporate Planning Division. She has been blogging for about 16 years now and is one of the early adopters of social media. She believes in active citizen engagement, pushing for transparency and good governance, and is often tapped to speak on social media-related topics. Her personal blogs are: yoga and wellness (yoginifrommanila.com), tech (titatechie.com), lifestyle (philippinebeat.com), and personal (janeuymatiao.com) Jane has a Master’s degree in Business Administration, major in International Business with a focus on Strategic Management, from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. She is also a certified yin yoga teacher. More details at www.linkedin.com/in/janeuymatiao Updated: August 2022

Millennials: From ‘couch potatoes’ to street warriors; from Katipunan to Luneta (Part 1)

MILLENNIALS. Deserving or not, millennials have oftentimes been placed into a box and labeled. This article juxtaposes the average millennial between their good and not so good traits:

Ambitious but lazy
Hyper-connected but self-obsessed
Non-conformist but materialistic
Hard to motivate but more engaged

And there are other labels as well — couch potatoes, easily distracted, impatient, not easy to please, and I could keep going…

(from http://charuchoudha.blogspot.com)

(from http://charuchoudha.blogspot.com)

Before we write them off as being more interested in their social life than what is going on in the world around them, look again.

These past few days, the Filipino millennials have began redeeming themselves. Far from being the politically apathetic generation that my generation has viewed them to be, these “couch potatoes” are getting out and pouring into the streets of the metros.

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State of World Population 2016 report: The future depends on today’s 10 year old girl

“You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.” ~ Brigham Young

The role of women in the shaping of a generation cannot be underestimated. The mother plays a very crucial role in the upbringing of her children. Women, in general, have had critical roles in all aspects of society including education, healthcare, This role is clearly recognized by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) which recently released its State of World Population (SWOP) 2016 report with the theme “10: How our common future depends on a girl at this decisive age.”

The State of World Population 2016 at Crowne Plaza Hotel

The State of World Population 2016 report, held at Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria

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The Freelancers Protection Act: Initial Reactions

Sen. Bam Aquino recently filed Senate Bill No. 351 known as The Freelancers Protection Act. This bill comes at just the right time when many are taking advantage of mobile technology to open up more life choices for themselves through freelancing.

The Growing Freelancing Profession

Freelancing has grown considerably in recent years because of the advantages it poses and the freedom it gives people to pursue passions and a work lifestyle other than a desk job. On Upwork (formerly Elance-oDesk) alone, there are about 1.4 million Filipino freelancers.

freelancing

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Choosing my president: A mix of mind, spirit and heart (Part 2 of 2)

(Note: This post reflects my personal process in shortlisting my candidates and assessing them. I am sharing it since so many have been asking me what my own stand is. This is where I am as of today. My assessments can still change depending on circumstances or events up to May 9. This does not necessarily reflect the sentiment of my other colleagues in Blog Watch.)

This is Part 2. To read Part 1, click HERE.

SPIRIT: The GabayKristo Guide

The 2016 elections is the first time that faith-based groups, called the People’s Choice Movement, have come together to evaluate candidates based on an agreed criteria numbering 20. These criteria are known as the GabayKristo Guide.

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Choosing my president: A mix of mind, spirit and heart (Part 1 of 2)

(Note: This post reflects my personal process in shortlisting my candidates and assessing them. I am sharing it since so many have been asking me what my own stand is. This is where I am as of today. My assessments can still change depending on circumstances or events up to May 9. This does not necessarily reflect the sentiment of my other colleagues in BlogWatch.)

I am glad the 2016 elections have leveled up. For the first time, the Commission on Elections mandated debates for both President and Vice President positions. Even senatorial candidates had the chance to debate each other. Platforms and issues suddenly were at the forefront of discussions. In a sense, that set a precedent for future elections – less and less of those inane jingles and more of these healthy, platform- and issue-based discussions.

Here I am, just a few days away from voting, and I still have no President firmly in my mind. It’s disconcerting, considering that I am an active citizen advocate, constantly engaging with these public servants, interviewing some of them. Still, I look at the 5 presidential candidates and have no default choice. If I am this undecided, how much more difficult must it be for other citizens who are not as engaged as I am?

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