From Under This Hat: WIWAG and that edifice in the middle of the BGH rotunda
By KATHLEEN T. OKUBO
Two days ago, Friday, 25 students of the Benguet State University finished a business course tagged as WIWAG (Wirtschafts – Wochen-Ag) a German name meaning “Business Week”. It was a five-day, input-heavy course that the resource persons worked at to simplify so the young trainees may identify with and retain its lessons. Most of them were from north Benguet, La Trinidad, one from Apayao and from Pangasinan.
The resource persons came from companies who sponsored the WIWAG program. They were the President of Union GalvaSteel Inc. a Baguio boy and alumnus of Baguio City high School, Mr. Arthur M. Florendo; and Globe Telecom heads and once Baguio boys: Jones T. Campos, head of the PR division ; and Jeffrey Tarayao, Community Relations Head and lead in their Corporate Social Responsibility Program; and Elaine Mapa, head of the Education for Youth Enterprise Foundation.
According to our sources, “Wiwag is a revolutionary business management simulation training program which originated from Switzerland and has become part of the curriculum of a number of Swiss and German High Schools. Through this program, students learn how to manage a company by enhancing their understanding or the functions and interrelations of departments like finance, production, marketing and human resources.”
While its original design was made for the high school students in the country of origin, here in the Philippines, only college students qualify for this kind of training. Maybe one of these days we will hear of an I-benguet corporate head responsible to his people.
From and Underpass to a Fly over…
And now, maybe a white elephant. It is good business sense to plan ahead, check the plan for possible loopholes, adjust and prepare, and also assure its funding and logistic support to the finish so that the return of investments is assured and profitable. That flyover was a trial and error project that didn’t go through proper planning to assure its service is for the public – economical, sturdy and functional.
The builders of the flyover said that this project is needed to decongest traffic from and to the two national highways and that money saved from the making of Marcos Highway will be used and will not entail anymore financing. The people of Kisad and Legarda (the Barangay location of the project) did not approve of the project and through their Barangay Captain explicitly voiced their opinion. So did several petitions from several Baguio individuals and organizations. Because of this popular protest it should have been stopped. But the officials in the council, congress and the DPWH plugged their ears and went on to lobby to continue the project.
Now it looks like the funds acquired can only build that half-done edifice in the BGH circle and the politicians in the Highways department and the leaders in City Hall and Congress have yet to look for funds. The alleged traffic problem the flyover was to unclog is now created because of the hazard they purposely and forcibly built in the middle of the BGH rotunda. #