Philippine Democracy. Real or Imagined?

Philippine Democracy

Read and see for yourself on this free e-book download “Chasing the Wind: Assessing Philippine Democracy.”  Click download link below.

This book assesses democracy in the Philippines for the past 25 years, mapping the deficits and gains since 1986 within the framework of basic human rights and equitable development. It provides a critical, yet fair evaluation of Philippine democracy today and suggestions for strengthening it.

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InSpecIT Inc. was incorporated July of 2008. We are more than six (6) years in actual operation with a very dynamic and aggressive team doing Electrical, Instrumentation, Electro-Mechanical, Automation and Control System Integration and Design Works. We do turnkey projects for Marine, Industrial and Commercial Market.

We supply and install “state-of-the-art technology” i.e. Building Management Systems, Factory and Process Automation and Auxiliary Systems such as FDAS, Structured Cabling, CCTV Systems, Central Power Metering, Power Monitoring System, LAN, WAN, Wifi, IP PaBX as well as Access Control Systems.

We provide a fully trained technical staff experienced in troubleshooting in all Marine, Electrical, Instrumentation, Electro-Mechanical and Industrial Control Systems. We provide Engineering Support that can increase efficiency and longevity of a full range of control systems including PLC, SCADA, DCS hardware and software solutions with HMI Displays and Pneumatic and Hydraulic Process Control Systems.

We specialize in Marine Control Instruments Calibration and Power Systems. We are a Panel Builder providing Supply, Installation, Testing and Commissioning of Motor Controls, ATS, Synchronizing Panels, Load Sharing and Load Shedding Controls, Switchgears and all other Electrical Automation.

We are also engaged in Renewable Energy Solutions such as Solar Power, Wind Power, Biogas, Run of River Hydro, Geothermal, Thermal Biomass Power Using Boiler and Turbine, etc.

For more than thirty (30) years of Industry Experience by the Founder and Co-Founders of InSpecIT Inc., our commitment is to continue sharing our capabilities, services and expertise in the Field of Electrical, Instrumentation, Electro-Mechanical,  Automation and Control System Integration to our existing and valued clients and all our future clients whom will put their trust and confidence to us in solving all their technical concerns which is mutually beneficial to both our client and InSpecIT Inc.



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We do SCADA, BMS, FDAS, FMS, HMI, and Control System Integration.

SCADA and all related system integration, one that really work for end users, must have only the best combination of skills and materials for the job.

We do premium pricing for our job. Each project done proved to be the lowest cost in the long run. The product of our commitment to do the ordinary extraordinarily.

We also offer solutions on the following:

Biogas Power Plant, W2E, MSW Landfill Alternative Solutions, BioMethane from organic waste to replace depleting LNG supply.

Solar Pumping for Irrigation Water, Aquaculture, Island Domestic Water Need.

Financed LED Lights Retrofitting for Malls, High Rise Building, and Industrial Estates.

Steam Generation, Distribution, Thermal Energy Recovery Design/Survey/Engineering

Waterways Remediation, Fish Kill, Oil Spill, and Bio Organic Oxygen-in-Water Enhancement, Rivers/Lakes/Sea BioSystem Recovery.

Sun Powered Large Scale Airconditioning Cold Storage, Heating, and Steam Generation.

The 4th Industrial Revolution fuels our business.

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InSpecIT Inc.

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Stop Trying to Save the World


Big ideas are destroying international development
November 18, 2014

In the late ’90s, Michael Kremer, then an economics professor at MIT, was in Kenya working on an NGO project that distributed textbooks to schools in poor rural districts. Around that time, the ratio of children to textbooks in Kenya was 17 to 1. The intervention seemed obvious: Poor villages need textbooks, rich donors have the money to buy them. All we have to do is link them up.

But in the early stages of the project, Kremer convinced the researchers to do it differently. He wanted to know whether giving kids textbooks actually made them better students. So instead of handing out books and making a simple before-and-after comparison, he designed the project like a pharmaceutical trial. He split the schools into groups, gave some of them the “treatment” (i.e., textbooks) and the others nothing. Then he tested everyone, not just the kids who got the books but also the kids who didn’t, to see if his intervention had any effect.

It didn’t. The trial took four years, but it was conclusive: Some of the kids improved academically over that time and some got worse, but the treatment group wasn’t any better off than the control.

Then Kremer tried something else. Maybe the kids weren’t struggling in school because of what was going on in the classroom, but because of what was going on outside of it. So again, Kremer split the schools into groups and spent three years testing and measuring them. This time, the treatment was an actual treatment—medication to eradicate stomach worms. Worm infections affect up to 600 million children around the world, sapping their nutrition and causing, among other things, anemia, stomachaches, and stunting.

Once more, the results were conclusive: The deworming pills made the kids noticeably better off. Absence rates fell by 25 percent, the kids got taller, even their friends and families got healthier. By interrupting the chain of infection, the treatments had reduced worm infections in entire villages. Even more striking, when they tested the same kids nearly a decade later, they had more education and earned higher salaries. The female participants were less likely to be employed in domestic services.

And compared with Kremer’s first trial, deworming was a bargain. Textbooks cost $2 to $3 each. Deworming pills were as little as 49 cents. When Kremer calculated the kids’ bump in lifetime wages compared with the cost of treatment, it was a 60-to-1 ratio.

This is perfect TED Talk stuff: Conventional wisdom called into question, rigorous science triumphing over dogma. As word of Kremer’s study spread, he became part of a growing movement within international development to subject its assumptions to randomized controlled trials.

Dozens of books and articles (and yes, TED Talks) have tracked the rise of the randomistas, as they’ve come to be called. The most prominent of these, and the most fun to read, is Poor Economics, sort of the Principia Mathematica of “obvious” development interventions tested and found wanting.

If someone is chronically malnourished, to pick just one example, you should give them some food, right? Duflo and Banerjee describe dozens of projects finding that, when you subsidize or give away food to poor people, they don’t actually eat more. Instead, they just replace boring foods with more interesting ones and remain, in the statistics at least, “malnourished.”
In Udaipur, India, a survey found that poor people had enough money to increase their food spending by as much as 30 percent, but they chose to spend it on alcohol, tobacco, and festivals instead. Duflo and Banerjee interviewed an out-of-work Indonesian agricultural worker who had been under the food-poverty line for years, but had a TV in his house.
You don’t need a Ph.D. to understand the underlying dynamic here: Cheap food is boring. In many developing countries, Duflo and Banerjee found that even the poorest people could afford more than 2,000 calories of staple foods every day. But given the choice between the fourth bowl of rice in one day and the first cigarette, many people opt for the latter.
Even in countries where development projects worked, where poor people went from hungry to nourished, they weren’t more likely to get a job or make significantly more money. All the appealing metaphors of NGO websites and academo-best-sellers—“the poverty trap,” “the ladder of development”—go limp under the magnifying glass of actually being tested.

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How to Give Life to a Slowly Dying Agricultural System

How to give life to a dying agricultural system

We all want food security.  The Philippines is blessed with climate and land resources for rice and corn farming.  When given additional professionalization and mechanization, empowered by the private sector and supported by the government for long term and sustainable development, it will create provincial self sufficiency in just a year.  Here is an idea of a  program for rice or corn farming that will combine private sectors business money with grass root provincial farmers will create opportunities for rapid development.

The private sector investment to give production loans, modern farm machinery and equipment leasing, state-of-the-art dryers/rice mill/post harvest facility/seed processing center project loans, a sovereign guarantee to secure such developmental loan, an allotment of land for such a pilot development and a waiting domestic or international market for farm rice or corn products- these are the key ingredients of a pilot program that when proven successful can be replicated on every provinces.

The government may not  be able to afford to allocate such great funds on localized project.  The cost would be too high for our provincial agricultural development budget.  Ownership is also a question.  Development can stop abruptly or may continue in another direction after each change in administration.  These are all detrimental to our lowly Filipino farmers who actually stagnate and grow old waiting for that one great working chance.  Desperate and hopeless farmers pawn their family inherited farmlands in the absence of such support system.  The average age of farmers in some provinces rose up to 65 of age.  The newer, younger, able generation does not want to be farmers anymore.

Government development programs for rice or corn farming are mostly designed for small farmers and cooperatives. The general sentiment for it is slow and incomplete.  The observed development is dragging and the program wanting more financial support or technology.  A respite to a certain local challenge is being addressed but the total solution far from it.  Everything is a problem of right funding.

But for those farmers in Isabela who professionalized farming by infusing capital money and investing money in their own modern farming contraption, rice farming is at par with popular cash crops in the country, maybe more in profitability. So it is not rice farming but the money and technology in rice farming that is being missed by our grass root farmers.  Given the chance to professionalize their ranks, have an investor to provide finances, and have the opportunity to get their hands on modern day rice farming machines, add the corporate management discipline of having all the land owners own their own company and steer it to whatever heights in rice production business (or corn), then our grass root farmers will have that sought after farming leverage.

We have thought of that.   We conceptualize a program that could be implemented on a provincial level.  A farming  program that is carefully prepared, with specially packaged agreement between guarantors/investors/technology providers, and a market agreeing to buy all farm produce.  It is ready to be implemented and started for any interested province.  For a 2,000 Hectares contiguous rice land of a particular province for example, it will have their own modern rice mill (around 10T/Hr capacity), 8 modern dryers, 1 seed processing center, leased modern land preparation machines like rotavators and tillers, leased modern combine harvesters, and maybe- a husk fired power plant of their own.

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All these effort to find a way to have sustainable long term farming development is dedicated to our Filipino Farmers.  They deserve a better deal in life.  We are seeking partners who can adopt JcGreg Solutions for us to build on these ideas.  Being the creator of JcGreg Solutions, I am willing to have all these works done over the years under a partner who can commit to resources needed to move a business inline with social entrepreneurship.  To grow it and help others in the process. A triple bottom line business attuned to the current needs of the Filipino people to see real progress and sustainable income for the community.


Empower the Barangays of the Philippines


The Philippines is uniquely organized, and its constitution empowers the smallest local government unit with its own COUNCIL. Even Barangay 630, Sampaloc, Manila, with a population of only 48 people as of 2010 census has a Barangay Chaiman/Captain and 7 councilors.

Every member of the council is elected by the registered voters of the barangay residents and each of these officials receive a monthly salary from the government. They are paid to serve the people.

There are 42,036 barangays in the Philippines as of the year 2015, which means that there are 42,036 “punong barangay” or barangay Captains.

These barangays belong to municipalities and cities and each municipality and city elects a barangay chairman/captain leader from the pool of barangay captains and the winner gets the title of “ ABC (Association of Barangays Council) President“. The ABC president then gets a position in the municipality/city council. This position gives him/her the same power as the rest of the elected city/municipality councilor and with the added bonus of the same yearly salary of a city/municipality councilor. This is a very powerful political position.

There are 1,634 ABC (Association of Barangay Council) presidents in the Philippines. Derived from the 1490 municipalitiesand 144 cities. Each of these ABC presidents have the power of a city/municipality councilor and has an office within the city/municipal council.

These group of ABC presidents are then de facto members of the “Liga ng Mga Barangays” or “League of Barangays of the Philippines”. These members then get together to elect the officers for this “Liga” or “League”. Then the officials of course get augmented salaries and traveling expenses for running this organization. This is one heck of a powerful government organization. Here is a link to its constitution and by-laws.

There is only one official “Liga ng Mga Barangays” government organization. However there are several Facebook pages for “Liga ng Mga Barangays”, here are some:

The salvation of the Philippines does not solely rest on the 3 main government branches of the government (executive, legislative and judicial). It also rest on the officials of the barangays. The barangay system is the main salvation of the Philippines. e.g. “Saving the rivers and lakes of the Philippines” , “The reforestation of the Philippines” and “Boosting the economy via tourism”.

The barangay officials are the true peace keepers of the Philippines. They have their fingers on the pulse of the nation.
Here is an information that most Filipinos do not know. Every structure, every resource in the Philippines, and every citizen within the Philippines is within the barangay system. Yes, even the Malacañang Palace is within a barangay.

Most city halls and municipality halls, provincial capitols, government offices, hospitals, and businesses do not mention the barangay name within their addresses. The Filipino driver’s license asks only for the Street no., City or Municipality, and Province. The barangay name is disregarded.

The Philippines department of tourism does not promote the barangays. All their promotions about the tourist spots or resorts rarely mention the name of the barangay where the resorts are located. Only the name of the city or municipality or province is mentioned.

Please pass this message on to as many as you can.

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Impact Development Business. The Philippines and the ASEAN.


Care to do impact development work in the Philippines and the rest of the ASEAN Region, direct and where it matters? I have an integrated poverty alleviation idea that will provide marginalized communities with their own renewable power source, sustainable farming livelihood, climate change mitigation, and agro trade industry development.

Poverty Alleviation Social Enterprise. 

The Philippines has power deficiency problem and needs more power generation facilities especially on remote areas. These communities have marginalized existence, no power, no industry, no jobs, residents relying mostly on tilled government land to whatever can be planted. Agricultural produce though is short lived in the absence of post harvest and food processing facilities. Poverty and hunger is great especially during off crop season.

There is a need for more generated power. A situation that we can take advantage of.

We can use the chance and opportunity to hit so many birds in one stone, make the given situation an impact development platform where real change and progress can be attained. Maybe starting with the Philippines, other ASEAN nation needing help next, and then all the rest of the world where poverty needs to be addressed.

This is a solution creating perfect synergy between the planet and all the living things on it. Neutral and beneficial for all.

The plan is to integrate green, earth friendly, sustainable livelihood, local agro-industrial development, more local agricultural based jobs, all poverty alleviation components to generate power using locally grown crop fuel (biomass).

The said Social Enterprise has the following characteristics below:

1. A big and compelling problem to tackle.

2. An idea that can be duplicated on any location. Sustainable. Self sufficient.

3. An entrepreneurial personality and track record.

4. An obsession to scale an organization up and running with a very small senior decision-making authority (an Executive Director or CEO)

5. A desire to tackle the process of scalable design.

6. A full understanding of design process and tools.

7. Most importantly, an openness to new ideas and willingness to change course to make things better.

The work is to bridge project and funding to create desired impact development results. It is a startup that already has traction, waiting projects, local network, global publicity ranking, suppliers of technology, and expert service providers, ready to move like clockwork when fueled into action.

The enterprise, aside from being a leverage creator for those without, will have revenue from represented equipment manufacturers and service providers: therefore, would have the chance to return the investment.

Once two or more projects are in place, it will turn into a self sustaining business that will seek to cover more areas to do projects on.

It is integrated therefore wide range in its scope and effect. This endeavor will be private sector initiated and would be apolitical. The main objective is to get the benefits of technology direct to its recipients minus governmental bureaucracy and red tape. It will create local social entrepreneurs or impact development champions to embark on a decentralized biomass renewable energy generation business. The resulting synergy will create jobs and will usher local progress.

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This Business of Helping Others



Sustainable CSR that pays for itself. Poverty alleviation is a triple bottom-line business.Bigger and much better.  No business downward lifespan curve.  It goes on and on. A sustainable program with local power generation, all year round renewable fuel source, community agri based livelihood, idle land resource use, post harvest facilities for any crop in season, agro based industry development, jobs for all, income for all, and food on their table. A local community empowerment endeavor. Self sufficient. Profitable. An integrated approach where investment is recoverable. The return of which can duplicate similar impact development project on other sites needing attention. Would you like to do this helping business? I am looking for the right investor or company to build and grow a Philippine based For-Profit Social Enterprise.  It is a vision to create and spearhead ASEAN Region impact development business.

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