Captivating Cappadocia

When George broke the news that  we were joining a guided tour to Cappadocia, I was ecstatic! God is great! Only eight days in Turkey and we were getting a tour to one of its most beautiful places-for free! Isn't that amazing? So we left Ankara at 5:30 in the morning

Stranger in Ankara

It's been three weeks since we arrived in Ankara and we're lucky to find a furnished apartment that is a lot more affordable than others of its kind in the area - priced at around $1,000 to $1,200 a month. The units are surprisingly huge in contrast to what we normally would have in

The Ordeal of Job Orders in the Government

Recently, I came across this blog of young journalists who write so beautifully about various topics. As I continued reading one post after another, I was particularly caught by the essays they wrote about their employment suit against GMA Network, Inc. Four of them joined a team of 110 brave journalists who

Watch that Price Tag!

When I was younger, I used to feel embarrassed whenever I accompanied my father or aunt to the grocery and they’d have little arguments with the sales clerk or supervisor about erroneous pricing. To me then, a matter of one or two pesos was too small to be an issue.

10 Sure-Fire Ways to be a Better Leader

In most organizational settings, the people calling the shots are often identified as the "leaders", while all others obediently follow. This traditional set-up makes it a lot easier to keep an organization running. The simplicity is much like how a shepherd is to his herd - making sure that each sheep walks only

Entitlement to Leave Credits by Government Employees on Probation Period

Question: Are newly appointed government employees already entitled to leave benefits during their probationary period? Answer: Yes. All government employees, except those covered by special laws (e.g. justices, judges, those in the foreign service), are entitled to leave benefits immediately upon assumption to office because the Omnibus Rules on Leave do not make any

Basic Information on Sick Leave

Sick leave is a type of leave benefit granted to government employees on account of sickness or disability on his/her part, or that of the members of his/her immediate family (click here to learn how sick leave credits are earned). Application for sick leave must be filed by the employee immediately

Have I Been Formally Charged?

Question : For purposes of filling-in a Personal Data Sheet, when will a civil servant be considered "formally charged" as to have a "pending case"? Answer: This question was squarely answered by the Supreme Court in the case of Crisostomo M. Plopinio vs. Atty. Liza Zabala-Cariño (A.M. No. P-08-2458, March 22, 2010) where

Cheating Has No Place in the Career Service

One of the big hazards that exam takers face all over the world is the temptation to seek instant gratification through cheating. I was reminded of this when I came across a news clip about the sophisticated cheating in China’s October 2014 national licensing examination for pharmacists. I call it sophisticated