Don’t Stagnate: Why Professional Development Is Vital For Career Progression


When we talk about the development of professionals, we refer to the on-going maintenance and enhancement of a personal skill set of experiences, knowledge and competencies.

This is often undertaken on a formal basis within companies, under a development cycle of  plan, do, review (which ties in with the IIP accreditation that many organisations are seeking to implement nowadays).

Certainly, for those who are serious about developing their careers and reaching the higher echelons of management and beyond, it is imperative to show commitment to personal development within the role, while extending knowledge to the wider company and other core functions. This positions the employee as a potential leader of the future and will often encourage the business to invest as strongly in the individual as the individual is prepared to invest in the business in which they work.


What Does the Process Involve?

Ongoing development requires people to reflect on their current performance, plan on how they wish to develop next and implement actions and activities to achieve their goals, which may be a mix of the short and long term. This progress will be recorded and reviewed, usually with the line manager and a training support team if available.

What’s the Difference between IPD and CPD?

IPD is the initial development that you go through upon entering the workplace and it’s anticipated to last for around the first four years within a role. After this, the individual should be in a position to apply for membership with certain professional bodies. From this point, skills, abilities and competencies will need to be maintained at the required professional level, which is where continuous professional development comes in. At this point, the individual will start to take part in activities at more senior grades and even work towards certain advanced membership grades of the professional bodies to which they belong.

The beauty of CPD is that it is both effective and flexible. Activities that count towards it include anything that is recognised as assisting development, competence, skills or knowledge in the workplace. It can include work-based learning, courses, distance learning, self-directed study, presentations and lecture delivery, monitoring, teaching, tutoring and coaching others, special projects and secondments, lecture and seminar attendance and even voluntary work that is considered relevant to the professional field.

What Will you Gain from Ongoing Development?

Those that commit to CPD will likely find themselves progressing up the career ladder smoothly and often more rapidly than those who don’t invest in their ongoing development. Standing still isn’t an option in modern business and others will bypass those who avoid furthering their skills and development.

Additionally, the recorded evidence and plans required by formal CPD demonstrate visibly the individual’s commitment to career development to a range of people – from their line manager through to the training and HR function and the other functional areas of the business that they may spend time with as part of their broadening development activities. So the visibility aspect often throws up opportunities for progression in itself, as do the networking opportunities that are a key part of the CPD programme.


Mga Anak ni Inang Daigdig Earth Day Concert

Mga Anak ni Inang Daigdig Children of Mother Nature

Mga Anak ni Inang Daigdig (MAID) or (Children of Mother Earth), an environmental performing arts group featuring young people and children from Smokey Mountain , will hold a special dance concert on April 22, 2012 at the AFP Theater.

Dubbed “A Tale of Two Mountains,” the concert will feature dance rituals that echo the need to protect our environment. It will also premier a short film of the same title by Ferdinand Dimadura that tells the story of Smokey Mountain and another mountain, miles apart, which displaced our indigenous people “the aetas” and thousands of homes in Pampanga, Zambales and Bataan. Mt. Pinatubo is being eyed as a resettlement area for those affected by the eruption and three thousand families from Smokey Mountain and other areas of Tondo.

MAID was founded in 1993 by Fr. Benigno P. Beltran and debuted in 1994 in a concert entitled “The Cry of Mother Nature” at the Philippine International Convention Center. They were initially trained under the Philippine-ITI Earthsavers Dreams Academy and later under the tutelage of the late National Artist for Dance, Ramon Obusan. The group has already performed in Australia, USA, Germany, Sweden and Japan. They are now the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines’ Ambassadors for Peace and Environment.

They also put into action what they advocate through dances. The group partnered with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources for the reforestation of 135 hectares of Mt. Ayaas. a denuded mountain located in Montalban, Rizal.

For every one thousand peso earned by the concert through sponsorship or ticket sales, a seedling will be planted under the name of the ticket buyer or sponsor.

The concert is being organized by Sagip Bansa Filipinas Inc, a non-stock, non-profit, non-government organization that seeks to uplift the Filipino, find solutions to help the poorest of the poor, participate in the collective effort to arrest environmental degradation and sincerely partake in the greening and reforestation of our country.

 For sponsorship and ticket sales, call Ms. Kelly Austria at 09175071211 or email [email protected]

The Children of Mother Earth has been designated Ambassadors for Peace and Environment by the Episcopal Commission for Inter-religious Dialogue and Ecumenism of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines. They have donated used computers given to them after their performances abroad to Muslim youth and young people among the other cultural minorities in a dialogue of peace. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources has given them in a stewardship agreement 135 hectares for reforestation at the Marikina Watershed in Montalban, Rizal. They have gone up to mountain to plant trees to hold the water in the watershed and alleviate global warming. They are raising funds to put up a seedling nursery to plant a million trees in five years.


May, 1995: Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra, AUSTRALIA

October to November, 1996: GERMANY and SWEDEN

May to June, 1998: GERMANY

September,  8 – 25, 2000: Osaka and Nagoya, JAPAN

May to June, 2001: Chicago, Detroit, Seattle and Los Angles, USA

May to June, 2002: Detroit, Seattle San Diego and Los Angles, USA

April 25 to June 2, 2003: Oberhausen, Frankfurt and Bad Homburg, GERMANY

May 9 to 25, 2003: Osaka, JAPAN

February, 2005: San Francisco and Fresno, USA

June 2 to 12, 2005Aichi, Nagoya and Osaka, JAPAN

May 19-June 5, 2006: Tokyo, Japan (50th Anniversary of Phil.-Japanese Diplomatic Relations)

May 15 to June 3, 2007: San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco, USA

May 3 to June 7, 2008: San Diego and Los Angeles, USA

Executive Director:Fr. Benigno P. Beltran, SVD

Artistic Director:Marciano T. Viri

Dance Master:Antonio Macalalag, Jr.

Finance Officer:Nerissa S. Beltran

Instrument Trainor:Benjie G. Bitoon

Contact Details:


Executive Director, Children of Mother Earth

Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Coordinator – SVD Central Province, Philippines

E-mail: [email protected];  Mobile: 0928 705 35 84

Human Heart Nature – Building Social Entrepreneurs

Human Heart Nature Building Social Entrepreneurs

Human Nature: Building Social Entrepreneurship in Filipinos

Filipinos are naturally creative, hardworking and responsible but not everyone is given the opportunity to showcase their talents and abilities. While our country may be blessed and abundant with crop and raw materials, we still need people to create jobs and opportunities for our fellow Filipinos.

So when I hear about Human Nature from my friend, Pauline Apilado, I was delighted to know about the company’s mission:

To give the best of ourselves to urgently and sustainably build a global company which will showcase the best of the Philippines and uplift all our people, especially the poor through providing affordable, quality, natural products.

It’s the first company which recognizes the potential of our natural resources and providing opportunities to our fellow Filipinos to create nature-friendly products at affordable prices.

Human Nature Products: Natural and Environment-Friendly

Products by Human Nature are safe for daily use as they’re made of natural ingredients and do not contain harmful chemicals which may damage the skin of the consumer.

Support social entrepreneurship. Support locally made world-class products. Support Human Heart Nature. 

How to Contact and Order Human Heart Nature

You may learn more about Human Heart Nature through the following links:





KONY:2012 – Is it a Scam?


KONY 2012, a documentary produced by non-profit Invisible Children, has all the necessary elements to become quickly viral as it has been receiving millions of views on YouTube and Vimeo.

Almost everyone I know posted links on Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites to show their support of the said cause. Even Rihanna has announced that she will be helping to “fight the cause” by supporting the organization and helping them put together a new video.

The video awakens the feelings of the viewers by telling a story of several children being abused, starting out the video with a few stats on social networking and how it could empower us to do something, change something. Isn’t it fulfilling to feel that you’re able to do something just by clicking that Like, Share and Tweet button? Of course we all want to be part of something that will make history. And that is one of the several elements that made the video an instant hit.

You can evaluate Invisible Children’s 2011 budget and jusdge for yourself whether it’s a scam or not. $1,074,273 was allocated to travel and $1,724,993 was allocated to staff compensation.

You may also read posts from Mashable questioning whether it’s a scam or not and this post which has a quick rundown of the real digits. You may also read the Invisble Children’s response to the issue here.

You be the judge.

Social Media Strategy for Success


Social Media Plans: Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail

When I started out as a social media strategist, I had to admit that social media strategies and plans don’t exist in my vocabulary. I love the idea of using social platforms to promote a product or business but I didn’t know plans were necessary. So each day I would schedule Twitter posts, comment and like on Facebook updates, post updates and the likes. There were no concrete plan and the no measurement either.

If you’re a small business and wanting to jump into the social media bandwagon, please do yourself a favor and devise a plan first. While plans may often be a little unrealistic, track the progress and success and adjust your plans accordingly.

Simply Business has shared what I think is a helpful interactive guide that will help both newbies and pros alike in creating a social media plan and in my guest post with Lori R. Taylor, I have explained each step and how each of them are vital towards your social media success.

Stop Committing Mistakes

Mistakes are essential part of marketing as we get to learn from them. However, if you keep on failing and committing mistakes because you fail to plan, that’s another story. Evaluate your existing social media plan and see which areas are you failing so you could create strategies accordingly.