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Mayors learn strategic planning from Singaporean expert

| by: Xerxes Alkuino

As they prepare for future challenges, Cebu mayors underwent “Strategic Thinking Process” interaction with a Singaporean decision processes expert.

The event was hosted by the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) last November 4 at the Capitol.

CCCI President Teresa Chan explained that they held the forum in support to the governments’ effort to provide planning sessions to the public officials as well as its government employees.

Chan informed that one of their Singapore-based members affiliated with Decision Processes International (DPI) presented another approach to the usual method of arriving at objectives, policy directions and strategies.

“We were impressed and we thought of sharing this methodology with you,” Chan said to the mayors and representatives of the local government units of Cebu province.

Chan added that the interaction will enhance the existing practices and strategic thinking processes of the mayors.

She said this will help define the LGUs’ strategic blueprint for development in preparation for the competition in the ASEAN Market or the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) economic integration in 2015.

The phenomenon creates a single market and production among the ASEAN members. It ushered an era where goods, services, investment, capital, and skilled labor flow from ASEAN member to another without regulatory taxation.

Sun Yee Ho of DPI started his presentation by asking about the current situation of the organization and what it would want to become in the future. He then moved on to speak about strategy.

He said strategic thinking processes answers the question on how do you “out-think the competition.” He said it looks into the secret of a company’s longetivity and even outlasting recession and other challenges in the market.

Sun Yee noted that some companies have been building “winning organizations” for the last 35 years.

“These organizations have mastered the line of decision-making from the top down to the bottom to create extraordinary results,” he explained.

These decision-making includes “strategy” and focus on “one or two things that you do better than your competitors.”

He also that decision-making also involved critical thinking which has five elements: clarity, cohesion, creativity, consensus, and conversations.

Some of the mayors present were League of Municipalities-Cebu Chapter President Democrito “Aljun” Diamante (Tuburan), Adelino Sitoy (Cordova), Teresa Alegado (Consolacion), Verna Magallon (Alegria), Cynthia Moreno (Aloguinsan), Zigfred Duterte (Tabogon), Jesus Fernandez (Pilar), Mariano Martinez (San Remigio), Alan Adlawan (Asturias) and Michael Rama (Cebu City).