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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, February 8, 2018
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with Benjamin Calderon


Benjamin CalderonThe time to formally retire is approaching when from the field of management, one is now serving as internal auditor. Then comes the time to train one's replacement which is another step nearer toward retiring from employment and launching a new career of being self-employed.

We welcome this opportunity to pass on to the trainee lessons and give advice that enhances the technical skills and proficiency in discharging the duties and responsibilities of being an internal auditor.

Teaching through either an informal or formal approach to learningand providing a smooth transition is one way we can contribute toward helping make our institutions and communities better places to work and live in. So, in my opinion, for the next three months helping one co-worker to do better that the teacher will be full of fun, surprises and test of patience.

Reading the newspapers is one activity that helps one learn while being informed. More careful readers will take the added step of being critical and check the information for truthfulness or correctness. Even to the point of asking questions of relevance to the subject matter on hand.

As an example, one can ask why our Bureau of Customs (BOC) continues to be embroiled in corruption after 115 years in existence? Differences in opinions or interpretations are always helpful in being clarified like in the election controversy involving the Office of the Vice-President, the news updated readers on the difference between being merely a manifestation from a motion to withdraw all motions filed with the Presidential Election Tribunal.

Official statements made public also reveal public official's inclinations as the shown in the ongoing investigations being done on Sanofi Pasteur's vaccine. We get to understand that in the perspective of the Public Attorneys Office (PAO) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) official of the past administration involved in the procurement are already considered guilty unless they can prove their innocence.

The legal principle of considered innocent until proven guilty has been thrown out the window so to speak.

The contradiction we are exposed to with the current developments of “fake news” has heightened the need for those concerned to be extra careful in accepting news updates more so in making opinions. This development I find very challenging to put it positively and dismaying view such negatively. However, we continue to move on in our assigned fields of service and do our best to continue learning and teaching.

Let us end with an anecdote to encourage us to continue to learn and teach. A teacher asked the children in her Sunday School class, "If I sold my house and my car, had a big garage sale and gave all my money to the Church, would I get into heaven?"  "NO!" the children all answered. 

 "If I cleaned the Church every day, mowed the yard, and kept everything neat and tidy, would I get into heaven?"  Again, the answer was "NO!"  

"Well," she continued, "then how can I get to heaven?" In the back of the room, a 5-year-old boy shouted out, "You got to be dead!"*




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