Call for Research Interns

Step Up Consulting Services is in need of research interns who are willing to conduct field and desk research for at least 10 hours a week. The interns should be college students at their junior year and has taken at least 12 units of English subjects. For those interested, please send your CV and letter of intent to marilou.sale@steupconsultants.com. While internship at Step Up is unpaid, the learning experience is very enriching. After 100 hours of work, Step Up management will decide whether to retain the intern for a modest hourly pay. Send your documents now!

AFNA Book a Success

Mr. Canares' book, Accounting for Non-Accountants sold 50% of its original published copies. The book, released in June 2011 this year and published by the Holy Name University Publication Office, was even made as text book for students at the Philippine Maritime Institute - Tagbilaran City campus. The book is also made as reference at the library of Sacred Heart College in Misamis Occidental.

UN University publishes Mr. Canares’ work

The United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research based in Finland published recently the work of Step Up Managing Consultant as working paper and available for download at the UNU-WIDER site (http://www.wider.unu.edu/publications/working-papers/2010/en_GB/wp2010-61/). The study entitled "The Excluded Poor: How Targeting has left out the Poor in Peripheral Cities in the Philippines" talked about two cities - Butuan in Mindanao, and Tagbilaran in Bohol.

Mr. Canares’ work published by Oxford University Press

The Oxford University Press will release in April 2012 a book entitled Urbanisation and Development in Asia: Multidimensional Perspectives (http://www.oup.com/us/catalog/general/subject/Economics/Urban/?view=usa&sf=toc&ci=9780198078531) edited by Ravi Kanbur, Jo Beall, and Basudeb Guha-Khasnobis. Step Up Managing Consultant Michael Canares' work appears as Chapter 14 in the edited volume. For more information on the book please visit the link provided.

Ilog Kinderhome Proposal got EU’s nod

Michael Canares was hired as a consultant for project development by Kindernothilfe-Germany to help develop the Empowering Indigenous Communities for Inclusive Development project. The said project seeks to help the indigenous communities in Antique province through a programmatic intervention largely based on the self-help approach.
The project was approved for funding by the European Union and is currently implemented in the province of Antique.

Book Assisted by Step Up Now Out!

Step Up Consulting Services assisted PROCESS-Bohol Inc. in the production of its 25th anniversary commemoration book. The book entitled "Journeys to Empowerment: PROCESS-Bohol @ 25" was launched last 2nd March 2010 on the occassion of the organization's anniversary. Michael Canares, Managing Consultant of Step Up worked with the organization staff in writing, editing, and finalizing the book.

Book Project on Early Childhood Education Soon to be Published

Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation - Integrated Development Center of Cebu City, commissioned Step Up Consulting Services to write a process documentation of its Early Childhood Education project in Agusan del Sur late last year. The outcome of the research project is a book entitled "Through the Eyes of a Child: Lessons from an Early Childhood Education Program in Agusan". The said book is currently being printed and will soon be distributed to JPIC partners in the Philippines.

Step Up Facilitates Business Planning for Palawan Diagnostic Center

 

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Step Up Consulting facilitated the business planning for a multi-specialty clinic and diagnostic center in Palawan last December 17-18, 2015 at Sunlight Hotel Palawan. The business planning activity was attended by board and staff members of the Padre Pio Multi-Specialty Clinic and Diagnostic Center.

The business planning sought to define the direction of the organization up to 2020 and the strategies to achieve this. It also helped redefine the roles and responsibilities of the different organizational stakeholders in achieving both strategic and operational goals.

Participants considered the activity as very productive and relevant to their needs.  Step Up consultants ensured that the design of the activity will meet the expectations or the organization; achieve desired outputs in a fun and productive way.

Step Up Partners with Transparency International on Open Data

TI PHLast 17 October 2015, Step Up Consulting Services (Step Up) and Transparency International-Philippines (TI-PH) co-organized Making Open Data User-Friendly: An Open Data End-User Engagement Workshop,through the generous support of the Southeast Asia Technology and Transparency Initiative (SEATTI). Combining talks from experts in open data, transparency and data use with interactive workshops, the event aimed to bring open government data to the doorsteps of concerned groups and individuals. This is Transparency International-Philippines’ second Technology for Transparency workshop, which is an overall initiative to use technology as a means to innovate integrity tools and promote transparency. TI-PH’s involvement in the workshop links the implementation and use of open data with the fight against corruption.

In partnering with TI-PH, Step Up Consulting Services aimed to share its research on the state of open data in the Philippines. The research was successful in pinpointing the various elements which interact and cause challenges for open data use. Step Up views the end-user engagement workshop as a springboard toward identifying, improving, and sharing the solutions identified for the challenges we face in opening data in the country.

Together, the workshop organizers gathered different experts and participants with a shared interest in making open data more accessible, comprehensible and most importantly, usable by potential beneficiaries. Speakers for the workshop were Michael Canares, Strategy Advisor of Step Up, Dr. Cleo Calimbahin, Executive Director of Transparency International, Dody Priambodo, Project Manager of SEATTI, Michelle Manza of the Open Data Task Force, and TJ Palanca, Operations Coordinator of Uber Philippines and data blogger at Jumbo Dumbo Thoughts.

Step Up Will Write SWCF’s Book on Best Practices

Step Up Consulting Services was contracted by Soil and Water Conservation Foundation (SWCF) to write its book of best practices in natural resource management.

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SWCF management team and staff in a book concept writeshop last September 2015.

SWCF has been in existence for more than thirty years now.   SWCF began in 1985 as an informal network of persons of several nationalities concerned with the global ecological challenge and the necessity of broad-based local initiatives to respond.

It started small-scale support of existing projects by providing inputs to farm-based species trials and consultancy services to hone the technical and management capabilities of project staff and extension workers.  Convinced that the geo-physical eco-system called the watershed is the operative planning and implementation unit, the Foundation embarked on its first three comprehensive, integrated and cooperative ventures to rehabilitate three watersheds in Cebu, Negros Oriental, and Negros Occidental. Since these three initial projects, the Foundation has completed implementation of almost a hundred environment projects in at least four regions in the Philippines for the last three decades.

The initial title of the book was “Nourishing the Earth, Nurturing the Soul”. The title speaks volumes of what SWCF wanted to do, and is still trying to do since the time it started – to nourish the earth, and nurture the soul – two processes that feeds into each other and articulates SWCF’s development philosophy.  SWCF does not only intend to change the landscape but also the people. This involved understanding deeply why people and communities lose appreciation of God’s creation and finding ways on how collectively stakeholders are able to restore this. This book narrates how these processes evolved in the communities in Bohol, how people were touched, and how it led helped restore the environment.

Mr. Canjura Joins Step Up

Mr. JoseJCanjura-profile Canjura is one of the latest addition to Step Up’s roster of consultants. He joins Step Up this year as one of the researchers of the project on open data and governance funded by the Southeast Asia Technology and Transparency Initiative implemented by Hivos .

Mr. Canjura is a Canadian urban planner and governance specialist. Since his arrival in the Philippines Mr. Canjura has worked extensively in local governance, with a focus on building mechanisms and tools that foster greater local economic development and a more competitive business enabling environment. He recently completed a study on the human resource and organizational development interventions that lead to greater local competitiveness, and collaborated in an assessment of Local Economic and Investment Promotion Officer (LEIPO) competencies. Prior to his involvement in this project, Mr. Canjura also worked on several other open government initiatives: he conducted a study on the state of advocacy for budget transparency; and worked on an assessment on open contracting data in the Philippines. Mr. Canjura holds a Master’s Degree in Urban and Strategic Planning from Dalhousie University in Canada; a Diploma in Project Management and an Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Geography, both from the University of British Columbia, Canada.

 

Step Up’s Strategy Advisor Attends Training in South Africa

sout africa trainingOn 27-31 July 2015, Step Up’s Strategy Advisor, Mr. Michael Canares, joined seventy other scholars from around the world to attend the Social and Solidarity Economy at the International Development Corporation in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The theme of the academy was Social Innovation in the World of Work and is the 5th edition of the academy since it started in 2011. The academy is sponsored by the International Labour Organization (ILO), a specialized agency of the United Nations.

Mr. Canares’ participation was sponsored by the ILO.

Step Up Conducts Leadership Training for HS Students

IMG_20150704_090228Step Up Consulting sponsors the leadership training of thirty high school students of Sacred Heart College in Calamba Misamis Occidental.  The training was part of the SHS Alumni Batch 91 activities of which Step Up’s strategy advisor is the class president.  The training was conducted on 4 July 2015 at the school’s audio-visual room.

The students selected to attend the training were classroom officers of the school.  They were treated to a day of structure learning experiences, brief talks, and group-sharing activities to hone their skills in managing and leading groups.  The training drew heavily from Blanchard’s situational leadership principles.

Students who attended the training appreciated the value of activity and the school faculty expressed appreciation for the support of the sponsoring group.  Training program was provided by Step Up Consulting staff while food and logistics were shouldered by Batch 91.

Step Up Welcomes Dr. Marcial

Step Up welcomes Dr. Dave Marcial who joins the firm’s roster of consultants and provide services to clients.

daveDr. Dave Marcial is dean of computer studies at Silliman University. Dave’s research is on ICT applications and how this has impacted society more particularly the education sector, drawing from extensive studies in IT (bachelor and masters) and blending that with his doctorate degree in educational management. Dave is an author of numerous papers and has presented his work in different conferences in the Philippines and abroad.  He is currently the president of the Philippine Society for IT educators, and the founder of the Society for Information and Communication Technology in Teacher Education.  More information regarding Dave can be found here.

He joins the research team for for the Encite OGD project that Step Up implemented with funding support from the International Development Research Center.