October 16, 2008

The Effective project proposal Part I

Hello guys, sorry for delaying this post. I promised last July to write this article, but I've been busy since that month, I almost forgot about this promise. Again, I'm sorry. But anyway, here's the article I promised to share to you.

This is the first part of your guide to write a very powerful project proposal But first, we have to define what exactly a project proposal is.

A project proposal is written, to make an offer and to try to convince a supervisor or a future customer to accept it. In a project proposal you state that, in exchange for time and/or money, you will give them something that they want (an analysis of a procedure, for example), make something they desire (a prototype of a new product), or do something they wish to have done (redesign an existing structure). In other words, you are asking a decision-maker to invest a resource, (time or money or both), so that the project you propose can be completed, and your readers, whether a future supervisor within your own organization, or your client for your project, will invest their resources carefully. Therefore, it is crucial that your proposal answers questions your readers may have about what you propose to them.

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The purpose of a project proposal is in the first place to mobilize and generate resources (funds, goods, solidarity networks, etc.). Secondly, a project document is the basis for project implementation. People will regularly consult the document in the future to review plans, budgets, time schedules, and, agreements.

Systematizing the information for the project proposal

During the first three phases of the project cycle, many people are involved in data gathering and planning sessions. A lot of information is compiled in notebooks and diaries; maps diagrams and workshop results are drawn on craft paper; pictures are taken; feasibility studies are conducted and a budget is prepared. The first question now is how to select and systematize the information that should be included in the document. The following steps might guide you:

Step 1: organize a workshop-type meeting with people who are tasked to write the document, and those who were involved in conducting the situational analysis, in the project conceptualization and planning.

Step 2: put the work sheet on a blackboard or on the wall. Be sure that you have enough space to see all columns in one glance. This will facilitate the cross-checking to make the column consistent with the other ones.

Step 3: start with writing down the project components and corresponding activities.

Step 4: continue with filling out, the columns at the right side components and activities should all be reflected in the required inputs and corresponding budget. Add time frame and responsible people. This information is the result of the project planning sessions.

Step 5: continue with the columns at the left side; formulate each component or project activity a specific objective and then one general objective. Be sure that the objectives are SMART.

Step 6: the column on “solution/strategy” refers to the information you gathered during the project conceptualization phase. Write down why the people in the community selected these project activities. How do people think that the selected project activities will benefit them? How do the solutions fit in the citizenry-based and development-oriented framework?

Step 7: The last column to the left is the “rationale” and the most difficult one. Here, you will write down the information that justifies the selected intervention. Explain what the main problems and concerns that were identified by the community members. Explain the underlying causes and consequences of the problems. Include only those problems and concerns that will be addressed by the project.

Step 8: if you have diagrams, maps, a seasonal calendar and a problem tree, include these in the proposal, since they facilitate the presentation of information. It is much shorter and more effective in transferring information than when it is just text.

Step 9: feasibility studies, community profiles, etc. can be kept in the appendices.

Step 10: when you have selected all relevant information, you can now start to write the first draft. Sometimes, Funding Agencies request to follow their format. If no format is available, the following can be used:

Cover Page with identifying data
1- Rationale: problem description
2- Description of selected solution/strategy; criteria used for selection
3- Project objectives: general and specific objectives
4- Project components and/or activities
5- Project management(including the community’s capacity)
6- Monitoring and evaluation plan
7- Project continuity
8- Risks/opportunities
9- Work plan
10- Budget requirements
11- Appendices: community profile, feasibility study

Next step: The Do’s and Don’ts of writing an effective project proposal

October 15, 2008

Koi Fish!

These cute guys are so adorable. And hungry. Can you tell me where'd I took this nice photo?

October 11, 2008

Review: Ultraman Mebius and the Ultraman Brothers

Release date September 16, 2006
Tsuburaya Productions

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Ultraman franchise, Tsuburya Productions released its 10th Ultraman film last 2006.

The story begins with the Ultraman Brothers(Ultraman, UltraSeven, Ultraman Jack, and Ultraman Ace) fighting a giant monster controlled by their deadly foe, Yapool.
giving thier enemy a critical hit, they combined their energies to create a seal to lock Yapool deep into the ocean near Kobe, but in exchange, they sacrificed and gave up threir ability to transform into Ultraman. But to watch over the enemy, they decided to live in Kobe as ordinary citizens.

Now 20 years later, an officer from CrewGUYS and a rookie from Space Garisson, Mirai Hibino to investigte the unusual events happening around Kobe. A warning sign appears to him and the four brothers and together, they must save the world from the evil plans of the four aliens that try to awaken and free the evil Yapool from the seal.

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First of all. I was super happy to see Ultraman Mebius and how he transformed to another Ultraman by merging with his brothers. honestly, I haven't watched the Mebius series on TV, so I was glad to see him in action. There is one similarity between Mebius and Ulltraman Cosmos, and that is their fighting stance. Unlike the previous Ultraman films, CG effects were used in this film, especially on the flying scenes. This was the same effect used in Ultraman Nexus(remember th fight between Nexus and Dark Faust?) Even the Ultraman suits were improved. before, UltraSeven was like wearing a Large-sized shirt. But in the movie, it ws well-fit and nice. They just retained the original rough surface on Ultraman's face to resemble the rough first mask from the early episodes of the original series.

But the most memorable part of this move was the return of the original Ultraman brothers- Susumu Kurobe, Koji Moritsugu, Jiro Dan and Keiji Takamine, returning to their roles as Hayata, Dan Moroboshi, Hideki Goh and Seiji Hokuto respectively. Instead of taking different roles, they actually reprised their original characters in the previous Ultraman series.

And of course if there's the original Ultramen, the original foes also returned! The classic Ultraman foes Alien Guts, Alien Zarab, Alien Temprer and Alien Nackle plan the invasion of Earth bby freeing Yapool. Indeed old school rocks! At the end of the movie, the original female characters appeared but not in the movie but in at the 40th anniversry party. Hiroko Sakurai, Yuriko Hishimi, Shunsuke Ikeda and Mitsuko Hoshi were present in the event together with the male charactersand the Ultraman Family.

All in all, the movie experience was great. My favorite line? "The power of faith becomes courage."

For those who want to watch and experience Mebius, you can watch the whole movie HERE

October 9, 2008

May this Flowchart I made be with me.

Analyze, analyze and analyze. This was what our IT02 prof told her class during our first meeting. This first week of this subject was a mayhem with me. A strict prof who hates noisy class, and a seatwork that turned out to be our first assignment. Hay, flowchart. I have a strong feeling that you will infiltrate and intrude my life this semester.

But, our professor was right. Indeed you have to work your brains out. You may say drawing a flowchart was easy, but drawing a flowchart for computer programs? It was not as easy as 123; this is where you have to analyze the problem needed. For example, creating a flowchart that will determine if a student passed a certain subject. See? Its not that easy. But I am determined to learn.

I am hoping that as I attend this IT02 class I will learn to appreciate and enjoy it, even if our prof was, let's say, strict. But you know what? I'd rather have a strict teacher than a nice but lazy one.

October 5, 2008

La Union Hosts Lunduyan 2008!

College Editors Guild of the Philippines
Office: Rm. 305 National Press Club bldg., Intramuros, Manila
Telefax: (02) 5243927
Email: cegphils@gmail.com

September 2008

Editor in Chief
The official student publication

Fellow campus journalist:

Greetings from the National Office!

The College Editors Guild of the Philippines-Luzon will hold the LUNDUYAN 2008, the annual Luzonwide journalism skills training workshop on October 25-29 at the United Church of Christ in the Philippines, Condora, Damortis, Rosario, La Union.

CEGP is the oldest and widest intercollegiate alliance of student publications in the country. This year, the Guild celebrates its 77th year of existence committed to the advancement of campus press freedom.

LUNDUYAN will provide lectures and workshops on basic, intermediate and advanced journalism skills. Likewise trainings on different literary genres will be given. And as part of the Guild’s dedication to educating student journalists regarding the plight of the country, various socio-political discussions will also be featured.

The Guild has invited respected media practitioners and luminaries of Philippine literature.
Also, promising literary writers will be honored in the 4th Gawad Emman Lacaba (GEM), CEGP-Luzon’s annual literary contest.

In this regard, we invite your publication to attend the LUNDUYAN 2008. Registration fee is pegged at P2, 350 per delegate, which is inclusive of food, lodging and kits for each participant. Attached herewith are the program and GEM’s mechanics. CHEd endorsement will follow as soon it is available.

For those yet to pay their annual CEGP membership fee, settlement of your dues is highly encouraged. CEGP’s institutional fee is P500 plus the regional fee (for example, NCR’s regional fee is P250) which is determined by the local chapters.

For queries, you may contact our Program Coordinators Mr. Gerg Anrol Cahiles at 09273670948 and Ms. Trina Fideris at 09104803098.
We look forward to your publication’s participation.

For a free press,

(sgd.)Rheyne Robledo
Chair, Organizing Committee

(sgd.)Mark Benedict Lim
Vice President for Luzon

October 2, 2008

The Best Buko Pie is in Nueva Vizcaya.

Finally,I found the tastiest Buko Pie in the country. And it's right in Nueva Vizcaya. But first I want to share to you my very first visit to this province.

My 8-hour trip to Nueva Vizcaya was fun. From San Fernando, La Union, I took the bus going to Isabela at 9:30 am. Since there's no regular bus trips around, my other option would be going to Rosales, Pangasinan and take a bus to San Jose, Nueva Ecija and from San Jose take another bus going to Bayombong. But since Armie had established a contact to Cabacungan Trans (they have daily trips from Laoag City to Isabela from Mondays to Saturdays), I just waited for this bus in front of our house and went off- lucky day. Though I expected a long winding bus ride, I was surprised to know that the bus fare was not that expensive- Php285, how's that for an 8-hour ride?