What people respect about the companies is not how they are structured or their specific approaches to management, but their capabilities—an ability to innovate, for example, or to respond to changing customer needs. And this time, amidst the fast-changing challenges in the Philippine power industry sector, the WESM, EPIRA,  and the like, electric cooperatives must strengthen its MCO communities, and this time, thru the strength of their own organic structure- its employees (organic, project base, contracted). They are our organizational capabilities, our key intangible assets.

Through the fun and innovative capability building rolled out by Dr. Dixon Yasay, a renown inspirational speaker on strategy and policy communication and community organizing, he presented a fun and creativity-stimulating exercises where he involved participants in a dialogue without diluting the message using nontraditional methods to measure value. The series of MORESCO-1 MCO Transformation CapDev for all employees ended Wednesday, March 29.

Dr. Yasay clearly said during one of the sessions that leaders must intuitively recognize the benefit of developing people’s capabilities. And not only that, most have difficulty understanding the value of MCO community assemblies. For one thing, the effects of barangay assemblies are often delayed. For another, results generally appear in the work of teams and departments service areas, not in the communities themselves. And it’s often hard to determine whether a great idea that surfaced during the barangay assemblies would have bubbled up to the District level and acted upon.

The CapDev was only part of the journey of transformation as one must be involved to know how our MCOs perceive us as individual and as an institution. One is to assess the value of a community of practice is by listening to our MCOs’ stories.