Influences (or Why I Write the Way I Do)

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Chapter 1 and Structuring

i committed to be productive on the first morning of the first day working here at Raya.  so with my back on the TV and resisting temptations to sleep because the bed is just a few paces away (i'm not sleepy anyway), opened the laptop and logged on without connecting the internet (else i wander off to gmail, inquirer, facebook...)

i'm starting on the second of four parts of Chapter 1 (The Kaantabay Program) and like any exercise, it's hardest to start. specifically, how to start. that is, what is the overall argument and then from that argument, how will thought be structured to guide the writing process.  i've decided to discuss the program components of Kaantabay by relating it with the 'enabling strategy', a tenure policy advocated by the UN and WB characterized by: self-help solutions by the poor; administration and support services by the LGU; and marker-based cost recovery mechanisms.  thus, i went to developing a structure that goes like this: Kaantabay as self-help, Kaantabay as LGU-administered, Kaantabay as market-based.  on the second, i'm tweaking on discussing the policy environment (which should have been the third part of the chapter). if i'm successful at integrating it here, then, i need to write only one more part (progress and issues) to complete the entire Chapter 1!.....(haaaaayyyyyyy!)

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