2021 First Quarter with MPTC President and CEO Rod E. Franco

by Rachelle Anne U. Lee, MARCH 2021

Leadership and organization culture was the major topic of the recently conducted L.E.A.D. Talks held last March 17, 2021. MPTC President and CEO Rodrigo E. Franco (REF) shared his ideas about his leadership philosophy being the first “lead” for this year. It was an educational and fun talk for all of the thirty-two MPT South employees. REF graciously and fully expounded on his answers. In addition to the learning, the employees received Thank You cards and tokens.

Competence in Competition

Q: Is competition among a team healthy? Why or why not?

REF: “Yes competition is healthy as long as it is not abused and as long as it is controlled. And, is done in good spirit. That’s always healthy. That’s (competition) good because it promotes competitiveness and it is very helpful because it also sharpens your skills and your competence. There will always be competition, it’s part of our business.”

Conflicting Ideas

Q: Have you ever countered/opposed an idea/statement of your superior (say, MVP)? How did you do it and what happened after?

REF: “Our chairman is very open-minded. He knows when somebody is proposing something that is reasonable. He is open to that not only to us but also in the case of our other businesses. We do it and we have to say it in a right way and in the right context. We have to do it and say it to him constructively.”

Cause of Excitement

Q: What makes you kilig?

REF: “To me at this point in my life, I get excited on the things that are going right, or we think, ideally something good that has developed. Sometimes I get very excited about political leaders that are emerging where in you thought that will be very good for the country. I would not say it’s kilig, but it is hope and excitement for you (me) because suddenly you think your country will be in good hands if this guy (person) will be elected. I would like to believe that something right and ideal is happening, (I) you get very excited.”

As the program came to an end, the employees were asked to share “ONE WORD” on what they think or feel in relation to REF’s sharing. Here are the top five best one words.

  1. Mortal – Kit G. Zabanal, Tollways Development Support
  2. Encouraging – Rayette Clyde M. Hernandez, Tollways Development Support
  3. Unity – Noemi P. Rosete, Tollways Development Support
  4. Uplifting – Rose Anne G. Javilinar, Project Management
  5. Eye-Opener – Domar Jamolin, Traffic Operations

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About the writer:

Rachelle Anne U. Lee. One of the HR Specialist from Human Resource and Admin Division. Although writing is not her forte, she enjoys sharing and creating stories through video vlogs. She has her own YouTube channel which showcases her talent in video editing and camera works. Southlink opened a great opportunity for her by capturing stories of people from MPTSouth through the camera lens and sharing her interest in multimedia arts.

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