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Putting The Company In Proper Perspective

THE DANGER in writing about Romulo C. Canen is that one might be tempted to be carried away by the outer, easy-going picture of his personality. So light and so devoid of time-worn inhibitions are his ways that effortlessly, he can win friends and influence people before both of you realize - to your mutual amazement - you have become close friends.

If you want to find out a deeper insight about Romy, the way to do it is not through a formal conversation. A snack in the canteen, a couple of beer some place, or while riding with him can be the vehicle to bring out a more approximate idea of the admirable qualities of this man who heads one of the Company's busiest and biggest departments. It is difficult to find these out thru official interactions.

Like when we attempted to interview him, we never made it - formally, that is, writing down notes and ask ready-made questions. Such a style is off Romy's “tuning” point; you won't be at “vibes.”

Keeping away our pen and notebook, more life came into our conversation. We talked, and here, in a concocted form, is the course of our chat.

QUESTION: How are you here?

ROMY: It’s been raining for days.

Q. We come here because we need some information about you.

A. So you're going to interview me? I think there's no more to tell about me.

Q. Who knows? We might be able to find some hitherto unknown insights of yourself.

A. Ah, you know what? I have always carefully and intentionally kept whatever inner things I have. I always keep it personal. (A department supervisor comes in with a number of documents. Romy speedily read and studied these. They discuss the messages and after reaching some conclusions, agree on some things to do. Sitting on his swivel chair, he turns around to pick up his phone. Overhearing some of his words, we jot down several of his words: “Looks like your bases are slim.” “Yeah, my neck is already sticking out attending to . . . ” After that, he swings back his chair to face us, broadly smiling with his prominent dimples appearing and reappearing every now and then on his boyish checks.) …This is how things work here. We're like being hit from all sides. Our days here are always lively!

Q. What are these documents usually about?

A. Usually pertaining to records or information from our department. Being a service department, we facilitate things.

Q. You have a big department; there are plenty of your people.

A. Yes, I like them; they're a good group. They know well our work and how to deal with everybody. They should, because in a corporation like ours which no other can approximate in the diversity of our operations, we always pick out the best qualified people.

And the rest of our often-interrupted conversation was continued after 5 o'clock. As we were about to leave Romy's office, our eyes were caught by a quotation conspicuously written on a picture inside his office, which Romy certainly means for his outgoing spirit: “Each life needs its own quiet place.”

Putting The Company In Proper Perspective

AMONG THE YOUNGEST executives at our Makati Office is 28-year old unassuming CPA and Senior Department Head for Banking and Insurance, Domingo “Doming” A. Capistrano. One who sees Doming for the first time, together with a number more of our key men in Makati, would certainly be impressed by the youthfulness of his looks. Perhaps, it wouldn't be unfounded to say that they represent the rising breed of modern, competent and dynamic Filipino executives. Here are the essential portion of interview with Doming:

QUESTION: We would like to know the functions of your department.

DOMING: In essence, we see to it that the Company has ready funds and cash, and we save interest cost for the Company. Also, we handle insurance matters.

Q. Certainly, your work is more complicated that it appears.

A. Definitely. We manage the Company's projected cash flow make summary of our receipts and disbursements, we deal with a number of banks (13 as of this moment) raise required funds, attend to the insurance of Company properties, make reports and recommendations to Mr. Sowell, and many more.

Q. We cannot imagine the figures of finances that pass at your desk.

A. Should I say in long, long figures?

Q. How do you find this kind of work?

A. Well, having been trained in this field and worked with the late Susing Yumol, I would say, it isn’t a problem. In fact, when I was first elevated to this position, I told myself: “OK, you're a man now! Let's see your worth.” My promotion was an additional motivating factor; and so, my attitude has been to work until my talent gives up.

(His boyish smile is so hearty that his “Chinese” eyes slit more narrowly behind the lens of his eyeglasses. His gestures and mannerisms reflect an impression of outgoing personality, though a bit restrained. Notable is his articulateness in expounding every aspect of his responsibilities. Now and then, he cracks jokes that add life to the joviality of the conversation. Then he touches on the people who work with him).

Q. How are your people?

A. They've been doing very well.

Q. What's your usual method in dealing with them?

A. I always explain to them the whole operation of our department. I don't always want them to work with blurred ideas on what we're doing in relation to our overall responsibilities. Particularly, I make sure they know what's in my mind in relation to the Company's goals and standards, how to cope with my style and to be consistent with my stand.

Q. And going back to your functions; don't you find it hard to deal with so many banks?

A. Oh, not at all. Our clients have very high regards towards the Company. So on this area, our main concern is to put the Company in proper perspective. There's also a lot of diplomacy involving our work. In fact, if there's one major achievement which he had, I would say it's been in this field.

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