Its amazing that a lot of people that talk highly of Filipinos have never been to the country and/or never stepped far from the comforts of their hotel. I am sure if they actually “lived” in the country vs travelled around they would have a much different view of Filipinos as workers.
As a person who lives in the Philippines people living here know … Living in the Philippines is TOTALLY different to travelling in the Philippines.
Tourists don’t have to deal with the mindboggling lazyness of government workers and the stupidity of standard workers. I often drew conclusions that filipinos only go to work to sleep.
I have employed Filipinos and they are fucking lazy and try it on to get as much as they can out of the business to their own advantage. You have to be very careful in dealing with employing staff here as in the end things turn to shit in a lot of cases.
I don’t want to approach this topic from an employer and give you countless examples of the scams and estafa going on and businesses I know that have dealt with Government departments.
From a consumers point of view though its horrible. It annoys me that i would go to a business and business shuts down because they are lacking buns or have no rice. Using the words “offline” is also another excuse where the business closes at night (when it says its open 24 hours ) because the system is offline – “no internet sir, offline” – what the fuck! Thats bullshit. Get a backup service, A wifi router and if theyre with globe get a smart service as backup.
With all these bullshit excuses to sleep, you then see the staff having a sleep at their desks or under the tables. Have you walked into a place and even the guard was asleep the whole time?
I went to a restaurant on one ocassion and all the staff were asleep on the restaurants benches, the seat cushions all propped up and the air-conditioning turned down to what felt like 16 degrees!
I am tired dealing with local governments where something that should be available online for simple download and its not. I ask for something and are greeted with this tired energy to put an application in for example to get a zoning plan for an area as a photocopy and need to wait 2 or 3 days for the plan to be photocopied! What the fuck.
These places really need a kick up the fucking arse but are often filled with obviously retired teachers or something that are filling in their time working for the government.
And local filipinos have it no better with some departments like DFAT where passports are issued having to go and line up at 4am in the morning for opening at 9pm – ITS A JOKE! It wastes peoples time, its unproductive and no wonder corruption flourishes as people at all levels are tired of this inefficiency.
The government departments such as the Bureau of Immigration that deal with foreigners for visa issuance are totally different in their approach compared with the “every day” departments which tourists never visit such as DFAT, LTO etc. The later requires queuing, long waits, processing, corrupt payments to arsewipes known as fixers etc.
This video below is typical of the lunch time scene you see in the Philippines.