Holy crap, who pays people to research all this stuff when it’s well-known out there especially by those that have been living the Philippines that the Philippines is one of the worst places to do business – Globally. Not only setting up business, dealing with Filipino’s is mind-numbingly painful.
No one has any money and there is no flow from customers and suppliers as buyers want to do everything on credit and sellers never have any inventory – “out of stock sir”.
So no matter which level you end up dealing with, whether starting a larger corporate style business, dealing with government or at a village level it’s all just too much hard work. The lower you go the more you deal with family and everyone wanting to get it piece of the action and on the business that you’re running. You really know filipinos when you have to deal with them on a staffing and financial level – the true Filipino comes out.
So is this waste of time exercise by NGOs and Governments gathering statistics purely just to cover arse material so that you don’t get called a racist? Or is it something that other countries use to try and kick someones arse in government.
Whatever may be the case … Filipino’s will look at it how they look at everything else currently (and thats a statistical fact) that they don’t give a shit really what you think. We are Filipino’s and “if you don’t like it then leave”. 🙂
Dealing with the upper echelons will reveal the self-centred, narcissistic takers who are only self-serving for themselves and not the country at all levels from the village, city council, regional area to the halls of Parliament. There’s very few in the country to call boxes when it comes to wanting business to function properly.
Look at the image below, a nutshell summary is:
First: forget doing business in the Philippines.
Second: forget doing business in the Philippines.
Third: forget doing business in the Philippines.
Ditto ditto ditto – that I mentioned forget doing business in the Philippines?
I’ve employed many people online or from around the world, I’ve found people from Pakistan even Bangladesh and Eastern Europe to be more switched on and have greater work ethic than the Filipinos who I have had 100% problems with and some baggage to bring on board or problem with. — 100%, ALL! arrrrrrr they are the most frustrating fucking idiots i have met.
The more I got to know them the more grovelling the Filipino workers became, it’s like they were trying to push the envelope so to speak, push my “niceness and generosity” – the more you give, the more you display, that your nice… the more they want to take. THIS PRINCIPAL THEY USE IN ALL WALKS OF FILIPINO LIFE. SCARCITY AND SURVIVAL – GRAB IT WHILE ITS THERE. This means that unknowingly, culturally theyd seem to have been programmmed to rip you off even if they never intend to. They will just do it like a moth to a flame.
With the Filipino’s I had, there were many examples that they thought they were being good but their output is shit. I would then get fraud happening such as claiming 11 hours work when in fact for 53 minutes was done. You know how I found this, because I don’t trust any Filipinos and I have cross-referencing systems in place. Each Filipino that I’ve employed has given me problems right down to lateness and distraction texting constantly during their work time. Midday they go into 1st gear for a while asking to go home and work or go to an internet cafe and work (when i know they will go home to sleep!)
What makes it worse is that I am good enough to pay them cash, paid weekly, supply everything unlike the Filipino bosses who expect them to pay for everything (NHS, ID card, sss, health reports, uniform, etc) given them food, let them work from home on occassions, given them private coaching and the list goes on. You would think that they would show some respect in return but no, the culture is about thinking in front of their nose – YUP—1 CM in front is how far the future sits… and not the fact that if they lose this job they will have to buy everything from scratch to get employment and get paid every 30 days in arrears – and have no cash flow. That is only just the beginning of their nightmare if working for Filipino boss.
I even opened a store business (how many girlfriends have suggsted opening a store!! even if theres 8 in the street – selling the same shit – hanging cofee, hair shampoo, sukto coke, load etc) stupidly, although I looked into the area and it did well, the cousins came working and wanted employment to which the store covered. They had no contract but I paid them weekly and gave them some food.
Business ran down due to the seasonal nature of the clientele so I terminated staff (2 cousins) who you would think were grateful for what little employment they had to sleep overnight in store as well. No, no. You will not find Filipinos being grateful for what you do for them – they came back and wanted to charge me 80% interest for week for the week I was overdue with pay. Like WTF! Where did they come up with that interest payment penalty?
With some IT workers I employed a guy had the same horse crap that I’ve always had with Filipinos. When they want something there as reliable as pie and will harass you constantly, answer the phone or text back promptly. When they don’t want something they don’t give a damn and they run and ar the most difficult people to try and get hold of. In this case I had employed a guy on contract I let go after some weeks. I paid him in cash weekly. He asked me for a loan for 500 pesos six months later which I declined. In typical format, he came back to me threatening me personally which I retailiated and he backed off, he claimed I had not paid him wages after 6 months of surprise surprise, 500 pesos. This is so typical.
I’ve met many business owners who have been stung by staff. I’ve even seen a local cafe where the person created fake receipts then demanded payment for all the shop fittings it out. As the owner did not have any receipts to prove they ended up paying this person 180,000 pesos was lies also known as Estafa. These type of receipts and overpayments even amongst themselves is common.
So many local Filipino business owners I’ve dmet have been the subject of fraude even by their book keepers and staff for “ghosting the books” fake entries. Hotel staff having fiends stay and recording the room as being cleaned to missing jetskis, tvs etc
The amount of bribery and corruption that goes on a council level paying Mayors and police from what I hear from business owners is mind-boggling. Even immigration services charge significant amounts to foreigners setting a business and ports are well known for causing problems.
The thing is government departments do nothing. DOLE, SEC etc are just plain lazy.
This is something that I found in relation (comments) related to the image:
TOM SOLSKI says:
October 24, 2015 at 11:44 am
I am one of those idiot foreigners who started a Resort business on Camiguin Island thinking that I could make a difference in this country and help in reducing poverty, I was looking for a lifestyle change so was not motivated to make a return on my financial investment or I would have stayed in Canada. I am still operating my Resort and it is almost 17 years since I first opened but the NIGHTMARE of operating a business on this Paradise Island is almost impossible to describe. Every year when we must renew our Mayors Permit the Municipal Government and Provincial Government Regulations put you through so many asinine procedures that it is like as if you are opening a new business, instead of just implementing a simple License Renewal procedure. My Resort is small, only 7 rooms, a restaurant & bar yet I must pay almost P30,000 a year for the “privilege” of obtaining a Mayors Permit so that I may continuing to remain opened.Many of the other Resorts on the Island pay less then 1/2 of the amount I am charged even though they have far more rooms some of them even have swimming pools yet their Mayors Permit is considerably less than mine. Could this be a ‘foreigner’s tax’?
As far as Justice in the Philippines it is almost impossible to obtain. 2 1/2 years ago I filed administrative complains with the Supreme Court against 2 of the Islands Judges against my attorneys advice, he told me that they will be offended and will be vindictive and more then likely try to deport me, since that filing of my complaints with the Supreme Court, at the age of 65 yrs I have been arrested twice (on false charges) for the first time in my life on 3 charges and am currently out on bail, the 2nd time I was arrested,after completing the fingerprinting and mug shot procedure at the PNP station I was handcuffed when we went to the Provincial Court House to pay the bail, when I asked the Officer who accompanied us in our vehicle why this was required when I had turned myself in and was not resisting, the officer told me that he had been ordered to have me handcuffed when I exited our vehicle and entered the Court building to pay my bail, he stated that as soon as we were inside the room where I pay the bail he would remove the cuffs, this humiliating procedure was done to me even though I had turned myself in to the Police Station when I was told they had a Warrant for my arrest and I was NOT in any way resisting being arrested, yet I was put through this humiliating procedure at the request of one of the Justice department employees. In addition to this humiliating experience one of the prosecutors in his SWORN AFFIDAVIT stated that the Mambajao Municipal Council had inquired to the Provincial Prosecutors Office requesting to have me designated Persona non Grata (banned me from the Island?) When my wife met with the Mayor and the Congressman at the Mayor’s Office she was told that many people complain about me (not one complaint is in writing) and that is why they made the inquiry to the Provincial Prosecutors Office.
2 days ago I was again subpoena to appear for a Mediation Hearing in CDO in relation to the 2 charges of Grave Slander, the subpoena clearly states “Fail not under the penalty of the Law” yet one of the complainants, a Regional Trial Court Employee, did not show up, when my wife phoned the Provincial Court to find out what the ‘Penalty of Law’ is, she was told that they did not know what the penalty is for a Subpoena’d person who is a no show. I have to wonder what would have happened if I was the ‘No Show’ person instead of a Justice employee.
The Justice system in the Philippines needs to be completely revised, the method of making some cash payment to a complainant and having the charges dismissed is unethical and only encourages false charges, the penalties for filing false accusations needs to be very severe in order to dissuade individuals from obtaining financial benefits by filing false accusations, the Court must implement strict time frames in dealing with legal procedures and not allow unnecessary delays. JUSTICE DELAYED IS JUSTICE DENIED
In closing I must state that in MY OPINION, President Aquino has tried to institute Honesty and Integrity into the Government and the Justice System and to hold elected officials and bureaucrats accountable for their crimes, in the 25+ years that I have been living here he has accomplished more changes to the Justice System then any other President in that time period.
My final comment is.. if you are a foreigner in this country and you want to avoid having problems ‘keep your wallet opened and your mouth shut’ do as I say, not as I have done. Let the citizens of the country stand up for themselves or continue to live as a third world entity and condemn their children and grand children to a life of misery and injustice.
marius says: October 24, 2015 at 12:32 pm
>> The Justice system in the Philippines needs to be completely revised
Surely after what you’ve been through, you’d understand it a bit more clearly? The justice system doesn’t need to be revised. They need a justice system.
Like everything else in the Philippines, the legal system is (a) there for the sake of appearances and (b) an employment agency for certified idiots.
When you go to any gov’t agency, watch carefully. Nobody is actually doing anything of administrative value. They’re simply shuffling papers around and putting stamps on things. It’s make-work, to keep the dolts off the streets.
Try this: go to an office that has some important function (say, the Land Registration Office) and ask for a copy of land title. Any title, it doesn’t matter. When you get it, note that it has nothing on it that identifies where the land IS. If you go to the actual land location, you’ll find that the DENR has a map drawn in 1985 which bears no relation to today’s plot sizes and locations, which (if you’re lucky) are actually noted down at the Barangay, but more than likely are just agreed between neighbours. In other words, the LRA has no purpose. The documents it issues are meaningless. Likewise, the DENRs maps are meaningless because they’re (a) out-of-date and (b) inaccurately drawn. However, both departments offer huge opportunities for extracting bribes, and keep thousands of people with double-digit IQs off the streets. Thus, from the third-world perspective, they’re a huge success.
The Justice department is no different. Ever had to use a lawyer for anything? In the West, a lawyer is someone who knows the law and advises you on its use. If you need a contract, he’ll help you draw one up. Try asking a Philippine lawyer to write a contract. He won’t know how to. His job is merely to sign the bottom, sprinkle some fairy-dust over it, and take a fee. Employment agency, see?
If you start a business, don’t get involved with the government AT ALL. Stay off the grid and under the radar. And do it out in the sticks, where – as per the Chinese proverb – the sky is high and the emperor is far away. You won’t make much money, and you’ll still encounter Pinoy screwups who want to rip you off or destroy you, but at least the screwups don’t have official support.