On deaf ears

PRESIDENT Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino’s call for foreign investors to setup their businesses here is likely to fall mostly on deaf ears simply because we are not ready to receive them.

Take for example the bad condition of our main thoroughfares and the overwhelming number of undisciplined and maleducated drivers and pedestrians that we have. That in itself is a major reason why foreigners won’t do business here.

Another reason why we cannot lure serious foreign investors is because we have the second most expensive cost of power, next only to Japan, in this part of the world. Aside from the exorbitant cost of power, setting up a business enterprise here is also costly as grease money (lagay) had to be provided to almost everyone from the local barangay to top honchos of the local governments (and we are not yet talking about the bureaucratic red tape that permeates the government).

Our telecommunication facilities are not world class enough and most of our workers are not tech savvy.

We take pride of our ability to communicate in English and the high demand for Filipino workers abroad but that is everything there is to it.

Our proficiency in English is just enough for us to take (not bark) orders hence the “highly coveted” Filipino workers are just that… workers doing menial jobs.

We are what the Chinese coolies were in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

For foreign investors to seriously consider the President’s invitation the government needs to upgrade our antiquated infrastructures and lower the cost of power and setting up a business. It also needs to make itself more efficient and make the Filipino workforce not only conversant in English but tech savvy and trained to be decision makers.


As I recently travel along the traffic congested streets of Metro Manila, I cannot help but wonder why the government is spending millions of pesos in putting up traffic signage, traffic lights, street islands or pedestrian crossings when almost all Filipino drivers ignore them.

The condition of our streets and the almost jostling traffic that crawls over it clearly indicates the frame of mind of the Filipino. It laid bare our distaste for discipline and lack of respect for authority.

Much to my chagrin, I even overheard a foreigner telling a fellow expatriate of his that the almost murderous traffic jams of Metro Manila and lack of disciple by drivers and pedestrians alike is one indication of the racial inferiority of Filipinos.

I was so distraught because of the prevailing traffic conditions on the streets that I finally believed that all traffic signage, pedestrian lanes and traffic lights should be removed and the government stops spending money for their installations or maintenance. Traffic enforcers should also be pulled out so that traffic hell on earth may be unleashed in our streets.

It seems to me that traffic anarchy in the streets is the only way that we will cherish the rule of law.


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