Posted: 11th August 2013 by Admin in minglanilla life
Tags: repairing our road
With the heavy rains constantly hitting in the Philippines at the moment we decided to repair the road outside the gates.
The main reason we have done “our patch” is that getting in and out of vehicles the road is extremely muddy and I didn’t want to concrete. The primary issue with concreting the road is it creates a seal which then makes flooding worse.
But adding stone chippings, shingle or other forms of loose stones etc. you can create a good compacted road as they naturally find their own level. Which still has water penetration which keeps the top surface dry.
Wait for others to fix it? I think hell would freeze over first, pretty sure I would be old and grey before it would be done. What was good was one of the neighbours joined in with levelling the stone.
I used the 4×4 to help compact the ground so that any motorbikes wouldn’t slip on the new surface. So far so good as the new repairs have kept our feet dry. We also left the right hand side partially uncovered to allow water flow as the road can be as deep as 1ft of water in very heavy rains.
Will the neighbours repair their parts of the road? Or are we destined to see the rest of the road stay pot holed and extremely muddy in wet weather?
Because the fact is there must be at least 200 houses using this route on a daily basis. Yet getting the road repaired seems to be something ignored, at the same time its becoming more difficult to ignore with the new part showing an easy and cheap solution to the problem.
Posted: 1st August 2013 by Admin in minglanilla life
Tags: matt wilkie, minglanilla
I still remember my first trip to Minglanilla arriving to see my now wife April back in 2007. Back then there was no mall here and now we have 2 as well as many other changes.
Are they all for the better? I think Minglanilla needs jobs and although busy malls brings congestion to the roads and more motorbikes cluttering up road junctions. They are a necessary evil of progress.
But to be honest what was here before? As like the market area many parts of Minglanilla do need renovating and investment. I am keen to see if the market will ever move from its existing location as its become rundown over the years and needs a lot of investment. Adding to that nothing seems to have changed from when there was a fire there previously.
Its always easy to blame government at the same time how do you change peoples mentality?
Because a lot of the issues facing Minglanilla’s development come down to choice and with the majority of the votes being that of the poor is anyone keen to force development?
On a positive note though I have started to see call center development in Minglanilla with at least 6 small ones now operating in the area. Part of them being small is that the money will stay in country as I find a lot of the larger companies are heavily involved with Indian companies. Which also means that either a lot of the money is unlikely to have ever arrived or would have gone offshore.
Posted: 22nd April 2013 by Admin in Business
Tags: bpo 24 hour services, virtual assistant
At BPO 24 hour services we see on a daily basis the lack of opportunities in the Philippines yet often its touted as the opposite in the media.
We are not hear to argue with the powers at be though but simply to find a solution to the problem that in many cases are purely based on greed and profit. The drive for nursing is one yet why is it I find more than 50% of my agents have nursing degrees when its very likely they will never use them?
They would have been better off becoming Microsoft Certified in something as it has a global usage and more importantly something they can do remotely. But also something that beats the local market rates, the issue though is that people do need to get trained as a Virtual Assistant and not simply “be one”. Ok most people can do things like research websites for someone but what about preparing someone’s presentation for a meeting? What about doing the company website and keeping it up to date. These are things that a virtual assistant needs to be able to do and something we are trying to get people to learn.
But when you look around the Philippines who is training people in these skills and others like it? There is the springing up of SEO and Social Networking professionals but are these eventually going to be a fad? Social Networking may continue to evolve at the same time is that going to be its downfall? That people simply lose interest and move onto other things. SEO is a constant battle for rankings on the web but if more and more resources need to be piled in to maintain a ranking at what point does it become too expensive to bother with?
For me its all about being flexible and as a virtual assistant that is constantly developing existing skills and adding new ones. The morning may be spent doing the SEO but in the afternoon processing emails, web chat, calling and receiving calls as well as many other routine tasks. Alongside learning how to develop the business and looking for things that add more hours to the virtual assistant but improve efficiency and productivity for the company.
In Minglanilla there is very little opportunity for work and I think the virtual assistant roles are probably one of the biggest ways to escape poverty without even leaving home. Getting a jump start on the ladder of progress with international salaries on the doorstep. Only problem right now is making sure people are capable of doing it and are committed to improving their English language.
We had done a late shift at the call centre and decided to drop into Jollibee for breakfast. Nothing unusual in that but just have to time it well so that we don’t arrive just as mass at the church has finished.
It was while sipping on my early morning coffee talking with April we seen one of the staff getting into costume. First thought was its a bit early for doing some PR. But the second thought is I bet its warm in there.
What I hadn’t expected though was that once he had got dressed and headed out into the street that I would hear the sound of a siren and a fire engine reappear with him on the roof. Although have to admit fire safety is something that should be taken more seriously here.
Just over the road from where this photo was taken (literally the direction the fire engine is facing) there was the market fire that had at least 12 engines coming to put it out. Vendors who take up space in the walkways made it difficult to access the fire but also their brittle crates make great fire wood. Especially when that are adjoined to each other allowing the fire to easily spread.
Has it changed there after the fire? Of course not. Will it ever? I doubt it anytime in the next 10 years or at least until the next fire happens.
But a bit of PR for Jollibee and a bright red fire truck in the town brighten up the day with something you don’t normally see. So can’t complain at least they are trying!
Because in reality its mentality of people that needs to change, there is often a cat and mouse affair that does on with many things in the Philippines which are just common sense that are ignored. Be it blocking up the road with illegal bikes (was thinking of that off the top of my head then noticed the photo! Full row of bikes blocking the road. At peak times they are on both sides and are illegal passenger vehicles), tapping into electricity illegally which can cause fires and put others at risk.
The list is very extensive and it all comes down to “beating the system” is culturally acceptable by too many people. The market vendor boxes etc. that shouldn’t be where they are are another example of danger that has already been proven what can happen but still get ignored.
Our telemarketing opportunities have been increasing steadily to the point we are now ready to recruit more telemarketers!
You will need to be time served and experienced in telemarketing, primarily for the U.S. Market but we are expanding currently into Australia and the UK as well.
What we can offer if you deliver high sales is a salary that will reflect a higher income based on performance. We are well aware that locally companies are paying around P12,000 – P16,000
But if you can perform and hit targets on a regular basis our expectations is that you can be earning P25,000+.
So if your a committed sales marketer and capable of hitting targets on a regular basis please apply! We have around 10 vacancies currently open at the moment, but based on performance of those people who fill them and as such we continue to gain happy clients. The expectation is that we could be hiring 10 or more people per month with experience.
We are based in Minglanilla and currently a small call centre but with that we treat people “like people” and not cattle! We want you to be earning well and living well and that’s our commitment to you. In return you hit the targets and bring home the sales we can offer a good regular income. Send your Resume to Recruitment:@BPO24hour.com
Author :- Matt Wilkie from BPO24hour.com an outsourcing and telesales company based in Cebu,Philippines.