Masubukan nga! OFWs buy their groceries in Davao

The head honchos at BeamAndGo have been hearing a lot of good things about your experiences sending good stuff to your loved ones. Since we also want to have some of that fun, CEO Jonathan E. Chua and SVP Albert Christian Go made their way to the Davao City Gaisano Mall (GMall), and tried to act like they were the recipients of an OFWs love and concern.

Bago pa namin ibahagi ang magandang kwento sa GMall, our question is, are you already a member of BeamAndGo? Wala pong bayad ang registration at lagpas 80,000 OFWs na ang binibigyan namin ng tulong at karagdagang alaman sa wastong paraan ng pagshopping sa grocery.

Ano pa ang hinihintay niyo? Halina at mag register sa BeamAndGo 

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Albert and Jon with our friends from GMall

Sabi nga ng mga signage sa pagdating pa lang nila, “Davao: Life is Here.” Oh, di ba? Mukhang fun nga talaga sa simula pa lang.

Pagdating nila ng GMall, kita kaagad nila ang dami ng mga pagpipilian. When we chose our partners, we made sure that you, our members would have the best choices available. That’s why we have GMall for all you guys.

Related: did you know that BeamAndGo has more to offer than just supermarkets? Click here to find out

Jon took the lead by going around the spacious and very

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Mukhang gustong gumawa ng banana que ni Jon.

clean shopping area. He took a basket and started getting the good stuff! Ano ang kinuha niya? Ano pa? Pilipino pa rin iyan kaya dapat may spaghetti at saging!

Si Albert naman, feeling healthy kaya mga gulay muna ang tinutukan. Siyempre pa, sariwa lahat ang hain ng GMall dito at sobrang matulungin pa ang mga tao.

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Gulay, gulay, gulay

Ewan lang pero may plano atang magluto itong dalawang lalaking ito. Biro lang yan! Ang binili nilang groceries ay para sa mga OFWs katulad niyo – ang OFW Watch.

Pagkatapos ni Jon mamili, eto na ang pinaka-test: Pumunta na siya sa kahera para tignan kung ano nga ba ang mga nararanasan ng mga mahal ninyo sa buhay pag namimili sila gamit ang tulong ng BeamAndGo. Siyempre pa, sobra nang dali nga, ang sarap pang malaman na talagang matulungin ang mga taga-GMall. Ipakita mo lang ang cell phone mo kung saan nandoon ang digital gift certificate na galing sa BeamAndGo, solb ka na!

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Ang mahiwagang BeamAndGo digital gift certificate

Tulad ng lahat ng tao, takot din si Jon at Albert na hindi magamit nang maayos ang pera nila kaya gusto talaga nilang subukan kung paano nga ba bumili ng mga pangangailangan gamit ang sistema namin.

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Ayan. Nakapamili na. Happy-happy na!

Kung dati, enjoy kaagad pag Davao ang pinag-uusapan, mas lalo pa ngayon! Sigurado ka nang mapagkakatiwalaan mo ang mga merchant ng BeamAndGo tulad ng GMall na may 5 branches sa Mindanao (General Santos, Digos, Toril, Tagum, and Davao) . Patuloy pa kaming nagdaragdag ng mga bago kaya sabihin na ninyo rin sa amin kung ano ang mga supermarket, department store, o mall diyan sa inyo. Kung wala pa sila sa BeamAndGo, makaaasa kayong hindi magtatagal, mga Beamer na rin sila.

O, kapwa Beamer, padala na sa Pilipinas! Punta na sa BeamAndGo at magsimula na sa pagshopping!

Ayan. Nagsalita na sila. The Philippine Presidential Debates

We recently had the Presidential Debates with all five candidates present. Vice President Jejomar Binay, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Senator Grace Poe, former DILG Secretary Mar Roxas, and Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago were there to present their case. The event was held in Cagayan de Oro City and shown through GMA 7.

BeamAndGo tends to agree with the recent Rappler report saying the event was more about personality. Ganoon naman talaga dito sa Pilipinas. Mahalaga ang personalidad at kahit pa maraming marurunong daw na nagsasabing dapat plataporma ang mas mahalaga, ang mismong pagkatao pa rin ang tinututukan ng mga Pilipino. Kahit ano pa ang tulong na maaaring maibigay halimbawa ng mga tulad ng BeamAndGo, marami lang talaga ang nakasalalay sa mga ihahal natin pagdating ng Mayo.

Hindi naman yata mali ito. It’s really just a matter of being able to balance the two. Una, kung hindi mo mapagkakatiwalaan ang tao, walang mararating ang kung ano pa mang plataporma. Parang lang ‘yang magiging palamuti sa damit. Porma lang.

Kailangan talagang mapagkakatiwalaan ang isang tao kasi sa loob ng anim na taon ng panunungkulan ng isang Pangulo, maraming bagay ang maaaring mangyari. Nariyan na ang mga biglaang trahedya. Nariyan din ang mga OFW katulad ni Albert Go na pumuntang Singapore dahil sa matinding isyu ng income tax at high cost of living sa Metro Manila. Ang kaniyang blog post Lowering Taxes and preventing a balikbayan controvery ay isa lamang sa mga kwento ng milyon-milyong kababayan natin na nagkaroon ng oportunidad sa ibang bansa.

Can this or that candidate react fast enough, effectively enough without pointing fingers?

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Photo taken from GMA 7 video.

Pero, hindi rin puedeng personalidad lang. Mahalaga ang plataporma. Kung wala itong kwenta, para namang mangmang ang ating Presidente at madaling itulak dito at doon ng kung sinu-sino depende sa ihip ng hangin. Sabi nga ng bansag isang comedy show noong late 80s hanggang early 90s: Ang Pambansang Panggulo.

So how now brown cow?

Dapat balanse. Since the Presidential Debate is still fresh in our minds, let us deal with the personalities first. We’ll deal with the platforms in a later post. (Kalma lang, ha? Gagawin natin iyon. Wag mag-alala.)

Wala tayong kakampihan dito. Babalikan lang natin ang mga sinabi nila mismo noong Presidential Debate sa GMA 7. Hopefully, this will give us a good glimpse on who these people are and what priorities they have so that we can see if their priorities align with ours. We also won’t make comments here whether their claims are valid or not. We will just focus on what they said. It is up to you to determine if you believe something can be done or not given the time frame the candidates themselves give.

VP Jejomar Binay

For VP Binay, the main problem facing the nation is poverty.Binay sloganHe asserts that he was able to help make Makati the way it is now – rich and prosperous. He stresses that he is a decisive and effective leader who is not bogged down by analysis-paralysis (ibig sabihin, hindi siya napaparalisa dala ng kakaisip). He also pointed out that there was underspending in government which led to under-performance. It is because of this underspending that some people have died without having received the necessary medicine.

On the issue of political dynasties, his position is that as long as a person is qualified and is willing to serve, this should not be a hindrance to public office.

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte

Mayor Duterte focused on the problems of crime and Duterte Slogancorruption. He promised to clean up the country and rid it of crime and corruption within three to six months. He explained that he will go after criminals and even put them to death as long as these actions are according to the rule of law. He said he would use the military and the police to go after these lawless elements.

He said that corruption was still the problem of the Philippines and that as long as there were incompetent or corrupt officials, things would remain the same.

Being from Mindanao, he also touched on two major issues: The national budget allotment of Mindanao and the Bangsamoro Basic Law. He complained that only 19% of the infrastructure budget was given to the area while 65% went to Metro Manila. He then asked how Mindanao was to develop with such a disparity. He is an advocate of federalism (allowing each region or state to have its own power without having to rely on the power of the central or national government) adding that he’d even offer this to Moro National Liberation Front chief Nur Misuari.

Senator Grace Poe

Senator Poe said her administration would allot 30% of the national budget for Mindanao adding that it was important for jobs to be created in the region. Her plan included the creation of a Mindanao Rail system, cementing around 2000 kms of roads, and the rehabilitation of dams to generate electricity. She expects these projects, especially the one for road creation, to provide temporary jobs but with the long-term benefit of attracting more tourists and investors to the area, which would then create a more steady job market.

Regarding the controversial BBL, she says there should be more transparent discussion of issues and should involve Maguindanaons, Tausugs, Badjao, and other groups like indigenous peoples and Christians.Grace Poe slogan

She approached the issue of nation building from the point of view of being a mother. She admitted being the newbie of the bunch but insisted that she had already seen what was needed by the government. She continued by saying that one does not need a long tenure as an executive to realize that the government’s help in things like transportation was sorely lacking.

She advocates change in agriculture calling for free irrigation and the creation of agri-industrial zones where the Departments of Agriculture and Trade and Industry would work hand-in-hand to promote the products of farmers. Included here is replanting of coconut trees to maximize the yield per hectare and identifying what high-value products should be planted by our farmers so that they reap the maximum benefit for their labor.

Former DILG Secretary Mar Roxas

The former DILG Secretary opened up the whole affair with his “driver” analogy asking what kind of driver would be best for a country. Unsurprisingly, he ended the analogy saying that one with the proper experience and the confidence of his former employer would be best.

Roxas SloganHe touted the achievements of the present administration saying that the economy had improved as evidenced by the numbers of the National Economic Development Authority and that Mindanao has had twice the amount of infrastructure in the last five years as compared to the 12 years prior to that.

He also spoke on the need to help the country’s fishermen by means of granting non-debilitating loans, providing them with fish-finder technology, and setting up post-catch facilities in the areas where the fishermen operate so that fish are sold fresher and profits are bigger.

He did not deny that he, himself, has had a good life but shared that it was such a life that he also wished for all Filipinos, one that was free from hunger and fear and one that allowed a person to freely dream.

Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago

Senator Santiago was her fiery self though a little less than what most people were used to.

She lamented the fact that though there was so much corruption, hardly anything had been done about it. Regarding all the promises made by her opponents, she addressed this by saying it was so easy to make promises but it was much harder to talk about implementation. She focused on the poverty programs mentioned and asked where the money would come from to get any of this done.Santiago slogan

She called for a bigger budget allocation for education, rural infrastructure, social welfare, and health care for the poor.

She also spoke on the issues of political dynasties and the problem with China. She advocated negotiations with China and other Asian countries adding that both the Americans and Chinese were merely trying to impose their will on the Philippines. She also expressed her opposition to political dynasties while admitting that a much clearer definition of what constituted such should be made.

 

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Photo taken from GMA 7 video.

Okay na?

Elections are not one-shot deals. We need to keep a close watch on these guys who make a lot of promises but may just point fingers at other people when things fail, people are already complaining, and blame is being hurled. Sisihan na kumbaga.

Why is this important? The President of the Philippines can easily determine how good or bad the lives of your loved ones will be for the next SIX years! Just imagine what a lousy President can do to the education of your children. Di ba gusto mo ring makauwi sana at hindi na umalis sa Pilipinas? Kung magaling ang Presidente natin, baka maging totoo iyon. Kung hindi, baka matagal pa ang kalbaryo mo na malayo ka sa asawa’t anak mo.

Isipin mo na lang din: Kaya nga nandito ang BeamAndGo para makatulong sa iyo at sa iyong pamilya. Makapagpapadala ka ng pagkain, gamot, at kung anu-ano pa sa kanila. Hindi ba maganda kung sa gobyerno mismo nararamdaman mong panatag ka parati na maaalagaan mo ang mga mahal mo sa buhay?

Meron pa tayong mga panahon para magpasya. Wag sana nating isarado ang ating isipan. Itong mga debateng ganito ang isa sa mga maaari nating gamitin para kilatisin nang maayos itong mga taong gustong mamuno sa atin.

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BeamAndGo friends in Hong Kong Salu-Salo event

多謝: Salu-salo ng mga OFWs sa Hong Kong!

 

Nagkasama, nagkita, at nagsaya ang mga Beamers, kanilang mga kaibigan, at ang mga kasama natin sa BeamAndGo sa isang salu-salo sa Hong Kong at kasama ang Mindanao Hong Kong Workers Federation (MinFed).

12716206_477443055798049_1169629487784935227_oNagkatuwaan ang lahat sa mga games at mga raffle na ginawa. Aside from the games and raffles, there was a lot of sharing and enjoying each other‘s company. Ganoon ang Pilipino. Pag nagsasama-sama, may tawanan, mahalan, at siyempre pa, kainan! Para mas maganda, nagbigay ng mga regalo ang I-Remit at Generika Drugstore. May duda pa bang mahal tayo ng mga merchant natin sa BeamAndGo?

Sa Generika pa lang, sampung tao na ang nakakuha ng mga t-shirt at may sobrang swerte pang nakakuha ng Php 1000 na gift certificate na maaaring gamitin sa BeamAndGo. Sigurado at ligtas na ang pagpadala sa Pilipinas ng pambili ng gamot, libre pa. Saan ka pa?

Sa I-Remit naman, may mga nakakuha ng powerbank (hindi na sila malo-low batt!), selfie sticks, mga multi-purpose mesh cases, sling bags, at windbreakers! May pang selfie na, may pamporma pa sa panahon ng taglamig. Wagi!

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Nandoon ang mga bida natin sa BeamAndGo – si Jonathan E. Chua, Albert Christian Go, Vanessa Cartera, Tom Acuesta, at Raizza Encinas. Nagtulong-tulong silang lahat para siguraduhing buo ang barkada lalo pa’t pagpapasalamat at patuloy na pagtulong ang pinag-uusapan. Namigay din sila ng mga naggagandahang mga BeamAndGo t-shirts.

Sikat na sikat dito siyempre ang MinFed. Pinasalamatan talaga sila sa event na ito dahil na rin sa mga naging pagsuporta sa BeamAndGo at sa pagtatanghal ng kulturang Mindanao sa ibang Pilipino at sa mga ibang lahi. Makikita ngayon ng iba na hindi lang Luzon o Visayas o dili kaya’y Metro Manila lang ang Pilipinas. Hindi kukulangin sa 26 ang mga miyembro nilang dumating.12696953_477443822464639_7671935342286487578_o

Sabi ni Cindy Pesidas Encabo, kasalukuyang namumuno sa MinFed, ang pinakaproblema nga raw ng mga nagtatrabaho sa Hong Kong ay ang paglustay ng perang padala nila.

Narinig na ninyo siguro ang kwentong ito: Magpapadala kunwari ng Php 1000 ang isang OFW para sa groceries ng pamilya sa Pilipinas. Malalaman na lang ng kawawang OFW na kalahati lang pala ang ginamit sa groceries. Ang natira, pinanlibre na ng mga kabarkada ng kanilang paboritong toma o alak.

Dahil sa mga digital GC ng BeamAndGo at sa pagtuturo sa kanila, mas naging handa na ang isang OFW sa mas siguradong pagpapadala sa Pilipinas.12657807_477443685797986_1912665462331426362_o

Naikwento ni Cindy na nung una, nagdududa pa sila dahil daw hindi pa naman matagal na kumpanya ang BeamAndGo. Pero natuwa silang lahat nung nasubukan na nila kung gaano kadaling bumili ng GC at ipadala ito sa pamilya sa Pilipinas. Hindi lang ito sobrang daling gawin, mas maganda pa ang naidudulot nito sa mga mag-asawa o sa iba-ibang mga kapamilya.

Halimbawa dito ang mga mag-asawang dahil hindi nagkakasundo sa pagbili ng pang-araw-araw na pangangailangan, nauuwi sa sigawan. Dahil sa BeamAndGo at sa mga GC nito, hindi makapaglulustay ang isang tao ng perang padala ng OFW.

Kita mo na? Nakatutulong ang BeamAndGo para mas magkaunawaan ang mga mag-asawa habang napangangalagaan ang kapayapaan sa pagitan ng mag-asawa.

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Mga masasayang Beamer kasama si BeamAndGo CEO, Jonathan Chua, si Vanessa Cartera at si Raizza Encinas.

Siyempre, we also had visitors. HelperChoice was there to give a short talk on how they could help OFWs especially in finding good employers and protecting themselves from abuse.

Ganito talaga dito sa BeamAndGo. Masaya na, marami ka pang makikilala para hindi ka malungkot. Bukod pa doon, may mga matututunan ka ukol sa pag-alaga ng pera mo. Sagot ka namin. 

Baka hindi ka pa namin member. Para talagang matulungan ka namin, punta ka lang dito. Hihintayin ka namin. Kapag di pa kayo kumbinsido, panuorin niyo na lang ang video ng Salu-Salo sa ilalim.