Kadto ta sa Iloilo Supermart! Bonding ideas para sa mga kapwa OFW

Marami rin ang lalaking OFW. Yun nga lang iba siyempre ang kadalasang trabaho nila. Sa maraming mga lalaking Ilonggo, isa na sa pinakamadalas na trabaho ang pagiging marino. Ibang klaseng pakikipagsapalaran sa malalayong lugar at wala kang ibang makita kundi barko ninyo at ang parang walang katapusang dagat. Tubig lang sa kaliwa, sa kanan, sa harapan, at sa likuran. Iyan ang buhay marino at sa araw-araw, alam mong miss na miss mo na ang asawa mo at ang mga anak mo.

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Kapag nakarating na sa Pilipinas uli, aba, gimik na! Shopping na! Ilabas na ang lahat ng frustration na hindi kasama ang pamilya.

Start Now: Provide for your family’s basic needs! Click here to choose from BeamAndGo’s wide range of supermarket partners.

Ganyan si Captain Dondi Acuesta. More than 29 years in service bilang isang marino na nagdadala ng tanker vessel sa iba’t-ibang lugar – Sweden, Germany, Norway, at sa iba pang lugar sa Europa. Galing no? Pero kung tatanungin ninyo siya, ano ang sasabihin niyang mas gusto niyang gawin?

Mas gugustuhin niyang pumunta ng Iloilo Supermart kasama ang asawang si Agnes na 26 years na in service sa government. Ngayon naman, siya ay isang School Registrar sa Iloilo State College of Fisheries.

Malalaki na ang mga anak nila. Si Tom ay isang Creative Professional sa BeamAndGo, si Pearl ay isang account manager ng isang fashion styling company, si Ereka ay nag-aaral ng Culinary Arts sa College of St. Benilde, at si Doneza, aba, first year proper na sa med school.

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Bili na! The family can’t wait!

Hindi biro ang makapagpalaki ng ganyan. Hindi rin biro ang buwan-buwan mo silang hindi kasama at hindi nakikitang lumaki. Kaya nga sobrang halaga ng mga bonding moment sa mga lugar na tulad ng Iloilo Supermart. Sa sandaling panahong iyon, bawing-bawi na ang mga panahon ng pangungulila.

Kuha na ng BeamAndGo GC para sa Iloilo Supermart!

Halimbawa, to celebrate, gawa na ng spaghetti! O kaya pangahasang gumawa ng La Paz batchoy sa bahay. At para maganda, kailangang bumili ng sariwang karne at iba pang mga sahog. Alam ninyo naman, kung hindi sariwa, iba ang lasa. Swerte lang at sigurado kang sariwa lahat sa Iloilo Supermart. Malapit na sa bahay, maaliwalas pa, masarap pa ang mga benta.

Gusto mo mas mag-manage ng iyong finances?

Tumingin lang dito.

Puro good time na lang ba?

Family bonding e pero paano ba maging good parent sa loob ng isang supermarket? Kasama sa mga pagsubok nina Dondi at Agnes ang maituro sa mga anak nila ang tamang paggamit ng pera. Sabi nga ng matatanda: Hindi iyan tumutubo sa puno.

Idea 1: Compare prices. With a place like Iloilo Supermart, you don’t just have one brand of spaghetti sauce. Look at all the varieties available. Tapos, isipin mo: Ako ba ay sobrang walang oras o tinatamad na hindi ko kayang maggisa at maghalo ng tomato sauce at giniling na karne at keso? Baka mas marami kang magawa at mapakain kung sa halip na ready-made ang bibilhin mo, ikaw mismo ang magluto.

Idea 2: Learn to window shop for future planning. Ano kamo? Walay ka pang kwarta kaya tingin lang muna. Tignan mo kung anu-ano kaya ang magandang ihanda. Halimbawa, para sa isang darating na birthday. Baka may gusto kang panregalo. May pera ka na ba? Baka kailangan mong mag-ipon. So, ipon muna! Ganyan din kasi ang turo nina Dondi at Agnes sa mga anak: Kung wala ka pang pera, wag manghingi. Pag-ipunan mo ang gusto mo. Kung birthday mo, puede ka sigurong manghingi pero kung hindi, sariling kayod, di ba, anak?

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Ito kaya? O ito? Ay magugustuhan nila ito!

Idea 3: Don’t give too much allowance. Kids, don’t ask for too much allowance. Yung tipong sakto lang. Ano ba ang kailangang pera sa school para makakain? Yun naman dapat ang allowance e. Kung may gusto ka, save 10% ng baon. So kung may PHP 1,000 per week, aba, dapat naman at least may matitirang PHP 100 sa dulo ng linggo. Isipin ninyo na lang, kung PHP 100 kada linggo, sa dulo ng isang taon, mayroong PHP 5,200 siguro ang isang bata. Hindi na biro iyon!

Idea 4: Andyan ang BeamAndGo. Gamit na ng mga digital gift certificate para siguradong mabantayan ang lahat ng gastos. Mas madaling mag-budget gamit ang mga GC ng BeamAndGo. Wala nang hassle, aalagaan ka pa nang todo sa Iloilo Supermart.

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Madaling mag-manage ng gastos basta gamit ang mga GC.

Ganyan dapat ang mga magulang: Kailangang magturo magtipid at pahalagahan ang pera pero, kapag puede naman din, salu-salo na. Habang wala pang bagong lakad si Daddy sa kanyang barko, game na game na. Kain na muna lahat!

Punta na sa BeamAndGo website at pumili na ng gusto mong GC!

 

 

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Ang magaling na OFW, marunong mag-budget ng grocery!

Masarap magtrabaho sa abroad dahil mas marami ka nang pera. Mabibili mo na ang mga hindi mo noon mabili para sa sarili mo at para sa asawa mo at mga anak mo. Ngayon, makakabili ka na ng gamot ni Nanay at ni Tatay at hindi na nila kailangang magbawas ng dosage o kaya lumiban sa pag-inom nito. Maganda na ang buhay.

Dahil naman sa BeamAndGo, mas makasisiguro kang may mga grocery na puede nang puntahan ng mga mahal mo sa buhay.

Puede ka rin namang pumunta sa aming partner na I-Remit para masilip mo ang aming menu at ang aming grocery partners. Dahil sa I-Remit, puede kang magbayad ng diretso sa kanila at kami na ang bahalang magpadala ng BeamAndGo gift certificate sa pamilya mo.

Pero meron bang malapit na grocery partner ng BeamAndGo sa inyo? Eto sila:

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Branches: Gaisano Capital has more than 27 branches in Visayas and Mindanao. List of branches, store hours, and addresses can be accessed here

Review: Sikat na sikat na supermarket chain in Central Visayas, particularly Cebu.  It has a wide selection of grocery items. Our secret is use it for department store purchases!

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GMALL (Gaisano Mall of Davao)

Branches: GMall has branches in Davao, Tagum, Toril, Gensan, at Digos. List of branches, store hours, and addresses can be accessed here.

Review: Davao OFWs are one of the most resilient, honest, and respectful Filipinos. We asked our members in Davao which supermarket chain they prefer, and unanimously, they picked G Mall. There’s no need to wait because G Mall is now part of the Beamer family.

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Iloilo Supermart

Branches: Iloilo Supermart is a supermarket chain with 8 branches in Iloilo City. List of branches, store hours, and addresses can be accessed here.

Review: Did you know that Iloilo is a world’s recruitment haven for seamen? More than 180,000 Ilonggos are now working overseas! If you are one of them, this is your chance to try Iloilo Supermart!

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LCC Supermarket 

Branches: There are LCC  branches in Daet, Iriga, Legazpi, Masbate, Naga, Sorsogon, and Tabaco. List of branches, store hours, and addresses can be accessed here.

Review: Ang mga taga Bicol, kilalang kilala sa kanilang masasarap na pagkain gaya ng pinangat at laing. All the known ingredients can be bought at LCC. Best of all, it’s affordable.

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Prince Retail

Branches: Prince Retail is a Hypermart which has branches in Negros Occidental, Cebu, Silay, Leyte, and Zamboanga. List of branches, store hours, and addresses can be accessed here.

Review: If you want to start your own Sari-sari store, look no further. Prince Warehouse is located even in the outskirts “sulok sulokan.”

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San Roque Supermarket

Branches: San Roque Supermarket has 10 branches in Luzon. List of branches, store hours, and addresses can be accessed here.

Review: This Supermaket is BeamAndGo’s first merchant. We love it because OFWs get the best prices. No further explanation needed.

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Branches: Super 8 Supermarket has branches in Laguna, Cavite, Metro Manila, Tarlac, Pangasinan, Pampanga, and Bulacan. List of branches, store hours, and addresses can be accessed here.

Review: This place is “super!” The prices are affordable and what’s best is the variety of items. Everything you need in your household can be bought here.

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Branches: Johnson’s Supermart has 2 branches in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte. List of branches, store hours, and addresses can be accessed here.

Review:  Nothing can beat a neighborhood favorite and that is exactly what Johnson’s Supermart is. Trusted by most folks in Ilocos Norte, this place has gained both the popularity and hearts of many.

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Branches: Jenra Supermarket and Jumbo Jenra has branches in San Fernando (Sindalan), Dau, and Angeles . List of branches, store hours, and addresses can be accessed here.

Review: This is a no frills supermarket!  That makes it the most affordable in Pampanga. It’s so popular among sari-sari store owners, they even have a special lane!

Let’s make a plan!

Ngayong alam na natin kung sino nga ba ang mga partner ng BeamAndGo, budget muna! Hindi naman puedeng gastos nang gastos. Plan muna tayo.

Ano-ano ba ang mga pangangailangan ng bawat isang anak? Ng asawa? Ng magulang? Sino pa ba ang ibang tao sa bahay ninyo? May kailangan ba para sa kanila?

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Magkano nga ba talaga?

Ngayon, gawa tayo ng plano. Dapat ba ang shopping every week, every two weeks, o every month? Kung hindi naman malaki ang refrigerator o bahay ninyo, sa weekly shopping na lang tayo. Mahirap na ang daming binibili kasi nakatutuksong ubusin lang ang lahat. Baka manakawan ka pa. Better siguro, para sa marami sa atin, weekly budget na lang.

Tignan mo naman kung magkakano ang mga puede mong ipadalang amount gamit ang BeamAndGo.

Hangga’t maaari, kailangan mong ilista ang lahat ng pangangailangan nila tapos, sa maaabot ng makakaya mo, subukan mong tandaan kung magkano ang bawat isa. Sa gayon, mas matatantsya mo kung magkano nga ba ang dapat mong ipadala.

Take note ha: Wag maging hero. Hindi ka si Santa Claus. Kung ano lang ang kailangan. May panahon para sa party. Everyday needs lang muna. O may rough estimate ka na?

Ready na? Let’s go to BeamAndGo!

Kung gusto mo rin naman, punta na sa I-Remit branch na malapit sa iyo at tignan ang aming menu doon.

Kapag may karagdagang katanungan, we’ll be happy to attend to your needs. You may email us at support@beamandgo.com or call the numbers below:

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The Power of Women

BeamAndGo believes profoundly in the power of women and how our sisters, mothers, and friends contribute concretely and positively to our combined future. This faith was shown to be nothing less than true when recently, two days before the world celebrated International Women’s Day last March 8, a march was held in Edmonton in Alberta, Canada with the support of no less than 40 Filipinos.

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Litrato mula sa Inquirer.net

Ano ang sigaw nila? Bigyan ng mas mabuting serbisyo at pangangalaga ang mga Pilipinong nagtatrabaho sa ibang bansa lalo pa ang mga kababaihan. Tulad ng marami dito sa Pilipinas, sawa na sila sa mga pangakong napapako. Sawa na rin sila sa mga artistang walang puhunan sa halalan kundi ang kanilang kasikatan sa pinilakang tabing.

“Voters really need to reflect and understand who they’re really voting for,” sabi ni Clarizze Truscott,pangulo ng Kabisig Society sa Fort Saskatchewan sa Canada sa isang panayam sa Inquirer.net.

Dagdag pa niya, “A huge source of income for the Philippines is OFW remittances. People should be reflective and vote for candidates who will serve OFW interests and who will provide them with protections (sic) and support…not just lip service as we’ve seen so many do.”

Maraming mga binubunong isyu ang mga kababayan natin sa Canada. Siyempre pa, nandiyan na ang katotohanang they had to leave their husbands and children behind to give them a better future. Hindi biro-biro iyon. Bukod pa doon, mas mahirap pang umuwi sa Pilipinas kung ikukumpara sa mga kapatid natin sa Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, atbp.

Related: Experiencing Filipino Warmth in Cold Canada ; Kwentong Beamer: Kanya-kanyang kwento ; 多謝: Salu-salo ng mga OFWs sa Hong Kong!

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Litrato ni Sidney Snoeck

Marami rin sa kanila ang hindi pa permanent resident sa Canada at alam na alam nila ang takot na baka mawalan ng trabaho at mapilitang pauwiin ng Canadian government. Sa ngayon, may mga hindi mabigyan ng PR status at di nila malaman ang dahilan. Dahil dito, no choice kundi uwi na lang. Wala tuloy ang planong pagtulong sa pamilya.

Halimbawa, may isa tayong kababayan na hindi naging PR doon dahil daw sa “medical inadmissibility”. Para sa kanya, ano raw ang ibig sabihin noon? Bakit may ganoon? Kasi autistic ang anak niya. Ang lungkot at nakababasag naman ng puso na iyon pa ang ginamit na dahilan sa kanya.

Kaya nga hinihimok nila ang lahat, lalo pa ang mga kapwa OFW at ang mga pamilya nito na maging totoong mapanuri sa kanilang pagpili ng kanilang mga iboboto. Hindi na puede ang bastang sikat lang o yung nagsasabi parati ng maglilingkod daw sa masa pero wala pa namang nagagawa.

Mahalaga naman talaga ang pagboto at ang pagboto nang tama at totoong napag-isipan. Panahon na talaga na hindi lang matuwa sa dating artista o boksingero. Kailangang tanungin ang sarili: Alam kaya nito ang trabaho ng isang Presidente? Ng Bise Presidente? Ng Senador? Kongresista? Mayor? Councilor?

Hindi basta-basta ang Pinoy

Sabi ng Merryn Edwards, isa sa mga nag-ayos ng 92876381_2331bd0104marcha sa Canada, na mismong mga Pilipina ang nagpamulat sa kanya sa kahalagahan ng kilos politika. Ipinaliwanag niya na ipinapasa lang sa balikat ng mga Pilipinang “live-in caregiver” ang responsibilidad ng pag-aalaga sa mga bata o matanda. Wala naman sanang problema iyon kung hindi nga lang ba dahil sa uri ng trabahong ito, para na rin silang second-class workers at hindi lahat ng karapatan na binibigay sa ibang nagtatrabaho ay ibinibigay rin sa kanila. Para kay Edwards, hindi ito nakabubuti sa kahit kanino – Pilipino man o Canadian.

Ikaw? Ano ang kilos na maaari mong gawin para sa higit na ikabubuti ng kapwa Pilipino? Hindi na panahon ng pagiging makasarili. Panahon na ngayon para isipin ang kapakanan ng bayan at ng kapwa tao.

Baka naman sinasabi ninyong busy kayo o ano ba ang magagawa ng isang katulad mo. Tandaan: Ang mga Pilipinang nagpamulat sa Canadian na si Merryn Edwards ay mga kapwa Pilipino, mga caregiver na tulad rin nating lahat.

Ano nga ba ang maaari mong magawa? Una, may ilang linggo pa bago maghalalan. Pag-usapan na kasama ng mga kaibigan kung anu-ano ba ang mahahalagang dapat sana’y pinagtutuunan ng pansin ng mga kandidato. Anu-anong isyu ba ang tinututukan ng mga kandidato mo? May tinututukan ba siya? Baka naman puro, “Gusto kong maglingkod sa masa!” o “Panalo ang masang Pilipino!” lang ang kayang sabihin.

Simple lang naman e: Sa bawat problema, may pagsubok ng lunas. Kahit magkamali sa solusyon (okay lang magkamali) at least dapat may plano ang kandidato mo. Marami diyang mahilig magsalita na gusto nilang tulungan ang mahihirap. Sinagot na ba niya kung paano?

Pagkatapos noon, subukan ninyong tignan kung totoo ba ang mga sinasabi nila. Halimbawa, sa Presidential Debates, may isang nagsabi na gusto niyang magkaroon ng mga agri-industrial zone para sa mga magsasaka. So, iisipin mong “Ay, oo. Tama nga naman.” Pero, hindi niya sinabing lampas na sa dalawampu ang mga agri-industrial zone ang meron ngayon sa buong bansa. Hindi naman yata fair.

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O, hindi naman puro Facebook na lang. Puede tayong mag-usap ng mahahalagang bagay.

Iba na ngayon

Dati, puro mga lalaki lang daw ang dapat nag-uusap tungkol sa politika. Tapos na ang panahon na iyon. Yesterday’s news na iyon. Sino ba ang malaki ang naitutulong ngayon sa pangangalaga ng pamilya? Di ba ikaw? Dahil doon, malaki ang karapatan mong pumili ng mga pinuno natin at magreklamo sa kanilang kakulangan.

Panahon na, babae. Makialam ka. Now na.

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For more Philippine politics and election-related discussions relevant to OFWs globally, these previous articles by BeamAndGo may interest you:

Lowering taxes and preventing another Balikbayan Box controversy

The Right to Suffrage or Suffer

Ayan. Nagsalita na sila. The Philippine Presidential Debates

Who can you trust? 6 things Filipinos want in our next President

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

Who can you trust? 6 things Filipinos want in our next President

Presidential Elections! One of the most important things in the life of a Filipino. Kailan pa ba tayo maaaring makapili ng mamumuno sa atin? Dito may pagkakataon tayong sabihing “Tama na!” sa isang politiko at itulak naman sa bagong uri ng paglilingkod ang isa pa. Fun times! Kadalasan nga, fiesta pa, di ba?

Paano nga ba tayo pipili ng tamang kandidato? Marami silang ipinagsasabi diyan – ipagpapatuloy ang isinulong at ipinaglaban ng ama, mahirap lang din daw siya, sa diretsong daan daw yung iba, may kamay na bakal naman ang isa, at kung anu-ano pa. Maraming drama at maraming kwentong isinusulong para lang isipin mong naaayon sila sa mga bagay na pinahahalagahan mo.

The latest Philippine Trust Index (the one for 2015) indicates that there has been a very noticeable decline in how much trust the President of the Republic now has. In 2012, it was around 28%. Now, it’s a much lower 15%. Amusingly, trust in the Senate and the Congress is even more saddening with 10% and 8%. Paano naman ang local government? Dito medyo mas maganda. Sa mga sangay ng goberyno, ito ang pinakamataas ngayon ang rating.

Ano ngayon ito sa iyo?

Panahon mag-prioritize! Kailangan nating isipin kung ano nga mas makabubuti para sa atin, sa ating pamilya, at sa ating buong bayan.

Sabi nga ng Philippine Trust Index, ito ang mga nangungunang pinahahalagahan ng mga Pilipino:

  • Ensure national peace and security
  • Help the poor address their basic needs such as housing, food, and education
  • Improve Philippine economy
  • Put corrupt politicians in jail
  • Prepare communities for disasters and calamities
  • Provide better job opportunities for Filipinos

Kita mo na? Tama naman ang pinahahalagahan natin. Gamit itong mga ito, una siguro nating gawin ay salain ang mga politikong nangangako ng kung anu-ano at tignan kung may tumutugon nga ba sa mga nabanggit natin sa itaas. Game? Game!sample_shading_ballot

Itanong mo ang sarili mo ang mga sumusunod:

  • May mga nagawa na ba siya ukol sa binanggit natin sa itaas?
  • May plataporma ba siya para sa peace, security and order?
  • Ano ang masasabi niya sa pagtulong sa mahihirap para matugunan nila ang mga pangangailangan para sa tirahan, pagkain, at pag-aaral?
  • May kakayahan ba siyang ipinakita na sa pangangalaga ng ekonomiya?
  • May lakas ba siya ng loob at kakayahang ipakulong ang mga tiwaling mga politiko kahit kaalyado pa?
  • May programa ba siya para sa tunay na paghahanda sa mga kalamidad?
  • May naipakita na ba siyang kakayahan o may nagawa na ba siyang proyekto para makapagbigay ng trabaho sa mga mamamayan?

Hindi puedeng sikat lang. We’ve seen the governments of the countries we’re in. We’ve seen how they work and how they are able to get concrete change done. Hindi ba natin puedeng ipangarap ito para sa sarili nating bansa?

Maraming Pilipinong nawalan na ng pag-asa sa mga dapat naglilingkod sa atin kaya iniisip nilang sila na lang ang bahala sa buhay nila, sa pamilya nila.

It can’t be like that. We have to do our work, do our part in nation building but we also have to make sure that we elect good people to office. Hindi puedeng yung sikat lang. Hindi puedeng yung anak lang ng kung sinong sikat din. Dapat siya, may nagawa na rin. Siya mismo. Hindi rin puedeng yung namimigay ng t-shirt, kendi, o kaya pera pa.

Part of our trying to make our lives better as OFWs even if our politicians are still trying to get their acts together is making sure our own families get fed and get what they need so that they’re healthy and able to do what they want to do with their lives.

Hindi ka nga politiko pero puede ka pa ring makatulong. Paano? Nandito ang BeamAndGo para siguruhing mas makakatulong ka. Dahil mas makasisiguro kang maayos ang padala mo sa mga mahal mo gamit ang BeamAndGo, panahon na rin na ipakalat mo ang balita sa mga kakilala mo. Share mo lang sa kanila ito: www.beamandgo.com o kaya panuorin niyo lang kung papaano makakatulong ang BeamAndGo sa mga OFWs na katulad niyo.

Kaunti lang itong tulong. At least sigurado ka na ang mga padala nila sa mga kapamilya nila ay makararating nang maayos at hindi maaaring lustayin sa maling paraan.

Dagdag Sahod Pang OFW: Wag ipagsapalaran

The Philippine Daily Inquirer recently ran a story saying that employers in Singapore now have to pay domestic helpers at least SGD 550. This is SGD 50 more than the former minimum amount of SGD 500. This developed after the Indonesian embassy in Singapore made an announcement that domestic helpers from that country had to be paid SGD at least SGD 550. While the Philippine embassy in Singapore did not come out with an announcement of its own, it was reportedly processing fewer applications for the employment of domestic helpers since many of the applications made mention of salaries deemed too low. What does this mean? Domestic helpers in Singapore thus get a pay raise of SGD 50 to a maximum of SGD 150 depending on how much they currently get. So, paano? Gimik na? Maybe it’s best if we begin by talking about what not to do. Pero paano mo nga ba malalaman kung paano at ano ba ang dapat mong iwasan? Siguro naranasan mo na dati na maraming lumalapit o umaaligid sa iyo basta may pera ka. Ganoon talaga. Basta meron ka, kapag tumaas ang sahod mo, may gusto agad makinabang. Ang malungkot, minsan iyong itinuturing mo pang kaibigan o mismong kamag-anak mo pa ang ganoon. What we need now is to discuss what we shouldn’t be doing with our money especially in a place that’s not our country. These things we DON’T suggest you do:

  1. Be a guarantor in someone’s loan. There are just way too many stories of friendships crumbling and a kawawang Pilipino having to avoid jail time because he or she was a guarantor in someone else’s loan. How does this even start? Person A wants to get a loan because of whatever reason. Gambling is one reason and starting a new business is another. Problem is, Person A needs a guarantor so that the lender of money will allow the loan. What this means is that if you become the guarantor, you’re telling the lender that if Person A, who borrowed the money, can’t pay the loan, the lender can look at you and ask you for the money. You sure you want to be in that situation? Also, be aware that some money lenders are notorious in Singapore for resorting to scare tactics or even physical violence to get their money back. Just check the news. If someone asks that you become a guarantor, politely say “No.” If that “friend” doesn’t meet with you anymore after that, congratulations! You’ve been able to find a “non-friend” and you’re better off being far away from that person.
  2. Start lending money. When some people hear that you’re now earning more, they think that it’s okay to borrow money. No, you do not become an evil person if you say “No.” This is both for Singapore friends or friends and family back home. Real friends and family will understand. Fair-weather friends who are only out to get money will leave. Best to know now who they are and find some real friends who will love and care for you regardless of how much money you have.
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    Sabi nga ng matatanda: Walang manloloko kung walang magpapaloko.
  3. Start looking for business opportunities indiscriminately. Some people will entice you with this or that get-rich scheme wherein you have to be a member of their group and pay regular fees.
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    Naku, may extra money ka? Maraming bubulong sa iyo kung paano ka raw puede makinabang dito. INGAT! Kadalasan, yung nagbulong sa iyo ang talagang makikinabang.

    Unless you’re very business-savvy or have someone who can truly look after your welfare, don’t fall into this trap. Even those supposedly proven companies listed with the New York Stock Exchange require you to buy and sell their consumer products costing four, five, six, or even more times than your usual toothpaste, shampoo, soap, etc. These products may be nice but face it, to make real money, you need to recruit more people and you just don’t have that time unless you want to risk not doing your real job.Also remember: Doing business is not for everyone and it isn’t easy. The greater majority of start-ups end up closing their doors and the owners looking for work. There is no shame in admitting that you’re really best in working with an organisation rather than leading one. Forcing yourself to lead an organisation when you are obviously not the next Mark Zuckerberg may just be disastrous. Worse, that trust your present employer has in you may forever be lost.

  4. Give in to the usual requests. People will ask for what they usually ask for – chocolates, shoes, laptops, cell phones, tablets, etc. Unless it’s Christmas, give a very gentle “No.” When it is Christmas or maybe someone’s birthday or graduation, have a definite budget for gifts. Listen to requests and consider them and then put these requests beside your set budget. If they don’t fit in your budget, they don’t fit in your budget. Move on. There are more important things like looking at what your family REALLY needs.
  5. Get involved in a one-way relationship. Yes, you may be lonely at times but there will always be people who truly value you who will not keep asking for material things. If you notice that in your relationship, you need to keep paying for trips, food, and even clothes, cell phones, computers, etc. you are definitely in a relationship that’s beneficial for just one party and that party is not you. Get out and find friends who don’t care how much money you have.

So ano na lang ang gagawin mo? Pag-uusapan pa natin ito at dapat mong abangan ang mga maaari mong gawin sa pera mo.

Ang una mong dapat gawin ay tignan kung ano nga ba ang mga tunay na pangangailangan mo at ng pamilya mo sa Pilipinas. Dapat sa mga ito naaayon ang mga plano mo.

Actually, it’s only in the beginning where this is an issue. You have to figure things out at the very start, stick to it as much as possible, and only changing your plans when true emergencies happen. Remember: Hindi true emergency and bagong labs na iPhone na gusto ng asawa o kapatid mo.

Ang pinakamainam mong gawin ngayon? Pumunta na sa BeamAndGo at pumili ng mga bagay na tunay na kailangan ng mga minamahal.

Experiencing Filipino Warmth in Cold Canada

I was in chilly Toronto last October when I had the absolute pleasure of interacting with our counterparts at I-Remit Canada, namely: Belinda Lim-Herrera, Canada Country Manager and Simeon Sarte, Toronto Branch Head. Almost immediately, I was blown away (not by the cold weather) by the hospitality and warmth of the I-Remit team. I was treated to a scrumptious Italian feast at Frankie Tomatto’s in Markham, where we had a ridiculously filling spread consisting of salads, pasta, pizza, meatballs, and of course, dessert.

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It was also over lunch when I learned about I-Remit’s beginnings in Canada as International Remittance (former name), rumors of a Jollibee branch opening in Toronto and stories about Filipino-Canadians—from the lola selling Filipino delicacies to support her sister’s grandchildren and remitting the proceeds back to the Philippines at the end of the day at I-Remit to engineers in Alberta who work and live in the plant and shuttled off to town on Sundays to do their errands.

There are over IMG_5287720,000 Filipinos (Commission on Overseas Filipinos) in the country today. When I asked Simon where most of our “kababayans” reside in Toronto, he said, “While the Chinese are in Markham or Richmond Hill, the Jewish are in Bathurst, Filipinos are everywhere.” It’s certainly astonishing how Filipinos can easily adapt to any environment and build a life anywhere. True enough, everywhere I went, I would meet Filipinos who would give service with a big smile.

I also visited the I-Remit branch at 3776 Bathurst St. corner Wilson St., Toronto, where Filipino bakeries, restaurants and groceries have begun to sprout since I-Remit opened its doors in the early 2000’s. Indeed it has become a mini gathering point for Filipinos, but still not quite as huge as Lucky Plaza in Singapore and World Wide Plaza in Hong Kong.

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It was so gratifying to hear from the team and customers how BeamAndGo has helped OFWs apportion a specific budget from their remittances to their families’ monthly grocery spending. The company was built precisely for the purpose of helping Filipinos abroad by providing an alternative means for them to provide the basic needs for their families in the Philippines. It warms my heart to hear that the service we built is being used by the people it was intended for.

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With the humble beginnings of our partner I-Remit and their story on how they grew the business, we are confident that more Filipinos in Canada will entrust their “alternative remittances” to BeamAndGo.

For more information about BeamAndGo and its services, Filipinos in Canada may visit our website at http://www.BeamAndGo.com or drop by at any of I-Remit’s Canada branches listed at http://www.myiremit.com/canada.php