Every first month of the year, entrepreneurs / entrepinoys / businessmen are busy for their business permits renewals, land tax, depends on the business but some businesses are busy also applying for their employees’ working permits.
Just before Christmas, we had our Induction of Officers and Members of our Association with a list of honorable guests headed by Mayor Florencio Jun Bernabe. I’m thankful that the event went on smoothly despite of the last minute problems we’ve encountered. I could say that it was indeed a success. Some guest didn’t make it like Congressman Eduardo Zialcita but he send over the Head Executive Assistant Mr. Caloy Vinculado. We also have Paranaque City Health Department Head Dr. Olga Virtucio, Baclaran Councilor Roland Gabriel and City Administrator Atty. Nelson De Jesus.
When our Honorable Mayor delivered his inspirational talk, I don’t know if everybody were happy with what he had just announced. I know that everybody was worried with their business. I don’t want to elaborate them here either. After his speech, I’m no longer in the good mood to deliver mine. I’ve disregard my prepared speech and went impromptu reacting to “inspirational talks” of our honorable guests.
Reuters reported that the peso hit 41.62 per dollar, gaining just 0.2 percent from Friday, but taking its rise in the past month to 3.7 percent and its gains this year to almost 18 percent. I’ve exchanged my dollar yesterday at SM Mall of Asia for PHP41.40 per dollar.
It is normal that the Philippines have low demand of dollar during Christmas season. We have an estimated of 8 million Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) and other Filipinos abroad who send dollars to their families here for the Christmas season.
Did I mention that Filipinos have the longest celebration of Christmas? Yup, you read it right. We started preparing for the upcoming holiday as early as you can imagine. 90% of Filipinos are Roman Catholics that’s why, plus the culture and traditions we have.
Stonger Peso? Strong just because we have reach the lowest exchange rate? For the record, OFW are the ones who’s sending the money here. They’re working hard for their family and our country. Its not easy raising the family if you’re physically absent on their side. Lower currency exchange rate means lower remittance.
As far as I know, a stronger peso means a “better economy”. Unemployment rate is high and you can smell poverty around.
Two weeks ago, the local Government of Paranaque City distributed letters addressed to establishment owners informing them that they should comply to the necessary business permits and working permits of individual employees. It indicated there the penalties for each violation. Around 8pm tonight, the business inspectors of Paranaque City Hall joined forces with Paranaque Police and Baranggay Tanods inspected all Restaurants, Bars and KTVs in Baclaran. They’ve inspected the necessary documents of each establishments. Establishments caught without business permits were closed immediately literally as they’ve put pieces of woods to block the establishments’ door and posted big red stickers indicating that the business is closed by the local government. From Airport Road alone, they were 7 establishments closed immediately.
Baclaran Nightlife There is always a solution for lonely nights in Parañaque, and for fine gentlemen they may visit Baclaran’s Airport Road strip known throughout the country. Watch performances by world-class music bands while being entertained by the most beautiful ladies from all over the islands and imbibing in a nonstop supply of San Miguel. Go bar-hopping until sunrise. No need to worry about the bill, for the joints in Baclaran offer the lowest prices.
I went for novena to Mother of Perpetual Help in Baclaran yesterday, a regular Wednesday habit. The difference was I have to stroll around and look for native stuffs for my sister in law in California, today is my father in law’s flight to US, a business and some vacation perhaps.
Anyway, as I looked around, I’ve noticed that there’s a lot of ukay-ukay stores around. Do I have to mention that I am a native of Baclaran. I’m not fond of ukay-ukay and I don’t have anything against ukay ukay. I’ve been to ukay-ukay capital in the Philippines also the summer capital, its just that I dont like to wear stuffs worn by others, its as simple as that. As I passed by these stores, it made me smile, it looks like they’re giving income to the local Government. Yesterday was first Wednesday of the month, and usually a lot of people are coming over to take their devotion to Mama Mary, after novena people tend to shop around. With a lot of buyers, that means good business. But wait, is the relief goods issue resolved already?
Another reason that ukay ukay made me smile was my bestfriend. Her husband is a OFW with a two years contract, they are still paying their house at the moment, sad to say that their income is not enough. She had no choice but to stay home, her mom asked her to dispose all their old clothes and stuff from her mom’s home. The old things were just stuffed in a huge cabinet, she took them all to her house in Indang, Cavite. Although these are used items but I could say that they’re still A-OK, they are mostly branded – clothes, bags, shoes, wallets and some kitchen wares. My friend told me, “Talagang may pera sa basura”, this is a blessing already to make both ends meet especially on their situation now. She didn’t have any intention of putting up such business before but she’s blessed already that she heard what God led her to be. I’m really happy for her.
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