For Filipinos: From a foreigner

Philippines
October 24, 2007 11:04pm CST
I got this from my email. I am not sure if this is true or not, but this has been circulating. And it does make me feel better about my already good condition as being a Filipino. If this were true, it is sad that a foreigner can see things this way, while a lot of Filipinos only clamor to go abroad in search of a better life. Why don't we make it a point to improve our lives here? What is your take on this? ***************** The following was written by INTEL General Manager Robin Martin about the Philippines: Filipinos (including the press, business people and myself) tend to dwell too much on the negative side, and this affects the perception of foreigners, even the ones who have lived here for a while. The negative perception of the Philippines is way disproportionate to reality when compared to countries like Columbia, Egypt, Middle East, Africa, etc. Let us all help our country by balancing the negative with the positive especially when we talk to foreigners, whether based here or abroad. Looking back and comparing the Philippines today and 1995 (the year I came back), I was struck by how much our country has progressed physically. Consider the following: 1. The great telecom infrastructure that we have now did not exist in 1995. 1995 was the year the telecom industry was deregulated. Since then billions of dollars have been invested in both fixed line and cellular networks producing a system with over 5,000 kms of fiber optic backbone at a world competitive cost. From a fixed line capacity of about 900,000 in 1995 we now have over 7 million. Cellular phones practically did not exist in 1995; now we have over 11 million line capacity. 2. The MRT, many of the EDSA flyovers (including the Ayala Avenue flyover), the SKYWAY, Rockwell and Glorietta 4, the Fort, NAIA terminal 2 and most of the new skyscrapers were not yet built in 1995. 3. If you drive to the provinces, you will notice that national roads are now of good quality (international quality asphalt roads). I just went to Iba, Zambales last week and I was impressed that even a not so frequently travelled road was of very good quality. 4. Philippine exports have increased by 600% over the past eight years. There are many, many more examples of progress over the last eight years. Philippine mangoes are now exported to the US and Europe. Additional tidbits to make our people prouder: 1. INTEL has been in the Philippines for 28 years. The Philippines plant is where Intel's most advanced products are launched, including the Pentium IV. By the end of 2002, Philippine operations are expected to be Intel's biggest assembly and testing operations worldwide. 2. TEXAS INSTRUMENTS has been operating in Baguio for over 20 years. The Baguio plant is the largest producer of DSP chips in the world. DSP chips; are the brains behind cellphones. TI's Baguio plant produces the chip that powers 100% of all NOKIA cellphones and 80% of Erickson cellphones in the world. 3. TOSHIBA laptops are produced in Santa Rosa, Laguna. 4. If you drive a BENZ, BMW, or a VOLVO, there is a good chance that the ABS system in your car was made in the Philippines. 5. TREND-MICRO, makers of one of the top anti virus software PC-Cillin (I may have mispelled this) develops its "cures" for viruses right here in Eastwood Libis, Quezon City. When a virus breaks in any computer system in the world, they try to find a solution within 45 minutes of finding the virus. 6. By the end of this year, it is expected that a majority of the top ten U.S. Call Center firms in the U.S. will have set up operations in the Philippines. This is one area in which I believe we are the best in the world in terms of value for money. 7. America Online (AOL) has 1,000 people in Clark answering 90% of AOL's global e-mail inquiries. 8. PROCTER & GAMBLE has over 400 people right here in Makati (average age 23 years) doing back-up office work to their Asian operations including finance, accounting, Human Resources and payments processing. 9. Among many other things it does for its regional operations network in the Asia-Pacific region here in Manila, CITIBANK also does its global ATM programming locally. 10. This is the first year ever that the Philippines will be exporting cars in quantity courtesy of FORD Philippines. Next time you travel abroad and meet business associates tell them the good news. A big part of our problem is perception and one of the biggest battles can be won simply by believing and by making others believe. This message is shared by good citizens of the Philippines who persevere to hope and work for our country.
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7 responses
@luzamper (1360)
• Philippines
26 Oct 07
Very good information and I hope our country shall continue to progress. And if only graft and corruption be minimized, I believe progress could be faster. Whether we accept it or not, graft and corruption committed by high officials of the government deter our country's progress.
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• Philippines
27 Oct 07
hi Luz! yeah, graft and corruption eats up not only our country's coffers but also the morale and morality of the filipino people. this corruption in leadership hinders the blessings of heaven on our people. poverty is not the reason for people to rob. the poor are even more honest than our leaders who wear signature suits. i hear of tricyle drivers returning wallets, janitors, conductors returning huge sums, also taxi drivers. what about our government officials?
@Jemina (5784)
25 Oct 07
That's really very flattering. I love to hear stuff like this from time to time for a change. I have just read a shocking news about our country and it depressed me. But thanks for the good news you shared, at least I felt better. I want to share your info to my other friends. I hope you don't mind. Proud to be Pinoy--Jemina
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• Philippines
25 Oct 07
sure thing dear. go ahead, anything to help. i just can't verify the source, i mean if this is real or not, but it does open our eyes, doesn't it? :-)
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@shiloh_222 (5480)
• Philippines
25 Oct 07
this is great news... hehe... well, we need a ray of hope, a silver lining in the gray clouds once and awhile
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• Philippines
25 Oct 07
yeah, but how ironical. this glimmer of hope comes from a foreigner himself...
21 Nov 07
Hi spoiled...i like your picture..the dog's so cute. Anywayz, thank you for posting this article. It is indeed good news. I myself am guilty of being pessimistic about our situation in the Philippines, however, articles like these really make a difference. I guess, being pessimistic has something to do with our history, that in our filipino psyche we have been ingrained to be indios in the past and somehow we have carried it unconsciously through generations in our people. I guess, a foreigner can see what wealth we have and we must learn to see this too. I believe our country is not poor, as a matter of fact the article you shared is a testament to the progress our country is making. However, what keeps us down in the mud are the people who hoard our country's wealth through graft and corruption. God bless the Philippines in that political situation. As for me, your article opened my eyes to the good that I can share about my country. Yep, I'll try to keep in mind these good news when I speak to other nationalities about our country. I sure hope there are more articles like these to combat the negative news we so often see in the media.
• United States
21 Nov 07
dear spoiled, i learned so much about your country from reading this. my only knowledge of the Philippines is when i lived in Hawaii, and there were alot of people from your country that i made there as my friends. p.s. i also saw a cockfight or two there, as per your other discussion topic on cockfighting, lol,lol...take care of yourself...stanzi
@dianne17k (601)
• Philippines
21 Nov 07
Wow... That was enlightening. Filipinos are natural born pessimists and it took an outsider to see the potential our country has. I can't help but be proud of being a Filipino. I'll try my best not to say anything negative about our country because these little bits of negativity is contagious and it piles up. There's hope yet for our motherland... we just have to believe...
@JowJie (271)
• Philippines
27 Oct 07
I received this email last week, and it really made me feel proud. I hope our local newspapers would report more on good news rather than on bad news, specially speculations.