No wang wang (siren) policy can also hurt business.

Philippines
July 13, 2010 1:54am CST
Hello Lotters, As WE all know that our President Noynoy has issued of not using the Siren as part of his agenda and an example to be more discipline in being all motorist equal to the road and not giving way unless it's an ambulance. But reports a few days ago mentioned that business or people who sell sirens or lights that are too much are loosing business. one entrepreneur said before he's earning almost a hundred dollars a a day but now, almost NO customers at all. they reasoned out that they should be given proper protocols on when to sell those sirens because it's an add to their income. you're views?
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@aguas_aj (501)
• Philippines
13 Jul 10
I think those business picked the wrong business. lol. Kidding aside, they knew from the beginning that they should only sell those wang wangs to people who really need them (Like, policemen, ambulance, etc.) and yet they chose to sell them to just anybody and since no one was monitoring it before they grew larger than it should have been. Now that its being monitored (Obviously for everyone's safety), they are complaining.
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• Philippines
13 Jul 10
or they pick the wrong president to vote for because they didn't expect their idol to be turning down their wang wangs
@aguas_aj (501)
• Philippines
13 Jul 10
:) I agree. They probably though noynoy is going to "spoon feed" and be biased to the businessmen. Well, giving such limitations will be good for everyone except the businessmen because it will give the officers priority (Example: An ambulance rushing to the hospitals that nowadays everybody ignores because everyone is thinking its just another jeepney or whatever.)
@hotsummer (10449)
• Philippines
14 Jul 10
i do not go out to the streets that much and i don't own a private automobile so i don't notice any difference. but i am glad this rule is fully enforced by the new president
@Hatley (164485)
• Garden Grove, California
13 Jul 10
hi letran as I understand it then people other than ambulance drivers, police officers can use sirens wheneve they wanted, and your President Noynoy is changing that policy so only emergency vehicles have use of sirens.As for the merchants not selling them like they want, surely they have other products they could sell instead and still make a decent living? I love your term for siren,wang wang as it almost sounds like a screaming siren. wow.
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• Philippines
13 Jul 10
Yes it is. not to mention it was the President who personally mentioned "WANG WANG" during the inauguration. leaving international delegates wondering (what the hell is wang wang)
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@Hatley (164485)
• Garden Grove, California
13 Jul 10
hi letran as a non Filipino I too was thinking what the hell is wang wang? but now I know it sort of suggests the clanging of a siren shrilling down a road. But international delegates really should learn too.
@Metatronik (5923)
• Pasay, Philippines
13 Jul 10
But I believe there are a lot of police cars and ambulance that still needs the sirens. Other than that the one using for motorcade. Others are using it not to be a king of the road but as well as in baranggay tanod as a warning for those people who are making trouble.
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• Philippines
13 Jul 10
Hello Metatronik, I believe till this day, there are still some vehicles who actually done this and it's really pain knowing their voted president wants this "No wang wang" policy should stop. we have barangay but we lack visibility unless you request for it because of rude beggars.
• Philippines
13 Jul 10
Hello all to all Pinoys here in MyLot ;-) I really wonder why something like this has to be an issue, "WANGWANG or NO WANG WANG?". It's pathetic. VIPs, not least of which is the President, need this primarily for 'Security' purposes. Of being in a hurry so as not to be late for anything - that is secondary. I think Pres. Aquino should take this one back because it's just illogical. It could be done that these VIPs before they could use these sirens will have to have permits to use them outside of emergencies. If they used them outside of emergencies then they could be fined, confiscated or any other penalty given. With regards to businessmen losing money over this, sirens are usually brought at auto supplies and how many other products or auto parts are being sold in auto supplies? A whole lot more, thousands more other auto parts. So I don't think this will be much of a dent to their pockets except of course the manufacturer of these sirens. However, if these manufacturers can't sell it here then they can sell it somewhere else - not so easy but they still have this option. But this is not the point! the point is - what is logical and not logical?, which is better to use sirens or not? Personally I think VIPs need WANGWANGs for 'Security' purposes and emergency situations and should be used.
• Philippines
13 Jul 10
Hello soundgarden, I believe the best thing to do is sleep early and be early on the job.
@ancel_rdd (111)
• Philippines
13 Jul 10
Hello LetranKnight25, I think this policy is good to promote equality and avoid VIP treatment in the road. It may hurt business but it is for the greater good of all Filipinos. The being late of P-Noy can be avoided if he and his men will depart earlier even without wang wang or siren they can still arrive on time or earlier as what military men practice which is punctuality.
• Philippines
13 Jul 10
there are a lot more motorist than the business man ancel. trouble is noy will be forced to wake up early no matter what time he sleeps.
• Philippines
13 Jul 10
If you ask me, that would be impossible that government official will not use Wang-Wang or siren. Did you know what happened to Pnoy when he did not use Siren going on to his agenda, he was late. Being a leader, being the one that is followed should not be late. Or he needs to be 2 hours in advance to get out of Time Screen going to his meetings including the anticipating traffic. And giving an order like that really needs a lot of serious thinking because as you said, some business are losing profit because of this urgent orders. They have no choice but to follow, but Pnoy should take consideration about their situation. Not only the owner of the business will get affected, but those people working for them. Pnoy should give a deadline first for this one before the effectivity so that those business man have option. For real, government official needs sirens, because that is their privilege. I don't know why it has to change. Maybe Pnoy wants an equality. I hope he think about this one first before letting it out. It seems as it stands like "nagpapapogi lang".
• Philippines
13 Jul 10
Hello grecy, The only advantage that i see here is that people won't act like a VIP and bother other motorist lane. but you're right i feel that this initiative won't last long because i feel it's another grand standing solution, which doesn't really help every one only except the motorist.
@rsa101 (15532)
• Quezon City, Philippines
13 Jul 10
I guess gone are the days that customers would flock to their stores to buy sirens for their private cars. I think for now, they need to change their strategy of business. They should focus on trying to cater to the specific customers of this product namely, police, military, and some hospitals with ambulances. This product is not really banned to the whole country but to the majority so I think if i were a seller of this product I would diversify my products and look for an alternative product to sell. That is the only solution to that problem I guess.
• Philippines
13 Jul 10
Hello rsa, i think they should, otherwise, they government might think about arresting or closing business that sells sirens to private and public vehicles. well,other motorist are abusing this so i believe we should consider banning it and only allowing hospitals and police agencies to buy the siren.
@greenpeas (999)
• Philippines
13 Jul 10
They should start exporting their products to other countries. If they truly are business oriented, then they should realize that if they cannot sell their wares anymore then its time to find another one that will make them profit. We cannot compromise the law of the land just because some businesses are losing money.
• Philippines
13 Jul 10
Hello greenpeas, I am sure there's a lot of products to explore but exporting sirens to other countries will be hard since there are better sirens abroad.
• Philippines
13 Jul 10
hi there letranknight. Sirens must be used only by traffic enforcers and licensed ambulance vans. i guess the president is looking at it on a beneficial point of view for the majority. it is sad that other entrepreneurs are slumping down on their business. however, if it's gonna be for the best of road safety and peace, i guess it is just alright.
• Philippines
13 Jul 10
Hello goddessjes, well, they are auto parts business am sure loosing a hundred dollars isn't such a big deal since the sirens are annoying if the vehicle is not ambulance or police. well, trouble now is going to be a problem for the government officials, who will surely get late, like what's happening to noynoy now.
@fake_you (391)
• Philippines
14 Jul 10
I think there should really be rules about who should use sirens. I think it would be okay for public officials to use this whenever necessary. Like those barangay patrols who go to different places at night. It really is good to hear that they are doing their job to scare bad people off. There is nothing wrong with using sirens. But who uses it should really be checked. I pity those businessmen who lost customers because of this policy by the president. I like it though, because at least, everyone is equal when on the road.