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They write some VERY critical against people with power too, but I post one of the LEAST so  :)      This one is rather "timeless" but some other are News.

http://getrealphilippines.com/blog/2014/07/philippine-employment-dilemma-dumb-down-the-jobs-or-smarten-up-the-workforce/

 

Philippine employment dilemma: Dumb down the jobs? Or smarten up the workforce?
July 6, 2014
by benign0

The Philippines is imprisoned by a deep systemic inability in its people to extricate themselves from poverty. It is a problem that is an outcome of (1) the sheer number of Filipinos that inhabit the planet, (2) the average productive output of each warm Filipino body earning (or seeking to earn) a living, and (3) the general attractiveness of quality of life outside of the Philippines. The following challenges with respect to these three aspects of our dire situation easily reveal themselves…

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Law of supply and demand

Everything from how high wages can be set to the way and quality that workers are treated is subject the the law of supply-and-demand. The reality is, there is an over-supply of takers for work under the most atrocious conditions — impoverished unskilled workers from countries like the Philippines and similar ratholes in Africa and the Subcontinent.

Productivity

Labour productivity is a function of both skill and capital. Workers with the right skills, equipment and tools (whether they be computers or power tools) can do more for less effort. Five Japanese builders can build a house in less time applying far less effort than an army of Filipino builders on a similar project. With skill too comes access to work that pays better. Said work pays better because workers competent enough to do them are more scarce.

Mobility of scarce workers

More options for workers who possess skills that are in demand means such workers can choose. Many of them opt with their feet — marching towards countries where they are better rewarded for their trouble.

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An Associated Press report confirms the trend…

Scientists, engineers, doctors, IT specialists, accountants and even teachers are among the English-speaking talent heading to foreign lands, leaving the government and private companies scrambling to find replacements.

Note one of the personal assets in these classes of workers that was highlighted: English-speaking talent. Trouble is, this is a highly-politicised issue that is deadlocked in a country where all the wrong arguments win.

The often-sloganeered “issue” of a “lack of employment” in the Philippines is a mis-nomer. The jobs are there, but…

A Labour Department study in 2008 found that despite a huge domestic workforce, many positions for skilled workers were going unfilled because there were not enough qualified applicants.

In short, Filipinos simply fail to step up to the work that already exists within the country. But then those that do also find doors opening for them elsewhere.

Chicken-and-egg. Do we dumb down demand to accomodate a dumb workforce? Or do we smarten up the workforce so they have a shot at filling demand that currently exists?

The winners — educated English-speaking folk — take all either way.

 

 

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This guy has been writing his blog and winding up his countrymen for well over 10 years now..

It wouldn't be so bad if he ever had a positive solution proposal..

He just insults them and calls them "Onion skins" when they react.

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Ok, I'll just put in my 2 cents on Philippine productivity. 

It starts with education. There is a real shortage of qualified teachers who have at least a Bachelors Degree in Education. Those that do are not paid enough. The public schools are just baby sitting children. The private schools are better but too few families can afford them when they have so many children.

Now, you get into the children's ambitions. I've noticed that many boys want to become seamen. Many girls want to be models and/or singers. Very few seek out professional careers. Those that do and graduate will usually seek employment in a foreign country.

That leaves the Philippines with an inadequate work force. 

The technology is there but how to use it is unknown to them. Just go to any government office and you see stockpiles of paperwork. The halls full of boxes with paperwork. What ever happened to computers?  They have them but dont know how to use the programs  that allow them to store data. Everything is hand written in triplicate with multiple photo copies of documented data.

I went to a video store to buy a DVD. The sales clerk filled out my purchase in triplicate. she kept one copy, put one copy on a stack and gave the cashier a copy. The cashier copied the numbers on the bar code and entered them into the cash register.

WOW al that for 1 DVD.

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This guy has been writing his blog and winding up his countrymen for well over 10 years now

 

I enjoy reading opposing and critical points of view. What I can respect is a Fred says, if you have a criticism, have a suggestion or solution, if not your just whining. That if you don't have the balls to use your name,,,,well nough said.

 

The technology is there but how to use it is unknown to them
Everything is hand written in triplicate with multiple photo copies of documented data.

 

Like most things that confuse the heck out of us, some of these practices actually have a purpose. The guy I bought all my building materials from (successful business, one of the larger building suppliers in the area) Has 3 university educated sons, very bright guys etc. etc. etc. I asked why they still do everything on paper. His reply was, power outages and its cheaper to hire several clerks that set up a computer network (I bet it is also easier to fudge the books too :thumbsup: ).

 

Power drills and tools are available all over the place, but if you need to drill a hole, its cheaper to get a guy with a nail in a piece PVC piper and a hammer to chip away at.

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easier to fudge the books too
This is the real reason for paper or paperless ;) 
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This guy has been writing his blog and winding up his countrymen for well over 10 years now

 

I enjoy reading opposing and critical points of view. What I can respect is a Fred says, if you have a criticism, have a suggestion or solution, if not your just whining. That if you don't have the balls to use your name,,,,well nough said.

 

 

 

The technology is there but how to use it is unknown to them

 

Everything is hand written in triplicate with multiple photo copies of documented data.

 

Like most things that confuse the heck out of us, some of these practices actually have a purpose. The guy I bought all my building materials from (successful business, one of the larger building suppliers in the area) Has 3 university educated sons, very bright guys etc. etc. etc. I asked why they still do everything on paper. His reply was, power outages and its cheaper to hire several clerks that set up a computer network (I bet it is also easier to fudge the books too :thumbsup: ).

 

Power drills and tools are available all over the place, but if you need to drill a hole, its cheaper to get a guy with a nail in a piece PVC piper and a hammer to chip away at.

 

 

A power tool might get stolen. A nail and a pipe ? Who cares.

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I enjoy reading opposing and critical points of view. What I can respect is a Fred says, if you have a criticism, have a suggestion or solution, if not your just whining. That if you don't have the balls to use your name,,,,well nough said.
Well. I quoted one of the SECURE articles. In that website some articles criticise powerful people enough to get ASSASSINED. Several journalists have been  :1 (72): so not odd the blog writers try to avoid to get assassined themselves too. Perhaps that's why they are still alive after 10 years critical writing...

 

 

I agree PARTLY concerning they better write solution ideas, but they HAVE TOLD the basic solurion = Don't allow corruption    :)

Hard to solve things as long as the corruption problem is SABOTAGING solutions anyway...

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The guy lives in Australia.

 

This is my favourite Filipino organisation, by a country mile:

http://filipinofreethinkers.org/

 

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