[See also Filipino Time is On Time]
Republic of the Philippines
Congress of the Philippines
Third Regular Session
Begun and held in Metro Manila, on Monday, the twenty-third day of July, two thousand twelve.
REPUBLIC ACT NO. 10535
AN ACT TO SET THE PHILIPPINE STANDARD TIME (PST) IN ALL OFFICIAL SOURCES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY, TO PROVIDE FUNDS FOR THE INSTALLATION, OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE OF SYNCHRONIZED TIME DEVICES TO BE DISPLAYED IN KEY PUBLIC PLACES AND TO DECLARE THE FIRST WEEK OF EVERY YEAR AS NATIONAL TIME CONSCIOUSNESS WEEK
The usual reason given by Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in leaving the Philippines, and enduring the separation from their families, is the greener pasture at the other side of the fence, wherever in the world that may be. We’ve previously noted that perhaps it would help OFWs to become entrepreneurs. Invest or start a business, whether in the Philippines or abroad, and create a financial buffer in case they decide to “retire” from work abroad and return to the Philippines. Someone asked how to start a business in the Philippines. We’ll put ourselves in the shoes of our OFW brothers and sisters, then ask: what would we do?
We have time to address some questions relating to annulment in the Philippines. Let’s consolidate the questions that are newly raised for easy reference. We shall update this post to include new issues we encounter (again, please search through the other posts or the comments to check if a question related to yours was already addressed). As always, please remember that nothing should here should be taken as legal advice (for clients, please click here). Continue reading
Fashionably late. “Filipino time” is equated with being late, so much so that arriving late has become fashionable. There appears to be a sick assumption that being late is a sign of power and importance — those who arrive last has the most power (or would want to appear as the most important). In the remote possibility that you haven’t noticed this practice, try to validate this observation in your next meeting or appointment. Tardiness may be tolerable when attending a birthday party or some other social events, but it is absolutely a no-no in business. Meetings, transactions, deliveries, and all other aspects of business require promptness. There are a number of reasons why being on time is crucial.
To “share in promoting entrepreneurship” — this is the declared purpose of the Association of Filipino Franchisers, Inc. (AFFI) in launching the book “Introduction to ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Success Stories of Filipino Entrepreneurs” (Anvil Publishing , 184 pages). Each story of the 15 successful and inspiring entrepreneurs featured in the book is unique, but there are certain trends, including the following: Continue reading
We took the train on our way back to the hotel from Disneyland. A lady standing by the train door was staring and smiling at my son, Enzo. It’s a smile a bit hard to explain, perhaps like a Mona Lisa, but not at all alarming. During a pause in my companions’ conversation, which is in Filipino, the lady said: “Buti pa kayo. Ako labing-apat na taon na rito pero hindi pa ako nakapunta sa Disneyland.” Continue reading