A Call to Keep Mindanao Business Ventures for Filipinos Only

A CALL TO KEEP MINDANAO BUSINESS VENTURES

FOR FILIPINOS ONLY

By Apolinario Villalobos

 

 

IN VIEW OF THE LOOMING FEDERALIZATION OF THE PHILIPPINES , IN MY OPINION, BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES IN MINDANAO SHOULD BE GIVEN TO THE FILIPINOS- THE MINDANAOANS, RATHER THAN THE FOREIGNERS. SECURITY AND DIGNITY ARE ASSURED FROM DIRECT AND CONTINUOUS INCOME EARNED BY SMALL FILIPINO ENTREPRENEURS RATHER THAN, FROM CONTRACTUAL JOBS IN ENTITIES OPERATED BY FOREIGNERS.

 

THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD LEARN A LESSON OR TWO FROM THE “BILAO” ENTERPRISES THAT ARE PROLIFERATING AROUND THE COUNTRY – SMALL BUSINESS VENTURES OF FILIPINOS. ALL THEY NEED IS REGULATION THAT COMES IN THE FORM OF APPROPRIATE SITES AND REASONABLE TAX. INSTEAD OF LETTING FOREIGN-FINANCED STRUCTURES USING FILIPINO DUMMIES, WHY NOT MAKE USE OF THEM AS SITES FOR “BAZAAR” SITES FOR MINDANAOANS?

 

THE SMALL FILIPINO BUSINESSMEN NEED UNDERSTANDING AND COMPASSION FROM THE GOVERNMENT….THEY WHO ENDURE THE SEARING HEAT OF THE SUN IN THEIR DESIRE TO EARN HONESTLY, BUT DUE TO LACK OF SPACE AND GOVERNMENT SUPPORT, THEY ARE FORCED TO VENTURE INTO SIDEWALKS AND STREETS, ONLY TO BE APPREHENDED BY AUTHORITIES…A PITIFUL AND COMMON HAPPENING IN MANILA. THESE SMALL ENTREPRENEURS ALSO BITE THE BAIT OF LOAN SHARKS BECAUSE OF THE PROHIBITIVE LOAN POLICIES OF THE BANKS. THE DEPARTMENT OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY (DTI) HAS QUIXOTIC  “PROGRAMS”  DELIVERED IN SEMINARS, BUT WITHOUT REALISTIC SUPPORT AS THE SMALL ENTREPRENEURS ARE THEN LEFT ON THEIR OWN WHEN THEY SECURE FINANCING. THIS SHOULD NOT HAPPEN IN MINDANAO.

 

WITH THE EFFORT OF THE GOVERNMENT TO OBTAIN A LONG-LASTING PEACE IN MINDANAO FOUNDED ON HARMONIOUS RELATIONSHIP AMONG MINDANAOANS , THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD OFFER REALISTIC HELP TO THEM, INSTEAD OF OPENING THE REGION TO OUTSIDERS WHICH COULD MEAN ANOTHER PROBLEM ON THE NEVER-ENDING CONTRACTUALIZATION AND THE UNEASY FEELING OF INSECURITY.

 

IF THE GATES OF MINDANAO WILL BE OPENED WIDE FOR THOSE FROM THE MIDDLE EAST, HOW SURE ARE WE THAT THE SURGE WILL NOT INCLUDE TERRORISTS, PARTICULARLY, ISLAMIC STATE OF IRAQ AND SYRIA (ISIS) ADVOCATES WHICH IS HAPPENING NOW IN EUROPE?  MUST THE DESIRE FOR PROGRESS BE USED TO INVITE SUICIDE BOMBERS TO STEALTHILY CREEP INTO THE MIDST OF THE PEACE-LOVING MINDANAOANS?