Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Don't do business in Taguig & Makati

I heard from the grapevine that Taguig is becoming notorious in their apparent "legal extortion" via city ordinance. Here are the seemingly abuses committed by Taguig Local Government:

1) The hiring of Taguig residents is must and if the establishments hired non-residents of Taguig, they have to pay the local government 700 per person. This is bullshit! What do you think of Taguig, a federal government? Even federal government would not poach on the prerogative of the investors. I have never seen such arrogance from the Tingas. Well, what do you expect from the "Tingas" in vernacular, dumi sila ng mga ngipin. They cause cavities. Maybe so, in their very own kingdom in Taguig.

Hoy, mga Ting na nyo. Hindi kayo forever dyan. Dati-rati nagmamakaawa kayong may mag invest dyan ngayon meron na binababoy nyo mga TINGA NYO!!! WALANG MGA UTANG NA LOOB. DAPAT SA INYO HINDI NA MANALO SA SUSUNOD NA ELEKSYON. MAS MASAHOL PA KAYO SA MAKATI.

2) I was also informed that another ordinance that mangles money from establishments is the checking of water in all the faucets. Mura lang naman, 300 pesos per faucet. Ting na nyo, ang kakapal nyo. If you would like to check the safety of the water flowing out from the faucet, please check the main source --- the Bonifacio Waters System. Nakakapikon kayo. Dalawa lang ang dahilan kung bakit nyo ginagawa ito. Kundi kayo bobo (not checking the main source of the water), malamang mukhang mangingikil kayo. Pakisagot nga Ting na mong Mayor ka? Ang gaganda pa ng mga bag daw ni Mrs. Tinga? Sa kabila ng maraming naghihirap ganun pang umasta?

I hope Senators Pia and Allan Cayetano would step into these abuses. My question as business consultant is this, is city ordinance absolute? Can one city or municipality come up with as many ordinaces as they want just to feed their fucking caprices and whims so that they can say na may nagawa sila? What about if the ordinances are oppressive such as the ones now being implemented in Taguig? What are the scope and limitations of these ordinances? Can DILG step on this? How about my dear colleagues in the media industry? Balasubasan na ito at nakakadiscourage sa mga negosyante.

To be honest, few days ago one of my clients asked my help to look for a location in Taguig, The Fort area. sabi ko wag dun at duduguin sya. Gusto din daw nya sa Makati, sabi ko, wag din dun. Mas okay pa sa Quezon City, Paranaque, Las Pinas, Pasig and Mandaluyong. Buti nga nawala na sa Mandaluyong yung anti-vice na si Lim tangna garapal din yang mangurakot!

If this continues, I will tell to my clients and prospective clients not to put their business in Taguig. This thought is counter to the direction of the government to entice investors. I can say the same thing in the Republic of Makati, marami din daw raket dyan. Iba daw kay Mayor, iba pa sa city engineers office. Isa lang ang mga wish ko sa mga kurakot, sana pag binangongot kayo lahat ay madala nyo ang mga kayamanan at kinurakot nyo sa impyerno. Hahahaha!

11 comments:

Taguig said...

02 May 2008

MR. SIMON “MONSI” SERRANO

Dear Mr. Serrano:

Contrary to your point of view, the City of Taguig is one of the most business friendly cities in the country today. We have the lowest tax rates for most of the industry sectors such as financial services and hospitality, and this is one of the reasons that businesses have been flocking to our city. The city is also rated highly in this year’s business competitiveness ranking where it was never included before.

The water fees you cited are part of the charges that many local governments include in their permitting fees. The reason for the ordinance is that water quality should be checked at the tap and not at the main water line, since it is at this point that the water is served to the customer.

The Citycard that was also mentioned in you letter is a local adoption of the Singapore foreign worker levy act. Our low tax rates are meant to bring in investors and businessmen, and in return we would like for them to hire local Taguig residents, so that the benefits of employment are past on to our residents. Not enforcing such an ordinance would mean that companies employing migrants would be passing on a social cost to us that many of them are not aware of. 700 pesos per annum is a small amount for bringing in executives, managers and professionals. However what we are trying to discourage are the thousands of construction workers, janitorial staff and the like hired from outside of Taguig that usually end up becoming our informal settlers, sending their children to our schools and placing an undue amount of pressure on an already overtaxed social service network.

These ordinances have been discussed with the members of the business council and the business community and they are in agreement with the City government that the stakeholders should participate more in city development. The underlying philosophy in the way the City of Taguig should develop is through partnership and involvement of all sectors, both public and private. This inclusive and collegial environment being cultivated and nurtured in Taguig is how we get things done.

As you yourself noted, the city has enacted ordinances that will ensure that funds generated go to the city’s coffers where it can be properly accounted for and disbursed responsibly. Rest assured that the City is firmly committed to providing the best living environment for our constituents and the best working conditions for our businessmen and our investors.

Very truly yours,

Grace E. Pagkatipunan
Executive Assistant
Office of the Mayor

pinoy.politics said...

Ms. Grace E. Pagkatipunan
Executive Assistant
Office of the Mayor

Dear Ms. Pagkatipunan:

I’m so sorry for the late reply. I was out of the country and it’s only now that I have time to email back. Please see my response below...

Contrary to your point of view, the City of Taguig is one of the most business friendly cities in the country today. We have the lowest tax rates for most of the industry sectors such as financial services and hospitality, and this is one of the reasons that businesses have been flocking to our city. The city is also rated highly in this year’s business competitiveness ranking where it was never included before.

The water fees you cited are part of the charges that many local governments include in their permitting fees. The reason for the ordinance is that water quality should be checked at the tap and not at the main water line, since it is at this point that the water is served to the customer.

(MY RESPONSE: This is illogical. It is just like saying that even if the main source of water is contaminated, the tap would yield clean water?!! Hellooooo… Where’s the logic here? You may ask your professor in logic if he would agree with this line of thought. The sad thing is, you can create any money making activities via city ordinances. You even further claim that this is being implemented in other cities or municipalities? This is BULLSHIT!)

The Citycard that was also mentioned in you letter is a local adoption of the Singapore foreign worker levy act. Our low tax rates are meant to bring in investors and businessmen, and in return we would like for them to hire local Taguig residents, so that the benefits of employment are past on to our residents. Not enforcing such an ordinance would mean that companies employing migrants would be passing on a social cost to us that many of them are not aware of. 700 pesos per annum is a small amount for bringing in executives, managers and professionals. However what we are trying to discourage are the thousands of construction workers, janitorial staff and the like hired from outside of Taguig that usually end up becoming our informal settlers, sending their children to our schools and placing an undue amount of pressure on an already overtaxed social service network.

(MY RESPONSE: Hahaha. I never thought that you treat your fellow Filipinos strangers or foreigners in their own native land. That Citycard is another BULLSHIT! Sure you can adopt the Singapore foreign worker levy act, but Taguig is not Singapore! Unless you would like to make it one. If you do, you’ll be a laughing stock to all other municipalities and cities.)

These ordinances have been discussed with the members of the business council and the business community and they are in agreement with the City government that the stakeholders should participate more in city development. The underlying philosophy in the way the City of Taguig should develop is through partnership and involvement of all sectors, both public and private. This inclusive and collegial environment being cultivated and nurtured in Taguig is how we get things done.

(MY RESPONSE: I’m so sorry to tell that you are lying to your teeth! You are telling me that the business community agreed on this kind of city ordinance? I don’t think so. Some people in the business community members (I will not divulge here for security reasons) approached me and intimated to me their disgust over such ordinances in Taguig which are not only oppressive but also incongruous to the thrust if the government to encourage investors in the Philippines. Pera-pera lang yan. That’s all what they see.)

As you yourself noted, the city has enacted ordinances that will ensure that funds generated go to the city’s coffers where it can be properly accounted for and disbursed responsibly. Rest assured that the City is firmly committed to providing the best living environment for our constituents and the best working conditions for our businessmen and our investors.

(MY RESPONSE: Don’t claim that Taguig City is committed to providing the best living environment to your constituents. Many politicians have made such claims and even sworn to high heavens that they will serve their constituents. But the sad fact remains, ONCE THEY’RE SEATED, THEY FEEL THAT THEY ARE THE LORD of LORDS and KING of KINGS!!!! What a profanity!

Don’t deny that reality. The more you deny it, the more you do disservice to your constituents and also to those who invest in Taguig.)

Simon "MONSI" Serrano
METAOPSIS Consultancy

Anonymous said...

tama ka, mr. pinoy politics. nagiging bahagi na ng sistema ang pangungurakot kahit na mismo ang maliliit na ahensya ng pamahalaan. barangay pa nga lang kurakutan na. ang mga tanod nagsusugal sa harap mismo ng barangay hall.

mahirap na sigurong tigilan yan. pero ako'y labis na nagagalak na may mga katulad nyo pang lumalaban at nagbubunyag ng katiwalian sa pamahalaan.

mabuhay po kayo. mamatay ang mga korakot!

jpdelaguardia@yahoo.com said...

Eh ganyan naman talaga ang mga city halls, puro for their constituents pero nungka, ni isang singkong duling walang napupuntahan yan.

Palagay ko di lang yan totoo sa Taguig at Makati, kahit saan nagiging kalakaran na ang ganyan uri ng panghihingi o panggigipit ng mga mayors, governors at congressmen.

Siguro ang paraan para matigil na yang mga yan ay pagpapatayin na lang silang lahat. Minsan akala mo kung sinong mga napakabait na nagsusumamo sa mga voters, pero pag nakaupo na, di ka na kilala.

Kawawang Juan, kawawang bayan. Kelan nga kaya talaga magkakaroon na tunay na pagbabago? Pag-puti ba ng uwak o pag-itim ng tagak?

Pero tama ang ganitong uri ng pamamaraan na ihayag ang mga kabulastugan sa pamahalaan. Mas maganda ito, kasi buong mundo ang nagiging saksi.

Mabuhay ka, Pinoy Politics! Sana di ka nga maging isang politiko dahil pag magkaganon, baka isa ka na din sa binabanatan sa blog.

More power to you!

juantamad@yahoo.com.ph said...

Sa Thailand kung saan ako nakaassign sa kasalukuyan, maraming negosyo o investment ang pumasok dito dahil alingsunod sa kagustuhan ng hari na maging maunlad ang bansa.

Ang nakakalungkot, ang mga negosyo na dati'y nasa Pilipinas na ay inilipat na sa ibang bansa tulad ng Thailand at Vietnam. At di ako magtataka kung sa susunod na taon ay nasa India na ang mga mamumuhunan.

We can't leverage forever our proficiency in English, because India, China and other "third world" countries have learned the importance of English as second language. They are now enrolled in various English courses that will develop their English proficiency. Kaya nga ang mga sidelines ng ibang mga kababayan natin ay "English tutorial".

Hanggat hindi matatanggal ang mga kurakutan sa ating bansa, patuloy tayong lulubog at lalamunin ng ibang bansa.

The corruption is the most devastating plague that has beseiged our country. Nakakalungkot kaya nga minsan ayoko ng umuwi dyan sa atin. Parang tingin ko, walang kinabukasan ang mga mag-iina ko.

Ang kurakutan sa atin ay mas masahol pa sa tsunami na tumama sa Phuket, Thailand nung 2004 at sumira sa mga kabuhayan at nagresulta sa pagkamatay ng ilang libong tao.

Sa atin ngayon sa Pilipinas, marami kaming nagpapakahirap na Pilipino na iniwan ang aming pamilya upang mabigyan ng maayos na kinabukasan. Pero ang nangyayari, ayun, tila walang kakapararakan. Nagnegosyo ang asawa ko, kung anu-anong pahirap ang ginawa ng mga kawani ng city hall sa aming lugar. Walang kwenta talagang magnegosyo sa atin. Ang mga iniisip ng mga nakaupo ay sarili lang nilang kaginhawahan at di na kanilang mga kababayan.

Ang Thailand ay nakabangong sa tsunami na sumira dito nung 2004. Pero ang Pilipinas, bagamat mukhang pinagpapala pa at walang sakunang naranasan tulad ng tsunami sa Thailand ay patuloy na nagdurusa sa mga kahirapan at kurakutan sa atin.

Sana nga maging maayos na ang mga ganyan mga uri kabulukan ng Pilipinas. Sana din Mr. Pinoy Politics, wag po kayong magsawang labanan ang bulok na sistema.

Gusto ko ang style mo, walang paligoy-ligoy, makatotohanan at malaman. Sana lang tumimo ito sa mga puso ng mga nakakabasa lalo na't ng mga kurakot at nagpapahirap sa Pilipinas.

Mabuhay po kayo at nawa'y dumami pa ang inyong lahi!
Pagpalain kayo ng Dios na Maykapal.

Anonymous said...

In our present situation lawmakers, down to the LGU's has several controversial stories --- payolas that tinted for their being honorable. Haay.... the future of our children and grand children are dim.

Ungga, bilib ako sa iyo dahil isa kang tunay na Filipino angkan na Gat. Andres Bonifacio. Buti na lang merong pang isang tao nag malasakit para punain ang maling pamalakad ng ating lipunan.

Kudus to you!!!!

SHERLYN HAZEL F. DELOS SANTOS said...

Mr. Monsi,

I agree with you and to those who supported your opinions!


KOREK KA DYAN NA MAY MALAKING CHECK!!!!


Kep it up. Kailangan ka ng madlang Pinas!!


always,


Hazel Delos Santos

BNBR said...

To Mr. Monsi,

How dare you say these words! Taga-taguig ba kayo??? Wala na po yata tayong ginawa kundi ang magreklamo! Walang katapusan, parang mga politikong walang sawang magbatikusan... Di naman nakakatulong sa bayan! Sayang lang ang oras nila!

Kala nyo ba ganun lang magpatakbo ng isang bayang tulad ng Taguig? See how hard it it to run a City like that. Siguro naman they wont re-elect him kung wala silang nakita mabuting pagbabago sa Taguig. Para nyo na ring sinabi mga BOBO ang mga taga-Taguig. Heller? Just look at it, its changing na! And I believe, its getting better na po.

At least, that's good news. Unlike you wretch who did nothing but contradict but never worked hard for the betterment of this country.

Your opinion doesn't help but only affect negative to others. AS if wala nang pag-asang umunlad ang bansa natin dahil sa mentalidad na iyan. Tila bulag tayo sa mga mabubuting bagay sa paligid natin at mas PINAPANSIN ang mga pangit! Palibhasa ugali nyo pangit! At di nyo matanggap na may mga mabubuting tao pa rin sa gobyerno.

Di na nga kayo nakakatulong pabigat pa kayo! Don't listen to these rubish!

Di po ako maka-gobyerno ngunit nag-iisip po ako.

PINOY POLITICS said...

Hi BNBR!

I don't really know who you are, but it seems to me that you're a headless chicken and spineless coward hiding in your initials!
Ha-ha-ha! Sorry for being nasty.

Since I want to be fair, I still posted your comment even if I will not look good with other readers with what you said. But who cares? Maybe the "care bears".

So, you call me rubbish? Thanks! People have spoken and expressed their concurrence with me and my opinion. I am not here to kiss ass, nor to please those who read my blog. Needless to say, I already have a caveat (disclaimer) in my prologue that whatever I have written here are my opinions the way I see things. So, you look at it in a different way, fine. I will respect you and your opinion.

You may call me in whatever name you wish but I will never cease to blog my opinion.

How sure are you that I never worked hard for the betterment of this country? That's what you think! Baka pakita ko ang ITR ko? Come and call me at 982-8888 or 0919-897-8877 for an appointment!

BNBR, who said na di ako nakakatulong sa bansa? It might just be a projection. I suggest, come up with your own blog and link with Taguig's in that way, you can blog your way till you drop and tell how beautiful Taguig is in your eyes.

Please read again my blog before you react. Be objective and don't be too emotional about it.

Lastly, don't be a headless chicken that keeps on "cackling".

I hope to meeting you soon! GOOD LUCK!Ü

Charity Castillo said...

sino ba yang BNBR na yan at bakit nga sya nagtatago? di kya sya kamag-anakan ng mga Tinga? bkit ganun na lang ang galet nya kung totoo naman. sa palagay ko nga mas totoo ka sa kanya ksi di sya nagbigat ng tunay na pangalan nya samantalang ikaw mr. pinoy politics kumpletos rekados. may litrato na (in fairness me ichura ka ha at may laman ang utak mo!), at nagbigay ka pa ng cell at landline mo. yan ang tunay na lalaki di nagtatago ng identity.

mabuhay ka mr. pinoy politics. isa kang tunay na pinoy sa puso, salita at sa gawa.

Anonymous said...

sir, grabe kayo magsalita kala nyo alam nyo ang lahat... e matanong ko. bat kamping kampi kayo dyan sa mga cayetano? ano ba ang nagawa nyan mga yan, kasi dito sa amin sa taguig wala eh. sana, kayo man lang ay napagsilbihan nitong mga to. para isa sa atin ay napaglikuran man lamang ng ating mga inihalal na lingkod-bayan