Application, processing and release of SSS ID

Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) going to Taiwan are now being asked to provide an Social Security System (SSS) ID before their job application can push through.

Back in early 2000, SSS ID processing and release takes approximately two weeks to a month. I thought all the while it’s still the same until my sister told me that it now takes a least six months before an SSS ID is sent to the home of the member. I was shocked! Why would it take that long to print an ID when it would take seconds, a minute at the most, to print that ID.

The call center I worked for had their own ID printer so I know how easy it is to print an ID even on those ATM-like cards.

According to the news a while ago, bidding for the ID cards and printing system is still ongoing. It will take months to a year before an SSS ID gets released. So what will happen to those OFWs going to Taiwan now? Wait for a year to claim a freaking ID so they can start working for a better life?!?

Someone in the government should look into this ridiculous SSS ID printing system!

Blogging, the Big Bad Blogger and me!

I am sure most of you have already read about the Big Bad Blogger and the Firm. If you haven’t yet, click on the link and read it.

Have you read the About page in this blog? If you did, you might have read already that I started blogging in 2004. Back then, blogging was considered a pastime, an outlet for those who didn’t like to keep a physical journal of their day to day activities. We (me and the bloggers I know then) were content using blogs as online diaries until we heard about the potential of earning from it. If I remember it right, it was around 2006 when monetizing blogs began. We were probably a handful who knew it. Through word of mouth, bloggers increased in number by leaps and bounds! Oh, the possibility of earning so much more!

I admit I became so engrossed with monetizing my blogs. Who doesn’t want to earn $$$, right? I stopped with bloghopping and focused more on finishing paid tasks on time. I used to attend blogging events but that, too, ceased. I didn’t have enough time to spare, busy as I was with my tasks.

It was around 2008 when I started hearing about bloggers organizing themselves to market their blogs to potential advertisers. Instead of going through channels, they wanted to connect directly to the advertisers for bigger share of the profit. I was happy with what I had plus I was not really chummy with those bloggers so I did my thing and ignored them. I knew groups have been formed and I even interacted with some of them from time to time (through Entrecard mostly) but there was never a desire to join any group. As I’ve said, I was busy with my tasks. I also heard some controversial fights between some bloggers. I didn’t want any of that so I made it a point to keep to myself. Anyway, I have a couple of blogger-friends with whom I was friends with for years. I am happy with them.

And then the Big Bad Blogger issue came….

Blogging is no longer a pastime or an outlet for pent-up emotions. It is now a business for so many people. I personally know someone who made this a big business. Hiring other bloggers to write for her. I know groups of bloggers have banded so as to form a community where they get to share their opportunities. What I didn’t know was this issue with food bloggers (and possibly all kinds of bloggers) who think themselves high and mighty to use their ‘influence’ and put pressure on businesses to sponsor them. Wow! What an unsavory practice! It would really give blogging a bad name what with business owners thinking that all bloggers are out to ask for money and freebies or else they will be blogged about unpleasantly.

I use my blog to voice my concerns and often rant about businesses here in the Philippines. My Bayantel DSL connection, Globe Postpaid bill delivery service, and others. The idea behind each of those entries was for the company to act on my complaint faster. Or to make them aware of the bad service they provide. I think it’s reasonable to use a blog this way.

To actually use a blogger’s ‘influence’ to pressure a business owner to give him/her freebies and even a retainer… now that’s something I think is just bad!

Death of Gen. Angelo Reyes

Angelo Reyes, former defense secretary and Chief of Energy, passed away this morning. He reportedly committed suicide at the Loyola Memorial Park, shooting himself in the chest. He was visiting his mother’s grave with his sons and a bodyguard. He reportedly asked his sons to go ahead and wait for him in the car when all of a sudden there was a shot heard.

He was rushed to the Quirino Memorial Medical Center where 45 minutes later he was pronounced dead.

Suicide is never an option. I pray for strength and understanding for his love ones.

Life insurance plans

I think we already know how important a life insurance plan is. Look at the victims of the Eton property gondola crash. Employers should really make it a point to get a life insurance plan for their employees. Even a term life will do.

Which reminds me that I also need to get one for myself and my dad. Majority of the people in this country who have life insurance plans are those employed or the ones who can spare some from their budget to pay for premiums. Ask anyone from the poor sector of the society and they’d tell you they don’t even know what a life insurance entails.

My fellow countrymen still lack the knowledge on a lot of important things that a person needs to know about being secure. I wish the government would take time to educate everyone and that each and every Filipino can afford an insurance plan for themselves.

Fontana vacation gone bad

Let me share with you this story of my friend’s vacation to Fontana Leisure Parks. What would have been a really great family vacation-long overdue get together with her brother who now lives in Ireland (and his Lithuanian wife) turned out to be the worst vacation they ever had!

Read and let everyone else know the horrible treatment they got from the staff of this horrid place!

A Good Vacation Gone Bad

I have always reiterated in the past how important it is for a company to have good service, pre- and post-sales. Most especially during. Word of mouth is more powerful than any kind of ads in my opinion. So why ruin a company’s reputation by being such pain in the ass to your customers? Why go into that kind of service when you know you are not capable of carrying it out in the first place?

Local companies should learn a thing or two from world-class companies who give a great deal on customer service.

I do hope someone from Fontana Leisure Parks, maybe Jack Lam who I believe owns a big chunk of this place, will get to read this and do something about their staff who doesn’t know what good service is.

The new Facebook profile

Have you seen the new Facebook profile?

Of course, you do. The question should have been this: do you like it? What do you think of it?

I don’t like it. You can’t see the latest update you made anymore. The ones on top of the page are the photos and some information about you. You can’t see the description anymore as well unless you go to the Info tab. And I can’t figure out how to choose the friends you want to feature on your sidebar.

I held out for as long as I could but I was still forced to use the new profile 🙁

I want the old Facebook profile back!

What do you think of your Facebook profile now?

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