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Basa Contrary to popular belief and what most of mass media is feeding the world s citi zenry, the global (financial) economic crisis did not come as a sudden phenomeno n, which besets most, if not all, the countries in the world today. The advent of the global financial crisis started around the late 1990 s to the fi rst couple of years of the new millennium. With the recent shift towards more of a credit card-driven purchasing system of marketing and advances in Internet pr otocols which resulted to a heightened viability and practicality of e-commerce and the increase in use of credit cards thereof, consumerism has been upped seve ral notches even to the point that an individual reaches a particular point wher e he or she is so much indebted that he or she can no longer manage to pay his d ues on time. There maybe collaterals in credit and pre-need services but such ca nnot suffice for the millions even billions and possibly even trillions worth of funds outsourced to support consumer spending and extravagant lifestyle. Such a scenario posted and continues to post an alarming difference between the rate a t which funds are outsourced from banks and other pre-need and lending instituti ons such as mortgage, memorial plans and the like and the respective returns of investment. This creates stagnation in the economy in that the aforesaid entitie s cannot anymore bankroll the demands of their customers since their funds are s lowly drained due to the wide gap between fund outsourcing and return of investm ent. In effect, an economic downturn ensues since the money or capital that is s upposed to circulate around the market is left in the hands of either the banks and financial institutions or their myriads of customers, many of whom have not yet serviced the credits they owe the lending or pre-need institutions they ascr ibe to. The Global Financial Crisis and the Plight of the Filipino Worker Though it may not be readily seen or felt in the country the global financial cr isis is bit by bit drowning the country s economy since many Overseas Filipino Wor kers (OFW s), who are easily the biggest contributors to foreign exchange and doll ar reserves via their remittances, are laid-off and find it hard to look for emp loyment elsewhere. They are then forced to go back to their native soil and join the ranks of the millions of unemployed Filipinos or seek other jobs that are m ost of the time not in line with their training and skills. How does this happen? The points illustrated in the general outlook or view with regard to the global financial crisis may and will explain most, if not all, the events that precede thereunto which basically start from more of a credit card, fund outsourcing-dri ven economy or exchange. Filipino migrants and overseas workers are affected in that the companies or firms they are employed in are either cost-cutting and the reby laying off some of the auxiliary, not so important, can be done with fewer mem bers part of the production line, trimming down working hours to the basic minimu m or even closing on certain days of the week or worst, are going bankrupt and c hoosing to close shop entirely. These firms then go and invest their capital els ewhere where labor is cheaper as in the case of China and its people. Many compa nies nowadays flock to China since labor is relatively cheaper and the market is a lot bigger. It is the country with the largest population after all which onl y means a larger market and then again a larger return of investment and flouris hing of enterprise for further development and later expansion. Since our country specifically our labor force is largely dependent on other cou ntries for investment vis-à-vis employment we are then subject to the business tac tics of big foreign companies and even small and medium foreign investors and ar e at the mercy of our employers whether they choose to lay-off some workers, cut d own on working hours or close shop entirely and invest their capital in countrie s with lesser labor compensation and ever detail that goes with it. The primary examples of such occasions that happened in the country fairly recently are that
In the long run all these events can and will result to inflation in that there will be lesser and lesser producers of goods and services in the coun try. How is this? The effects of such phenomenon trickle down from the paradigm of the big corpora tions and pre-need or investment firms in whatever field of endeavor from those wh ich serve as employers to their employees. Moog. was the 18th-largest public company in the world and La yman Brothers Holdings Inc. there is a truth in the statement. the lesser the producers the lesser the product to be produced or the more strain put on production of the same quantity or amount of final produce thereby increasing production cost and mark-up in the process by virtue of law of suppl y and demand. regular employ ees of private and government-owned institutions in that their jobs are the ones at stake. Such came about in the c ase of AIG (American International Group. does not anymore allow its workforce to have overtime i n. engineering. In comparison to other nations. The waking up of the so-called sleeping giant has weaved its effect into the econo mic fiber and life of the global community.). In countries abroad. reduction of working hours. in the United States who have filed for bankruptcy p rotection or bailout. The former. research and many more have either laid-off a significant perce ntage of the workforce (which includes Filipinos of course). The l aying-off of workers. Everything else is made in China. mortgage. Also. housing and the like down to the ones which invest in constructi on. Furthermore the repercussions of the global financial crisis can all the more be seen in the grassroots level of the household. door-to-door delivery and logistics solutions p rovider closed shop and transferred to China and elsewhere while the latter clos ed one of their plants in a Cavite thereby laying-off some five thousand to arou nd ten or twenty thousand. Texas Instrumen ts meanwhile has laid-off several thousands of workers in lieu of cost-cutting a nd better management of resources both human and capital. Joking aside. As the joke goes: God mad e the world. Case at point: China. Chinese products have in recent years been on the boom. the Philippine Export Zone Authority plant loca ted in some parts of the archipelago and especially that in Baguio City where a number of companies engaged in semiconductor production and assembly has conside rably laid-off several hundreds to thousands of workers or cut down on working h ours. C hina is present from textile to construction to information and communication tech nology (China phones and gadgetry most especially). but the c ost of their labor and overall production process in our country is generally hi gher than that of China given that we have a relatively exorbitant taxes compared to the latter giving them an edge over our products (since theirs is cheaper) th . cut down on working hours or declared bankruptcy and closed shop entirely. which according to the 2008 For bes Global 2000 list. China s provisions cheap labor and pro duction has caused other countries to step-up their production process and human resource management in order to keep pace. companies especially pre-need firms engaged in fund outsour cing. filing for bailout and bankrup tcy and closing of enterprise primarily affect the rank-and-file. The Chinese global economic community is as is the outso urcer of one of the cheapest labor force and production staff the world over. the Chinese economic boom also affects the Filipino people s economy. This will increase the populace s reliance on imported goods since t hey are cheaper. for example. human resource allocation an d outsourcing and even arms production and military personnel and armory enhance ment and development ironically albeit comically even your underwear has its own v ersion made in China. constituents and beneficiaries. In almost every facet or field of the local and global economy. Inc.of FedEx and Intel. Our workforce or human resource may be one of the most well equi pped or at least knowledgeable in various disciplines and competitive. be competitive pricewise and not be left out in the market. The measure was implemented in order that the workforce be maintained (meanin g no one is laid-off) while considerable cost-cutting is ensued.
9 billion).  Ibid. Republic Act 9524. bail out or economic stimulus funds are the common denominator in them al l. manilastandardtoday.ough ours may have superior or the same quality and durability as theirs.4-T pump-primingbudget. Governments are geared towards helping. The Interior Department. President Arroyo for her part has signed into law a P1. American International Group.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_International_Group (accessed March 24. Agrarian Reform Department (P13.Arroyo signs P1.  Ibid. bailing out companies especially thos e which employ a huge workforce in order that they continue operations and help not only in employment but more so in production and overall economic progress. The Free Encyclopedia.2 billion). Transportation Department (P25 billion).5 billion). Nonetheless pump-pr iming. Wikipedia.414 pump-priming budget l ast March 13. http: //en.2 billi on followed by the Public Works Department with P130 billion. We owe it to ourselves to get out of this scuffle we put ourselves into.226-trillion budget according to Budget Secretary Rolando Anday a. Majority of it stems out from cred it and pre-need ventures of firms and the millions of plan holders they service which is geared toward the consumption of goods in the fastest possible time alb eit the advancement of consumerism. Jr. which includes the National Police. We cont ributed to the problem and we ourselves hold the solution to it. 2009) . He also said that the increase was meant to spur the economy in the fa ce of the global economic crisis.  Ibid. received P63 billio n. Health Department (P27. Pre-need plans and funds are outsourced in o rder that the participating entities are able to avail of goods and services pre sto often without regard for the repercussions which was stated in the discussio n above (the ripple effect of unpaid dues by thousands and even millions of subs cribers). Http://www. Panares. The law.com/?page=joycePanares_mar14_2009/ (Accessed March 24.  Joyce P. Agricultur e Department (P41. Conclusion and Evaluation The global (financial) economic crisis is nothing but an aftermath of man s greed and want for riches and more and more money. 2009. A change of att itude from consumer-mentality orientation towards wise spending and judiciousnes s will surely not hurt. The other top recipients were the Defense Department (P56. 2009) The Philippine Government s Response Various governments approach the crisis differently.6 billion).1 billion) and the Jud iciary (P12. is P188-billion higher than the previous year s P1.  Ibid. The Education Department received the biggest allocation of P158. .
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