reply to post by eldard
I am from the Philippines, although I agree with you that they are better off being in the province than in the city, you have no idea of the
circumstances of the many people that were there.
This is from my own experience. I once applied for a job back in Manila, the job was to sell some products by going from one house to another. There
was no salary, just commission. The owner of the business have a huge building to house the employees, it was like a prison. In the morning they all
have to get up, escorted to a van, and brought to a nearby province to sell from one house to another. In the afternoon, they all have to meet in one
area, and the van brings them back to the house (prison). Because the employer provides them shelter, and food (congee = lugaw), they no longer get
Now this is the saddest part. 99.99% of these people were taken from the province by a recruiter, who promised them a very good job in Manila that
pays a lot of money. Because of the circumstances of these people, somebody is sick in the family or they want to send their siblings to school, etc.
They were lured to go to Manila with the recruiter. When they get there, they are thrown in that housing facility, were they are treated like
prisoners and slaves. There are many of them who wants to go back to their province but they have no money to be able to pay for ship or airplane
ticket. They cannot even get out of there to try to find another job as they are locked inside and only let out to be thrown in another province to
sell the products and then taken back again in the afternoon.
Aside from that, every morning they were forced to undergo a routine of exercises which I automatically recognized as a form of brainwashing. Most of
them were so brainwashed they actually believe that they will one day get lucky and be able to sell up to the quota and they will become a
"supervisor" to where they will finally get more commission. Do you know what was the quota? They need to sell 100 pieces of lighter/watches in one
day each costing 150 pesos. Those lighter/watches can be bought in divisoria or "tsangge" for only 20 pesos. Nobody will buy it for that price
unless they really just feel sorry for the person that sells it. You know how much I sold on my first day? NONE. So these people makes up sad stories
just so people will buy their product. But the saddest part is that they don't have to make up sad stories, their true stories are already sad.
The only people that are able to get out of there are the ones that risked sleeping on the streets and are not so much affected by the brainwashing.
If you are female, would you risk sleeping in the streets of Manila? Maybe yes, maybe not, but most will not.
I was one of the lucky ones as I grew up in the sub-urb of Manila and can easily go back to my family. I am now living in the US but I still have not
forgotten how hard it was back there in the Philippines. If you do not know this, you are lucky but maybe you should get out of that province and
visit Manila so you will understand their circumstances. Although it is true that living in the province you will not go hungry as you can plant
vegetables, but food is not the only thing we need to survive.