Upsetting the people

Did you ever notice that when you open up a word processor that the letters are so small that you can hardly see them? I think it is a conspiracy to aggravate us little people. You know that the big companies and governments, big or small, can do things to aggravate us to no avail and then they sit back and have a good laugh, ha ha ha.

And say “did you see what we put in that program “and they do it here too… like the time I got a traffic ticket in Butuan, it was nothing big. The fact was that they had a roadblock set up and when I stopped I wasn’t wearing my seatbelt, so I was written up for it. No big deal and since this was a Friday afternoon I had to go back on Monday to pay the fine .. Ok I go back on Monday and it took me about 15 minutes to find the right door (after asking 4 different people) in city hall so I could pay the fine. Oh all the doors led to the outside a small court yard, I think?

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So the first room I went in to was ac. And had a TV on and I sit there for 45 minutes while I waited for someone , don’t know who, they just told me to set there and wait , so I did, finally some guy came in and the lady handed him my ticket and a pile of other peoples tickets too. He proceeded to write on each one then when he was done he handed them back to her she then handed them back to the people and me everyone left and so did I, so when I walked out the door I seen no one around so where did everybody go I thought hummmm. And of course I had to start to ask a couple of people where I had to go and of course only one knew and that was the last one I talked too. She pointed to the area I was to go and sure enough there everybody stood so I went there and stood in line with everyone else and waited my turn.

We stood outside with a tin roof over our heads and room for maybe 8 people under it and of course there were people coming and going through the door as we stood there . When my turn came up the lady behind the window took my papers and put her initial on it and told me to go to the processing center that was over there and she pointed (that way). As I stood there I turned and look at a big block wall standing between me and “That way “. So as I proceeded down the alleyway cause that is pretty much what it looked like to me and back out into the court yard I think that’s what they might call it. Now there I was standing there looking at about 10 – 12 different door to go to and “ that way “ show no doors what so ever in that direction and again I started to ask where the processing area was, and of course I had to ask a couple of people before someone understood what I was looking for and pointed and said “over there “ Now “over there “ consisted of 2 long cement block walls that came to a corner and “Wow” to my amazement there was a dark alleyway looking area there.

Ok so I proceeded to the area and Lo and behold there was another door hidden in the wall set back in about 1 meters and of course there was all the same people that I followed around from door to door all sitting there outside the door waiting for something to happen I think. So as I stood there looking around one of the men in the group stood up and knocked on the door a guard opened it and seen me standing there came out and took my paper work. He went back in and shut the door.

From the feel of the air that came out when he opened the door it was cool “ AH-HA , AC “ must be nice as we sit outside sweltering in the heat.. Oh well I looked around and saw that there was no place to sit so I stood there waiting with everyone else to see what was going to happen next. I figured that everyone else already knew what was going on behind the doors, that is everybody but me ..Then the guy that knocked on the door offered me his seat where he was sitting and everyone else started in talking and pointed to the seat so I figured that they wanted me to sit down .Ok I went over and sit down, well it was a good thing I did cause we were there for over 2 hours before someone came out the door with all our paper work and she started to call out names and everyone got there paper work and left, but this time I was able to follow someone back to the 2nd. Door I was at, we played follow the leader and again we stood in front of the door while a lady processed our paper work and took the money for the fine ,one at a time and of course nobody is in a hurry especially the ones in the office . She would take the paper work from the person and go sit at her desk do some writing then she would get up and go in the back somewhere for a few minutes then she would come back and sit down do some more writing in a big book maybe a ledger or something like that and type on a keyboard play with her mouse.

Then she would get up come over to the window get a signature from the person. Then off he would go, then the next person would go up to the window and it started all over again… Of course as I was new to this kind of paper work shuffle I was last in this group… lest to say I was home by 4 pm…the same day too…

Now like I was saying aggravating the people why couldn’t they just have one window to go to. You give them your ticket they look it up in a book tell you what you need to pay, then you pay the lady she gives you a recipt then you go home … No hassle, no red tape, no long waits …

Now isn’t this what the president is trying to do get rid of all the red tape … It would be so much nicer if an when they do , but now you have a dilemma what will happen to all the people that will lose their jobs when there is no more red tape. If you eliminate 5-8 people at every office in every town that’s a lot of people that have no work now…RIGHT???…..

Oh well just a thought, thanks for reading this blog of mine. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed writing it…Phil R.

Post Author: PhilR (9 Posts)

Being of sound mind (some people would give you a good argument on that, I’m sure, hee hee) and good moral person. (Only god knows for sure) I come from a long line of Irish. I was born and raised in Crossingville Pa.USA... went to school and until 1970 was drafted in 71 served 3 years in army ,stationed in Virginia beach, Virginia at Fort story Va. the post is on the beach half in the Atlantic and half in Chesapeake bay discharged in 74 then I bummed around for a couple years . I got a job doing construction work, joined the carpenters Union in 1999 and did it until 2009 when the economy went to hell in a handbag I retired and moved to the Philippines I meet Jessica in Aug. of 2005 on the internet visited her 2 times before I moved here. She had a house built in the winter of 2006-2007 started in Oct. and we were in it in Feb. 14- 07... I sold my organic farm in the states and moved here for good in June 2009 and been here ever since...So far so good... Nice weather and no snow too.

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  1. chasdv says

    Hi Phil,
    Sounds a tedious waste of time to me, a good reminder for sure, to wear a seatbelt in the future, lol.


  2. Gary Wigle says

    I have read of many expats that get a traffic ticket and they take the persons drivers license and you have to go the local LTO office to pay the fine and get your license back. Remember it is more fun in the Philippines!!! 😛

    • Phil R says

      Yea i though of that too but the fine was only P249 .. so i payed it ..yes it is ,isn’t it …I’m having fun .. so far so good …Phil R

  3. Paul Thompson says

    Years ago in the 70’s I’m sitting at a Sari-sari store with a friend drinking 60 centavo beers, being that they were warm we had to add ice to our glass to chill it down. As we ordered each beer, the lady who owned the store would shout “Rogelio” and this 12 year old kid would dash off down the road and bring back enough Ice for our two beers costing us 8 centavos. Being a modern kind of guy, I asked the lady why she didn’t just get a cooler and sell us the ice. She looked at me with a hurt look and said: “Then Rogelio would have no job!” I felt bad for being an ugly American and never tried to change anything again.

  4. Neal in RI says

    Did you try to get out of the ticket by offering him some cash and not write the ticket. I know it would only promote more corruption/payoffs but it would seem like a easier way out had you known all the wasted time involved to pay the ticket.

  5. Ricardo Sumilang says

    Redundancy in the Philippine government bureaucracy may well be the country’s novel way of dealing with the high rate of unemployment. What we refer to as “red tape” could best be exemplified by the kid, Rogelio, in Paul Thompson’s comment above. In dealing with almost every government transaction in the Philippines, you see Rogelio and his identical clone ensconced behind a window in different rooms on different floors of the government building, doing basically nothing but repeating the motions performed by another Rogelio before him. I, too, have experienced the same repetitive motions performed by the various Rogelios at the Kapitolyong Panlalawigan (Provincial Capitol) in Iba, Zambales, when it took me all day going from station to station to get a land title authenticated. I can say in all honesty that I was not inconvenienced by it all. On the contrary, I was visiting the country at my leisure and had all the time in the world to observe and enjoy every slice of Filipiniana that came my way. Let it slide, the inconvenience, and just go with the flow. Find it in your heart to stay happy in the knowledge that your inconvenience is a small price to pay in keeping Rogelio employed.

    Go Skins!

    • PapaDuck says

      Looking forward to that redundancy in a couple of years. Will be coming your way in a few weeks on my way to the Philippines. Flying through Dulles and Narita Japan. Skins are coming down this way this week to play the Bucs. Have a nice day.

      • Ricardo Sumilang says

        I so envy you, Papa Duck. How I wish to be in the Philippines at this moment, but, as it is, I can only dream about it. Please remember to bring me back a jar my barrio’s soil for me to touch everyday when you pass through Salaza on your way to Baguio. I wish you fair winds and following seas, my friend.

        • PapaDuck says

          Thanks so much for the good wishes. Will do on the soil if the Victory Liner goes that way. I think we will be catching the Victory Liner in Pasay. Take care and be safe.

    • Ricardo Sumilang says

      Paul, you got there first before I did. It took me a while to figure out the moral of your story about Rogelio. LOL

  6. says

    I think it’s more about preventing theft than job creation. We have a business here and theft forces us to do the same dumb stuff. One person writes the receipt, another person collects the money, and if you need change…it’s usually in the vault (AKA my front pocket). If the wife or I are not there, the customer will likely suffer the inconvenience of waiting while someone goes out for change.

    I think in the government offices, they probably don’t really bother to dismantle or overhaul systems. Instead, they just keep adding more and more to keep up with new forms of theft. I’ve been to places where everything comes to a halt because one guy is not there to initial a fairly useless document. I don’t keep up with the news here, but if the president does plan to overhaul a lot of these systems, I suspect that a lot of this red tape will survive.

    • Ricardo Sumilang says

      The system of cross-checking one another to prevent possible employee theft is a good system and may actually work for a while, but once the individual cross-checkers identify a weakness in the system, dishonest employees will usually exploit it. I’ve seen this happen both in government as well as in the private sector where the cross-checkers who are supposed to check one another collude instead with one another to defraud the system. The best way to prevent employee theft is to computerize wherever possible, and if you are the owner of the establishment, it’s a good idea for you to be present in the premises at all times.

      On the subject of overhauling the system, changing the culture of a government bureaucracy even by presidential decree is a very difficult and time-consuming process. It is very difficult to change a culture when the culture you are trying to change is centuries-old and deeply entrenched. To be even half-way successful in changing the culture, the aging leadership most responsible for perpetrating an undesirable culture in any agency must be replaced with young interns with fresh perspectives. This can be done effectively and legally through attrition.

      • Ricardo Sumilang says

        Correction: Paragraph 2, line 5, in the above comment should read,
        “… leadership most responsible for PERPETUATING an undesirable culture in any agency must be replaced with young interns with fresh perspectives.”

  7. Ben says

    It sounds like the hassle of wearing a seatbelt isn’t nowhere near as aggravating as having to pay the ticket for not wearing one.

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