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Sunday, February 19, 2006

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The following was written by INTEL General Manager Robin Martin about the Philippines:

Filipinos (including the press, business people and myself) tend to dwell
too much on the negative side, and this affects the perception of
foreigners, even the ones who have lived here for a while. The negative
perception of the Philippines is way disproportionate to reality when
compared to countries like Columbia, Egypt, Middle East, Africa, etc.

Let us all help our country by balancing the negative with the positive
especially when we talk to foreigners, whether based here or abroad.

Looking back and comparing the Philippines today and 1995 (the year I came
back), I was struck by how much our country has progressed physically.

Consider the following:

1. The great telecom infrastructure that we have now did not exist in
1995. 1995 was the year the telecom industry was deregulated. Since then
billions of dollars have been invested in both fixed line and cellular
networks producing a system with over 5,000 kms of fiber optic backbone at
a world competitive cost. From a fixed line capacity of about 900,000 in
1995 we now have over 7 million. Cellular phones practically did not exist
in 1995; now we have over 11 million line capacity.

2. The MRT, many of the EDSA flyovers (including the Ayala Avenue
flyover), the SKYWAY, Rockwell and Glorietta 4, the Fort, NAIA terminal 2
and most of the new skyscrapers were not yet built in 1995.

3. If you drive to the provinces, you will notice that national roads are
now of good quality (international quality asphalt roads). I just went to
Iba, Zambales last week and I was impressed that even a not so frequently
travelled road was of very good quality.

4. Philippine exports have increased by 600% over the past eight years.
There are many, many more examples of progress over the last eight years.
Philippine mangoes are now exported to the US and Europe.

Additional tidbits to make our people prouder:

1. INTEL has been in the Philippines for 28 years. The Philippines plant
is where Intel's most advanced products are launched, including the
Pentium IV. By the end of 2002, Philippine operations are expected to be
Intel's biggest assembly and testing operations worldwide.

2. TEXAS INSTRUMENTS has been operating in Baguio for over 20 years. The
Baguio plant is the largest producer of DSP chips in the world. DSP chips
are the brains behind cellphones. TI's Baguio plant produces the chip that
powers 100% of all NOKIA cellphones and 80% of Erickson cellphones in the

3. TOSHIBA laptops are produced in Santa Rosa, Laguna.

4. If you drive a BENZ, BMW, or a VOLVO, there is a good chance that the
ABS system in your car was made in the Philippines.

5. TREND-MICRO, makers of one of the top anti virus software PC-Cillin (I
may have mispelled this) develops its "cures" for viruses right here in
Eastwood Libis, Quezon City. When a virus breaks in any computer system
in the world, they try to find a solution within 45 minutes of finding the

6. By the end of this year, it is expected that a majority of the top ten
U.S. Call Center firms in the U.S. will have set up operations in the
Philippines. This is one area in which I believe we are the best in the
world in terms of value for money.

7. America Online (AOL) has 1,000 people in Clark answering 90% of AOL's
global e-mail inquiries.

8. PROCTOR & GAMBLE has over 400 people right here in Makati (average age
23 years) doing back-up office work to their Asian operations including
finance, accounting, Human Resources and payments processing.

9. Among many other things it does for its regional operations network in
the Asia-Pacific region here in Manila, CITIBANK also does its global ATM
programming locally.

10. This is the first year ever that the Philippines will be exporting
cars in quantity courtesy of FORD Philippines.

11. The government is shedding off graft and corruption slowly but surely.
This is the first time in our history that a former president is in jail
and facing charges of plunder. Despite all odds, we are still pursuing the
ill-gotten wealth of Marcos now enjoyed by his unrepentant heirs.

Next time you travel abroad and meet business associates tell them the
good news. A big part of our problem is perception and one of the biggest
battles can be won simply by believing and by making others believe.

This message is shared by good citizens of the Philippines who persevere
to hope and work for our country.


note: this was a forwarded mail i got today. I wish to share it to everyone..


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Anonymous atomicvelvetsigh said...

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4/11/06, 1:48 PM  

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