As I went inside (insert government office name here) I waited patiently for one of the government employees to attend to me. I’m already a familiar face there, since I’ve been following up on payment for catering services for almost 4 months already. I waited for a VERY LONG time, and the employees are acting as if I’m not there at all. They’re just chatting to each other with gossip, etc.My patience at its limit, I bellowed: “IS THERE ANY ONE WHO CAN ACTUALLY TALK TO ME HERE?!”. Only then did they notice I was there and one by one they approached me nervously to ask what’s my business there.
And then I WOKE UP. Panaginip lang pala. haha! 😆
I repeat, it’s just a dream. 😴
Most of the facts in my dream are fictional except for one, the part where I am making a follow up for payment for catering services for almost 4 months already.
For almost 4 months our money got stuck, uncollected due to very lengthy processing of documents. They did not even give us a partial payment so we can at least recover our capital (Php 100k+) for the catering services rendered. How insensitive of them. By the way is this considered red tape? We do have an Anti Red Tape Law, right?
Every time I see my husband’s unfinished project here at the restaurant I keep thinking: “If we didn’t accept that proposal this could’ve been constructed already”. Well, we’ll charged this to experience and next time we’ll set a capped capital for government contracts. Wala eh first timer pa kami sa mga ganitong bagay.
Sadly there are more proprietors like us who suffer the same fate, or worse. Horror stories of how they are penalized 5-digit amounts at lightning speed for small mishaps but when it comes to procurement for important documents from the same office it would take months before releasing. See the injustice here?
We businessmen do not deserve this kind of treatment. Our businesses provide job opportunities for a lot of people and our taxes form a large part of the government’s funds. So why the apathetic treatment?
Our present administration’s slogan is “Change is Coming”. Honestly I’m feeling hopeful because our present president is sympathetic to all, regardless of economic status. Hopefully we will someday experience the change we are looking for here in the business sector.
Update (July 28, 2016)
We were paid fully today. Thank you Lord! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. – Albert Einstein
In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery? – Saint Augustine