You'd think that starting a business in a third world country would be really quick since not everyone follows rules and regulations anyway. You just find a space, put your business name on it, and you're in operation. Well, of course, it's more complicated than that. I don't quite remember the specific statistic, but I read somewhere, about a month ago, that the Philippines is 130s of 150 nations surveyed in the expediency of processing business papers. My experiences may tell you why.
SEC: The guy who tried reserving our name didn't know much about corporation, incorporation, partnerships, etc. We got our name reserved, and on the instructions, we were informed to go to CHED.
CHED: We went to CHED and informed them that we were sent there by SEC. CHED people were confused. But we figured it out; we did not need CHED endorsement. They sent us back to SEC.
SEC: I talked to a manager regarding the confusion. She was even more confused. I asked that instructions should not be made if they are not needed. She defended SEC by saying that the IT people who programmed it is now long gone. She was upset that I was calling her on it. A good manager would have thanked me for showing them a glitch in their system.
SEC: A week later, we were told to go back to SEC to turn in final forms; SEC person did not like our wordings. She thought that it should sound like the way they want it to sound. Fine, we retyped and retyped. Fortunately, there were typing services downstairs.
SEC: Thank God. We were final able to get out papers.
Barangay Hall: Told us to fill out paperwork first and come back tomorrow. We went back the next day. Their copy machine broke down. We walked around the area to find one. Hot and humid. We got the copies and turned in all forms.
Barangay Hall: Picked up all the completed paperwork.
Mayor's Permit: I don't want to expound here. But this is where it's taking years and years and years and decades. So much red tape. To make a long story short, we don't have the papers yet. We were bounced around by different departments. From the Business Permit area to the building inspection area to telling us they were going to inspect, to making typos on the paper that we had to fix, to double charging us for one quarter and for forcing us to buy the insurance to going back again to follow up to not yet finished to going back several time to let them know that we're still waiting to the promises unkept to the inefficiency. I could pull my hair out. But that won't be good for marketing.
I'm still alive. I probably aged 10 years since I've been here two months ago. Yikes.
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Starting a Business is long Process here in the Philippines
I believe in love, justice, equality, and life. I believe in the pursuit of happiness. Above all else, I believe in God. I started blogging since since August 18, 2006. I am not the same person I was once. My thoughts, perspectives, and opinions are different now.