I love spending time with local manufacturers everything from the 2 sewing machine uniform maker to furniture manufacturing but its small business I am interested in. Why? Because I find firstly they are artisans of a trade and can even produce personalised goods due to their skill level with manual tools. Secondly they are appreciative of the business and also just as important they offer high quality goods that put the Chinese rubbish to shame (well not really hard with the Chinese crap I often come across!).
In reality these businesses are struggling in many cases because of the big boys and their junk from China, people talk of Pinoy pride in reality I would say buy local and buy from the small businesses first. It may not be cheaper but the quality is better, its not damaging the economy by being imported and more importantly its keeping jobs local. Now it doesn’t always have to be clothing or furniture things like buying vegetables and fruit locally and making sure its not imported from other countries that do it cheaper is just as important. In fact more important! The bizarre case of importing rice when the Philippines can produce it in abundance is a typical example of things going badly wrong as the Philippines should always be able to care for its own and not play for profit. This is a big issue when corporations control everything in the same way the financial crisis hit the Western countries due to a fake housing market boom. In reality you need to trust your own instincts and also remember the richest people in the Philippines are generally Chinese origin and although business minded it also means they are both Filipino and Chinese so taking jobs from the Philippines to China on manufacturing to save money and increase profits I doubt they lose any sleep at night.
The world is a changing market and supporting local business is all about sustainability. Lose your artisans today you may not have any left tomorrow.
Originally posted 2011-07-08 06:51:33. Republished by Blog Post Promoter