What does a college graduate in the Philippines make?  A graduate with a degree in accounting with 2 to 3 years of experience?  They make about $200 a month, if they can get work.

I just visited a jobs website for the Philippines.   What follows is a part of the advertisement I found for an accountant:

A graduate in Bachelor of Science in Business Administration major in Accounting or its equivalent. Must be proficient in oral and written English. Must be responsible and willing to work under pressure. 2-3 years of experience an advantage
Date: 22 September 2010
City:   Lapu-lapu City
Location: Cebu
Salary: 8,000 to 10,000
Full Time

Wow She's Hot! Ha Ha

When I started working as an account, fresh out of college back in 1983 I was making $1500 a month.  That’s nearly 30 years ago! What makes this worse is that most end up not getting work.   They have a better chance in Cebu or Manila but working in their chosen profession, even there, is probably not going to happen.

They say, Filipino are a happy go lucky people and from my observations it is true.   With the kind of future most Filipino have, they could either be paralysed with depression or enjoy what they have and let tomorrow worry about tomorrow.  I think they have taken the correct approach.
I’m better at that than I use to be.   One good thing my second wife helped me see is to be less concerned toward the future.   Of course, some are foolish in their approach, some middle ground is good.   That’s true for most things.   While one can’t be a little bit pregnant, one can be a little bit care-free.   We would all live longer if we could do better at that.
So when you get charged the kano price or you are approached by a beggar in the street, don’t be so hostile.   Try to look through there eyes.  Not your Western eyes.   But, then, some Filipino could have a softer heart too.  I could too.  I get a little miffed with myself when my first reaction toward the less fortunate invoke disdain within me.   Usually they don’t but sometimes they do.  I don’t get angry with myself when some child pounds on the window while I’m eating.  That does bother me.   We should all give more.
As I told my friend the other day, “there will always be more sad stories than you have money.”   There’s only so much we can do.  I can’t do much but 5 peso here and there sure wont hurt me.
A very special man said something that should guide us all  “what you do unto the least of these, you do unto me.”
If you were lucky enough to be born in the West, count your blessing and share some of them too.   While we are at it, lets all try to learn from the happy go lucky Filipino.

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