THE WAY I SEE IT | Susan Amoroso
We have to help ourselves. We can not rely on government dole-outs. The government’s debts has ballooned to ten trillion and productivity is down ten percent. Unemployment hovers between 7 to 20 percent depending on your perspectives. The geo-political scene does not look any better as the West Philippine Sea is still occupied by hundreds of Chinese military and fishing vessels encrouching into the Philippines exclusive economic zones (EEZs). The good news is we will survive.
Yes we will survive but we need the old-age wisdom of our elders. As the saying goes,
mamaluktot pag maiksi ang kumot .’’ We can not anymore go back to where we were before the covid pandemic. The only way to cruise in the new global reset is to conserve, preserve and produce.’’
How to do we conserve? When you have a good thing going do not destroy it. Conserve our trees, our waters, our beaches and the beauty of nature. This is also true to our economics. Waste not. Do not over-consume things like water, power, food, plastics, paper products which includes toilet paper.
How do we preserve? From the word pre and serve, to me it means keeping something for future use. Even if at the moment we do not need it, let us keep them. The time will come when we may have need for them. This is saving for the rainy days. If we have an abundance of something, let us not throw or fitter them away. Let us find a way to keep them. Financially, learn to preserve your wealth. Put aside some money in the bank no matter how small. Do not whittle your inheritance. If you have real estate investments, keep them. If you are a freelance jobber, keep your SSS updated. Someday they will definitely come in handy. Remember that adage,
save for the rainy days.’’ The last item is produce.’’ Be a producer. Plant, be a happy farmer, multiply what you have. Use your talent to earn money and help people. Engage in business. If you can sew, produce clothes and sell them for a profit. If you know how to make shoes, slippers, bags and accessories, produce and sell them online. If you know how to bake, bake cookies, cakes and pies. These items are always betsellers especially if your items have something more to offer, like more flavor, more in quantity, more nuts, more eggs, more add-ons, whatever. There are many food choices and new food products that you can make. Do it in your own kitchen, in your unused garage, or in your backyard. As long as you observe the proper production hygiene and good packaging, you do not need to rent.
With the delivery service in full swing, post your items on line and contact a delivery service-provider or better still be your own delivery service provider. The possibilities are endless.
The food business is now going on-line with the social distancing rule nationwide. There is one service that is now the in thing among busy people who do not want to cook but wants to put good delicious meals for their family and friends. With restaurants and hotels observing that ridiculous social distancing rules, more people now are opting to host their family parties at home. Chefs-on-call is the way to go. I knew a former chef in a five-star hotel who got displaced because of the pandemic. Now she is one of those chefs–on-call. She charges P800 per recipe she cooks in your own kitchen. The party host provides all the ingredients in the amounts she indicates according to the recipe and cooks these mouth watering dishes right in your own kitchen. She said her lengua with creamy mushroom sauce is a favorite among her clients.
Make your farm land produce the grains, the fruits, the trees, the shrubs, the herbs, the flowers you want. You can even produce honey in your own backyard or rooftops in the middle of the city. A friend has a bee farm in the middle of his lawn beside his open garage. He produces top quality honey and sells them online. Be a producer and add to the national productivity index.