January 30, 2023

Even if this near-sighted Ibaloy writer has been a government employee for all of his working life, I have not stopped believing that entrepreneurship remains one of the keys in finally freeing our country from the shackles of Third World status and the stigma of poverty and corruption that goes with it.
Our schools should start producing entrepreneurs who establish legitimate businesses and provide jobs and not just graduates who seek to be employed. I am not saying, of course, that being employed is not desirable, but being a business owner must surely be better. Just saying.
Anyway, others might claim that becoming a politician is the best. But that’s another (horror) story.
I have often cited Singapore as an example of a country that does not have much in terms of natural resources but due to its people’s entrepreneurial spirit and government’s all out support in their endeavors by providing a conducive business environment, the tiny city-state is one of the richest and most progressive nations on Earth. And natural resources-rich Philippines? Well, we all know the answer to that.
An article published in a broadsheet revealed that more Pinoys are starting to gain interest in going into business that shows that entrepreneurship is increasingly gaining headway into the Filipino mindset, according to an OCTA research survey.
“The results showed that 81 percent of adult Filipinos would prefer to go into business, granting that they had enough knowhow to do so. Across socioeconomic classes, that desire remains high at 80 percent among classes A, B, C, and D, and 74 percent from class E,” Ranjit Rye of OCTA research said according to the article.
That’s great news indeed. Hopefully, our honorable leaders will do their part by creating a supportive business environment where budding Pinoy entrepreneurs would thrive and prosper and even make a name for themselves not only locally and nationally but even on a global stage.
May our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ continue to bless and keep us all safe.

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