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Life at New ‘Normal’ : Bachelor Gets Real

The Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic has changed, and will continue to change, the world and the way we work, rest and play. Today we launch Life at New ‘Normal’ a series of quarantine stories looking at how human beings are adapting as their lives continue to confront the COVID-19 Pandemic. I have interviewed five (5) esteemed Bachelors, willing to share their thoughts and provide insights on some of the most pressing topics in the Philippines right now. 

Aiming to share a wider range of understanding for our readers, I opted to focus on the following timely issues in no particular order:

  • Entrepreneurs Conquering New ‘Normal’
  • Clinical Practice and the New ‘Normal’
  • Journalism Business under Quarantine
  • Corporate legal firms | Attorneys in the ‘New Normal’

As the Philippines get reconfigured under pandemic restrictions, I believe there is no better time to reflect on the changing practices of our lives but now. Allow this honest interview to enlighten us with what’s really going on beyond the press from the stories told by real people. What you are about to read are the questions I have personally prepared and purely raw answers by our bachelors.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the interviewees and do not necessarily reflect the policies or position of Hugging Horizons ™ .  Any content provided by our interviewees are of their opinion and are not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, individual , anyone or anything at all.

Entrepreneurs Conquering New ‘Normal’

Daniel Dave Legislador | Entrepreneur

Daniel Dave Legislador is a Young Entrepreneur. They operate a number of restaurants in the Philippines, including Horizon Cafe in Injap Hotel Iloilo. Currently he is a Director of Ang Lunas Co. (A collaboration of creative individuals that believe in using their skills to give hope and reach those in need. Beneficiary: House of Somang Philippine home for the aged). Dave is also busy with his upcoming tea business which will be launching soon.

Daniel Dave Legislador is a Young Entrepreneur. They operate a number of restaurants in the Philippines, including Horizon Cafe in Injap Hotel Iloilo. Currently he is a Director of Ang Lunas Co. (A collaboration of creative individuals that believe in using their skills to give hope and reach those in need.
Beneficiary: House of Somang Philippines home for the aged). Dave is also busy with his upcoming tea business which will be launching soon.

1. What is the current situation of Business industries in the Philippines today?

The world is experiencing a really deep recession which is affecting all industries both big and small. In the Philippines, businesses are shifting practices and adapting new operative ways where they can work safely and efficiently. Filipino businesses are doing what they can to endure an erratic and uncertain economy while trying to survive a plague in an unpredictable socio-political landscape.

2. Effects of the Pandemic in your business today?

Corona Virus led us to develop changes in how we operate, produce, and sell. As establishments are enforced to run at limited capacity and implement health protocols, we had to transition to something more manageable and controllable. Skeletal forces, online sales, deliveries and pickups are the way to go right now. The pandemic won’t be stopping any time soon so we best acclimate to the needs of the people.

3. The role of a good Businessman in the country today?

Filipino business owners should take into account 3 important things in the midst of this crisis:

  •  Take care of your employees. In the middle of the pandemic when being out in public is already a danger to one’s health, your staff takes these risks everyday just to get to work. Reach out to them and listen to their needs.
  • Prioritize safety. When handling clients, managing on-site, delivering goods, or stocking supply, always remember to sanitize. Viruses may come from any surfaces. Protect yourself, your employees, and your customers by taking extra steps in hygiene.
  • Anticipate the needs of the market. Consumption patterns are changing. People are beginning to shift their buying habits and are taking to account more factors when choosing products or services. Observe what your market needs in these times and incorporate these in your business practices.

4. What New ‘Normal’ Practices do you think will stay even after the Pandemic?

I think face masks and general hygiene are gonna be a prevailing practice after the pandemic. People now see (if they didn’t before) how important proper hygiene is. Cleanliness can save lives. While face masks are going to be a staple yet functional accessory post-pandemic.

5. Secrets you wish to share in surviving the business in the new ‘normal’?

Its time to start garnering an online presence and create quality content around your businesses.

 

Gerrard | Entrepreneur

"Gerrard" is a Korean National Businessman living the Philippines for almost a decade. Currently he is busy with managing his Korean restaurants in Manila, Philippines. He also chose to stay in the Philippines for personal reasons.

“Gerrard” is a half Korean half Filipino Businessman. He finished Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Currently he is busy with managing Korean restaurants in Manila. He also chose to stay in the Philippines despite the Pandemic for personal reasons.

 

1. What is the current situation of Business industries in the Philippines today?

Well, I’m just in a restaurant business so not sure with other industries but I heard its really bad. Also for restaurant businesses are really*1000000 bad.

2. Effects of the Pandemic in your business today?

As you can see most of restaurant businesses are having horrible time these days due to pandemic. Some restaurant closed already and [it’s] really hard to survive. But the owners [are] try[ing] their best to survive like Food Panda, Grab delivery and online selling. But the problem is delivery food service take really high commission. Around 25 to 30% of menu price. Imagine 30% of menu price? Its too big and there is no profit and rent fee, we still have to pay like normal days even its pandemic or “new normal”.

3. The role of a good Businessman in the country today?

This is really complicated question… for the role of a good businessman, of course taking care employees and give service to society. But if we operate our business, like dine-in, there is a high probability that the virus will spread therefore government announced that we can accept 50% during General Community Quarantine (GCQ) and business hour has changed because of curfew. There is no choice but to reduce staff. Income is getting lower and expenses are still high like fixed expenditure. Trying my best with this problem these days.

4. What New ‘Normal’ Practices do you think will stay even after the Pandemic?

Hygiene. I think personal hygiene is really important. Sometimes, I saw many people who didn’t wash their hands after going out and people who didn’t shower. I don’t understand this, but I think it’s better to do this personal hygiene thoroughly from now on.

5. Secrets you wish to share in surviving the business in the new ‘normal’?

Just survive until the end. Me and my other business owners always say that we must withstand. The person who withstand until the end will be the winner.

 

Clinical Practice and the New ‘Normal’

Luigi Alit | Doctor of Medicine Graduate and Nurse

Luigi Alit is a graduate of Doctor of Medicine from West Visayas State University. He just finished his post graduate internship and is currently reviewing for the Physician Licensure Exam this November 2020. He is also a registered nurse and a real estate broker.

Luigi Alit is a graduate of Doctor of Medicine from West Visayas State University. He just finished his post graduate internship and is currently reviewing for the Physician Licensure Exam this November 2020. He is also a registered nurse and a real estate broker.

 

  1. What is the current situation of Hospitals in the Philippines today?

The number of cases of COVID-19 in the country continues to increase. Many hospitals are near their maximum capacity. Along with that, the healthcare workers are limited. They have been selflessly working for months fighting the pandemic despite the long duty hours and health risks. We also have to note that there are other diseases aside from COVID-19 cases that need to be attended to. If the numbers continue to rise, hospitals will be overwhelmed, compromising healthcare.

 

  1. Would you agree that Telemedicine is an effective way to adapt to the new normal? If Yes, why?

Telemedicine has existed for several years in the Philippines but it has not been widely used throughout the country. Given our current situation, telemedicine has a great potential to provide access to healthcare. Patients could consult their doctors from home for outpatient cases, monitoring, and follow up. It also in a way helps decongest hospitals and limit unnecessary exposure of patients to communicable diseases. But telemedicine also has its limitations such as emergency cases, inability of the physician to perform full physical examination which is essential in formulating a diagnosis, and access to internet and gadgets. It does not intend to replace face-to-face consultation.

 

  1. What is the role of a good Medical practitioner in the country today?

Medical practitioners play a crucial and invaluable role especially during these times. They are at the frontline in the battle against the pandemic by providing care to those who are sick and preventing the spread of the disease. A good medical practitioner approaches the patient holistically – that includes a person’s physical, mental, and social well-being. With a lot of things going on, things can get overwhelming to a lot of people. Thus, medical practitioners should also be mindful of the mental well-being of his patients and their family, as well as his own. In addition, being socially aware and engaged on relevant and pressing issues in our society is also important.

 

  1. What New ‘Normal’ Practices do you think will stay even after the Pandemic?

The pandemic has stressed the importance of disease prevention and health promotion. Observance of proper hygiene, sanitation, handwashing, and cough etiquette among others are beneficial health practices that should persist even after the pandemic.

 5. Secrets you wish to share in surviving the new ‘normal’? 

In these uncertain times, I approach things one day at a time. I try to find reasons to be grateful – the gift of life, health of my family and friends, and the little wins in life. I also ask myself, what can I contribute within my means to improve our situation? And what more can I do for others? Lastly, in order for us to survive the pandemic, we need to support and look out for each other. Remember that you are not alone in this fight.

Journalism Business under Quarantine

Lcid Fernandez | VP – External of Daily Guardian and Founder, CEO of Prometheus Productions

Lcid Crescent Fernandez is the VP - External of Daily Guardian, the most innovative media outlet in Western Visayas. As VP - External, he handles marketing, content generation, and collaborations. He is also the Founder and CEO of Prometheus Productions, a PR firm specializing in creative solutions, branding, and content generation.

Lcid Crescent Fernandez is the VP – External of Daily Guardian, the most innovative media outlet in Western Visayas. As VP – External, he handles marketing, content generation, and collaborations.
He is also the Founder and CEO of Prometheus Productions, a PR firm specializing in creative solutions, branding, and content generation.

  1. What is the current situation in newsrooms today?

In our newsroom, we haven’t seen our reporters in person since the start of the lockdown. For their safety and to help curb the virus, we coordinate remotely as much as possible. All credit goes to our Editor-in-Chief Francis Allan Angelo who has done a masterful job of adapting to the exigent circumstances.

2. Effects of the anti-terrorism law on Journalism in the country?

The Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 has had a chilling effect on us. Hearing stories of other community newspapers’ issues being confiscated, and the widespread red-tagging has made our editorial team afraid of even covering protests at times. Especially with the pandemic already making it difficult to report current events, I applaud our editorial team for their courageous approach to their duty.

3. The role of a journalist in the Philippines?

Journalists are the watchdogs and the informers. Daily Guardian’s rebranded colors were based around shining a light in the darkness and being a warning against malevolent forces. We continue to do this day in and day out. Pandemic or not. Anti-Terrorism Law or not. Journalism is public service and public service is immune to changing circumstances.

4. Any tips on keeping journalism going?

There will always be journalists so long as there are people. There will always be people who will be watching over current events and delivering important and relevant information to the public. This is evident especially now with social media. The importance of mass media has always been centered around their credibility. However, there are several obstacles stifling the mass media. To keep free and independent journalism going, we need the support of the people. Even just psychologically, we need to know that you are behind us even when there are forces trying to put us down and keep us down. Our hearts and minds are always focused on the public we serve. It helps us immensely when the public is behind us.

5. Secrets you wish to share in surviving the business of media in the new ‘normal’?

Journalism isn’t really a business. In fact, economics may be the largest obstacle for journalists as we’ve seen other community newspapers fold up during this pandemic. This is an industry not built to make you rich. With that said, focus on the duty. Focus on the creed.

Further, you have to adapt. You absolutely have to adapt. Daily Guardian has been transformed into the most innovative media outlet now. We pride ourselves in always finding ways to deliver information better. You need to constantly build teams in your organization focused on innovation.

At the same time, keep true to your core identities. Daily Guardian is a community newspaper that derives its strength from the public. We have done our best to strengthen communities and build our own. We have found that the more you work to lift the people around you, that help comes around to lift you up too.

 

Corporate legal firms | Attorneys in the ‘New Normal’

Jan Philippe Yap | Attorney at Law

Atty. Jan Philippe Yap is based in Roxas City Capiz, Philippines. Besides practicing law and working as an Attorney. JP is also the Human Resource Manager for Super K drug Corporation.

Atty. Jan Philippe Yap is based in Roxas City Capiz, Philippines. Besides practicing law and working as an Attorney. JP is also the Human Resource Manager for Super K drug Corporation.

  1. Effects of the Pandemic in practicing Law in the Philippines?

The Pandemic has clearly altered the way lawyers practice, for one, since physical appearances in some courts are discouraged, prohibited or outright impossible, thus lawyers in some regions of the country has already adopted the use of video conferencing technologies to enter their appearances.Additionally, the reception and entertaining of clients has also shifted more towards online consultations and the like although physical consultations still does occur. It’s just that due to the pandemic, people nowadays are more cautious when going outside, this is also coupled with transportation problems in areas where strict quarantine measures are imposed.Of course the practice of the legal profession has definitely taken a hit. As above-mentioned, due to the constant closure of courts and the economic impact of the pandemic, private practitioners most of all, are the ones greatly affected.

2. The Relevance of Lawyers in the New ‘Normal’?

As long as there exists people and society, there would always be problems and disputes of all sorts. Unfortunately, some disputes would need the intervention of lawyers for the purpose of a swift mediation or reconciliation between the parties. We lawyers would just need to adapt to the new circumstances brought upon by the pandemic as with most tradesmen and professionals. We just have to make do with the cards that we are dealt with and hope that we return the the ‘old normal’ in earnest time.

3. Do you see yourself adapting to digital law and justice

Currently we lawyers are required by some courts to enter appearances through digital avenues or means, you know having hearings       over the internet. personally I still have to experience this practice. But I imagine for some that it is quite surreal to be having these hearings over the     internet. As mentioned the legal system in the country has to really adopt to the changes brought by the pandemic.

        4. Please share some ways as to how you use technology to fulfill your job as a lawyer

I for one would use the internet to research cases and other relevant materials to aid me in my practice as well as using social media platforms to connect with clients. We are quite fortunate to be able to access the internet since back in the old days it was really hard to get by the needed information as told by the lawyers who practiced back then, they have to go over volumes of reading materials which are also hard and quite to obtain especially for those practicing in the provinces.

Our interviews end here.

To the Bachelors, In behalf of our readers, I would like to extend my warm gratitude for giving this platform the chance to see and grasp various views of Life at The New ‘Normal’, through your personal experiences. We are hoping to wake up to beautiful days ahead.

 

Thank you so much everyone for your time. If you find this article useful, feel free to share this to your friends and family. Stay home as much as possible. Stay safe and sane. See you all on the road soon.

 

Sincerely yours,

Levy Amosin

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