Rizal Day is a national holiday that celebrates the life of Philippine hero José Rizal. December 30th commemorates the day of his death 1896 after being executed by Spanish military personnel. After the US took control of the Philippines, José Rizal was named a Philippine National Hero a year later making December 30th the holiday to be remembered.
Ensure any employee that have to work on this national holiday are compensated accordingly based on DOLE standards. Feel free to talk to us at PayrollHero.ph and we would be happy to help.
This was going to be a blog post about restaurants that are open for business on Christmas Day, but after quite a bit of digging, it is hard to tell who is open and who is closed.
When I Google “What Restaurants are open Christmas Day in Fort Bonifacio?” the only post that comes up is from Black Sheep confirming that they are open on Christmas Day. But nothing else that talks about restaurants that are open. If you own a restaurant, why not advertise that you are open? Black Sheep made a simple Facebook post and it comes up #1 when I asked Google;
But where are the rest of them. I’m sure there are many that are open and many people looking for a place to be on Christmas night. Why not make it known that you are open.
We have covered this topic before. From my point of view, many restaurants in the Philippines don’t make the effort to market their businesses online. They leave that to 3rd party companies like MunchPunch, LooLoo and the like. For example, here is a Google search looking for “Todd English, Fort Bonifacio”. You would think their website would come up #1, but it is all 3rd party services. Here is what shows up; PayrollHero has a couple resources to help restaurant marketing departments up their game. Download these for your team. Let us know if you have questions.
Here are 10 things your Philippine restaurant needs to have on their website;
We visited the White Cross Children’s Home in San Juan, Philippines a couple months ago and I posted a blog post with some photos from the trip. Back in Vancouver, my Mom attended her friends Christmas luncheon where every year they raise some money for a different charity. This year, they decided the funds raised would be for the White Cross Children’s Home they saw in the blog post. They raised $610.00 (approx. P23,000) and sent it over the the Philippines and we turned into the following based on a list of items the orphanage said they were in need of:
20 KG Infant formula 12 KG laundry detergent 16 laundry bars 316 diapers 8kg quaker oatmeal 5kg Milo (chocolate milk with vitamins) 6 L of Canola oil
10.8 KG luncheon meat
6.24 kg corned beef
2 Gallon Vinegar
2 Gallon Soy sause
4 boxes of infant Tempra (Tylenol equivalent)
This is what that looks like: Some of the PayrollHero team went to deliver the items as well as spend some time with the babies. The following are photos from the day. The day actually started the night before with a trip to the SM Supermarket to purchase the goods. Luckily, some of Santa’s elves were there to help us pack it all up: A nice service from SM, they will bring your groceries home for you. By home, I mean, right to the front door. At White Cross, we were greeted by the smiling staff who graciously accepted the donations and gave us a quick tour of the facility. They have exactly 100 children in their care. And the age breakdowns are as follows In the nursery were 19 children, 13 boys and 6 girls. 6 of which were available for adoption. The rest in temporary care while their mothers get back on their feet. Some of the PayrollHero team (and Paul from Kalibrr) came along to cuddle with the babies. If you need something to do one day, or want to do help White Cross, they desperately need donations, but more importantly, the babies need to be held. It is that simple. So, check them out online, you need to let them know you want to come in advance but they are welcoming to people that want to play with the kids, hold the babies, drop off donations, etc.
Another one of PayrollHero’s Adventure Engineers has arrived in Canada. Nico Suria, a Philippine native has moved over to our Whistler office as part of his quest for Canadian Residency. I sent Nico a few questions about his experience thus far (he has been there about 1 week) and here is what he had to say:
1. What was the biggest shock when coming to Canada? A lot of us Asians, especially ones that haven’t been to Canada before, will say the cold. I’ve spent some time in Ontario as a kid so I don’t have the same problem. But.. yup, it was still the cold.
Also being able to drink directly from the tap. Melted glacier water is yummy.
2. How do you like the weather? You really just have to dress correctly and, once I got used to it, I had a great time walking around and just enjoying the sights. There’s something about walking the streets of a city like Vancouver or the forest paths of Whistler, all bundled up and with your breath fogging that I find really pleasant.
3. What do you think of Vancouver? Rainy. I didn’t get to really go out a lot outside Yaletown, and it was only sunny for an hour the whole time I was there but when it did, it was lovely. Looked like there were lots of interesting places and people everywhere.
4. What do you think of Whistler? I’ve never lived in a small town but I can definitely say that I like it. The weather’s cold but the people are warm and friendly. The place itself is quite beautiful. They’ve done a great job of designing the town to complement nature instead of just building on top of it. All of this and I’ve never even visited the mountains themselves – which people spend heaps of money just to be around of.
5. What do you miss about the Philippines? Mostly my family and friends. The food (and prices) too.
6. What Filipino thing did you find in Canada that shocked you? Well, Filipino’s themselves! They everywhere. I needed a single envelope for mail but the post office only sold them in 50’s so I went to the UPS store to see if they sold singles. The guy just asked me in Tagalog how many I needed and gave it to me for free.
7. How was the process of getting setup? (SIN number, bank, etc) Let me just say this: with nobody to show me around much less serve as my ‘fixer‘, I was able to 1) Get a post-paid mobile plan with great data, 2) Get a Social Insurance Number, and 3) Open a bank account – all within 12 hours.
We announced at the start of November that we will be expanding our payroll platform into the Singapore market soon. Since that announcement we have held a couple Charter Client Events in Singapore where business owners, HR managers and payroll professionals can learn more about our platform and how it will function for the Singapore market. These events have been a big success and we will be holding one more before our official launch into Singapore. So, if you are interested in learning more about PayrollHero’s Singapore payroll platform, contact us now. Our next event will be early January 2015 and space is very limited.
Most software as a service (SaaS) companies focus on the US market, or other western countries with little regard for emerging markets. While there are definitely challenges with focusing on emerging markets (internet, power, traffic, corruption, to name a few) there are some big advantages.
For example, the above photo was taken at a department store in the Philippines. In this photo, of one of the many areas of the 3 floor department store has no less than 12 employees. For a company like PayrollHero that charges based on employee count, you can see why we like emerging markets. In Canada or the US, if I took the same photo, you would be lucky to see 1 employee.
But it is not all as easy as it seems. These employees are actually not employees of the department store but rather merchandisers who work directly for the brands they are standing beside. So while you might see 12 employees, they most likely work for 12 different companies. Making selling a product or service to them a bit more of a challenge.
But still, employee counts in restaurants, retail, etc are usually much higher in emerging markets due to the cost of labour.
Would you like to learn more about PayrollHero? Contact us and we would be pleased to speak further or visit our country specific websites; Philippines, Singapore with the rest coming soon.