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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Role Play: I am The President of the Philippines: How Will I Solve The Electricity Rate Hike In The Philippines?



Philippine News:

Meralco announces refund scheme for consumers

Posted at 12/26/2013 4:50 PM | Updated as of 12/26/2013 8:42 PM
MANILA (UPDATED) – Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) assured its customers Thursday that it will comply with the Supreme Court (SC) order to stop the implementation of the initial power rate hike for December and refund those who were already billed and paid based on the new rates.
From P5.67 per kilowatt hour (kWh), Meralco increased generation charges by P2 for December to reflect the initial tranche of the P4.15 total rate hike.
Those who received their electricity bills from December 23 onwards may pay their bills without any problem.
Meralco said it made adjustments immediately after the SC issued the temporary restraining order (TRO) on Monday, and reverted the generation charge to P5.67.
Those who were billed before December 23, however, may have a different situation since their bill still reflects the increase.
Meralco will send a notice to those who have yet to pay and provide them with options.
One option is to simply settle the bill and avail of a refund in future bills.
Another option is to pay the same amount as the November billing provided that consumption in November and December are the same.
Those who got their bills before December 23 and have already paid will be given refunds, but only after the Supreme Court has made a final decision on the case.
Meralco said 70 percent of its more than 5 million customers got their bills before the Supreme Court issued the TRO.
“The adjustments will be made in accordance with the final SC decision,” said Meralco spokesperson Joe Zaldarriaga.
Some customers who settled their bills early now feel that they're on the losing end.
"Sana kung magre-refund sila, sana ay ASAP naman para makatulong, lalo na ngayon maraming hinaharap na gastusan," said one customer.
The group Bayan, meanwhile, said the Supreme Court should speed up the resolution of the petitions against the power rate hike.

Rate hike?

This involves electricity and money. This is about problems with money in a society where people have unequal amount of money in their possession

The people who has less money has difficulty in paying their electricity bills.

But before we talk about that, let's look at the things we fail to look at. We are busy working our ass off trying to survive in this world. The electric bills are going up. Other bills on top of other bills. Bills are increasing while our pay remains the same.  So we project our anger to people who give the go signal for a rate hike. 

We forgot that the only difference between us and this person who is giving this decision, is that he/she has more money than us. We project our anger and frustration to these people.  

Is the unequal monetary system created  by the elite? 

In a way yes, but in a way we also accepted and allowed this. We did not assist in creating a world that gives dignified life for all where all can get the basic necessities to survive - where all has money to pay their food bills, electricity bills, water bills, school bills etc.  We gave up on that and just focused on our own survival.

We work for our own individual survival. 

We compete to be able to win - to survive.

This is what happens when survival is not guaranteed. 

Our lives become a struggle to survive. Then we die.

We forget to live.

We forget the gifts nature give us all and forget to ask this one simple question:

Where does electricity come from?

There are many ways to generate electricity, and one is, Hydropower.

Hydroelectricity is the term referring to electricity generated by hydropower; the production of electrical power through the use of the gravitational force of falling or flowing water. It is the most widely used form of renewable energy, accounting for 16 percent of global electricity generation – 3,427 terawatt-hours of electricity production in 2010,[1] and is expected to increase about 3.1% each year for the next 25 years.

Most hydroelectric power comes from the potential energy of dammed water driving a water turbine and generator. The power extracted from the water depends on the volume and on the difference in height between the source and the water's outflow.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydro-electric_power

So, hydroelectric power uses water.

Water is a natural resource that is given to all of us here.

The corporations that derive profit from these resources have to give back to the people by making it possible for the people to benefit from the money coming from the sale of electricity which uses water that belongs to the earth. 

The earth is giving these resources to us all equally.

We have to share our profits from these resources to all.

So, being the president of the Philippines, i will make this my platform - assisting in creating a world that gives dignified life for all - and in my speeches i will speak about this and urge everyone to support this. 

I will propose to give those qualified, a Basic Income, Guaranteed from birth till death and propose that the funds be taken from the corporations who are making profit from these natural resources. 

This way, both the poor people and the corporations profit. This is in fact a win - win proposition.

The people can pay their electricity bills if they are given a Living Income, Guaranteed and the corporations will get the money to operate their business effectively.

We can then start aligning our living to natural living and transition to a balanced ecosystem  - of money.



Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Role Play: I Am The President of The Philippines, What Will I Do? I Will Give a Living Income To The Poor



Philippine News:


PH still among world's fastest growing economies

Posted at 12/18/2013 7:23 AM | Updated as of 12/18/2013 8:20 AM
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine economy is expected to sustain its strong growth next year and remain as one of the world’s fastest growing economies, Moody’s Analytics said yesterday.
“The Philippines continues to outperform and will remain one of the world’s fastest growing economies in 2014,” senior economist Glenn Levine said in a report titled Asia Pacific Outlook 2014: Realizing Potential.
“Confidence is high, and investment, both public and private, is driving the economy forward. Demand should rebound quickly after Typhoon Haiyan,” he continued.
The Philippine economy expanded by 7.4 percent in the first nine months of the year, faster than the government’s six to seven percent target for the year.



Rappler News:

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines is expected to be among the fastest growing economies in the world between 2010 and 2050, according to a study released by Knight Frank and Citi Private Bank.
In the 2012 Wealth Report, the Philippines is forecast to post a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth of 7.3% during the period, making it the 6th fastest growing economy in the world.
Let's look at the word 'grow'
From the Word Web:
v.
Become larger, greater, or bigger; expand or gain

The statistics of a business is usually used to tell if one's business is growing. If the statistics spike up, it means growth and if it falls, it means the business is losing and if we do not do anything to make it grow, it will close down. 


Statistics is used in marketing and sales to sell ones product in exchange for money and profit.


The government is an organization and it works on this same platform too.


The politicians are elected by the people while the heads of departments are picked by the Human Resources In Charge or the employer of a business .


We can look at statistics and say what we want to say but the fact is, if there exist 1 or more poor individuals who does not have the money to get the basic necessities they need to survive in that particular country, that means the government is not helping everyone optimally, the government being of the people, by the people and for the people, everyone should have the money to get the basic necessities they need to survive, that is Common sense.


Let's say for example that in the Philippines, the amount of money one should have to live a dignified life  is 20,000 pesos a month, they should have that amount of money every month and the government has to find a way to make this a living reality. 


No amount of statistics can hide the increasing amount of poverty in a country. 


Let's expand the word 'grow' within this definition:

Become larger or  expand  as all survives

So, i am here playing the role of the President of the Philippines,


I ask myself the question, 'what will i do?'


My answer will be:


I will give a Living Income, Guaranteed from birth to death to the Poor, the unemployed, the elderly and all those who qualify.


This is the only way my role as the President can stand for REAL  and that standing will be for - what is best for all.












Saturday, December 14, 2013

The Story of Sonia: Christmas, The Mind Pattern of Giving,The Word Help and Survival

In the News:

Pinay who inspired Cannes film now living in poverty

'Auntie Terry' to attend premiere of 'Ilo Ilo' in Singapore

MANILA - The Filipina domestic helper who inspired the Cannes-winning film "Ilo Ilo" is set to attend the premiere of the movie in Singapore on August 29.
Teresita "Auntie Terry" Sajonia was recently visited by Singaporean director Anthony Chen in San Miguel, Iloilo, together with his younger brother, Christopher.
Sajonia took care of Chen and his brothers 16 years ago.
An article published in Singapore's Chinese-language newspaper Lianhe Zaobao reported how Sajonia, 56, is now living in poverty and has been neglected by the relatives she used to help financially when she was still a domestic helper.


The Word Web's definition of the word 'Help' is:
v.
Give help or assistance; be of service

This definition of this word is being used in the Philippine scene:

Most Filipinos give help or assistance to family when one feels guilty that one did not help as much as one could because one did not have the means/money to help when one was barely surviving in the Philippines, so when one gets a good paying job abroad one gives gifts in the form of money, education etc. to ones relatives then has the illusion that one has transcended ones guilt, so feels good about oneself. But when one loses that good paying job and asks for help in turn from the people they have helped in the past, and gets rejected, then they go into regret. They regret having helped that person and blames oneself for helping them in the first place.

Here's the Mind Pattern

>one is Poor and does not have much money to survive let alone give gifts
>one cannot give gifts to relatives
>one feels bad
>one strengthens ones resolve to earn more money
> one becomes wealthy
>one gives gifts to poor relatives and friends
>one feels good 
>one feels 'useful' and 'powerful'
>one loses job and money
>one feels 'useless and powerless'
>one asks help from ones relatives
>no one gives help
>one goes into regret that one helped and blame the persons one helped
>one lives in poverty and hope that we become wealthy and rich one day
>one is given help or one finds another job that pays good money
>one give gifts to family and friends
>one loses ones job again

The pattern repeats itself

During Christmas, this is the pattern that plays out, just a little bit different:. let's have a look:

>Its Christmas
>one buys gifts
>one feels good about giving gifts to relatives and friends
>one feels 'powerful' and 'useful'
>After Christmas, we look at the expenses we incurred in giving gifts
>we realized we overspent
>one saw ones credit card debt is too much
>one decides to repay the credit card company every month
>one loses job
>one feels 'useless and powerless'
>one decides not to pay the credit card debts because one does not have the money to pay
>one realize no one is going to lend one money if one do not have a credit line nor a job
>one regrets spending so much money in gifts
>one works hard in replenishing the money in the dwindling bank account
>Christmas comes again
>one gives gifts again
>one loses ones job again

The pattern repeats itself

The story of the Filipina overseas worker above is our own story of survival which we repeat again and again during Christmas, when we give to charity etc.

In a world that does not honor all life, there's the 'haves' and the 'have-nots'. There's the ones who can afford to give and the ones waiting for gifts, hoping. 

This is what happens in a world where not all is given the chance to live in dignity where NOT everyone has enough money to get the basic necessities they need to survive all year long.

The feelings of 'love' usually comes from 'giving help' which turns to feelings of 'uselessness, powerlessness and hopelessness' when one loses ones job or source of income.

That's why we created Santa Claus. That's why we call the ones who help us as 'Santa Claus' . 

So, we have to question our motive when we give gifts or when we give help. The question we want to ask ourselves is:

How can we give a REAL Gift that lasts?

We can live a life where we do not have to wait for Christmas to get gifts.

Expanding The Word 'Help'
To give assistance; where assistance is about the activity of contributing to that which is what life is about, giving ALL a dignified life, hence, be of service to life,realizing we are all parts of life that is birthed here and therefore equals - with equal opportunity to survive. 

Check the links below and see what 'The GIFT of LIFE' is: 








Thursday, December 5, 2013

Pacquiao and The Tax Woman



In the News:

MANILA – Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Commissioner Kim Henares criticized the proposed bill seeking to give Sarangani congressman and boxing champion Manny Pacquiao a lifetime tax exemption, calling it “unconstitutional.”
Henares said giving Pacquiao a lifetime tax break for his accomplishments as a boxer will be unfair to other taxpayers.
“There should be a valid classification and everyone who is similarly situated should be accorded the same privilege. We have other national heroes, why aren’t we giving them the same privilege?” she told ANC on Thursday.
She said honoring Pacquiao with the privilege may also expose the country’s skewed value system, which venerates icons and not the soldiers who risk life and limb to protect and defend the country.
“Ito ang magiging tanong: kung ako ay sundalo, eh bakit ako walang exemption eh ang puhunan ko ay buhay ko? Kung hindi naman public sector ang papag-usapan natin, sasabihin ng mga lineman, eh bakit ako hindi ako in-exempt eh tinataya ko ang buhay ko kapag nagre-repair ako ng electric lines. Pero ‘yung mga athlete, hindi naman nila tinataya ang buhay nila for the benefit of other people, it’s for themselves,” she said in a separate interview on dzMM.
The tax exemption for Pacquiao was proposed by Valenzuela City Rep. Magtanggol Gunigundo, who wants the bill to known as the Pacquiao Act of 2013.
Under Section 3 of the bill, it says the "state shall confer lifetime individual income tax exemption to boxing icon Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao, also known as Manny Pacquiao, who has given outstanding honor and pride to the Filipino people.”
But Henares disputed this, saying that giving honor to a country is not enough basis for a tax exemption.


Other links:


When money is being spent to reward a person for winning a sport that harms ones own body and another's body, for the sake of money, popularity and pride, we know there is something being missed. Common sense dictates this is us physically  abusing that which assist us to move and express ourselves.

We were taught in school and at home about the reward for doing good.

Manipulating the body to do or repeat that action which gives us fame, fortune, honor and pride to the detriment of the body is abuse of the body. This is not something 'worthy of a reward' because this is motivated by self-interest. 

This perceived/believed superior deed is labelled as such because we defined ourselves as inferior.

Looking at the case here, the question we can ask ourselves is, how do we see the Philippines as a country without a 'famous athlete' behind our name? 

Who are we as a country?

The essence of a country lies in the stand of each of us to give what is best for all of us to each other in this one life.

Let's look at the word 'reward':

Reward
n.
An act performed to strengthen approved behavior

We can expand this definition here by saying, a 'reward' is:

An act performed that will benefit all.

If we give all the chance to survive in dignity by giving all those who qualify a Liviing Income, Guaranteed, so they can get the basic necessities to survive to live in dignity, we are really creating a reward for ALL and not just a FEW.

The proposal of the Living Income Guaranteed to give all a living income will benefit all. Its proposal to remove personal taxes and instead retain sales tax and value added tax will benefit everyone.

One of the fundamental problems in the world in how crime develops is through tax and tax evasion and for that, specially companies employ lawyers to find loopholes in laws so that they can set up all kinds of foundations and charities with which to evade tax; and with which to influence the markets and the goods available to the consumer, to benefit their own bottom line. Now with Basic Income Guaranteed it is suggested that there is no tax at a personal level and no tax at a corporate level and that one only works with either sales tax or value added tax or, if necessary, with an import duty.
Read About The Living Income Guaranteed:







Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Pacquiao and Tax Evasion





In the news:

The battle between one of the best boxers in history and the taxman has shocked his army of fans in the Philippines, emerging just days after a comeback win in the ring was hailed as a moment of hope amid the aftermath of a deadly typhoon.
Pacquiao disclosed Tuesday the Bureau of Internal Revenue wanted 2.2 billion pesos ($50.2 million) for alleged unpaid taxes in 2008 and 2009, when he was at the peak of his career and one of the world's highest-earning athletes.
When people work to be able to get paid wages for them to survive, they do not want the revenue office to get a part of that because that will mean less money which equates to less ability to survive in a world of competition and so people employ the services of a lawyer/accountant to find out loopholes with which they can cut down on taxes.

Is this true also with the elite - those who earn millions of dollars?

Companies employ lawyers to find loopholes in laws so they can set up foundations and all kinds of charities with which to evade tax.
The charities give little help to people when they need it and then the goods or services stop. But what if we remove charity organizations that only give the 'less fortunate' a little bit of help and empower the 'less fortunate' to be equally fortunate as the rest of the human race by giving them a living income?
This will redefine the word 'help' in our vocabulary. 
Here's the definition of the word 'help' from the wordweb:
v. Improve; change for the better
We can expand the definition of the word 'help' here:
improve or change inequality to equal dignified life for all 
Let's give all a Living Income and say YES to the Living Income Guaranteed and solve the taxation problem:

One of the fundamental problems in the world in how crime develops is through tax and tax evasion and for that, specially companies employ lawyers to find loopholes in laws so that they can set up all kinds of foundations and charities with which to evade tax; and with which to influence the markets and the goods available to the consumer, to benefit their own bottom line. Now with Basic Income Guaranteed it is suggested that there is no tax at a personal level and no tax at a corporate level and that one only works with either sales tax or value added tax or, if necessary, with an import duty.
Charities and foundations should be eradicated because they are actually only duplicating the work that should have been done by the government – and the government being the people, the government is not a separate corporation and it is the social arm of the people. Therefore all the work done by charities is actually the work and responsibilities of the government of the citizens, for the citizens. And this duplication exists in order to be able to evade tax, placing governments under pressure to borrow more money, taking vast parts of the budget going towards interest is quite a foolish thing to do because that just makes the government more ineffective.
The most sought after jobs in the world should be those within the government that will require the highest level of expertise with very clear guidelines to ensure that the work delivered at all times is without question the best that can be. After all the foundation of respect between citizens is based on effectively delivering goods and services required to live. This is being hampered by the current methodology where especially profit and tax evasion plays a role and where the services of government are undermined – in many cases deliberately – simply to make profit quickly. This type of behavior which is a form of financial treason, should be outlawed in every way.
And therefore the positioning of accounting services really should be replaced by automation – this implies a universal software that is linked to the banking industry which is under Basic Income Guaranteed which automatically assesses the profit margins and automatically keeps a tap on the income to make sure that the minimum wage is always adhered to, as well as ensuring that nobody can defraud the system. The only reason why there is no transparency at any level when money moves is because there is dishonesty. Absolute transparency means nothing is hidden and one should also apply this within the context of the pricing of goods so that one ensures that when a company is operational, there is enough money moving to ensure everyone gets their wages and that there is sufficient profit for the investors, so that at the end of the day the sales tax and the value added tax are paid effectively. All of that can be automated, removing the human factor that at this stage causes so many problems, because of the temptation that still exists to abuse the use of resources for personal benefit.This will only be stopped in time through education and understanding how peace and harmony depend on our ability to trust one another.




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