Doing business in the Jagna land

By: Liz, Chunxiao Han

It’s always fun to visit a new place. Since last Saturday when we arrived at the Tagbilaran airport, everything I saw and felt has been absolutely new to me. As far as I’m concerned, the three weeks of work and exploration would be fruitful and rewarding.

The business we are consulting on is JPI Tinsmith Centre, a hardware store that sells steel water tank, oven, steamer and so on in Jagna. The owner, Wilfredo Jr., is a really nice person. With the help of Wilfredo and his daughter Irish, my partner and I figured out questions about JPI’s main products, raw materials suppliers, and customers. Basically we were informed of all the necessary details regarding JPI’s supply chain, thanks to the talk on Monday.

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On Wednesday, we visited the JPI Tinsmith Centre for our research. The shop was kept well by Lydia, Irish’s aunt, who kept detailed record for the Tinsmith sales. She was very enthusiastic about introducing different hardware to us. We got to see steamers, lovely molders, planza, pail, etc, which were all taken photos of in case that we need to design a poster in the future. After we carefully viewed the sales record of JPI Tinsmith Centre, we also found some problems in their accounting method. In the following days, we will try to work out a solution to improve their business accountability.

One reason why I enjoy this program is that you can achieve something amazing as long as you have the initiate to make a difference. On this Tuesday, after Maggie and I interviewed the business owner, an idea occurred in our mind: in order to know the market demand for hardware in Jagna, it’s better to conduct a survey among the Jagna residents. We started our survey by asking store owners on the 2nd floor of the supermarket questions. Most of time, the Filipinos we turned to were willing to spare their time in helping us. Although we encountered a problem that a few store owners cannot speak English, not only did the survey show us some problems that JPI Tinsmith faces, but also it strengthened the connection between us and Filipinos.

“Where are you from?” It’s the question that we’ve been asked most.

“We study in Hong Kong, but our hometown is mainland China.”

“Oh China.” It seems a lot of Chinese lives in Philippines, as well we in the small Jagna.

“Thanks for your kindness. I’ve asked all of my questions. Thank you so much.”

“You are welcome.” Then each of them replied me a large smile.

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The Philippines in my sight cannot be more real: The sea stretches out to the sky, colored strange blue. Boats floated freely on the sea, while young Filipinos and we play happily in them. In courts, you can always find boys playing basketball for hours. In the peaceful evening, the whole family gathered together to have a dinner, and then watch TV or listen to the music. Each person here is struggling to make a living, but knows how to keep positive and happy in their life. No matter how the outer world changes, it’s like that the peace in Jagna residents’ hearts will never diminish. May the god bless this land.

 

 

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