Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Trucking: The Right Wheels Drive Better Sales

If you’re running a trucking business in the Philippines, it’s easy to get caught in the fast paced transactions that happen on a daily basis. If you are an overseer of operations, you are more preoccupied with getting goods to and from manufacturers and distributors rather than obsessing over details of the trucks that are being used. Hold that thought, though—the right set of wheels could save you more money than you think.

Tires and wheels actually affect fuel economy. Some wheels might even seem a lot like a bargain but, especially when it comes to business, cheaper doesn’t necessarily mean more profitable.

Actually, when it comes to trucking businesses in the Philippines, your need for wheels are pretty easy—semi-trailers and pickup type trucks all have the same standard sizes and build. What you must be more concerned of however is the treading. The safe assumption is that all deliveries are going to be expedited on roads like we see on western movies but the same cannot be said about the Philippines where a lot of roads don’t even make it past the “dirt path” phase.

As illustrated

Thus, we come up with 2 categorizations.


This is probably the setup that you may have for all your trucks and this is what’s ideal anyways. All season tires, in the words of cars.com, “do everything reasonably well, though they excel at nothing in particular” and, because a trucking business in the Philippines has only 2 seasons to constantly look out for in any given year, onroad/all-season tires SHOULD be what’s ideal.


But because there are a lot of roads that are left unfinished in the country, an all-season treaded tire could get you slipping into an accident. Even though majority of road accidents are because of road carelessness, among the top reasons is road condition. Investing in better treads for trucks that technically go offroad might prove more efficient a choice than managing loses.

There are a lot of other factors than can affect a trucking business in the Philippines but even something as underrated as choosing the right tires can gain you a better return on your investment than you might imagine.

Brought to you by: safehouse.com.ph/trucking

Monday, August 22, 2016

The Status Report on the War against Drugs

Human rights and due process has been the word going around in the past few weeks due to the increasing and surfacing cases of extrajudicial killings that have been related to new administration’s campaign against illegal drugs. The said campaign has not been a pretty sight nor has it become an image you will love waking up to in the morning.

A few weeks in under the new president, Rodrigo Duterte’s term and the news has been filled with the same horrifying news about deaths day in and day out. And all these news have something in common that make seem that headlines are using templates: alleged drug pusher tries to fight back or grab the policemen’s guns were killed; alleged pusher found dead with a shot by unknown vigilantes; alleged pusher found dead and labeled with a cardboard with writings stating the dead man is indeed a pusher and it’s a warning for other pushers.  By May 2016, the kill lists has reached an alarming figure of 650. It doesn’t need to become an attorney to realize what is happening to our dear Philippines.

Anyone who has been tracking the news may easily come to a conclusion that each and every incident is connected to the campaign to eradicate drug trade in the country. But proving these allegations can be really difficult as some of these incidents will still require in-depth investigations to be proven. Some of the bodies are even unclaimed and unidentified in funeral parlors.  How the public is taking in the news has been different from person to person. The discussions in the social networking platforms have been intense from all directions. Some approve of the method and even consider these killings as justifiable cost we need to be able to win against drugs—a mentality in which not many approve and may be difficult to digest.

Senator De Lima has also expressed her opinion in her recent privilege speech to look for another way to address the drug trade in the country. Some continue to express their disappointment through protests and appeals to the Commission of Human Rights on how human rights have been put aside for the sake of the campaign. There have also been claims of cases of mistaken identity in which makes the whole scenario a lot harder to take in.

A few days ago, the Malacanang has finally released a list and named the officials who are allegedly involved in drug trade. The list is comprised of high-ranking officials in the executive, legislative, judicial, and even in the ranks of the policemen. This has sent the message that the current administration is on a warpath to weed out the drug trade in the country.

Three to six months was all the time the current president has mentioned that he needs to get rid of the country’s drug problem. 3 month in to his term, are we to expect the same news to appear on our screens and newspaper headlines in the morning? No one knows what would be the collateral damage of the campaign against drugs. Some may say that, to attain greater things, we should be willing to sacrifice. But with these high cases of killings, are we really wining this war against drugs?