HUSBAND. FATHER. DISCIPLE OF JESUS CHRIST.
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I’m John Jonas. I live in Utah and I founded OnlineJobs.ph. My life is better because of my Filipino VAs.

I had a normal “job” for 8 months after college and my biggest goal at that time was to be able to quit that job. I managed to quit back in 2004 and worked from home for myself ever since then.

When I first hired someone from the Philippines in January of 2006, I knew I was onto something special. Since then I’ve learned that for most people, life is definitely better with Filipino workers on your team.

Yes, because of my Filipino workers I get to play a lot of golf, spend a lot of time with my wife and kids, and get out backpacking in the middle of the week. I work for about 17 hours a week because of the amazing work they do. However it’s not just better for us; it’s better for them too.

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Philippine Election Results Update

When we arrived at the Paris airport I really thought we were making a scene. 7 people, 5 bike bags, an obvious family all walking in a line together:

It was a mild scene compared to when we put our bike “kits” on (“Kit” is what we call a cycling uniform):

I didn’t realize the effect of 7 people all wearing these bright colors and riding in a line would have.  We’ve almost caused a couple accidents from people turning to look! We’ve had a lot of pictures taken of us. Weird!

I’m sure Marcos Jr has had a lot of pictures taken of him too.

Here’s an update on the results of the Philippine elections.

Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has been declared the presumptive president but it’s not going to be official until he’s inaugurated on June 30.

Outgoing president Duterte sent out a press release to reassure people that government services will continue during the transition. So that’s a good thing. https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1174270

Will the Marcos administration have an impact on the way we outsource? Is it going to have an impact on our OFS?

At this point in time, it seems like business as usual. There are a lot of emotions and opinions. Some people are anxious and some are excited. It’s hard to predict anything at this point.  They’re still in the transition process and the whole world has its eyes on what Bongbong is going to do.

There are concerns that he’s going to do the same things his father did.

But there are also those who are excited by his campaign promises and are looking forward to seeing them fulfilled.

This election has been interesting because I have OFS who voted for Marcos and OFS who went with Robredo, so I can see both sides of this situation. What’s happening in the Philippines is a lot like what’s happening in our US politics right now. It’s messy.

Talk to your OFS.  See how they feel about the results.

John

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