An NLEX Corporation Employee Newsletter | Volume 2 No. 1 | April 2020

Just for Funds

Maximizing Limited Resources

By: Jovit Caballero

Since the implementation of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), everyone has been advised to stay at home except for people engaged in essential activities and businesses. Most companies had to close physical offices, while some had to stop paying their employees’ salaries due to losses. Luckily for NLEX Corporation employees, the company has been giving its full support to its own frontliners and to those who work from home as well.

In these tough times when disruptions are visible in everyone’s normal routine, realizations start to sink in.  One of those is realizing how blessed we are and appreciating even the smallest blessings that we receive every day. With that thought in mind, we asked some of our coworkers from Toll Operations, Contracts Admin, Non-Toll Business, and Finance the famous TVC advertisement “Saan aabot ang bente pesos mo?”. Here are some of the interesting responses:


“Sa panahon ngayon, mahalaga ang bawat sentimo na maari nating gastusin. Saan nga aabot ang 20 pesos ko?! Ako ay sa sardinas! Marami ang umaasa sa masarap na ulam sa panahon ng sakuna, pero eto palang panalo na!” – DONDON SAN DIEGO, Non-toll Business


“Love ko talaga ang fast food restaurants. Kahit hindi healthy, go lang! I work hard and I deserve that. Pero ngayong ECQ, nag-iba ang ihip ng hangin. Maamoy ko lang ang bagong lutong monay sa panaderia, kuntento na ako. Sa bente pesos lang, may pang almusal at meryenda na. Monay is life!” – MELANIE BERNARDO, Project Management Department


“Kailangang magtipid ngayong ECQ. Sa bente pesos, nakabili ako ng isang murang sardinas at isang itlog. Dahil mapili ang bata di basta kakain ng sardinas kaya ginawa ko itong SARDINES NUGGETS! Yung sauce pwede pa isabaw sa kanin. Tipid na, nagustuhan pa ng buong pamilya!” – ROSEMAY DELA CRUZ, Toll Collection


“Saan aabot ang 20 pesos ko? Aba maliit ito kung iisipin, pero kung akin itong iipunin sa araw araw, malaking bagay na ito sa katulad kong may pamilya. Pwede na pambili ng mga gulay sa palengke para sa lutuing masarap na paborito ng pamilya!” – JAY CAUSAPIN, Non-toll Business


“Dati pambili lang ng candy at softdrinks ngayon pwedeng pantanghalian na! Thank you sa relief dahil noodles lang solve na. Dagdagan pa ng 3 itlog mula sa 20 pesos! O, di kaya, pwede ka rin makabili ng sayote na pwede mo isama sa de lata, solve na ang lunch!” – NELLY TAN, Supply Chain Management

Truly, this unexpected scenario has taught us small yet important things.  Other coworkers shared tips on maximizing our limited resources while under ECQ:


“There are no food delivery services in our place right now. Since lockdown, we haven’t been able to order from fast food restaurants. So my tip is that if you are craving for your favorite food, there are lots of recipes and cooking tutorial on the internet that you can try. Home-cooked meals are definitely cheaper and healthier! With this, you’ll be able to save, eat fresh and healthy meals, and you will learn how to cook or improve your cooking skills!” – JENNY L. ENRIQUEZ, Contracts Administration


“We learned a lot during this ECQ period. During these trying times, we really need to think of how to save money and help our kababayans at the same time in any way we can. We used to order from popular pizzerias before, but now, small, local pizza stores are in! We also used to be fans of branded and imported products, but we now patronize our local brands, who are giving the foreign brands a good fight. We’d usually head to the laundry shop twice a week, but who would’ve thought that washing clothes is a good family bonding time!” – RONALD T. DULATRE, Treasury, Risk and Insurance Management

To sum it all up, I’d like to quote Sir Ronald Dulatre again by saying, “Every peso counts during this crisis. We don’t know when this will end so we need to learn how to prolong our limited resources. In the meantime, let us all continue to stay safe, healthy, and be negative… from the virus! Let’s continue to pray to our Lord to heal our land. God bless us all!”

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