Bye, MSU!

July 5, 2010, MSU in Wistron Infocomm Philippines announced its closure.

When I was still working for WPH as an IE, I thought that I would reach old age serving the company. But a lot of things happened along the way; I left WPH but I never forgot the good times I spent with the best engineers, accountants, IT’s and production operators there.

There’s always a reason why things happen. For every sad ending is a hope for a happy beginning.

Good-bye, MSU!

To my friends and acquaintances who are affected by the closure, keep in touch!

Ang Wistron! Bow!

Nag-iisa ba ako sa libo-libong graduate ng Wistron na madalas nagbabalik-tanaw sa masasaya at minsang malulungkot na nakaraan dito? Isa ba ako sa mga taong nagsasabing, “Okay naman sa Wistron…medyo kulang nga lang sa asenso.”

Maraming masasaya at masasakit na nangyari sa akin sa Wistron. Naroong pinagkaisahan ako ng buong departamento kasi para sa kanila, hindi pa ako hinog sa posisyong FL. Down na down ako noon pero andun naman ang kaibigan kong si Elizabeth at ang then bf ko para suportahan ako. Ambata ko pa noon. Six years later, yung mga taong kumontra sa akin ay sya ring mga taong nagbigay sa akin ng “good luck” noong kailangan ko ng umalis ng Wistron.:)

Mahirap ang unang taon ko sa Wistron. Nagsimula ako sa kitang PhP 7,000 kada buwan. Madalas kong pinagmamalaki ang kitang yun. Dahil dun sa kitang yun, nagpursige akong mag-overtime. Hahaha! At matatag talaga ako sa overtime noong andun pa ako. Naaalala ko, oras na nang kainan, kailangan ko pang pumili sa ATM pag payday kasi wala na akong pangkain. Salamat sa mga tulad ni Irene at Christian na nagpapautang sa then bf ko! Hehehe….

Masaya sa Wistron kasi puro kayo bata. Puro kayo entry-level. Puro kayo nagsisimula. Yun nga lang, pag dalawa o tatlong taon ka na, yung mga kasabayan mo din ang magiging mahigpit mong katunggali sa promotion. Masaya ako kung ano ang narating ko sa Wistron. Masaya ako kahit umalis akong X4. Ayos naman ang increase sa akin, hindi naman ako kinawawa. Maswerte pa rin at may among nagtiwala.

Minsan, uuwi ako ng 2AM pag pilot run. Makiki-hitch lang ako sa mga dumaraang sasakyan from Wistron to main gate ng SBMA. Ayaw naman kasi akong isabay ng mga may sasakyan. Ewan kung natural na ayaw lang sa akin o may mga selosang misis o gf. Sa sasakyan, andun ang kaba ko na baka pagsamantalahan ako ng na-hitch ko. Pero nananaig ang adventurous spirit ko na “kaya ko to pag lumoko-loko ka!”

May mga great crushes ako sa Wistron na hindi nabigyan ng pagkakataong mahalukay. Faithful kasi ako sa then bf ko at ayokong may masabi syang masama laban sa akin. Yung mga great crushes ko na yun ang pampasaya ng araw ko. Hindi nga lang nila alam na sumaya ako dahil sa kanila. Meron pang isa na akala ko serious na. Yun yung time na ready na akong tapusin ang relasyon namin ng then bf ko. Pero isang linggong pag-ibig lang pala ang kanya. Sa di malamang dahilan, bigla syang nanlamig, umiwas. Masakit nung time na yun pero naisip ko, “aba, siguro talagang kami ng bf ko!”

Nami-miss ko ang simoy Subic. Nami-miss ko ang ingay ng mga operator. Nami-miss ko ang mga dating kasama ko. Nami-miss ko ang glamour ng pilot run. Nami-miss ko pati boss kong naninigaw. Nami-miss ko ang lahat sa Wistron. Nami-miss kong maging si “Meatball” ulit dahil dito sa company namin, hindi ako pwedeng maging si Meatball. Nami-miss ko ang nanay ko na dadaan sa Wistron para lang kumustahin ako. Nami-miss ko ang lahat. 🙂

Wistron Mass Layoff

Wistron Infocomm Philippines is under the umbrella company of Acer Information in Hsinchu, Taiwan. Wistron Infocomm Philippines is formerly known as Acer Information Philippines and is recognized to be a top earner and top tax contributor in SBMA. The beautifully landscaped area is home to three buildings: the Admin building, the Desktop building and the Mobile building. Desktop and Mobile are actually production plants.

The Desktop building used to produce desktop computers. The plant was shutdown in late 2001 when desktop operation was transferred in China. Now, the Customer Service Department occupies this building. On the other hand, the Mobile plant produces laptop until the operation was transferred in China. For two years now, smart phones are being produced and is the main source of income for Wistron.

Wistron, as a company, was able to beat the threat of unionizing, several attempted closures and high manufacturing cost. Since 2002, cost cutting measures were implemented. For the keen observers, it was a signal that Wistron was not doing well financially speaking. Then came the transfer of desktop operations in China where the labor cost is said to be much cheaper. The pioneers in Wistron were the most optimistic and most loyal to the company. It was the pioneer group who kept the balance by assuring the doubting Thomases that just like any other crisis, it would just pass.

But did it? How can they explain the mass layoff of 500 regular employees this morning of January 20, 2009? It was so sudden; employees were not able to prepare. They were given five minutes to stay in the company premises and then, they were escorted out of Wistron compound where a shuttle bus is waiting. Police and SWAT were reportedly visible in the area. January 20, 2009 became the mourning day of Wistron Infocomm Philippines.

Surely, the one million desktop production in year 2000 will just be a memory. There will no longer be a queue in the metal detector area, canteen and ATM area. They will no longer see familiar faces, hear familiar voices and smell familiar scents. Definitely, the ones left behind will be insecure of their future in Wistron. The once top tax contributor in SBMA will be nothing but a history.

The global economic crisis can now be felt. God bless the Philippines. God bless the world!