I couldn't believe that after more than 35 years of Intel existence in the Philippines it was already been confirmed that it will soon close. It ws a shocking news for everyone and had been in the newspaper, TV news, internet and in any kind of media all over the Philippines or maybe even all over the world. Why not? Intel is afterall one of the biggest company in the Philippines.
I wasn't really expecting it because after the first announcement of Intel Philippines closure last April the management had series of communication that they decided to stay here in the Philippines and will just keep the chipsets factory. They said that they can't afford to lose such a great employees, that we did a great job and we really contribute to our company's profit, and blah, blah, blah. The management had so many talkies keeping the morale of Intel Philippines employees and we have a strong believe that they will keep their words.
There's already series of retrenchment. The management designed the retrenchment in such a way that the redeployment will be phase 1 to 3. I'm actually part of the phase 1 retrenchment and Intel has been generous for the package they gave us including the trainings that they offer to help their employees during the transition and we really appreciate that. Last, Wednesday, January 21 was supposed to be the downloading for Phase 2 redeployment but that was not happened, instead a news about the Intel Philippines site closure. Yes, it has been confirmed by the management of Intel that they will close 5 sites and that includes our very own site. It was a shocking news for intel employees because we were not really expecting it. And while America was busy celebrating the incoming of their new president, the management of Intel was busy communicating their decision to close several sites. Reason? It was again the economic crisis which at first did not really sink in to me. I was devastated with the news because even if I'm not working at Intel anymore, I still value that company. I got so many things in the fast that I never really expected and that's all because Intel was at my back supporting me to get my dreams.
The news saddened me and I ached for those people that will soon lose their job. I am already one of the statistic of the unemployed here in the Philippines and adding more is not really a good idea. It was hard to get a new job that will satisfy you but what can we do but to try harder. I just believed that God works in a mysterious way and I know that it is one of His way to awaken us but I'm sure that He has something in store for us.
I had soooo many good memories at Intel that is really something to thank for. I already accept the fact that even if we wanted Intel stay here in the Philippines they already decided to go. I can't do nothing about it and rather than keeping the ache in my heart I wanted to thank God that once upon a time I was able to enjoyed my Intel Family. Good luck to all Intellites and we may succeed to whatever path we go after leaving Intel.