This is a question that was raised by Mike Grogan, an Irish business coach based in the Philippines, in one of his posts on LinkedIn.
And in the comment section a bunch of reasons why this is the case were given.
Somebody said that the reason why many Filipinos don’t switch on their cameras during videoconferences is because many Filipino homes are not suitable as offices, as there might be some underwear hanging to dry on the background.
Someone else said that it is because of bandwidth issues…. well, I am not too sure: granted, in the Philippines there might be some bandwidth issues but even here in Italy Filipinos don’t seem to switch on their cameras during Zoom meetings and they have fast internet connection and the latest electronic gadgets.
Someone else said that Filipinos are shy by nature and uncomfortable to talk face to face to people from another country.
My personal idea is……
Dahil nagmemeryenda sila
It’s as simple as that!
Filipinos can hide gin, Tanduay, Emperador, Fundador in a cup pretending that they are drinking coffee, which would be perfectly acceptable during a videoconference.
But where can they hide Boy Bawang?
So, what’s the solution?
Patayin na lang ang camera!