Expatriate Community in the Philippines

Overview by Globlatrade.net:

Communities of Expatriates

Blogs For Expats
Allo'Expat Philippines
For Further Information
Expat Focus Philippines
Immigration Authority
Bureau of Immigration
Transportation Companies For Moving/Removals
BW Worldwilde Movers
Inter Grace

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Ranking of Cities

Cost of Living
The Philippines are still a very cheap tourist destination.
Quality of Life
The low cost of living and the widespread leisure and services infrastructures make for a very pleasant life.
Sanitary Conditions
Sanitary conditions are good but it may be a problem finding healthcare outside the towns.
For Further Information
Lonely Planet

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Renting an Apartment

Description of Apartments
Apartments are rented furnished, part-furnished or unfurnished.
Normal Lease Term
Rental contracts are usually for one year, but may be shorter
Rental Costs
Generally, a deposit corresponding to two months' rent is required, and refunded one month after the termination of the lease, with any repairs or debts deducted.
Agencies or Private Rentals
Going through an agent means avoiding worries linked to searching and freeing oneself from administrative formalities, but it is not obligatory.
Rental Agency Websites
Pearl's Letting Agency
Private Rentals Announcements Online
Islands Properties
Move in the city
Other Possibilities For Accommodation
Staying with local people is possible in seaside resorts, in guest houses, in condominiums and resorts, which are more luxurious.
For Further Information
Global Property Guide

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School System

School Level
The general education system has four stages: pre-primary (creche and nursery school) existing in most private schools; primary school (for 6 years); secondary school (for 4 years). College usually lasts 4 or 5 years, but may last 8 years in medical and law schools. Graduate School means another 2 or 3 years.
International Schools
A list of international establishments is available on the Allo'Expat website, here.
For Further Information
Department of Education

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Health System

Quality of Healthcare
There are adequate private medical facilities in the Manila metropolitan area, and they have good doctors. However, if you meet a serious problem, it is best to go to Singapore or Hong Kong.
International Hospitals
It is recommended to get care in private hospitals, or to go to Singapore if there is a serious problem.
Health Insurance
Employees pay contributions to the Social Security System (SSS) and these represent 1.25% of gross salary (health insurance). It is possible to insure up to 15 000 PHP/month. Benefits are paid at the earliest after nine months of contributing (sickness benefit).
Accessibility of the Health Insurance Network to Foreigners
Foreigners working in the Philippines pay into the SSS and thus have access to health insurance benefits.
Health System Insurance Body
Insurance Commission.
Social Security System
Government Service Insurance System
Health Ministry
Department of Health

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