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Smokey Projects - The Goals & Initiatives

Smokey Projects - The Goals & Initiatives

Smokey Goals, Projects and Initiatives

 
  • Smokey Tours hopes to bring societal change in our communities, either small or on a much bigger scale. It is a huge goal, and we work in small steps. It is not easy, and sometimes things go smoothly, sometimes not at all. 
  • To know more about what we do, read our Newsletters, ask our Freelance Tour Leaders or email us and see how you can be a part of it. 
  • We try to do the things the best way we can, and we always try to find ways to be more Sustainable.
  • Thank you all very much for supporting us!

The Goals

  • Smokey Tours aims to improve the living conditions in Baseco’s almost unreachable areas.
  • Providing positive and meaningful impacts on those living in the slums have been our goal since the inception of Smokey Tours. We have distributed relief goods and given qualitative training on talent development, health and disaster preparedness that will surely help the slum community cope with the daily challenges that they face. Cooperation and coordination with non-government organizations, people’s organizations and concerned individuals have been vital in successfully addressing these short to medium term social issues as we race to reach our goals.
 

The Projects & Initiatives

  • Due to COVID-19 and safety concerns, we have discontinued our tours and our projects. Our freelance tourleaders are taken care of, with allowances so they have some funds until they find other work. 
  • In 2020, we have started working together with Project Propel more closely, to exchange skills and talents. Smokey Tours has helped with our tourleaders to start the Talent Development in the slum community that Project Propel supports.
  • Another project with Project Propel is the start of the Floating gardens in area of mangroves of the PRCMO in Baseco as livelihood of 10 families with the goal of Nutrition. Due to COVID-19, the project is on hold. 
  • Furthermore, Business/families in charge of water filter system have been selected in partnership with Project Propel and through ocular assessment with the following criteria: Each resident was hand selected due to their community reach, accessibility, and proximity to water hose/source. 10 Families and their communities can have life long clean water, which will decrease diseases and the families can drink cheaply more clean water.
  • In 2019, after we have done a Baseline study in Baseco. We have focussed our Energy on Talent Development. We want to help people help themselves, to gain confidence and to be able to provide for their families. We give Talent Development Programs in Baseco, with the goal that people can find a paid job.
  • In 2019 with donations we have funded our Baseco Recycle Worker Project, where we have trained 6 Baseco Recycle workers and their communities. After 6 months, they were able to function by themselves, with the tools needed, saved and partly funded, like a Tribike or a cart to pick up Garbage.
  • In 2019 we have started after the fire disaster to give loans to community members, with coaching and money, they are able to rebuild their businesses and to provide for themselves. 

History

  • In 2018 we continued our Efforts in the Community in Health Projects, we support a group of 45 pregnant ladies. With folic acid and with skills training regarding healthy food, living and breast feeding. 
  • In 2017 we opened a Health Center - for the people of - Aplaya in the barangay Baseco, Manila. Aplaya is the part of Baseco that hardly receives any help from NGO’s because of its remote and isolated location. The Health Center has been a place where individuals and/or families can go to check on their physical and mental well being, for medical consultation and treatment and/or to obtain medicines - if necessary. The goal is to improve the conditions of the people of Baseco by treating diseases or illnesses and providing them with clean water, so they will be able to avoid water borne diseases. The local Health Workers are visiting the community to check and help the weak and sick people. 
Smokey Projects - The Job & Training Center

Smokey Projects - The Job & Training Center

 

Smokey Job Center & Talent Development

  • In 2019, we have started a small Job Center in Baseco, so we can inspire and help, people to help themselves.
  • We will recruit and train more Freelance Tour Leaders, and they will help the community with their Talent Development.
  • In slum communities, as in any other place, are a lot of people with talents and skills, you will see.
  • It is just a way of helping others to discover their talents and to help people to find a job, with job application training and intensive coaching and guidance.

Smokey Baseco Recycle Workers Project

  • In the last quarter of 2018, we have started together with the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC): the Baseco Recycle Workers Project.
  • Every 6 months, for the duration of 1,5 years, 3 Recycle Workers will be paid and trained to segregate and recycle waste.
  • Together with the households in their own communities, trainings on Solid Waste Management are given. 
  • After 6 months, the Baseco Recycle Workers own their own cart and can provide for their own Livelihood.
Smokey Projects - The Tours

Smokey Projects - The Tours

 

Smokey Tours Social Impact

 

Our Freelance Tour Leaders

  • We empower, train and give livelihood to people from impoverished areas to run safe and eye-opening tours for our guests in Manila. Our Freelance Tour Leaders are an example in their communities; they learn, learn to take the lead and help others. It has been a journey to teach our Freelancers work ethics and to coach them finding a future job somewhere else. Smokey Tours wants to be a stepping stone for our Tour Leaders, after 2 years they make place for new Tour Leaders.

Our Guests

  • We aim to raise awareness about social issues and to bridge the gap between people from different backgrounds. Our Slum Tour in particular gives our guests a chance to experience something unique. We hope to plant a seed in their conscience so that they think about the world and about helping out. 

Our Communities

  • We use 100 % of the profit of the Slum Tour to improve the living conditions in underprivileged communities. We work towards the goal that our communities are equipped and empowered to create social change for themselves and others. We focus on Talent Development and we want to empower them and to help them to help themselves, so that they may learn to stand independently.
Smokey Projects - The Community Library

Smokey Projects - The Community Library

     

    • The Community Library collects educational books to freely lend to the kids in BASECO, by creating a habit for reading, kids may eventually elevate themselves from their impoverished state of affairs.
    • Smokey is supporting by soliciting guests to donate books and funding to build shelves and a roof for all the books, to be kept safe and dry. 
    • In the Community Library are also activities being held for the kids, like origami by our Japanese volunteers, remedial teaching by our Dutch volunteers, reading and writing by our own tourleader(s)
    Smokey Projects History : The Health Center

    Smokey Projects History : The Health Center

     

      History

      The Health  Center

      • Bearing great news last 2017, all the planning and hard work bore fruit as we established our health center in collaboration with the residents of the slum of Baseco. On 13 May, the newly constructed community health center began its arduous task of attempting to treat about 4.000 adults and children for the first 12 months and consequently increase the number as the years progress. This is approximately 15-20 residents a day, 6-days a week. As we provide free health care to the people, we will also provide them with skills and knowledge to avoid and prevent diseases and to be able to live healthy lives in the best way possible given their dire situation. Smokey Tours also provides a livelihood to community trained health care workers who would otherwise be peeling garlic for a living and earning a measly PhP 60 a day.

       

       

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      QUESTIONS & ANSWERS: TO ORIENT

      QUESTIONS & ANSWERS: TO ORIENT

      Consider checking the many tips, checklists, and points of concern in the general long stay abroad choice indexes

      Check the country page Philippines for your basic Orientation to the Philippines

       

       

      ORIENTING ON LIVING IN THE PHILIPPINES:

       

      How to orient yourself with the Philippines?

      • The Philippines consists of 7.107 islands, of which only a part is inhabited. The total amount of islands is ever changing, depending on the tides. Read more on the country page Philippines.
      • Whilst orientating on living and working in the Philippines you should be careful with using generalisations. It is important to mention that in the Philippine Choice Indexes you will find are simplifications of the diverse reality that is the Philippines.

      What can JoHo and the JoHo Emigration Desk in the Philippines do for you?

      • Orientate yourself with the basics of the Philippines via the country page Philippines.
      • Check Philippines job vacancies via the country page Philippines.
      • Check the cv-index organisations for long stay abroad / emigration for links to organisations that provide general support for long stay plans.
      • Check tips for searching suitable living locations in the Choice Index to leave & live.
      • The Emigration Desk in Metro Manila is open to anyone that requires assistance with orientation and arrangements, before and after emigration.
        • Help with your general orientation after arrival & support by an experienced Philippine expert.
        • Step-by-step planning, Q&A, and checklists for people that decide to stay in the Philippines for a longer time or are planning to emigrate.
        • Help-Desk during your stay in the Philippines.

      How many foreigners are living in the Philippines?

      • Around 180.000 foreigners are living in the Philippines, students and tourists are excluded.
      • The largest percentage of foreigners is from the United States.
      • The Philippines is also a popular destination for people from China, Japan, India and Canada.

      What important factors help you in choosing for a long stay or emigration to the Philippines?

      Why choose for the Philippines?

      • In most parts of the Philippines the people are able to speak English. An English speaking local population makes life easier.
      • The Filipino hospitality provides foreigners with a warm welcome and stay.
      • Convenient visa arrangements, where people above 35 are eligible for the Special Residents Retirees Visa (SRRV) of the Philippine Retirement Authorities (PRA) Program.
      • Diversity of the country; with many pristine nature locations.
      • Affordable living.
      • Nearby other easy to reach vacation destinations (For example: Japan, Korea, Hongkong). It is very affordable to do a city trip on the weekends in one of these countries.

      "The best thing about the Philippines is the people. I have never encountered a more optimistic group in all of my life. They help one another when they are in trouble. Families are close. For the most part, the people are not driven by what brands they wear or type of car they drive".

      Philippines expat

      Factors to not consider living in the Philippines

      • You need a lot of time and patience to get around and to arrange things.
      • Communication is tentatively indirect and with a smile, which can be difficult at times when challenges arise.
      • The temperatures can get really high, in the dry season it can rise up to over 40 degrees Celsius.
      • There is a rainy season with typhoons, during these times it rains a lot and flooding can occur.
      • When residing in Metro Manila, you will have to deal with a lot of traffic.

      What can JoHo and the JoHo Emigration Desk in the Philippines do for you?

      • Help with choosing whether to live in the Philippines; a broad living- and work experience with the organiser of the Emigration Desk.
      • Support for eligibility and application of the SRRV of the Philippine Retirement Authorities Program.
      • Periodical Emigration Days are organised at JoHo in The Hague, The Netherlands.

      How do you form an image of the Philippines as a destination for living and working?

      The best advice the JoHo Emigration Desk Philippines can give you is to collect as much information as you can. Read, watch, study and talk to people who have been to the Philippines to mentally prepare youreself.

      Tips for reading

      • Culture Shock! Philippines (Culture Shock! A Survival Guide to Customs & Etiquette) written by Alfredo Roces. The book gives a good explanation of the culture shock and what to expect when living in the Philippines.
      • Handbook Philippines written by Niklas Reese and Rainer Werning. This book gives a good oversight of the history and influences on the contemporary Filipino culture.

      Tips for watching

      • To get a broader idea of the Filipino life, we recommend watching the BBC documentary: Toughest place to be... (a jeepney driver). An inspiring story about the everyday life of a jeepney driver in Metro Manila.

      Tips for visiting

      • Philippines day at JoHo in The Hague, The Netherlands (once a year, check the event calendar).
      • World Supporter: An online community and magazine for anyone that likes volunteering, including blogs, experience journals, photos, and videos.
      • For inspiration on doing business in the Philippines as a Dutch National, check the cv-index organisations for long stay abroad / emigration.

      What can JoHo and the JoHo Emigration Desk in the Philippines do for you?

      • Visit a JoHo support centre or check out the online web shop for Philippine travel guides - with contributor's discount!
      • Check the Philippine sub header in the cv-index organisations for long stay abroad / emigration for links to expat societies in the Philippines and other organisations that can give support.

       

      ORIENT ON WORKING IN THE PHILIPPINES:

       

      How can you orient yourself to work and/or start a business in the Philippines?

      • Salary wise it is advisable to work as an Expat in the Philippines, instead of working for under a Local contract for a (local) company. The minimum wage in the Philippines is around 491 php per day, around 10.000 php per month. Office jobs (white collar jobs) pay around 30.000 php per month and managerial functions can pay double or even more.
      • You are required to have a Non-Immigrant Visa for pre-arranged Employment when working in the Philippines. In that case the employer should get the work permit and help you with your Visa Application. 

      What can JoHo and the JoHo Emigration Desk in the Philippines do for you?

      • The JoHo Emigration Desk Philippines is available for advice for anyone that wants to work or start-up a business in the Philippines, they can get:
        • Help with orientation when looking for a job or starting your own company, by sharing job vacancies and resumes of organisations that are looking for new employees.
        • Provide support with doing business in the Philippines: Market research, help with finding merchandisers, make contact and agreements for meetings, start and prepare cultural projects. There are a number of trustworthy partner consultancy agents of World Experience Philippines available, where you can ask questions and submit orders.
        • Take care of translation: calling-cards, brochures and websites can be translated with the help of JoHo. From English-Tagalog, Tagalog-English, Dutch-Tagalog, and Tagalog-Dutch. All documents will be translated in cooperation with a native speaker.
        • Offer cross cultural training: If you want to start a business in the Philippines it will be essential to be knowledgeable of each others' culture. You can follow a cross cultural communication training with partner organisations.
      • Check the Choice Index Arrangements & Rules for important factors to consider concerning employers' insurances, benefits, pension, and income tax.
      • Check the Choice Index Left & Living for indications of cost of living, salary levels, and (volunteer) work possibilities for partners.

      What are sectors to consider when searching for a job in the Philippines?

      • Nowadays, there are many job opportunities in the Philippines for foreigners, for example in call center industry or the import/export sector.
      • New businesses that are established in those sectors are looking to hire international expats.
      • With this, the demand for bilingual employees is on the rise.
      • The Netherlands is an important trading partner for the Philippines: The Netherlands is a very important (a lot of recent years "the first") export destination for the Philippines in Europe. If you have sufficient knowledge of European & Dutch markets, your job search position will improve!
      • Officially, more than 100 Dutch companies are being represented in the Philippines; probably a lot more via informal ways. Yearly, more and more Dutch companies make plans to start investing in the Philippines.

      How is professional recognition and diploma legalisation arranged in the Philippines?

      • Attained professional certifications and diplomas are not automatically valid in the Philippines.
      • Certain professions for example in the fields of nursing and medicine require specific certification by local authorities.
      • Employers may require original or notarized copies of diplomas. Always bring these with you when you travel to the Philippines for work.
      • The application for a work visa and other legal documents is made easier when you bring your official documents and diplomas. A copy or scan will not suffice in most cases.
      • More information can be found in the Check Choice Index Visa & Documents.

      What are good sources for finding job vacancies in the Philippines?

      • When looking for jobs in the Philippines it is advised to use your personal or Joho's network, as it is the easiest and most reliable way to find a job.
      • Check the cv-index organisations for long stay abroad / emigration for good online, social, and print sources when looking for work.

      What are important factors to consider when applying in the Philippines?

      • Applying for a job is considered a very formal occasion in the Philippines.
      • Looks are important, so always make sure you look professional when going in for an interview.
      • Having a good network is very important as well. Using connections is usually the best way to get an invitation or interview when applying to jobs.
      • If you are looking for a new job, inform as many of your friends, acquaintances, and colleagues of whom you'd think could help with your search for a job in the Philippines.
      • Make sure the employer will take care of- or at least help with your work visa application. Be wary of companies that insist it is your responsibility to take care of the work visa; it is practically impossible to attain a work visa all by yourself.
      • As commuting can be problematic -especially in Manila and Cebu- make sure to take the office's location into consideration when applying for jobs.

      What are specific CV requirements when applying for jobs in the Philippines?

      • When submitting your CV make sure that all information can be verified. Employers in the Philippines have the tendency to rigorously verify diplomas and references.
      • When submitting a resume the outlook should be professional, make sure your ID-picture is professional as well (a tie is required).
      • Follow international standards in regards to writing your CV, these apply to the Philippine setting as well.

       

      ORIENTING ON STARTING A BUSINESS / DOING BUSINESS IN THE PHILIPPINES:

      What are sectors to consider when starting a business in the Philippines?

      • Economic prospects are looking good for the Philippines; forecasts show that the Philippine economy eventually will become bigger than their neighbours; Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia.
      • Macro-economic fundamentals are becoming stronger and stronger and the Philippines' business environment is being improved constantly to increase the country's competitiveness.
      • Still; the inequitable distribution of wealth and the low level of social development of large parts of the population are continuous matters of concern.
      • Opportunities abound for investors targeting the following sectors: business process outsourcing, electronics, agriculture, renewable energy, infrastructure, and shipbuilding.

      What are important factors to consider for start-ups in the Philippines?

      • A lot of factors need to be considered when setting up your own company in the Philippines: What papers and licenses are required, how to find reliable business partners, etc.
      • If you want to do business in the Philippines the first things you need to do is incorporate and register your company.
      • This follows a bureaucratic system that can take over a month to complete.
      • Ask for an expert that is experienced with starting up a business in the Philippines, this will reduce a lot of hassle.
      • Social media plays an important role in the Philippines -especially Facebook- it is a good place to market your business.
      • Be wary of excessive fees for accountants, registrations, and other things. Consult the emigration desk when you are unsure about the appropriateness of fees.
      • When starting up a business it is important to find out what bank is best for you. An international bank might be a good idea.
      • If you need to import goods into the Philippines, check port and airport regulations. The regulations and fees for import in the Philippines differ from other countries.

      What company types are most commonly used by foreign companies in the Philippines?

      • Most foreigners have a single-proprietorship or corpated business where 60% of the company is owned by a Filipino passport holder.
      • IT is a popular sector to invest or start up a company. Multinationals rely on the Philippines when it comes to outsourcing customer service. This sector is on the rise due to low wages and high proficiency in English.
      • Retail and catering are also popular sectors in which foreigners are activily doing business in the Philippines.

      How do you find reliable business partners in the Philippines?

      • Research who you know in the specific sector you want to become active in.
      • Using your network is another good way to meet people.
      • There are several conferences on international business in the Philippines; here you can find business partners that are looking to cooperate with international businesses.

      What can JoHo and the JoHo Emigration Desk Philippines do for you?

      • Check the Philippines sub header in the cv-index organisations for long stay abroad / emigration for links to organisations with B2B-websites. There you can find business information for tens of thousands of Filipino businesses; a good starting point for expanding your network.
      • The JoHo Emigration Desk Philippines has a network of contacts and intermediaries to find reliable business partners. They can also can help you find good venues and reliable people.

      What compliances are needed in regards to accounting in the Philippines?

      • Accounting requires is a lot of paper work so it is advised to hire an accounted, especially for bigger companies.
      • A local accountant can be a great help as they are aware of how things are done in the Philippines. Foreigners tend to have a harder time as compared to locals. A Filipino helping hand is a great addition to your company.
      • If you decide to incorporate your company you will have to put at least 60% in the name of a Philippine citizen. Make sure that you either fully trust this person or make up a contract that states that they are not allowed to make any decisions in regards to the company. Make sure that you protect yourself from malice and miscommunication, a shareholder agreement can help with this.

      How does the sales tax system work in the Philippines?

      • Foreign corporations are only taxable on income derived from sources within the Philippines.
      • Of course, if applicable: Check your individual agreements with e.g. Dutch tax law.
      • A 12% value added tax (VAT) of the gross selling price is imposed to all importation, sale, barter, exchange or lease of goods or properties and sale of services.

      What are important factors to consider in regards to the contract of employment in the Philippines?

      As a business owner you have the option to offer people an agreement or a contract. An agreement is not an official work contract. This lets you pay the expenses of the person you made the agreement with for up to 500php per day. Common examples for this type of agreement are volunteers, interns or parttime helpers. You can pay up to 500php per day for their expenses (meals, transport, etc.), but you have to remember to keep the receipts as proof. 

      When offering an official work contract you have to consider a lot more requirements.

      • Your company/organisation has to register with the following institutions:
        • Social Security System (SSS)
          • SSS provides employees with social benefits. Financial contribution is required by the employer as well as the employee.
        • PhilHealth
          • Employers are required to register their staff for PhilHealth so they can provide their employees with Social Health Insurance.
        • Pag-IBIG
          • Employers are required to register their staff for Pag-IBIG so they can provide their employees with financial help for home ownership (mortgage).

      General information in regards to employing people:

      • The Philippines has a lot of official non-working holidays. Check your calendar regularly to be up-to-date with these holidays. Always make clear to the staff on what days they are required to work and what days they aren't.
      • When the company has less than 20 employees extra pay for holidays and overtime is not required.
      • Minimum wage is 491php per day in the North Capital Region (NCR). Other regions have their own rules in regards to minimum wage.
      • When coming up with a contract or agreement you can find specific templates for the Philippines on the internet.
      • General considerations of employment contracts apply to the Philippines as well.
      • For international employees extra factors need to be considered:
        • Visa Arrangements.
        • Arrangement of accommodation.
        • If accommodation is provided what are regulations for spouses.
        • Escape clause in regards to leaving the country.
      • The Emigration Desk can provide help and extra information in regards to work contracts and employment.

      What are important factors to consider when taking over a company in the Philippines?

      • See above, all requirements should be taken care of.
      • Check outstanding issues or requirements that the company has not been able to follow, so there won't be any issues in the future.

      ORIENTING ON EDUCATION IN THE PHILIPPINES:

      How does the education system work in the Philippines?

      The Philippines is following a Kindergarten to Grade 12 program, which covers 13 years of basic education with the following key stages:

      • Kindergarten to Grade 3.
      • Grades 4 to 6.
      • Grades 7 to 10 (Junior High School).
      • Grades 11 and 12 (Senior High School).
      • Tertiary education: after graduating from high school, students are encouraged to go to college or university as most entry level jobs require a college degree. The Philippines has over 1,000 universities and colleges.
      • International schools: In the major cities you can find schools that identify themselves as 'International'. This means classes are taught in English, although primary and high schools are still required to follow the local curriculum. International colleges and universities offer diplomas and curricula from universities in the west (most common are UK and USA). These schools generally offer high quality education. The international schools are very expensive; tuition fees are equal to or sometimes higher than European and American fees.   
      • Dutch, chinese, german or spanish lessons can be arranged with private tutors. Ask the Emigration Desk for reliable teachers.

      What should you pay attention to when choosing a school in the Philippines?

      • There is a large diversity of opportunities when arranging education in the Philippines, whether it be for your children or yourself.
      • International schools can be found all over the Philippines, managed by different people with different backgrounds. Check certification and school evaluations as quality between schools can differ significantly.
      • Private schools are available and vary in price; the most expensive schools can ask yearly tuition fees of over 300,000 php. Most colleges that are considered to be of good quality are in a price range of 80,000-200,000 php per year.
      • When choosing a school or college it is very important to look at the school’s reputation. As there are over 1,000 colleges in the Philippines it is important to pick the right school for you. Applying for a job after graduating can be a taxing endeavor but with a degree from University of the Philippines, La Salle, Ateneo, or University of Santa Tomas the process will be much smoother. Some companies only hire student from the well-known schools.
      QUESTIONS & ANSWERS: TO ARRANGE & REGULATIONS

      QUESTIONS & ANSWERS: TO ARRANGE & REGULATIONS

      Consider checking the many tips, checklists, and points of concern in the general long stay abroad choice indexes.

      Check the country page Philippines for your basic orientation to the Philippines.

       

       

      Are there any special programs/arrangements for foreigners that want to live or work in the Philippines?

      • There is a Special Retirement Residence Visa (SSRV): If you are older than 35 years, you can acquire an SSRV when you make a minimum deposit of 20.000 dollar at one of the accredited Philippine banks. They will also assist you with attaining a work visa; it is considered a very good alternative for people that wish to stay for a long time. There are more options for SRRV applications. 
      •  The Netherlands (local and federal) undertakes economic and trade missions on a regular basis with the Philippines. In cooperation with the Dutch Embassy, the Philippine Netherlands Business Council was established to encourage trade in the Philippines.
      • Are you planning to invest and start-up a business in the Philippines? The country runs an Invest Philippines program with attractive investment incentives that include the following: income tax holiday, a special low tax rate, duty-free regulations on importation of equipment and supplies, simplification of customs procedures and on employment of foreign nationals and expats.
      • Museum Volunteer Philippines arranges yearly History Courses, that may help you to understand and appreciate filipino culture and customs. 

      What can JoHo and the JoHo Emigration Desk in the Philippines do for you?

      Can you rely on your Dutch health insurance when working in the Philippines?

      • If you work abroad your Dutch health insurance becomes invalid. You will have to insure yourself using an international insurance or a local insurance in the Philippines.
      • Depending on your specific job regulations may differ. Make sure to check with appropriate governmental institutions beforehand.
      • For more information check the general Choice Index Arrangements & Regulations for long stay abroad.

      What are important factors to consider in regards to Social Insurance laws in the Philippines?

      • Foreigners working for a Philippine company can sometimes have access to social benefits of the Philippines Social Security System (SSS) through their company. These benefits are:
        • Sickness benefit
          • The sickness benefit is a daily cash allowance paid for the number of days a member is unable to work due to sickness or injury.
        • Maternity benefit
          • The maternity benefit is a daily cash allowance granted to a female member who was unable to work due to childbirth or miscarriage.
        • Funeral benefit
          • It is a cash benefit given to whoever pays the burial expenses of the deceased member or pension.
        • Disability benefit
          • The redesigned SSS Disability Benefit program adopts the International Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems codes and takes into account the medical management of illnesses and injuries and their corresponding impairment ratings.
        • Retirement benefit
          • The retirement benefit is a cash benefit either in monthly pension or lump sum paid to a member who can no longer work due to old age.
        • Death benefit
          • It is a cash benefit either in monthly pension or lump sum paid to the beneficiaries of a deceased member. The primary beneficiaries are the legitimate dependent spouse until the person remarries, and the member's dependent legitimate, legitimated, or legally adopted, and illegitimate children who are not yet 21 years old. In the absence of primary beneficiaries, the dependent parents shall be the secondary beneficiaries. In their absence, any other person designated by the member as beneficiary in the member's record
      • Disadvantages of these benefits:
        • In most cases they cover less than what you are used to in the Netherlands.
        • Registration can be complicated.
      • As a foreigner it is quite difficult to register for local benefits, that is why most foreigners choose to align health care and social security under different institutions, for example by arranging health care on an international level.

      What can JoHo and the JoHo Emigration Desk in the Philippines do for you?

      Why register with your embassy after arriving in the Philippines?

      • It is important to register yourself with the Embassy of your country of origin, in the Philippines.
      • That way the Embassy can inform you about the latest news and whenever there is a disaster, they will be able to find you.
      • Embassies usually offer other benefits as well like promotions or special holiday celebrations.

      Other things to consider

      • Always double check information and rules and regulations. Procedures and policies often change without notifications.
      • Often institutions will ask you to Notarize your documents at a Notary Public. Most Memorandum of Agreements or other official documents state at the end: A Notary Public needs to witness it and the document needs a Notarial Seal. A Notary Public is a legal person who will stamp your documents and seal/sign it. Depending on the kind of document, it will cost you from PHP 100 to PHP 200. 

      How do you pay taxes in the Philippines?

      • Income tax ranges from 5-32%.
      • In most cases your company automatically withholds the income tax.
      • Consultants only pay 10% tax; it can be beneficial to be considered a consultant in your official contract for this specific reason.
      • Ask advice from an expert to become aware of the latest developments regarding tax rules and regulations.
      • The World Experience Philippines Center can provide information and point you to trustworthy experts.

      What can JoHo and the JoHo Emigration Desk in the Philippines do for you?

      Can you bring Dutch social allowances to the Philippines?

      • Philippines is one of the countries with whom the Netherlands does not have a treaty for social allowances.
      • This means that in most cases you will not be able to bring your social allowance to the Philippines.
      • If you stay in the Philippines for less than a year, you are officially still a resident in the Netherlands. This means there is a possibility you are able to receive social allowances, depending on the type of social allowance you receive.
      • Compensation received through the Health Insurance Act -due to for example physical disability- will not be remitted in the Philippines.

      What are important factors to consider in regards to recognition of professional qualifications in the Philippines?

      • Attained professional certifications and diplomas are not automatically valid in the Philippines.
      • Certain professions for example in the fields of nursing and medicine require specific certification by local authorities.
      • Employers may require original or notarized copies of diplomas. Always bring these with you when you travel to the Philippines for work.
      • The application for a work visa and other legal documents is made easier when you bring your official documents and diplomas. A copy or scan will not suffice in most cases.
      • More information can be found in the Check Choice Index Visa & Documents.

      What requirements or regulations are in place for foreigners that want to start an enterprise in the Philippines?

      • It is important to ask an expert for advice, as the regulations are dependent on the type of business that will be initiated. Considerable rules and regulations are in place. 
      • A foreigner cannot form a solely owned business in the Philippines without a heavy investment. For a corporation, you are looking at USD$200,000).
      • A foreigner can have up to 40% ownership in a corporation – minimum capital to start a corporation is only Pesos 5,000 (approximately USD $ 100).
      • The best way to be in business in the Philippines is to be married to a Filipino who holds ownership of the proprietorship, or form a corporation with a Filipino spouse with you owning 40% and he or she is owning 60%.
      • You also enter into a corporation with 40% ownership with a Filipina girlfriend or a Filipino friend – but consider the risk of having no control over other stock owner(s).
      • Depending on the purpose of the corporation (purchase of a real estate – land or house), it might still make sense that when the property is sold you would be entitled to your share of the proceeds.
      • There is one exception whereby you can become a 100% owner of a corporation and that is if the corporation is formed to purchase land, or your other shareholder is your spouse, and he or she dies. Under this arrangement, as the heir to your deceased spouse, you are able to retain 100% ownership of the property.

       

       

        QUESTIONS & ANSWERS: TO INSURE

        QUESTIONS & ANSWERS: TO INSURE

        Consider checking the many tips, checklists, and points of concern in the general long stay abroad choice indexes.

        Check the country page Philippines for your basic orientation to the Philippines.

         

         

        How does the Philippine Healthcare System operate?

        • General:
          • In 2013 the Philippines passed the Universal Healthcare Bill, which promises health insurance for all Philippine nationals, especially the poor.
          • Phil Health is a Health Insurance coverage system that is part of the Department of Health. Their goal is to provide Health Insurance coverage and ensure affordable, acceptable, available and accessible healthcare services for all citizens of the Philippines.
          • In some circumstances expats can avail of the Philhealth. However, in most cases expats are required to purchase private Health Insurance.
          • The quality of institutions can differ significantly and it is therefore advised to check which institutions are known for having high quality services.
        • General practitioners:
          • Quality of care is best in Manila.
          • Most medical practitioners in the Philippines come from respectable Universities in the Philippines and studied in U.S. medical schools.
        • Dentists:
          • In the Philippines you can find good quality dentists for a reasonable price. Make sure to check online which dental practices are known for their quality.
          • Quality dentists can be easily found in Manila, and equipment and techniques are up to par with international standards.
        • Hospital or clinic:
          • When looking for a hospital and clinic try to find one that is JCI-accredited. This is an international accreditation that guarantees quality on an international level.
          • JCI accredited hospitals in Manila are: The Medical City (in Pasig), St. Luke's (in Quezon City & Taguig), Makati Medical Center (in Makati), Asian Hospital and Medical Center (in Muntinlupa) .
          • In the recent years there has been an increase in demand for health care and hospitals are having a hard time to keep up, leading to understaffed hospitals in some cases.
        • Midwifery & Maternity care:
          • Best healthcare is found in the JCI accredited hospitals. It is advices to seek counsel there in regards to midwifery and maternity care.
        • Consultation agencies.
          • Due to the variety of healthcare providers there are several consultation agencies that can provide you with more specific advice, you can easily find these online.

        Does the Philippines set requirements to your (international) healthcare insurance in order to settle there?

        • It is not required by law to have health insurance as an expat.
        • In some circumstances expats can apply for Philhealth, the local health care system. However, many expats opt to purchase private health insurance with broader coverage.

        Under what regional cover do the Philippines fall and are there other extra important points to consider when living and working?

        • Type of coverage within the Philippines depends on the Insurance Company you are availing your health insurance from.
        • Some areas that are considered dangerous, depending on current events at the time, might be excluded from coverage by your insurance company. Always make sure you are up-to-date with the coverage areas of your specific health insurance.

        What should you pay attention to in regards to Health Insurance for a long stay in the Philippines?

        • Check the Insurance pointers for long stay abroad and emigration to see:
          • Why specifically take out insurance when emigrating?
          • Is it smart to take out health insurance locally?
          • The Dutch Health Insurance expires.
          • Becoming unfit for work and insurances for surviving relatives.
          • Country of destination and goal of emigration country.
          • Desired (extra) coverage.
          • What insurance is suitable when you are going to emigrate?
          • What differences exist between the different insurances in regards to content?
          • How do you use the Emigration service?
          • Which Dutch and international emigration,- expat and health insurances are there?

        What can JoHo Philippines do for you?

         Visit emigratieverzekering.nl for more information, points of interest & explanations.

        • Free advice about international health costs for you and family members by JoHo Insurances.

        What should you pay attention to when taking out a home/household insurance in the Philippines

        • Depending on where you live and what kind of home you have, you should consider finding an insurance that fits with your personal needs.
        • Some housing arrangements include security measurements, like guards and gates. When these extra safety measurements are not available, the household insurance becomes more of a priority.
        • The Philippines has local insurance companies that provide home insurances.
        • Special expat/international insurance companies exist that offer home insurances for people living abroad.

        What are the rules about personal liability within the Philippines?

        • Purchasing a personal liability insurance is always a good idea and in some circumstances a necessity (for example, when buying a car).
        • The Philippines has local insurance companies that provide personal liability insurance. The Land Transportation Office (LTO) offers this kind of insurance.
        • Special expat/international insurance companies exist that offer personal liability insurances for people living abroad.

        Is there a Social Security System in the Philippines and is it applicable to foreigners?

        The Philippines has a Social Security System with several different types of social benefit programs. People pay a monthly fee for the Social Security System (SSS) and foreigners that are permanent residents can apply. 

        The government of the Philippines provides the following benefit programs:

        • Sickness benefit
          • The sickness benefit is a daily cash allowance paid for the number of days a member is unable to work due to sickness or injury.
        • Maternity benefit
          • The maternity benefit is a daily cash allowance granted to a female member who was unable to work due to childbirth or miscarriage.
        • Funeral benefit
          • It is a cash benefit given to whoever pays the burial expenses of the deceased member or pension.
        • Disability benefit
          • The redesigned SSS Disability Benefit program adopts the International Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems codes and takes into account the medical management of illnesses and injuries and their corresponding impairment ratings.
        • Retirement benefit
          • The retirement benefit is a cash benefit either in monthly pension or lump sum paid to a member who can no longer work due to old age.
        • Death benefit
          • It is a cash benefit either in monthly pension or lump sum paid to the beneficiaries of a deceased member. The primary beneficiaries are the legitimate dependent spouse until the person remarries, and the member's dependent legitimate, legitimated, or legally adopted, and illegitimate children who are not yet 21 years old. In the absence of primary beneficiaries, the dependent parents shall be the secondary beneficiaries. In their absence, any other person designated by the member as beneficiary in the member's record.

        How do you get Insurance for a rented or bought car in the Philippines?

        • Compulsory third party liability (CTPL) insurance is mandatory for every car owner (not when hiring a car). This can be easily purchased at the Land Transportation Office (LTO).
        • CTPL costs a minimum of 560PHP annually and can cover up to PHP 100,000.
        • Next to the CTPL insurance you might opt for extra insurance that covers theft or natural calamities. Extra insurance coverage costs around  PHP 12,000 to PHP 20,000 per year, depending on your car's type and value.
        • Renting a car might prove to be difficult as most rental companies have set up a long list of regulations and requirements.

        What should you pay attention to when driving around with a (rented) scooter or motorcycle in the Philippines?

        • Renting a motor/scooter might prove to be difficult as most rental companies have set up a long list of regulations and requirements.
        • Although popular in most South-East Asian countries, renting a scooter or motor is less popular in the Philippines and locating good rental companies can be difficult.
        • Most insurance do not have coverage for personal liability in regards to vehicles and these have to be purchased separately. Make sure to verify this with your insurance company.
        • Foreigners can drive in the Philippines for up to 90 days after their arrival provided that their license is in English.

        How does Insurance for your (temporary) living space work in the Philippines?

        • Depending on where you live and what kind of home you have, you should consider finding an Insurance that fits with your personal needs.
        • Some housing arrangements include security measurements, like guards and gates. When these extra safety measurements are not in place, the household insurance becomes more of a priority.
        • The Philippines has local insurance companies that provide household insurances.
        • Special expat/international insurance companies exist that offer household insurances for people living abroad.
        QUESTIONS & ANSWERS: TO MOVE & LIVE

        QUESTIONS & ANSWERS: TO MOVE & LIVE

        Consider checking the many tips, checklists, and points of concern in the general long stay abroad choice indexes

        Check the country page Philippines for your basic orientation to the Philippines

         

         

        What are things to consider when choosing a place to live in the Philippines?

        Not every expat or immigrant can choose their own living location; if you work for an international or Filipino employer you will most likely be connected to a certain region or city. If you have more freedom in deciding where to live, check the list below. Of course personal preferences (city life or not, safety issues, climate etc.) influence the eventual choice.

        Each place in the world has its own charm and positive and negative sides, the Philippines is no exception to this principle. If you look at the country in general, the most popular places for foreigners are the big cities like Manila, Cebu, and Davao. This is due to relatively good facilities and the presence of many international companies. 

        • Manila: the capital of the Philippines located in the province Luzon. Like most other big cities: busy, safety issues, health issues, but all facilities present. The business district in Metro Manila is Makati; a modern living environment but pricy and many traffic jams when leaving or entering.
        • Tagaytay: a city located 1,5 hours driving from Manila, it has an expat friendly setting and is cheaper than Manila especially when considering how close it is to the capital.
        • Baguio: cooler than e.g. Manila, located on top of a mountain. There is more chance of rain. At the busiest moments there can be traffic issues. It will take a six hour drive from Manila to reach Baguio.
        • Subic: also located on the island Luzon. Subic is a city that is growing rapidly, with good beaches close by, it is slightly warmer here.
        • Cebu: biggest city in the province Visayas. It's a big and busy city with all facilities present and some nice beaches. A lot of expats who prefer living and working in a big city, prefer Cebu over Manila.
        • Davao City: Biggest city in the province Mindanao, there are some safety issues in this city.
        • About three out of ten foreigners live in the National Capital Region (NCR), the region of Metro Manila. 
        • If you search for a place to live in the Philippines and climate circumstances are important to you:
          • The south of the Philippines is generally cooler and less typhoons arrive here.
          • Places like Tagatay, Laguna, Batangas and Cavite are cooler.
          • Visayas can become quite hot, but there are more beaches here and it is less pricy than Metro Manila.
          • More pleasant locations (to live or visit) are Cebu, Bacalod, Iloilo, Leyte, Mindanao, Davao, Malaybalay, Iligan, Misamis and Palawan.
        • When it concerns your living budget, it will be more expensive to live in Metro Manila, Angeles, Baguio or Cebu compared to a location outside of the biggest cities.
          • Previous expats and emigrants say that you can live perfectly fine with a budget of US$1.000 a month outside of the most popular areas, with your family in a (relatively) small apartment. Of course this depends on your living pattern and living preferences.
          • Others live for around $800 a month (with an active social life).
          • In bigger cities you can also live for well beneath $2.000 in a nice apartment and still be able to afford taxis, dinners etc.
          • If you choose to live in one of the expat communities you will spend this in a multitude.

        I would find a $1,000 budget a comfortable level for a single person; in particular if you didn't want to be in the heart of a big city, sample all the restaurants, visit all the bars, and don't need to travel constantly. I think a happy medium would be to get far enough away from a larger city to find lower rents, a good public market (cheaper than western-style supermarkets), and not as many places to go spend money, but close enough to take a bus (or Jeepney, etc) to the larger city when you feel the need.

        Philippines expat

        I have lived for 25 years in Davao City and I must say it is the best place to retire. The place is accessible to domestic and international routes, with a state of the art international airport. Beach facilities are available in less than an hour, with virgin areas, clean, and food that is truly affordable and fresh. The medical facilities and expertise of doctors are at par with that of Manila.

        Philippines expat

        I live in the Bicol region of Luzon in the province of Albay. I'm in a farming area about 1.25 hours from the nearest "large" city (Legazpi) but we do live in town. Our budget is about $850 per month and we don't have to work very hard to make that budget. The budget was not set in order to just "get by", it's just what we found we spent over a few months.

        Philippines expat

        What can JoHo and the JoHo Emigration Desk in the Philippines do for you?

        • Inform you about (the differences in) living environments and provinces of the Philippines and provide indications of living budgets based on personal experiences.
        • Check the Choice Index Orientation for general points of interest while budgeting for living abroad.

        What are points of interest for building or buying in the Philippines?

        • As a foreigner you are officially not allowed to be owner of land/property in the Philippines, unless you are married to a Filipino (and the land/property is on her/his name).
        • Corporations and partnerships that are legally owned by a Filipino for 60% or more can buy land and build on it.

        What are the options for long term housing in the Philippines?

        Finding a place for long term stay in the Philippines can be accomplished through multiple ways. Depending on your employer you might have less influence on where to live or how to find housing.

        • You can find places through official organisations, when working for the Filipino government or as a diplomat in the Philippines. You will get in contact with home bureau's that offer official accepted foreign compounds incl. all needed facilities. These compounds tend to be luxurious but show little of the real Filipino life, Filipino guests have a hard time getting entrance.
        • Real Estate Agents that are specialized in helping western expats. These work in the big cities and have an overview per district; convenient for when you are orienting on your preferred location.
        • Free market through Filipino friends.
        • Online sites offer places to rent. You can immediately contact the landlord and prices tend to be negotiable.

        Living in an apartment complex

        • Apartment complexes are in most cases very secure and tend to have luxurious amenities.
        • To guarantee safety apartment complexes have a lot of requirements and rules that you and your guests have to comply to.
        • Always check the house rules to avoid any surprises after signing the lease contract. For example, in some cases you might find out that you are not allowed to bring any guests.

        What can JoHo Philippines do for you?

        • Taking care of your first accommodation in a hotel, apartment or studio, which can create extra time to find a (definitive) living space.
        • Introduce you to the different districts and living environments in Manila.
        • Q&A taking care of temporary or permanent housing in the Philippines with suggestions of previous expats and emigrants.

        What does an (expat) compound look like in the Philippines?

        • A Filipino village or subdivision in Metro Manila generally will not differ much from other compounds in different destinations.
        • Most of the time there is a security guard, for safety reasons at the entrance of the gate.
        • In most condominiums there is a desk on the ground floor, and the staff will call the announce the guests.

        What are points of interest to keep in mind with renting (contracts) in the Philippines?

        • Decide whether you want a furnished or unfurnished home.
        • Length of lease contract is different depending on the type of housing. 6 or 12 months are common lengths for lease contracts.
        • Always check the house rules to avoid any surprises after signing the lease contract.

        Considerations for transportation of furniture and goods in the Philippines?  

        • You can rent a van with 2 staff for around 2,500 PHP that can help you move furniture within Metro Manila.
        • There are organisations that can help when moving furniture overseas. TRUSTFULL ORGANISATION IS......
        • Ask Joho Emigration Desk Philippines for more specific Info.

        Can you put your furniture temporarily in storage?

        • Several companies offer storages rooms where you can deposit furniture or other goods.
        • Check online for reliable and affordable storage companies.

        Shipping in transportation devices: car, boat and motor.

        • When importing a car there are a lot of regulations to which you need to comply. 
        • It is very expensive to import vehicles and most expats decide to sell their car and use the money to buy a new one once settled in the Philippines.
        • Boats can be imported, but you will need to pay an import tax which makes it relatively expensive.

        Are certain things difficult to get in the Philippines?

        • Common household appliances can be bought in malls.
        • When you have trouble finding specific items you can try an online store. Healthy people interested in making food themselves can go online to find things like yoghurt makers, French press, and competitively priced blenders.
        • When ordering things online you should use domestic online stores (lazada is a reliable one). When receiving packages from oversees you might be required to pay high (33%) import tax when you pick up your package. It is therefore not advised to order from popular online stores oversees like alibaba.
        • Dairy products are scarce and expensive. Choice in cheese and fresh milk is limited.  The bigger and more varied supply of luxury (read; western) goods can be found in upscale supermarkets like Rustan's.
        • Dishwasher detergent can be hard to find. As most people don't have dishwashers this is considered a luxury appliance. Therefore it can only be found in upscale malls and supermarkets.

        What are points of interest when you want to take you pet(s) with you to the Philippines?

        • If you want to take one or multiple pets with you to the Philippines, keep in mind that not all living places allow their tenants to keep pets. When you arrive in Manila and plan to travel to another city in the Philippines after one or more nights staying in Manila, keep in mind that a lot of hotels do not accept dogs, cats and other animals.
        • You must obtain a Veterinary Quarantine Clearance to Import from the Bureau of Animal Industry in advance of your pet's arrival. This permit is good for 2 months. The permit must be applied for online or in person.
        • Check additional Health requirements, like rabies-vaccination and other vaccinations, minimum age of puppies and kittens.
        • Pets can arrive in Philippines in the cabin or as checked baggage or air cargo at the international airport at Manila.
        • All domestic dogs and cats must be free of evidence of disease communicable to humans when examined at the port of entry to the Philippines.
        • Some animals, like birds of any kind, are not allowed to enter the Philippines.
        • Always check up-to-date laws since they change regularly in the Philippines and sometimes depend on precise destination.

        What can JoHo Philippines do for you?

         

          QUESTIONS & ANSWERS: VISA & DOCUMENTS

          QUESTIONS & ANSWERS: VISA & DOCUMENTS

          Consider checking the many tips, checklists, and points of concern in the general long stay abroad choice indexes

          Check the country page Philippines for your Basic Orientation to the Philippines

           

          What are important factors to consider when trying to arrange a long stay visa for the Philippines?

          Visa application and requirements tend to change regularly in the Philippines. It is therefore advisable to always check beforehand what the current ways of application are by consulting the appropriate governmental institution.

          What kind of visas 

          The visa requirements for the Philippines depend on the purpose and duration of your stay. For example, the necessary documents for a pre-arranged employment visa include:

          • A passport valid for at least six to twelve months
          • Two completed Application forms (fill in N/A Not Applicable, so all questions are answered on the Form)
          • A copy of your employment contract
          • Your curriculum vitae
          • Several passport-sized pictures, signed on front bottom
          • A medical and physical examination report by an authorized physician (including a chest X-ray, lab reports, and a certificate that you are HIV-negative)
          • The visa application fee

          If you are planning to move to the Philippines with your family, you should also attach any birth certificates and a marriage certificate. These documents must be notarized. If you apply in a language other than English, remember to submit your paperwork with certified English translations.

          Temporary stay

          • Foreign nationals who are admitted with an initial stay of thirty (30) days may apply for a visa waiver first, granting an additional stay of twenty nine (29) in the Philippines. Thereafter, you may apply for one (1) month, two (2) months or six (6) months extensions at least one week prior to the expiration of your valid stay.
          • Non-visa required nationals may extend their stay up to thirty six (36) months while visa required nationals may extend their stay up to twenty four (24) months.
          • Visa extension requirements: you need to bring your passport and submit a filled out visa extension form at any Bureau of Immigration (BI) offices. It is possible to send a representative to file for your visa extension, given that you will provide a Special Power of Attorney (SPA).

          Long stay & permanent stay

          • For long stay visa's there are generally two options to consider:
            • A non-immigrant visa is available for people that have a pre-arranged employment. The application process requires cooperation with the employer/company so it should be made clear when signing the contract that the company will provide the required documents for this type of visa application.
              • If your spouse and/or unmarried children are going to join you, then a copy of the marriage certificate and birth certificates will be needed along with photocopies of the relevant passports.
            • The special resident retiree (SSR) visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows multiple entries and indefinite stay. Applicants are required to make a deposit depending on their age, health and retirement pension (variable from US$10.000 up to US$50,000). The minimum age to apply is 35.
          • Immigrant visa are also available for foreigners who want to stay in the Philippines permanently without giving up foreign citizenship. A foreigner may achieve immigrant status if his or her country has a reciprocal agreement allowing Filipinos to become immigrants. However, the Philippines has an immigrant quota of 50 people of any one nationality per calendar year. Foreign spouses or unmarried children under 21 years of age of Filipino nationals can apply for a non-quota immigrant visa.

          What can JoHo do for you?

          • Share insight, using extensive theoretical and practical experience
          • Specific advice with regards to the application of an SSR Visa
          • The eventual official application will still require individual effort

          What is the general process for visa application when you want to live in the Philippines for a longer time period?

          General tips when applying for visa:

          • When visiting the bureau of immigration (BOI) remember to wear appropriate attire. Entry will be denied to persons wearing slippers and shorts.
          • Expect long waiting lines and procedures. Experience has taught us that it is best to not make any other important plans on the day of your application.
          • Bring all the required documents. If possible print out and fill in required forms before visiting the BOI as this will speed up the process. Checking the application form before you visit will also allow you to be aware of all the necessary information and documents. Application forms can be found on their official website.
          • Even the most experienced foreigners come across problems with their application as regulations change regularly. When visiting the BOI don't expect miracles, even if you are well prepared. It is best to go in with an open-mind and try to be flexible.
          • Treat government officials with respect. Being friendly and handling concerns with a smile can make a big difference.
          • When filling in forms put N/A in all parts that are blank. The assumption will be that you forgot to fill in blanks and you will be required submit again, increasing waiting time.
          • Applications require passport photo's. Make sure to bring extras just in case.

          What are factors to pay attention to when travelling inside and outside of the Philippines?

          • With a non-immigrant visa or SRRV you can enter and leave the country without any extra clearance requirements. Make sure your documents are in order before leaving the country.
          • Non-immigrant visa holders are required to pay travel tax and airport fees. Make sure to bring enough local currency to have a smooth transition for your departure.
          • Make sure to check the Bureau of Immigration for up-to-date information.

          Are there specific (visa) requirements concerning health, medical exams, and vaccinations when living and working in the Philippines?

          • For the non-immigrant visa and SRRV a medical examination is required. For SRRV applicants there are specific places that are accredited to carry out your medical examination. For your work visa the place of examination depends on your company.
          • It is possible to have the medical exam done in your own country before departure (usually the exam is valid for one year).
          • Vaccinations are not required by law but it is advisable to vaccinate yourself, for an up-to-date advice on vaccinations you should consult your doctor.

          Do you need to translate or legalise Dutch documents for use in the Philippines, and vice-a-versa?

          Dutch documents in the Philippines

          • Legalising Dutch documents for use in the Philippines is done at the Ministry’s Consular Service Centre.
          • Commonly legalised documents for use in the Philippines are; birth certificate, marriage certificate, divorce certificate, and death certificate.

          Philippine documents in the Netherlands

          • Legalising Philippine documents for use in the Netherlands is done at the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila
          • Commonly legalised documents for use in the Netherlands are; birth certificate, marriage certificate, divorce certificate, and death certificate.

          Are there rules concerning expiration of passport when working and living in the Philippines for a longer period?

          • Your passport has to be valid for at least 6 months on the day you plan to arrive in- or depart from the Philippines.
          • If your passport is not valid for more than six months when you leave the Philippines you have to apply for a new passport at the Dutch Embassy in Manila.

          How can you extend expiring Dutch documents in the Philippines?

          Passport extension

          • If your passport expires you will have to apply for a new passport at the Dutch Embassy in the Philippines.
          • You have to make an appointment with the Dutch Embassy before visiting if you want to apply for a new passport.
          • Make sure to wear decent attire in order to be allowed inside the Embassy. Applications are to be done in person.
          • Documents you will need to bring:
          • Bear in mind that after application it can take up to 45 days before you can pick up your new passport.

          What to do when you lose your passport in the Philippines

          Whether you lose it or it gets stolen you will have to take immediate action when losing your passport.

          • Immediately file a police report. You will do this at the police station that covers the area where you lost your passport.
          • After filing a police report you can apply for a new passport at your Embassy.

          Is a certificate of conduct necessary when living and working in the Philippines?

          Depending on your visa and type of job you might be required to provide a certificate of conduct.

          • For the SSRV you are required to provide a certificate of conduct. If you have stayed longer in than 1 month in the Philippines you have to apply for the Philippine certificate of conduct called the National Bureau of Investigation Clearance (NBI).
          • For the non-immigrant (work) visa you are not required by the government to provide a certificate of conduct. In this case it depends on the company, as they can decide to make it a requirement for you. Companies that work in fields that handle sensitive information or deal directly with people usually require their employees to provide this type of certificate.

          The National Bureau of Investigation Clearance:

          • You can apply for this online by filling in the online form.
          • After successfully registering online you should print out the form and take note of your registration number.
          • As a foreigner you have to visit the main NBI Clearance office on UN avenue, other offices cannot process the application for foreigners. When you arrive you will need to provide 2 valid ID's, the registration number, and the payment for your clearance (ranging from 115-415php).

          Are international Documents valid in the Philippines?

          Driver's license

          • The International Driver's License is valid for 90 days after you enter the country
          • You should apply for a local driver's license before the 90th day of your stay in the Philippines.
          • You can convert your international driver's license into a Filipino driver license

          When applying for a local driver's license:

          • Bring your original driver's license together with one photocopy.
          • Passport and photocopy of your passport's bio-page and visa stamp that shows the latest date of arrival in the Philippines.
          • Bring your original visa or ACR-card and one photocopy.
          • Bring an original medical certificate with official receipt from an LTO accredited physician.
          • Negative Drug test result issued by Department of Health or governmental hospital.
          • Filled in application for Driver's license form.
          • Taxpayer's Identification Number (TIN) if employed in the Philippines.

          Vaarbewijs

          • Je Nederlandse of internationale (ICC) vaarbewijs is ..................... geldig in de Filipijnen.

          Contract for Living-together

          • In the Philippines culture living-together contracts don't exist. It is more traditional in that sense, using marriage certificates only.

          Marriage Certificate

          • Legalising a Dutch marriage certificate for use in the Philippines is done at the Ministry’s Consular Service Centre.

          Organ Donor Card

          • An organ donor card identifies your wish to become an organ donor and legalizes the donation. This card should express your wish to donate your organs and should be signed by you and 2 witnesses. You can make this card yourself.
          • The Organ Donor card can now also be incorporated with the Philippine Driver's License.

          Euthanasia declaration

          • Euthanasia in the Philippines is illegal

          What are important factors to consider in regards to recognition of professional qualifications in the Philippines?

          • Requirements for legalisation of documents depends on the company and sector you work in
          • Ask the company you are working for to advise you
          • Always check up-to-date information on what specific documents are required for your job and visa application

          How can you get you driver's license in the Philippines?

          • Driver's license applications are always processed at the Land Transportation Office (LTO).
          • If you don't have a driver's license yet you have to apply for a student license first, which you can converse after one month into the official Philippine driver's license.

          When conversing your student driver's license the similar conversion application process is followed compared to conversing an international license:

          • Bring your original driver's license together with one photocopy.
          • Passport and photocopy of your passport's bio-page and visa stamp that shows the latest date of arrival in the Philippines.
          • Bring your original visa or ACR-card and one photocopy.
          • Bring an original medical certificate with official receipt from an LTO accredited physician.
          • Negative Drug test result issued by Department of Health or governmental hospital.
          • Filled in application for Driver's license form.
          • Taxpayer's Identification Number (TIN) if employed in the Philippines.

           

          • Application processes change regularly; you should always check their website for up-to-date information on the application process.
          • The official LTO website can be found here.
            QUESTIONS & ANSWERS: TO PAY & CURRENCY

            QUESTIONS & ANSWERS: TO PAY & CURRENCY

            consider checking the many tips, checklists, and points of concern in the general long stay abroad choice indexes

            check the country page Philippines for your basic orientation to the Philippines

             

             

             

            How does the banking system operate in the Philippines?

            • The Philippines has an enormously diverse banking system, many different local banks exist.

            What should you pay attention to when choosing a bank in the Philippines?

            • Choose a bank that does international business. The three biggest and overall highest scoring banks in terms of quality are BDO, BPI, and Metrobank.
            • BDO has the longest banking hours and are open on Sundays in SM Malls.
            • BPI has the most branches and ATM's spread out over the Philippines.
            • Metrobank is considered as one of the strongest banks in Asia.
            • When working in the Philippines your company can help you find a good bank which can also make it convenient for them to transfer your salary.
            • Not all banks have online banking, make sure you verify whether the bank of your choice allows you to do banking online.
            • If you plan on making a lot of international transfers it is advisable to consider a multi-national bank like HSBC or Deutsche Bank AG.

            What do you need when you want to open a bank account in the Philippines?

            • In most cases you are required to have an ACR I-card (Alien Certificate of Registration card).
            • You may be able to open an account with just your passport and another form of ID other than the ACR. Some banks will accept an Immigrant Certificate of Registration (ICR).
            • Next to an ACR I-card you will need to bring your passport (or other official photo ID), a passport-sized photo and proof of your address (utility bill or rental contract will suffice).
            • You will have to visit the bank in person and fill out the application. It will take a few days for you to receive your bank card for ATM withdrawals, this will be send through mail.
            • Banks require a minimum deposit when opening an account.

            How does online payment work in the Philippines?

            • Not all banks allow customers to do online banking.
            • Depending on your bank and where you live it is sometimes possible to pay utility bills online.
            • When doing online shopping you have several payment choices to pay online, similar to online shopping experiences in other countries.
            • Some banks allow you to easily transfer money to other local accounts using mobile apps or their website equivalent.

            What can JoHo and the JoHo Emigration Desk in the Philippines do for you?

            • For more information contact the JoHo Emigration Desk.

            What are important factors to consider in regards to exchange rates?

            • When changing money, especially large sums, you should be aware of the places that offer the best exchange rates.
            • Airport rates tend to be terrible, so don't wait till the last minute to change money.
            • Cheapest way to get PHP's is by using the ATM as they use the wholesale exchange rate.
            • Most foreign banks charge you for using an ATM oversees, in these cases it is advised to take out a few larger transactions instead of many small ones.
            • There are many currency exchange dealers in Manila. Competition requires them to handle low fees, which in some cases might result in better deals than at banks. When dealing with currency exchange dealers you have to be careful of hidden costs.

            How can you transfer money to the Philippines and what are important points of focus?

            • Depending on your bank you might be allowed to directly send money from one bank account to another.
            • Several companies are specialized in sending money oversees, all come with their own benefits and drawbacks.
            • Experiences from Western Union are mostly negative, with bad costumer service, especially when sending to the Netherlands.
            • When you need to send bigger sums of money overseas regularly try to apply for a bank account at HSBC or Deutsche Bank AG.
            QUESTIONS & ANSWERS: TO PREVENT & SOLVE

            QUESTIONS & ANSWERS: TO PREVENT & SOLVE

            consider checking the many tips, checklists, and points of concern in the general long stay abroad choice indexes

            check the country page Philippines for your basic orientation to the Philippines

             

            SAFETY:

             

            What are important factors to consider in regards to medical emergencies?

            Check updates regularly in regards to important phone numbers. Is a number stated here not relevant anymore? Please let us know!

            • Central Emergency Hotline: 911.
            • Public Complaint Hotline: 8888.
            • Inform your insurance company before going to the hospital, if possible.
            • Make sure you are aware of the location of good hospitals in your living area.
            • Make sure you are aware of the regulations of your health insurance.

            What can JoHo and the JoHo Emigration Desk Philippines do for you?

            • Check the country page Philippines for basic information.
            • Visit the JoHo Emigration Desk (or arrange a skype meeting) and ask for advice on the topic of health in the Philippines.
            • Read more about general factors to consider in regards to health abroad.

            What are important factors to consider in regards to theft?

            • Criminal activity is in decline in the Philippines but it is always good to be careful.
            • Especially in the big cities foreigners tend to attract pickpockets.
            • If you do get robbed make sure you file a police report with your name on it, at the police office that covers the area in which the robbery happened.
            • Make sure you are aware of the regulations of your insurance in regards to theft.

            What are important factors to consider in regards to natural disasters?

            The Philippine government has an official site with reliable information in regards to natural disasters.

            Typhoons

            • Typhoons are common in the Philippines.
            • The highest activity of typhoons is seen from July through September, with August being the most active month.
            • Schools are regularly cancelled during these months when the storm signal increases.
            • Most common areas impacted are Northern Luzon and Eastern Visayas.
            • During typhoons big cities tend to flood, sometimes making it impossible to travel to work.

            Best things to do: preparation and/or in case of a typhoon

            BEFORE

            • Inspect your house for possible repairs (esp. roof).
            • Clean drainage to avoid clogging.
            • Store supplies; food, water, flashlight, batteries, and medical supplies. Canned goods are ideal for food.
            • When living in a hazard prone or risk area, you should evacuate as early as possible.
            • Keep up-to-date with the weather forecast (radio/tv/internet).
            • When living in a flood prone area, move electric appliances to safe, high-up areas.

            DURING

            • Stay inside and stay calm. Avoid travel.
            • Keep up-to-date with the weather forecast (radio/TV/internet).
            • Don't operate electric appliances during flood.
            • Avoid wading through flooded areas to avoid water-transmitted diseases.
            • Close the windows and turn off the main power switch.
            • Avoid the way leading to or along the river.

            AFTER

            • Keep up-to-date with the weather forecast (radio/tv/internet).
            • If your house was damaged, make sure that it is already safe and stable when you enter.
            • Watch out for live wires or outlet immersed in water.
            • Boil water before drinking it to avoid diseases.
            • Do not let water accumulate in tires, cans or pots to avoid creating a favorable condition for mosquito breeding that can cause dengue.

             

            Earthquakes

            • For the past years, earthquakes with magnitudes as high as 8 have brought destruction to different areas in the Philippines.
            • The country is located along the Pacific Ocean’s Ring of Fire – a 40,000 kilometer circle of interconnected fault lines around the Pacific Ocean, where seismic activities such as earthquakes occur on a daily basis.
            • Nearly all the islands are prone to and have been visited by earthquakes.
            • To educate the public and to prepare for the “Big One,” the government authorities regularly organize metro-wide earthquake drills

            Best things to do: preparation and/or in case of an earthquake

            BEFORE:

            • know the earthquake hazards in the area
            • be conscious of the structural integrity of the house
            • set up furniture and appliances in a way that they will not topple when there is a strong ground shaking
            • prepare emergency bag/kit for each member of the family
            • participate in earthquake drills

            DURING:

            • stay calm, do not panic
            • stay indoors if you are already within a structurally sound building or home
              • if possible, quickly open a door for exit
              • duck under a sturdy desk or table, and hold on to it, or protect your head with your arms
              • stay away from glass windows, shelves, cabinets, and other heavy objects
              • beware of falling objects. Be alert and keep your eyes open
            • if you are outside, move to an open area
              • stay away from trees, power lines, posts, and concrete structures
              • move away from steep slopes which may be affected by landslides
              • if near the shore and feeling an earthquake, especially a strong one, quickly move to higher grounds in anticipation of possible tsunamis
            • if you are in a moving vehicle: stop and get out: do not attempt to cross bridges, overpasses and flyovers which may have been damaged

            AFTER

            • after the earthquake: take the fastest and safest way out of the building; one should not use elevators, enter damaged buildings, or use telephones unless necessary

            What are important safety tips to consider when living and traveling in the Philippines?

            • Don't walk around flashing expensive gadgets and jewellery as it might attract unwanted attention.
            • Try to avoid using gadgets when commuting.
            • Bring a simple ID-Card for identification purposes, that way you can avoid travelling around with important official documents like a passport.
            • If possible try to separate several payment methods (different ATM-cards, credit cards) so that when something happens you don't lose all your ways of payment at once.

             

            GETTING THINGS DONE:

             

            How do you get things done in the Philippines?

            • Getting things done in the Philippines usually means using your network and personal contacts: things that seem impossible for one person turn out to be relatively easy for the other viz. something that seems impossible on paper is usually possible in some other way. Most of the rules are interpreted as a suggestion, which you can follow or not.
            • For most things it is advisable to use a local Filipino friend or acquaintance that you trust.
            • Whatever you need to arrange: always pay the utmost respect to the person that you need help from and try to avoid causing 'face' lose to him/her.
            • When a difference in opinion arises try to let go of your own principles; find a way that saves people from losing face and is acceptable for everyone: that way their official strict way of doing business can change into a more flexible attitude.

            How do you get business things done in the Philippines?

            • Tips mentioned above also apply when you are taking care of your business.
            • ......

             

            HEALTH & MEDICAL SYSTEM:

             

            How does the medical system work in the Philippines?

            • General:
              • In 2013 the Philippines passed the Universal Healthcare Bill, which promises health insurance for all Philippine nationals, especially the poor.
              • Philhealth is a health insurance coverage system that is part of the Department of Health. Their goal is to provide health insurance coverage and ensure affordable, acceptable, available and accessible healthcare services for all citizens of the Philippines.
              • In some circumstances expats can avail of the Philhealth. However, in most cases expats are required to purchase private health insurance
              • The quality of  institutions can differ significantly and it is therefore advised to check which institutions are known for having high quality services
            • General practitioners:
              • Quality of care is best in Manila
              • Most medical practitioners in the Philippines come from respectable Universities in the Philippines and studied in U.S. medical schools
            • Dentists:
              • In the Philippines you can find good quality dentists for a cheap price. Make sure to check online which dental practices are known for their quality
              • Quality dentists can be easily found in Manila, and equipment and techniques are up to par with international standards
            • Hospital or clinic:
              • When looking for a hospital and clinic try to find one that is JCI-accredited. This is an international accreditation that guarantees quality on an international level
              • In the recent years there has been an increase in demand for health care and hospitals are having a hard time to keep up, leading to understaffed hospitals in some cases.
            • Midwifery & maternity care:
              • In line with previous statements you should always check online to ascertain where to find the reputable clinics and specialists.
            • Consultation agencies
              • Due to the variety of healthcare providers there are several consultation agencies that can provide you with more specific advice, you can easily find these online

            Orient yourself before your departure

            • It is expedient, when going abroad to the Philippines for a longer time, to orient yourself before you leave to the available hospitals in your living area.
            • Which hospitals can be found nearby? What kind of experiences do other foreigners have with these hospitals?
            • Which hospital do I trust?
            • Which (international) standards are being practised? What is the level of English? Does the clinic have a special expat section?
            • How big are the rooms? Do I have to share a room?
            • Is treatment in your preferred hospital covered by your (international) health insurance? What are the restrictions?

            Emergencies

            • When an emergency occurs you ask -if possible- the alarm centre of your health insurance to which clinic or hospital you should go for further treatment.

            What is the process for visiting a family doctor or specialist in the Philippines?

            • In most cases when people are ill they visit the hospital, where a doctor on call can give you advice which is similar to when you visit a family doctor.
            • If a specialist is needed inform yourself beforehand what hospitals are reliable and offer good quality in regards to the specialist you are looking for.

            Are pharmaceuticals easily available in the Philippines?

            • Pharmaceuticals are popular in the Philippines and it is a big business.
            • On most corners you can find pharmacies that sell standard over the counter drugs.
            • In most pharmacies you can find prescription drugs; usually a prescription from a local doctor is required.

            What are important things to consider in regards to safety when visiting in the Philippines?

            • Be wary of pickpockets. When carry a back bag place it in front of you when in crowded areas.
            • Try to travel in groups during night time.
            • When taking taxis make sure you write down the license plate in case something happens.

            What can JoHo and the JoHo Emigration Desk in the Philippines do for you?

            • Check the country page Philippines for basic information.
            • Visit the JoHo Emigration Desk (or arrange a Skype meeting) and ask for information on the topic of safety in the Philippines.
            • Read more about general tips in regards to safety abroad.

             

            VARIOUS:

             

            How do you declare stolen goods in the Philippines?

            • When goods are stolen you should file a police report at the police station that covers the area where the theft happened.
            • The official police report is one of the requirements you have to provide to your insurance company when making a claim of stolen goods.

            Which Dutch governmental institutions are available in the Philippines?

            • The Netherlands has a central embassy in Manila.
            • Several consulates can be found in the big cities.

            What can JoHo and the JoHo Emigration Desk in the Philippines do for you?

            QUESTIONS & ANSWERS: TO LEAVE & TO LIVE

            QUESTIONS & ANSWERS: TO LEAVE & TO LIVE

            Consider checking the many tips, checklists, and points of concern in the general long stay abroad choice indexes.

            Check the country page Philippines for your basic orientation to the Philippines.

            What are the first things you need to take care of after arriving in the Philippines?

            • Yellow taxis are special airport taxis and have a higher rate. Insist on using the meter. From the Airport to any hotel in Makati should not cost more than 200 PHP.
            • Make sure you have a place to stay the first few nights.
            • Using Uber or GrabTaxi can prevent unnecessary hassle. GrabTaxi has a stand at the airport terminal to provide assistance.
            • Take a taxi at the Departure area, instead of the Arrival area, there is a better chance you can find a taxi that uses proper rates. Especially during peak hours and when it is rainy it can be very busy.
            • If you arrive during peak hours (4PM – 9PM) we recommend you to stay in Makati, check for example La Casita Mercedes or The Clipper Hotel. In Metro Manila we measure by traffic and not by kilometres.

            How do you arrange a local phone number, internet, and other basics in the Philippines?

            • When arriving at the airport you can find several phone companies (Globe, Smart, Sun) that offer pre-paid simcards. A good way to start setting up your local phonenumber when you have just arrived.
            • It is very easy to get load for your phone, either in stalls, autoload which varies from 20 PHP - 500 PHP which the load is most of the time only valid for one month. You can also buy prepaid load in 7- Eleven, Ministop and SM Department stores.
            • You can use promo's on your prepaid simcard to acquire internet on your phone. The internet is usually very slow but can be a big help when you get lost or need to contact a friend online.
            • For your house/apartment you can acquire a phone landline, internet, and television. Processes differ greatly depending on your housing situation.

            'Family' doctor, dentist, pharmacy

            • The practice in the Philippines is that people go to the hospital when sick, rather than visiting a family doctor.
            • It is therefore important to identify what hospitals can be found in your area, try to look for a JCI accredited hospital.
            • You can find doctors & specialists in your area on this website: https://www.practo.com/philippines/manila
            • Pharmacies can be found in most malls and are general available on most street corners. Mercury, Watsons are standard pharmacies.

            Establishing contact & maintaining a network

            • Due to the hospitable nature of Filipino's it is generally very easy to make local friends.
            • If you are interested in the expat community you can find several facebook groups dedicated to bringing expats together.

            What are important organisations/institutions for people staying in the Philippines for a longer period?

            • The bureau of immigration can help you with any questions in regards to your visa. There are several locations where you can go if you need to extend your visa. 
            • There are also Business Counsels for people who like to do business in the Philippines.

            What are common pitfalls in (daily) life while in the Philippines?

            • People tend to want to do things their way as they believe it to be more effective, less time consuming, or more productive. Being flexible and adapting to the pace and way of doing things in the Philippines is important for a smooth transition.
            • The time you have to spend traveling/commuting is difficult to calculate as it depends on traffic. It is common for people to be late. Being late is culturally acceptable in most circumstances in the Philippines, it's called Filipino time.
            • Giving feedback has to be done in a way that avoids losing face. In most western countries people can deal with negative remarks and use it to get better. In the Philippines a more subtle and amical approach should be used.

            How can you learn the local language and increase your knowledge?

            English is one of the official languages in the Philippines. In many regions in the Philippines you can get around with English, having a simple conversation will not be a problem. However; when you learn a little bit of the local language (Tagalog) a lot of extra doors will open. Next to the main local language of Tagalog there are many regional dialects.

            Tagalog & different versions

            • Tagalog is one of the official languages in the Philippines, more than 20 million people are able to speak it (it is estimated that over 50 million people speak it as a second language).
            • When you come across local communities knowing basic Tagalog can really help in your communication.

            Learning Tagalog

            • Although big individual differences exist when it comes to learning a language, most expats experience learning Tagalog as relatively difficult.
            • Following a starters course in Tagalog can help increase knowledge structurally and help to increase confidence in speaking the language.

            Important do's and don'ts and other areas of concern:

            • Most Filipino's are very expressive when talking; following their expression can help with understanding the message they are trying to convey.
            • Filipino's are also hygienic and hygiene, washing your hands before eating, wearing clean clothes every day, using server spoons when you serve food. 

            Language & Work

            • Filipino's smile, even though they might not like a certain situation. Best to smile as well.

            What can JoHo and the JoHo Emigration Desk in the Philippines do for you?

            • Je kan al voor vertrek of juist na aankomst een cursus Tagalog regelen met gebruikmaking van de Keuzewijzer Tagalog leren: taalcursus aanbieders, online cursussen, docenten vinden
            • Je kan een (Cross-) cultural training volgen via de Tours & Trainings desk: o.a. culturele oriëntatie, veiligheid in Metro Manila. Lees meer & training regelen: World Activity Philippines.

            How do you acquaint yourself with the Filipino culture, habits, traditions, and other social norms?

            • One important social value is Hiya. Hiya is a controlling element in society. Hiya means shame and it creates a deep emotional realisatinn of having failed to live up to the standards of society. Hosts may spend more than they can afford on a party because of Hiya. Filipino employees might be afraid to ask questions to a supervisor, because of Hiya. 
            • Indirectness is common. Filipinos will not directly tell you what they want. To get along, togetherness and being friends is a very important skill. To sacrifice individual welfare for the general welfare is pretty common. 
            • Family is very important, families will participate in a filipino marriage. The family often tries to have a say. 
            • The following ethnic groups exist in the Philippines: Christian Malay (91.5 %), Muslim Malay (4 %), Chinese (1.5 %), Other (3 %), Source Culture Shock!
            • The following religions also exist: Roman Catholic (83 %), Protestant (9 %), Muslim (5 %), Buddhist and Other (3 %), Source Culture Shock!

             

              What are important factors concerning the food culture in the Philippines?

              Filipino's love food, they have breakfast, merienda (a snack), lunch, merienda (a snack), dinner and pulutan (a snack while drinking).

              Filipino's are meat lovers. Vegetarian food is not common, on the menu, when vegetables are mentioned, check if they have added meat. 

              What are important factors concerning business culture in the Philippines?

              • Doing business in the Philippines and the related interpersonal communication can be very different from what you are used to back home.
              • For more information check the information on business in the Choice Index To Orient.

              Important consideration when interacting with..

              • Adults:
              • Children
              • Elderly
              • Friends
              • Colleagues
              • Neighbours
              • Authorities

              What can JoHo and the JoHo Emigration Desk in the Philippines do for you?

              World Experience Philippines, JoHo support centre and the host of the Emigration Desk Philippines has in Manila............................. . you can find:

              • An extensive cultural program, with weekly diverse cultural activities.
              • Take part in one of the cultural workshops, discover Manila with a tour lead by a cultural experienced tour leader.
              • Can help you connect to others.
              • Read more & sign up

              How do you keep up to date with current affairs, what are the most important (international) media?

              • Online: Rappler, Inquirer, Philstar, CNN Philippines.
              • Print: BusinessMirror, Manila Bulletin, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Official Gazette.

              What are the average living costs

              • The cost of living in the Philippines depends on the place where you live. The provincial areas are the places where the cost of living is cheaper than major cities like Metro Manila or Cebu.
              • The rental rates may vary, depending on the location, size, whether it is semi-furnished, fully-furnished or not at all furnished. Water and electricity are usually not included in the rental price, and electricity is expensive. As an expatriate, you need to take into account other costs, like: Internet, telephone line, cable television and perhaps air conditioning too. You might also need to take into consideration the costs when owning a car.
              • The cost of food is variable. Local products can be extremely cheap. Imported food however, is very expensive. Restaurants are also affordable, depending on the area.

              Wat kan JoHo voor je betekenen?

              • Lees meer over de kosten van levensonderhoud in algemene zin in de Keuzekit ..............................................................................

              What are important factors to consider in regards to (domestic) help, child care, staff etc.?

              • In the many social media groups that focus on expats in the Philippines you can find practical tips from other expats that have experience with hiring help, child care, and staff.

              Maids

              • In the Philippines it is very common for high income households to have a maid that help out around the house.
              • There are laws in place to help protect the rights of maids. For more information you can check the Kasam Bahay Law.
              • There are seminars on managing household staff. You can contact the emigration desk for more information.

              Nanny's also called yayas

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              Child care

               

              ...

              What can JoHo and the JoHo Emigration Desk in the Philippines do for you?

              What are the opportunities for the 'partner of' (a working expat, emigrant)?

              • Read about what other partners of expats or emigrants are saying in the general  ondernemen na emigratie.

              Volunteering, charity

              • When partners of expats aren't officially allowed to get paid for work, they tend to choose for volunteer work or charity activities.
              • JoHo Philippines can provide expert advice to anyone that is looking to help communities and be socially active.

              What can JoHo and the JoHo Emigration Desk in the Philippines do for you?

              How do you spend your leisure time?

              The Philippines provides ample possibilities for people to spend time on their hobbies. Especially when living in one of the big cities in the Philippines there is enough to do

              Sport

              • The most popular sport in the Philippines is basketball
              • Diving is popular in the Philippines as it has a beautiful marine live
              • In the well-developed area you can also find more western style activities like football and golf

              Film

              • Cinemas are very popular in the Philippines and can be found in most malls
              • Due to popular demand move ticket prices are low, ranging from 150-250 php per ticket

              Karaoke

              • A popular past time for families and friends is Karaoke, which can be found in most cities
              • Some local Filipino's might invite you in their home's to sing Karaoke, as it is also popular to rent a Karaoke machine for use at home

              Other popular activities in the Philippines

              • Other activities such as laser tag, karting, horse riding, and bowling are available in most cities

              Musea

              • In the Philippines you can find loads of different musea to check out, depending on your personal taste
              • Before visiting a museum always check online for the correct location and opening times

              What are the general etiquettes/manners in the Philippines?

              • Filipino's can be very straight forward when it comes to appearance: it is normal to comment on peculiar features of people standing in front of you: you are so tall, fat, have big feet, etc. This is usually just an observation not a value judgement.
              • For (especially female) Filipino's it is very common to touch your children, even if they are not familiar with you; something that is not always appreciated in the west

              My kids are used to it now, but I still have to control the urge to tell these women to step back and keep their hands to themselves. It's actually a compliment; I just bite my tongue and move us along as soon as we can.

              Philippine expat

              What are important factors to consider when visiting Filipino's?

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              What are activities & excursions tip for ... ?

              • ..............................

              Must sees

              • Check the country page Philippines for visit highlights
              • A visit to ......... is considered mandatory when staying in the Philippines for a longer time

              Families with kids

              • ...

              Families with teenagers

              • ...

              When relatives come to visit

              • ...
              • ...
              • ...

               

              What can JoHo Philippines do for you?

              • Check the country page Philippines for the best places to visit
              • Use the JoHo Emigration Desk for special in-depth cultural events and inspiration for trips
              • Discover Manila
                • .smokey....................
              • Courses & Workshops .............................
              • Volunteering: lever een bijdrage aan de maatschappij in de Filipijnen en meld je aan voor bijvoorbeeld ..............................................
              • Plan trips for visiting family, vriends, or parents

              Lees meer & project, tour of workshop regelen

              How do you network in the Philippines?

              • In general Filipino people are very open and friendly. This really helps when you are networking.
              • Have a network that extends into the expat community as well as to the local community. Both groups have their own way of positively contributing to your network.
              • Humble foreigners are loved by the Filipino people.
              • Attend network events. The expat community regularly arranges events for the sole purpose of networking.
              • People have the tendency to agree with any arrangements but they might not actually intend to fullfil the commitment. Keep in mind that it is considered rude to say no, even if they have no intention to follow up.

              What can JoHo do for you?

              • Visit (with appointment) us at the JoHo Emigration Desk (or make a Skype appointment):
                • receive advice on the international expat network in the Philippines
                • learn about the different organisations and communities
                • use our expertise when making contact with Filipino's
              • Check the general cv-index organisations for longs stay abroad / emigration for links to network organisations & expat communities

              What are important factors to consider in regards to keeping in contact with your home country?

              • The time difference between countries is very important to take note of.
              • Even though there is wifi and internet access available, that doesnt mean that the internet is fast and thus the connection with skype, facebook call, whatsapp call fast.

              What can JoHo do for you?

              What are important factors to consider in regards to your daily commute?

              • Jeepneys
                • Jeepneys are the most popular mean of transportation in the Philippines. When getting off a particular location, just tap your peso coin on the roof. The driver will eventually stop and when you get out and new passengers get in, the word “sigi” or go is a sign for the driver to move on. There are several helpful words that would make your jeepney ride easier –“Bayad Po” (Bayad means fee or payment), this is what you will say when you pay. “Para Po” (Para means to the side, this is what you will say to the driver if you want the jeep to stop.
              • Bus
                • Buses are used for long distance travel in the Philippines. There are regular and air-conditioned buses that operate city-wide in Metro Manila. Ordinary bus fare (no air-con) is cheaper. You only pay to the driver (or the one who holds the tickets). Tell him or her where you are going and he/she will tell you how much you have to pay
              • Tricycles
                • Tricycles are like the rickshaws of India and the tuk-tuks of Thailand except that the cab is attached to the right side of the motorcycle instead of being in front or at the back. Tricycles can be seen in side streets or subdivisions and is often used for short-distance travel. When riding the tricycle, you can ride with other passengers or you can ride it privately. When you want to go to a certain place, just tell the driver and he will take you there.
              • Pedicab
                • Pedicab is a three wheeled bicycle with a covered rear seat. This is an environmental friendly type of transportation as it is powered by human pedals. Some call pedicabs as “padyak’, others call it “trikad” while in some areas in the country, they are called “tricycle”, or “pot-pot”. This mode of transportation can carry one or three passengers at a time.
              • MRT/LRT
                • These are trains that take passengers from one location to another. They are quick and inexpensive, with fares ranging from 15 to 25 PHP, depending on where you are going. Card/tickets can be purchased at ticket booths in all stations and if you prefer, you can also buy the “Beep card” which costs 100 PHP and you can use this until the total amount is consumed.

              • Taxi's

                • Metered taxicabs can take a passenger anywhere in the city, but will charge a different rate when you have to go beyond the city limits. There are also airport taxis that only serve passengers to and from the airport. FX taxis are usually found waiting for passengers in designated terminals to wait for passengers to specific destinations. Fares would depend on the taximeter device that calculates the distance travelled; flag down rate is 40 PHP and the meter increases by 2.50 PHP. One thing that you should always remember is to always lock the doors when inside the taxi, sometimes, snatchers open taxi doors and take whatever they can get from the passenger.

              • Uber/Grab

                • Currently on the rise are the mobile apps Uber and Grab. They have become popular because of their safety and are easy-to-use. UberX is usually cheaper than a taxi and when it comes to paying there is never any hasste because the fares are determined beforehand. Grab has regular promotions where you can get high discounts. These modes are a bit more expensive than most public transport methods but have much to offer in terms of comfort and safety.   

              What are important factors to consider in regards to birthdays and other (individual) holidays in the Philippines?

              • There is no gathering of Filipinos without food. 
              • Birthdays are seldom sitting down, people mix freely.
              • Presents are not opened in front of guests, that is considered bad luck.
              • The drivers are fed by the host, let the organiser of the party know that you brought your driver.
              • The dress is party attire.

              How does voting work in the Philippines?

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              • See general choice index to leave and live abroad

              Where can you go for mental health problems?

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              What can JoHo Philippines do for you?

              What are important factors to consider in regards to giving birth in the Philippines?

              How does giving birth work in the Philippines?

               

              How does maternity care work in the Philippines?

               

              How does birth registration work in the Philippines?

               

              What are important factors to consider in regards to passing away/death in the Philippines?

               

              What are important factors to consider in regards to marriage in the Philippines?

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              Do's & don'ts

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              Marriage for foreigner in the Philippines

              As a foreigner that plans to marry you have to provide the following documents:

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              What can JoHo Philippines do for you?

              • Read the general choice index for longs stay abroad / emigration for more information on registration and legalising a foreign marriage in the Netherlands

              What are important things to consider for divorce in the Philippines?

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              QUESTIONS & ANSWERS: TO RETURN

              QUESTIONS & ANSWERS: TO RETURN

              Consider checking the many tips, checklists, and points of concern in the general long stay abroad choice indexes.

              Check the country page Philippines for your basic orientation to the Philippines.

              What paperwork is needed when you wish to leave the Philippines?

              • If you plan on leaving the Philippines there are a view important factors that you need to consider;

              • People that stayed in the Philippines for over 6 months have to acquire an Exit Clearance Certificate (ECC). For more information please check the next header; What are important factors to consider when leaving the Philippines.
              • When you have a Work-Visa you can leave the Philippines whenever you want, as long as you acquire the ECC. The ECC can be attained at the airport, but only if you have proof the you will return (e.g. a return ticket). Make sure to bring enough cash, the ECC costs 1.210,- pesos. If you do not plan to return to the Philippines you are required to get your ECC at the Bureau of Immigration.
              • SRRV visa holders are not required to attain an ECC.
              • If you have an SRRV and decide to leave the Philippines you can choose to downgrade your SRRV. As this is a complex process, the WEP office offers personal advice and assistance to anyone that is considering downgrading their SRRV.

              What are important factors to consider when leaving the Philippines?

              • When you decide to leave the Philippines for good, make sure that you have taken care of all the paperwork in regards to your former housing arrangements.
              • Check your insurances and make sure that you are covered in regards to your new destination.

              • Procure your Exit Clearance Certificate (ECC).
                • People with the following visa types need to acquire an ECC before leaving the Philippines; Temporary Visitor (stay is over 6 months), Expired or downgraded Immigrant/Non-Immigrant Visa, Valid Immigrant/Non-immigrant Visa and is leaving for good.
                • Submit your ECC request at least three days before leaving, you can submit your documents at any Bureau of Immigration office. The ECC is valid for 1 month and can be used only once.
                • Work Visa holders can apply for their ECC at the airport, if they have proof of return (e.g. return ticket).
                • The following things are required when submitting your request for an ECC;
                  • Application form;
                  • Photocopy of passport (bio page, visa pages, latest arrival);
                  • Original and photocopy of ACR I-Card;
                  • Photocopy of receipt of latest visa extension;
                  • Photocopy of order of downgrading (if applicable);
                  • Five pieces 2x2 photo.

               

                 

                 

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                Why Insurances through JoHo

                Why Insurances through JoHo

                • Specialized: in emigration, work, internships, study and travel abroad.

                • Service: JoHo offers multiple travel insurances by multiple companies. Thanks to JoHo's extensive experience, it can offer support in case of problems with insurers, as well as advice and fast and personal handling.

                • Safe: JoHo is recognized as a trustworthy intermediary for insurances.

                • Social: by purchasing an insurance through JoHo you provide a talented student in The Philippines with health insurance

                Why Should You Take Out A Travel Insurance?

                • The chance of getting injured or ill is generally higher than when you would have stayed at home. The medical care you will need can be very expensive, even more so if you are treated in a private clinic.

                • If you have to fly back because of family circumstances, the flights might be more expensive than your original flight because you have to fly on short notice.

                • You might have to deal with the damage, loss or theft of your luggage.

                • In case of emergency it can be difficult to figure out what to do. A good travel insurance will have an assistance team on standby for you 24/7 and will be able to tell you what steps to take.      

                Why Should You Specifically Take Out A Travel Insurance For A Long Trip Abroad?

                • Often regular travel or health insurances only cover trips for a maximum number of days (for example 60, 90 or 180 days). 

                • Depending on your home country, your health insurance might not offer any coverage for treatment abroad.

                • During a long trip you might consider specific activities, like paid work or volunteering. Regular travel insurances often don’t cover these kind of activities. The same goes for adventurous/ hazardous sports like skydiving, scubadiving and bungee jumping.

                More on why to use JoHo

                • JoHo is one of the few organisations  where you can directly purchase a comprehensive range of foreign insurances from a variety of insurers. As with our other products and services, we believe that you should be able to choose between the best, the most cost effective and the most specialised insurance.

                • JoHo offers various possibilities from combining insurances to assisting in transferring from one insurer to another.

                • When you purchase an insurance policy through JoHo, you will not pay more than if you had purchased it directly from the insurer. Sometimes (through special collective agreements) you will even pay less.

                • JoHo offers support with problems that may arise with the insurer. Sometimes disagreement with claims, cancellation notice or insurance premiums can occur. In this situation it helps if you have the assistance of an organisation who has an established relationship with the insurer.