Philippines no easy option for an expat

matt wilkie,philippinesWhen moving out to the Philippines its not as people often expect things to be.

The thoughts of Paradise islands with miles of beaches, palm trees and living the dream.

In reality the Philippines does have the beaches, trees and a lot more but it all comes at a price well beyond what most expats are prepared or able to pay.

Its not all about money but things like medical treatment and natural disasters. The fact is the green fields and sandy beaches aren’t near the cities they are miles away and most of the time in very remote areas. Meaning any emergency can literally be life or death depending on your budget and ability to deal with things yourself. Adding to that the cost of living is rising constantly and its no longer a cheap haven but more of one if your here already its home.

Newcomers though may find it a bit expensive compared to things they have read on the internet, part of that being many of the things written are years old and haven’t taken into account the collapse of the economies in the West. Which for the majority of expats is where their money comes from, but then again the same can be said for Filipinos relying on remittances.

The best cost of living in the Philippines as an expat though comes from being single and keeping costs down. Being a family man myself I am already seeing costs shooting up with schooling and transportation. With us though its a little different as we live as a larger family in total there are 10 of us plus workers. Everyone pays their way in some way but I can see why people struggle here.

Poor education will equal a bad job, a good education will lead to getting out of the country into a good job. Can’t say much about jobs in the Philippines themselves as it seems all the good ones are tied with certain families.

Most expats though don’t take these things into account before moving to the Philippines which is why I recommend doing some research first. Talk to others in the Philippines

as its not only these sort of factors that affect your decision to live here. One of the biggest headaches for me is political discussions as most people here wouldn’t have a clue on what I was talking about.

Its nice to meet people from your own country and background regularly as it keeps the brain cells alive!


About Matt Wilkie

Matt Wilkie experienced Asset Surveyor and FM Manager. Loving the chaos of mobilisation, transition and change management in getting contracts up and running.
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