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You may not, as a non-citizen of The Philippines, interfere with or meddle in any capacity in any election. The Philippine Bureau Of Immigration often reiterates this, as they did before the 2013 election: The Bureau of Immigration (BI) warned foreigners against extending support to candidates in the forthcoming national and local elections, lest ...


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"Expat friendly" is a bit vague. What specific features are you looking for, and what negative aspects are you looking to avoid? All banks are governed by Bangko Sentral, so some of the red tape is systemic. For example, you will need to demonstrate that you are resident in PI, and that is usually interpreted as having an ACR, along with the usual proofs of ...


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Yes, you're required to notify the BI of any address changes, or you might be liable for administrative fines. You need to bring some documents with you, which you'll need to do a little leg work in order to produce. You need to obtain a certificate of residence from your Barangay Captain, who will want a copy of your contract of sale or lease. Ask your ...


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Although the majority of stuff you can buy is local and therefore warm weather you can easily get imported cold weather vegetables in the major supermarkets. My local supermarket, Robinsons, sells cabbage, brussels, etc. Dark leafy greens are a bit rarer but some deli's will sell it. In short, if you look around they're pretty easy to find. Actual markets ...


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It depends what you do with the account, to answer your question about BPI, who I bank with -- yes, you'll see a lot of the same things there although I'm not sure about charges. Bank accounts tend to be tied to a branch and you need to go there to do certain things. However, I can do almost everything on-line or from an ATM with BPI. I pay all my bills on-...


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Some TVs may be dual voltage but many are not. A dual voltage power supply is more expensive and few TVs are moved between countries. Check carefully before you buy a set. However, also consider that TVs are not universal global products. A TV that you buy in one country is not necessarily the same as the TV in another for reasons other than voltage. The ...


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It's a tax levied on each property by the local government (municipio). As a condominium owner, you have to pay RPT on your unit, plus a share of the RPT for the building. The latter is usually included in your association dues. You won't receive any demand for payment. You'll find that in the Philippines, you're just "supposed to know". It's payable ...


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If there are medical providers that accept medicare patients - then sure. The chances that there are any are hovering somewhere around 0%. Had there been a totalization agreement between the US and the Philippines, then you would be able to use the local social security network instead, but there's no such agreement (yet?).


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Santi's Deli imports high quality fresh produce daily, but you can't always be certain that they'll keep the same things in stock, as it heavily depends on the market. In the colder months where specialty kale and different kinds of cabbages are in season, they'll generally have them. Caveat - they tend to be a bit more expensive than the larger grocery ...


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The Philippines is a mountainous country with varying climates and various vegetables. You should be able to find domestically grown broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and bok choi at a good outdoor market. I'm north of Manila, closer to the hills, though, and it's possible less produce makes it that far. The temperature does make shipment and storage ...


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Many (some? most?) countries do not have a concept of “registration” like Germany (and a few other countries like the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Hungary, etc.) has. That's an idea you need to lose to think clearly about the issue. In countries that don't have that, you would be deemed a resident based on the length or the intent of your stay. ...


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Sadly, while it does not seem like a big deal to overstay a visa, most countries see it as a very serious crime, and people who do it are treated very harshly. According to this site, it sounds like you have to get together enough money to pay the overstay fees before you present yourself at an airport. You must also have money to cover the visa extension ...


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If no Philippine company will sponsor you under 'pre arranged employment', do you have enough capital to enter as a businessman? If your reasons (not stated in your post) to go there are to do with family, can the family member either recommend you to an employer, or could you get a spouse visa?


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Are you visiting and "living abroad" or have you "set up a residence"? I believe some of the Medicare Supplemental Insurance coverages can provide overseas benefits. For instance, my Massachusetts BCBS Direct-Billed Medex Policy states: "... When Medicare does not cover these services, your Direct-Billed Medex Policy provides both the Medex benefits and ...


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I have had accounts at BPO and Metrobank before finally settling with HSBC. The experience is incomparable. The service was swift and the personnel much more helpful. I heard some good feedback of expats regarding BPI however the international reach of HSBC made a real difference in particular if you have HSBC accounts in other countries.


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You can just get it delivered, and not worry about the fuss. Here are some places that might cater to what you want/need; (I am not affiliated with any of these companies in any way, and in no way endorse them, just providing them as options) http://www.thegreengrocermanila.com/ http://www.organicmanila.com/products.php There are plenty of non-organic ...


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