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Expat life in Philippines / Re: Trash
« Last post by codefreeze on August 11, 2020, 11:00:39 PM »
We have started clearing some property that we have owned for the past 15 years, we had it fenced and put up no trespassing signs
but that did not stop the neighbor's from turning it into the local landfill. My wife has had a few discussions with the neighbor's about the problem, but nobody knows how the trash got there. I want to be a good neighbor and treat people as I would like to be treated but this crap has got to stop. 
I know most of you that live here have had to deal with this problem so I need to hear your story and how you solved the problem.

I wasn't clear if they were dumping outside your property, or within the boundaries?

You can get a cheap solar-powered video camera. Would that be a deterrent? Even if you put up a few "monitored by CCTV" signs that might help.

I'm curious though - can you report this to the local council and have them come pick the trash? If people "fly tip" (dump trash illegally) where I live in the UK you can ring the council and they will send a truck down and pick it up.

p.s. For American readers there's no connection between fly tipping and cow tipping! ;) ;)
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Expat life in Philippines / Re: Trash
« Last post by MotorSarge on August 10, 2020, 10:33:59 PM »
I grew up in Michigan, which, if you count every lake from a half acre up in size, we had more lakes than anyone, on top of great lakes on most of our borders.  And I believe the law is still the same today that if you fish on a lake that is surrounded by private property, fishing was unregulated.  Between my uncle, who owned an excavating company that created more than a few man made lakes with gravel pits to a few he just owned on his or relative's properties...I had the lake I lived on as well as over 6 more that I could fish on whenever I wanted, to hell with any licenses or permits. 
Where Minnesota takes the cake is when you get to what they consider a lake(5 acres or larger) they take the cake and beat Michigan in damn near every class, until you get over the number of lakes over 100 acres or larger, then Michigan takes back the top level.  I have friends, and at one time family, that live(d) in Minnesota.  I never understood as a kid how they got the title of most lakes.  Wasn't until I talked to a DNR officer on a plane once and in our talks he cleared it up.  I use to ride my bike to school a total of 5 miles and passed over 15 different lakes long the way.  Yeah, that crazy.  Another friend of mine going out the other way from down town passed over 20 lakes going about the same distance.  But, most were about .5-3 acre lakes.  BTW, by most standards, a lake is a self sustaining body of water that can also support plant and fish life.  At least that's how it was explained to me.  A few technicalities also could take place that would at as exceptions to the whole self sustaining and supporting of plant and fish life.  But for the most part, it needs to meet those parameters.  I always called small/tiny lakes ponds and thought lakes/ponds/etc were a matter or size.  I was wrong on that.
Also, when I was married to my ex(also a Filipina) her dad took me fishing on a river on the back of his property in Orion, Bataan.  That was kinda fun.  Fishing for fish that was completely new to me.  I asked him about the whole license thing and he just laughed.  Said nothing to worry about.  Few would dare walk on his land without permission, and if any did he'd take care of any issues with the local authorities.  That got a laugh out of me. 
As to trees, I find that site funny.  I get it.  Legalities and all and it only takes a few idiots to make governments to feel it necessary to create overreaching laws for everyone else.  Still, stuff like what you are discussing in Germany or what article of what happens here in the Philippines just make me laugh.  Wonder how much it cost the government to make up all that legislation?  Should have used it in creating a setup that stops all the illegal logging.  that stuff just runs rampant, yet they want to make the every day person who wants to cut down a tree be able to expand their home in that direction jump through hoops that are just too much.  The illegal tree clearing is something to look at.  Done so much here where I live.  The maid is expanding and growing her home.  She ordered from a mill that operates illegally.  In the process of trying to deliver the order they get "caught" and have the wood taken.  LOL  No one knows where it is now.  And how the hell could they tell it's illegal?  The same group delivered their first order and it looks no different than the lumber in the building supplies company in town.  And the illegal mill operators handed it over with no question, and got to keep their lumber trailer.  HA!  I can only assume they are making so much money off of their illegal mill that losing a load every now and then is a part of paying the price to keep their operation going.  Par for course for the Philippines I guess.

Small...small world......I rented a house for 3 years in a private resort on Gull Lake Minnesota, it is where the biggest Ice Fishing contest in the world is held every year. They drill 10,000 holes and people from all over the globe come to catch the biggest fish in their species to win sleds, boats, fish houses etc. I could not handle the -40 every February but one beautiful place to spend the summers.
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Expat life in Philippines / Re: Trash
« Last post by JoeLP on August 10, 2020, 06:17:32 PM »
Lol I read the link and it reminded me of when I lived in Germany.
You will get caught and prosecuted in Germany if you cut down a tree without the German Forrest Meister's inspection, measurements, pictures, reasoning, replanting, etc & etc.
Fishing is even worse, you got to take a 40 hour course on a multitude of different  items and then you must join a fishing organization. Not like here where you just go get a permit and a tub of worms and off you go :o

Also..thank you for sharing the knowledge, may have saved me some future problems.
I grew up in Michigan, which, if you count every lake from a half acre up in size, we had more lakes than anyone, on top of great lakes on most of our borders.  And I believe the law is still the same today that if you fish on a lake that is surrounded by private property, fishing was unregulated.  Between my uncle, who owned an excavating company that created more than a few man made lakes with gravel pits to a few he just owned on his or relative's properties...I had the lake I lived on as well as over 6 more that I could fish on whenever I wanted, to hell with any licenses or permits. 
Where Minnesota takes the cake is when you get to what they consider a lake(5 acres or larger) they take the cake and beat Michigan in damn near every class, until you get over the number of lakes over 100 acres or larger, then Michigan takes back the top level.  I have friends, and at one time family, that live(d) in Minnesota.  I never understood as a kid how they got the title of most lakes.  Wasn't until I talked to a DNR officer on a plane once and in our talks he cleared it up.  I use to ride my bike to school a total of 5 miles and passed over 15 different lakes long the way.  Yeah, that crazy.  Another friend of mine going out the other way from down town passed over 20 lakes going about the same distance.  But, most were about .5-3 acre lakes.  BTW, by most standards, a lake is a self sustaining body of water that can also support plant and fish life.  At least that's how it was explained to me.  A few technicalities also could take place that would at as exceptions to the whole self sustaining and supporting of plant and fish life.  But for the most part, it needs to meet those parameters.  I always called small/tiny lakes ponds and thought lakes/ponds/etc were a matter or size.  I was wrong on that.
Also, when I was married to my ex(also a Filipina) her dad took me fishing on a river on the back of his property in Orion, Bataan.  That was kinda fun.  Fishing for fish that was completely new to me.  I asked him about the whole license thing and he just laughed.  Said nothing to worry about.  Few would dare walk on his land without permission, and if any did he'd take care of any issues with the local authorities.  That got a laugh out of me. 
As to trees, I find that site funny.  I get it.  Legalities and all and it only takes a few idiots to make governments to feel it necessary to create overreaching laws for everyone else.  Still, stuff like what you are discussing in Germany or what article of what happens here in the Philippines just make me laugh.  Wonder how much it cost the government to make up all that legislation?  Should have used it in creating a setup that stops all the illegal logging.  that stuff just runs rampant, yet they want to make the every day person who wants to cut down a tree be able to expand their home in that direction jump through hoops that are just too much.  The illegal tree clearing is something to look at.  Done so much here where I live.  The maid is expanding and growing her home.  She ordered from a mill that operates illegally.  In the process of trying to deliver the order they get "caught" and have the wood taken.  LOL  No one knows where it is now.  And how the hell could they tell it's illegal?  The same group delivered their first order and it looks no different than the lumber in the building supplies company in town.  And the illegal mill operators handed it over with no question, and got to keep their lumber trailer.  HA!  I can only assume they are making so much money off of their illegal mill that losing a load every now and then is a part of paying the price to keep their operation going.  Par for course for the Philippines I guess.
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Immigration,Visas to stay in the Philippines / Visa Now Needed as of 08 AUG 20
« Last post by MotorSarge on August 09, 2020, 12:03:47 AM »
Not sure how to add a link so I just copied and pasted;

PRESS RELEASE
2020 August 08
Alien spouses of Pinoys need visas to enter PH - BI
MANILA, Philippines - The Bureau of Immigration (BI) told foreigners who have Filipino spouses
and dependents that they can only enter the Philippines if they have the appropriate visas.
"It is clear from the latest updates from the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious
Diseases (IATF-EID) Resolution 60 that foreigners, including spouses of Philippine citizens,
allowed to enter country must have the proper visas prior their arrival in the country," BI
Commissioner Jaime Morente said in a statement.
He added that the same requirement applies to children of Philippine citizens and children with
special needs, regardless of age, as well as to foreign parents of Filipino and children with
special needs, also regardless of age.
Morente pointed out that prior to the issuance of said IATF-EID resolution, non-visa required
foreign nationals married to Filipinos were indeed allowed to enter the country upon
presentation of their marriage certificates and other proof of their matrimonial relationship.
"But that is no longer the case with the issuance of this latest IATF-EID resolution . Foreign
spouses of Filipinos must now secure entry visas from our Consulates abroad before traveling
to the Philippines. Otherwise, they will be denied entry by our immigration officers and sent
back to their ports of origin," Morente warned.
BI Port Operations Acting Chief Grifton Medina disclosed that pursuant to the said IATF-EID
resolution, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) issued a Foreign Service Circular 36 - 2020,
last 03 August 2020, exempting the said foreigners from the suspension of visa issuance by
Philippine Consulates abroad.
Medina, however, clarifed that the visa requirement applies only to foreign spouses,
dependents and parents of Filipinos who do not have existing visas.
"Those aliens who already hold valid permanent and temporary resident visas which they
acquired by reason of marriage to Filipinos under Section 13(a) of the Philippine Immigration
Act can enter the country anytime," Medina said.
He explained that said aliens don't need to apply for new entry visas, as being immigrants and
holders of long-term visas, they already fall in the categories of aliens allowed to enter the
country since 01 August 2020.
Medina also reminded foreign spouses of Filipinos that they must always bring with them their
authenticated marriage certificates and other supporting documents when traveling to the
Philippines so they could readily present them when asked to do so by immigration officers.
"There have been many instances already wherein foreign passengers claiming to be spouses of
Filipinos were turned back by our officers at the airport due to their failure to show proof of
marriage," he added.
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Expat life in Philippines / Re: Trash
« Last post by MotorSarge on August 08, 2020, 09:53:52 PM »
Info for those who want to cut down trees:  https://philippine-islandproperties.com/cutting-trees-on-your-own-land/

Chuck

Lol I read the link and it reminded me of when I lived in Germany.
You will get caught and prosecuted in Germany if you cut down a tree without the German Forrest Meister's inspection, measurements, pictures, reasoning, replanting, etc & etc.
Fishing is even worse, you got to take a 40 hour course on a multitude of different  items and then you must join a fishing organization. Not like here where you just go get a permit and a tub of worms and off you go :o

Also..thank you for sharing the knowledge, may have saved me some future problems.
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Expat life in Philippines / Re: Trash
« Last post by bigrod on August 08, 2020, 12:53:16 PM »
Info for those who want to cut down trees:  https://philippine-islandproperties.com/cutting-trees-on-your-own-land/

Chuck
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Expat life in Philippines / Re: Trash
« Last post by MotorSarge on August 07, 2020, 09:50:07 PM »
My wife and her sister decided to take care of the trash problem.
We first went down to the local market and picked up 30 used rice sacks then they went to each of the houses across from the property
and started handing out sacks and told them they better pick up all the trash  or they are going to report them to the police. Some came over and picked up the trash.
we still have a lot of trash to pick up but so far no more new trash.
Then my wife hired a guy with a chain saw and cut down all the trees along the road, she said they stand in the shade and throw their trash on the ground along the road and in front of the property
I hate to see the trees cut down but the problem has stopped
Sounds like a reasonable way to handle it without going overboard.
You can also regrow some trees easily once you guys move onto the property 8)
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Expat life in Philippines / Re: Trash
« Last post by Frosty on August 07, 2020, 08:54:59 PM »
My wife and her sister decided to take care of the trash problem.
We first went down to the local market and picked up 30 used rice sacks then they went to each of the houses across from the property
and started handing out sacks and told them they better pick up all the trash  or they are going to report them to the police. Some came over and picked up the trash.
we still have a lot of trash to pick up but so far no more new trash.
Then my wife hired a guy with a chain saw and cut down all the trees along the road, she said they stand in the shade and throw their trash on the ground along the road and in front of the property
I hate to see the trees cut down but the problem has stopped
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