I agree Ray, there are some expats who should pack up and take themselves and their attitude back to whence they came. We built a large home in Panalipan Cebu and the local workers (Average of 14 at a time) were among the greatest mob of blokes I've ever worked with. Some were as dumb as a post but they worked their butts off and tried hard in harsh conditions. Our 2 level home was completed, rendered, tiled out and painted in four months and the end product was excellent. We supervised, paid the men above the going rate and treated them well with good food and a monthly feast. (Pic below) These guys made all the 6" blocks on site. They poured a base of 600mm x 900 foundations and 200 mm thickness floor with mesh, in one continuous pour (with a mixer) and they did that non stop taking them 27 hours!! They were remarkable. All I can say is what goes around comes around, if you treat people like dirt, guess what?I wish I could have these guys working here in Oz.
I also don't advice on paying them too much, you are building a relationship based on money and it will have repercussions in the future.
My main gripe with Filipinos is they generally have no respect for work. From the many husbands and boyfriends who live off whatever their wife can earn, to the 7/11 attendant who says "out of stock" when the shelf behind their ears is full of the item, and the motorella drivers who pass good fares because they are going for heir rice.... There are very many instances - oops - forgot to mention - the six adults in a family who decide to stay at home and drink Red Horse because their sister/daughter has found a foreign boyfriend and will pay all bills. I am sick of this "no respect for work"attitude. I now say Filipinos are poor and hungry - and they deserve to be so because they have NO respect for work.