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Expat life in Philippines / Re: ABS-CBN
« Last post by MotorSarge on Today at 02:25:25 AM »
What the Philippine government is doing to the ABS-CBN media network right now, during an absolute world pandemic disaster, and at the very start of the deadly storm weather period, which is just when everyone must feel especially together and as-one to simply survive, is amazingly cruel and absolutely, completely shocking. One has never know any government to be so cruel and hateful to their truly wonderful and loving peoples. With we the whole world looking on, Duterte and his thug gang-members should be completely and utterly ashamed of themselves for what they are doing to our beautiful beloved Philippines.  :( >:(
Yep once again the man who I have posted about quite a few times is still at it.
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Expat life in Philippines / ABS-CBN
« Last post by Hank on July 11, 2020, 09:38:34 AM »
What the Philippine government is doing to the ABS-CBN media network right now, during an absolute world pandemic disaster, and at the very start of the deadly storm weather period, which is just when everyone must feel especially together and as-one to simply survive, is amazingly cruel and absolutely, completely shocking. One has never know any government to be so cruel and hateful to their truly wonderful and loving peoples. With we the whole world looking on, Duterte and his thug gang-members should be completely and utterly ashamed of themselves for what they are doing to our beautiful beloved Philippines.  :( >:( 
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Pinoys making a difference / The Digital New Normal
« Last post by Hank on July 01, 2020, 11:20:11 PM »
Public Commentary: The digital new normal

By Terry Ridon (Philstar.com) - June 27, 2020

With lockdown restrictions, the nation is forced to confront the reality that the old streets and familiar haunts are not the same anymore. The roads are less busy, and the malls are not buzzing with families and friends sharing meals and company.

While many sectors of the economy have buckled under the weight of the coronavirus crisis, the country’s digital backbone has remained robust and resilient: supporting struggling industries, creating new businesses and keeping a virus-weary public informed and entertained during the course of the pandemic.
 
Despite the lockdown, the country’s digital infrastructure has largely been able to well sustain the operations of the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry, which contributes at least 12% to the country’s Gross Domestic Product and employs at least 1.2 million workers.

And with millions of families holed up in their homes, the digital backbone has helped create thousands of new home-based chefs and food delivery services, with sushi bake and Dalgona coffee filling the needs of millions of social media users.

In fact, the rise of home-based microbusinesses has prompted the Bureau of Internal Revenue to make an ill-timed reminder on the need to document business activities. We have also discovered new social media stars and created new memes which have entertained the public to no end.

 
The surge in demand for digital services during the quarantine has raised questions on whether the country’s digital infrastructure is equipped to support these services as we contemplate a protracted pandemic.

No less than Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Secretary Gregorio Honasan II sounded the alarm when he urged streaming and social media platforms to help ease data congestion.
 
As we reopen the economy, the role of digital infrastructure and services cannot be overstated.

The BPO industry’s GDP contribution alone is almost twice (6.8%) that of the construction industry, considering that the main strategy of government to stimulate the economy is through the ‘Build Build Build’ Program.
 
In other words, government should create the enabling conditions to expedite the development of the country’s digital infrastructure.

To President Rodrigo Duterte’s credit, the long-delayed guidelines for common towers has already been issued by the DICT, which provides very specific timelines on the processing of permits by national agencies and local governments. There is also a prohibition on anti-competitive activities by tower companies and mobile network operators, to ensure public interest and least-cost pricing.
 
These guidelines will soon be put to the test, as the country struggles to close the gap of at least thirty thousand cell towers to adequately service the current demand.

In line with the Anti-Red Tape Act (ARTA), a rationalization of all national and local government permits touching on civil works activities necessary for building the towers and connecting fiber cable networks must be affected down to the barangay level. This purge of corruption-prone bureaucratic delays should be guided by the citizen-centric goal of giving access to the best ICT services that would empower all Filipinos to be most productive and stimulate business growth.
 
On the other hand, government should consider undertaking public-private partnerships with mobile network operators and internet service providers to support much-needed public services in localities, such as blended or online learning. These PPPs are not necessarily revenue-generating and may be implemented without costs to both government and the public.
 
Moreover, the national government should fully embrace its leading role in providing internet connectivity to under-served areas. With complications on human contact in this pandemic, free and accessible internet can make a real difference in the health, education and productivity outcomes of vulnerable communities around the country.

In rural areas without immediate access to healthcare facilities, adequate but reliable internet allows telemedicine to service small sitios to address general health concerns. Online learning can be deployed in urban poor communities with data use subsidized by government. Capability-building sessions may be undertaken via online conferencing.
 
As the nation enters the new normal with the coronavirus still at hand, we have to create new ways of living our lives, adapting to the limits of what is possible while considering social distancing protocols. Our digital life is here to stay, and with no doubt, the infrastructure to support it should be made policy priority of government in the days to come.

Ref: https://www.philstar.com/other-sections/news-feature/banner-pict-1/2020/06/27/2023968/commentary-digital-new-normal
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Expat life in Philippines / Re: Part Time Life PI
« Last post by MotorSarge on June 21, 2020, 01:46:19 AM »
My coworker retired and moved to a small town in Nevada. They just lock up the house, set the temperature at a certain level and pack their bags to the Philippines. They have a house in the Philippines that the wife's family manages in the countryside. After 6 months in the Philippines, they fly back to Nevada.
Thank you....we have some considerable downsizing to do in the next year or so.
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Expat life in Philippines / Re: Part Time Life PI
« Last post by User444 on June 20, 2020, 04:22:36 PM »
My coworker retired and moved to a small town in Nevada. They just lock up the house, set the temperature at a certain level and pack their bags to the Philippines. They have a house in the Philippines that the wife's family manages in the countryside. After 6 months in the Philippines, they fly back to Nevada.
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Expat life in Philippines / Re: Part Time Life PI
« Last post by codefreeze on June 18, 2020, 03:28:40 PM »
I guess we'll have to wait and see though since our globe seems to be getting off axis. 8)

Yes, isn't it just. We were postponing until early next year, but even that is looking a bit dodgy now. We will see.

If you do go, please let us know how you get on!
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So you made the permanent move?
I would like to have the option of here and there a few months annually for a few more years.
We are not quite that ready for permanent yet but not just a 4-to 6 week vacation either, I have thought a few times also to just sell it all, even if it came down to a total clearing auction to make it be done with in a timely manner. Just thinking it will be hard to part with all my tools etc.

We moved here permanently two and half years ago.  After a lot of checking, I quickly realized that shipping my cars and Harley Davidson was not going to be worth it.  I sold the cars and Harley, but still have a classic bike in Dubai waiting for me to decide what to do with.  We figured the cost of shipping the furniture wasn't worth it.  Perhaps it is if you have something of special value to you.  We did send 14 Balikbayan Boxes, very large, so I was able to ship all my tools across. That's a very effective shipping method and no taxes to pay.
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No, we are just part-timers. Nearly did make the move, and did a lot of research. I'm pretty minimalist so we figured rather than ship stuff out we'd just go with the basics and rent part/fully-furnished and maybe buy odd bits and pieces as and when we needed them. My hobbies don't require much equipment fortunately. In the end, we decided to keep a base in UK, and just go out to PI now and then. That was working quite well until the dreaded pestilence hit...
Yes we understand that :(
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Expat life in Philippines / Re: Part Time Life PI
« Last post by MotorSarge on June 18, 2020, 03:12:11 AM »
That sounds pretty good and similar to what I did my first trip.
We stayed at a Hotel in Manila Inbound and Outbound, very pricey, then stayed with family in North Luzon between other little 1-2 day trips exploring. We also did the Airbnb twice while their and kinda liked that.
I wanna try it for at least 2-4 months, that's why I'm inquiring.
I guess we'll have to wait and see though since our globe seems to be getting off axis. 8)


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Expat life in Philippines / Re: Pitfalls to be aware of
« Last post by codefreeze on June 18, 2020, 01:37:51 AM »
Site seems to be down these days. They say they are under construction but I wonder if there are issues.
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