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  1. When I retired the company asked me if I could work remotely on an as required consultant basis. We agreed that six months should be sufficient for new staff to become completely trained and knowledge. The six months turned into 30 months. A dedicated machine was kept running at company HQ 24 by 7 for me to access via secure tunnel VPN. Access to that computer then allowed access to all computers and servers, both LAN and WAN owned by the company. It worked out quite well all things considered. The only real problem was slow internet on this end and the time difference between here and the US. They lagged behind me by 16 hours so their 8:00 am was midnight for me.
  2. Maybe the doctors can show the article to the people that are still dying? Sarcasm intended.
  3. The statement even states that they are continuing to operate under existing guidelines. The existing guidelines clearly state that spouse and children of a Philippine citizen are allowed entry, as well as permanent residents. Very confusing indeed, but me thinks you "should" be able to get a BB stamp on arrival. You should probably call the embassy to verify.
  4. It seems confusing to me. Like the above poster I have a 13A Permanent Resident Visa (not allowed). But I am a foreign spouse of a Filipino citizen (allowed). If memory serves me correctly the "existing travel restrictions" the spokesperson cites currently does allow Permanent Residents to enter the country. I wonder if we will see a further statement that adds some clarity because this one seems to provide contradictions. Okay here we go. I am thinking the person either misspoke or was misquoted. https://globalnation.inquirer.net/188019/restrictions-on-international-travel-still-in-effect-under-gcq-says-bi#:~:text=Under existing guidelines approved by,allowed to enter the country. MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Immigration (BI) will continue to implement international flight travel restrictions at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) even when Metro Manila transitions to general community quarantine (GCQ) starting June 1. Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said Friday the travel restrictions that existed under the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) and modified ECQ will remain unless eased or lifted by the government. “As a consequence, our operations at the NAIA are still downscaled and our personnel there are still on skeletal and rotational deployment,” Morente said in a statement. He added that most international flights remain suspended due to travel restrictions that had also affected both Filipinos and foreigners who wished to enter or leave the country. “Nonetheless, we assure the public that we are always ready to resume full, normal operations in our international airports once the government decides to ease or lift these travel restrictions,” said Morente. According to Grifton Medina, BI acting port operations chief, international flights will still be “limited and few since the start of the lockdown in mid-March.” He further said that immigration officers at NAIA currently serve an average of only 20 to 30 flights a day – a third of which are special flights that ferry medical supplies and other kinds of cargo into the country. As for passenger flights, Medina said these are mostly repatriation flights that transport returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and chartered sweeper flights that bring foreigners stranded in the country back to their homelands. Under existing guidelines approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF), only OFWs, Filipino citizens, their spouses and dependents, permanent residents, and foreign diplomats are allowed to enter the country. All foreigners can leave anytime but Filipinos are not allowed to leave the country unless they are OFWs or permanent residents or holders of a student visa in their country of destination, according to BI. On Thursday, President Rodrigo Duterte announced that Metro Manila, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Pangasinan, Albay, and Davao City will be placed under GCQ. The rest of the country will be under modified GCQ.
  5. Trying to convince my wife that we should install an off grid solar system. But so far her laptop normally has enough battery to keep Facebook going when we have lost electric.
  6. I didn't realize how many outlaws we had on this forum.
  7. Here they do not use leach fields either, at least none that I am aware of. The popular method seems to be to leave the bottom of the pit open. That is dig the pit, then cement block the side, and a slab for the top with access, but the bottom is left open. The penalty for not following the code is only 1000 peso. I wonder if that, plus lax enforcement, is the reason the code is not being followed?
  8. I tend to agree. There often seems to be a mentality here of "get the most that you can right now with this customer with this transaction", instead of building a relationship with the customer so you get the repeat business.
  9. I can hear the inspector now. "Yep, still standing. Good to go."
  10. The first article refers exclusively to China tests in the early pandemic and reflect a 3% false positive. The second paper is date 1996, almost 25 year ago. You think advances in medicine and testing stopped over two decades ago? You completely misrepresent the test results in your original post, fail to post source, and now you dig around the internet and post this crap. What is your agenda? Why are you throwing BS on the wall and hoping it sticks?
  11. No it doesn't, at least in my opinion. And I hope feeding children and paying college tuition for intelligent children locked in poverty doesn't make us "evil" persons either.
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