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  1. As part of the requirements there are a few pages listing first aid stuff and the ppe and someone has written the number 7 against the ppe which means apparently we have to buy 7 pairs of safety boots, hard hats etc. Im still trying to find out why 7! But given someone had 20 maybe 7 aint bad! From looking at videos of house construction Ive not seen anyone wearing safety boots or helmets so I wonder if they receive them and then sell them to someone else. But thanks for the advice its been good
  2. My wife and I are looking at building a small house in Dipolog City, we already purchased the land and now we are in the process of obtaining a building permit. In regard to the requirements of building the house are there stipulations as to how many workers you must employ? The house is about 130 sqm and we have been told that we are required to employ 7 workers and provide them with all the appropriate safety gear (helmets, work boots etc). I would have thought the workers would already have these things given they have worked at other sites? Also does anyone know the wages you pay these workers, are there set minimums. I did have a look at the Department of Labor and Employment and it talks about Non Agricultural employing more than 30 workers 316 peso that was 30 July 2018. So I suppose I am interested in the finer details about the requirement to employ a minimum number of workers, and what there rates would be etc. The cost quoted to us is 1,500,000 peso. Concreting and Masonry work 498,460 peso, Roofing and Trusses 270,000 peso carpentry works 193,050 to name a few costs which does not include labour. Looking at my Concreting and Masonry work at 498,460 which does not include labour, you need to add 30% or 149,538 taking it to 647,998 peso. When I compare the cost of what I have seen on OFW Simple House Structural 250,000 Congrats Sir Ricson Saudi Arabia, their cost to plate height (No roof but ready to build a roof) was only 250,000 for 118 sqm. This build was January 2020. So I understand materials and a slighty larger house will increase the cost but my cost is almost 2.6 times more. Can anyone confirm the requirements about minimum number of workers you must engage and where I can locate the minimum wages payable for the various classes of workers etc. Appreciate your help and or advice
  3. I think it will be quite some time before international flights resume. Philippines airlines was in the process of restarting a route to Perth Australia from March 2020 with discount fares from $600 which was great value, but Corona virus put an end to that! I think it will be 2021 before we see international flights resuming. They are only talking about domestic flights now and that will depend on the other states in Australia having very low or zero Corona virus cases
  4. The wife is looking at building a house in Dipolog, she already has the land and is now looking at building a house. Can anyone advise what it would cost to have a draftsman draw up a house plan even if its an hourly rate or day rate, and the cost of having water connected to a house and power connected to a house. I understand that different regions may charge different amounts but at least having some figures available would be handy. I would expect connection costs in Cebu would be higher than Dipolog, but I may be wrong there. Any help in obtaining some idea of costs for engaging a draftsman and having an idea of connection costs would be handy. The land is only about 5 minutes from the largest hospital in Dipolog and not far from the airport, so we are within the Dipolog city area. Not in the rural area. Thanks for your help
  5. How about you live up the hill ... is it Valencia and travel down for the pool and uni and bar. Its not that far. Valencia is not polluted or perhaps choose a place in between Valencia and Dumaguete. Maybe that is the way to go
  6. Where can you get 4% today, I would love to earn 4%. I remember 5 years ago I was trying to work my budget on 10% earnings when I retired. Now, I'm thinking its 2% or 3% if I'm lucky
  7. My girl (is that a song) favours Dumaguete! When I have visited I did not think the traffic was as bad as Mactan or Cebu City for that matter. Im looking forward to my next trip there, roll on December.
  8. I was responding to this post about the possibility a squatter or tenant can delay being evicted or even obtain land ownership albeit they are not the rightful owners, and linking it to an earlier post I made about my future in-laws who have been given their marching orders to vacate land they have lived on for over 30 years (paying rent) as have many other families all who have built homes on the land because the land owner wants to use the land for something else. I was concerned because I thought they may be forced off sooner rather than later. So I suppose i was being a little sarcastic with my post.
  9. So what you are saying there is a slim my chance my future in-laws maybe able to keep their land they have lived on for the last 30 odd years and paying rent on as so have many other families have. Provided they have the money that is!! What a great system!!!
  10. About 6 years ago my marriage had fallen apart, and I was flying into Thailand to meet two internet friends I had been talking to for some time, any way on the first night I met one, there was no fireworks but we had this great rapport resulting in us being really good friends. The other lady I met that trip became my gf, unfortunately the relationship faltered after 2 years, maybe there is something about not moving to the next stage of a relationship and just staying friends
  11. I must be very handsome, otherwise how could you explain my gf jealousy, after all we are not married yet!! I remember onetime when we were leaving a resort and my gf mentioned that i must of really liked the receptionist, I asked why she thought that and she just said she had a feeling I really liked the girl. I told her that I did not notice the lady, I could not describe her other than having black hair and dark eyes, so yes my girl can be jealous! I don't know why because in my eyes my girl is stunning, I have no interest in any other, although I will admit when walking in the mall I may look but try to not make it obvious because I get the impression my girl is watching me watching them :)
  12. Some interesting comments. I am yet to move to the Philippines to be with my girl, but I would like to think we will make some good friends, but its true I think that if you can count on your hand the number of true friends you have done well. And as for understanding women and making friends with your wife's friends, or girlfriends friends, there is that book about Women are from Mars and Men are from Venus?? So the chances of making a good friend there is slim, because you have to understand them first, not to mention learning the language! How many understand the language of their SO. I intend to learn the language when I am there. I think its important to have a life outside of just your own relationship, otherwise I think you may stifle each other. If you think about it, most of us were probably married before and spent a significant amount of time apart from our wife (1/3 of your life working), so to spend 2/3rds of you life with the wife or SO day in or day out may be detrimental to you unless you have planned it properly - like playing golf for example a couple of times a week to get you out of the house
  13. Now what was the post about again? By the way I hate snakes!!
  14. I think he was saying his house is 150 sqm and cost him 5 million peso, it's not clear if the building cost was 5million alone or if it also included the land as well. he does not mention how large the land was. But it does not matter he was only giving an example and he provided another example of a closed community where the minimum size blocks are 600 sqm, so who knows how large a home must be to build there. So lets not get nick picky about the minor stuff, the question here was where have you built? Are you living with the locals or are you in walled compound and why??
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