The Difficulty of Foreign Employment in the Philippines

One of the more common topics that I have seen on LiP concerns foreigners looking for employment in the Philippines.  Although this has been discussed quite a few times, writing about it another time certainly wouldn’t hurt.

Commonly, many of the forum members have sought assistance in finding employment in the country.  Like the one’s before me, I feel that it is necessary not to burst one’s bubble but instead be brutally honest regarding the possibilities of foreigners obtaining stable employment in the country:  Unless you are either (1) Hired by an international company; (2) Recruited from overseas; (3) Have a unique skill that is in high demand; (4) Be very creative; or (5) Know the company owner/ general manager personally, your chances of finding stable employment that would provide you with a comfortable lifestyle are not very good.

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Finding a job in the Philippines

Unlike Korea, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and a few more places, the Philippines is not a country where a person can simply arriving at N.A.I.A. and within days, have a stable job.  With so many local college graduates out-of-work and many more who are willing to work for only a few dollars a day, practically all locally-owned businesses see no reason to shell out more cash to hire a foreigner when they can easily hire a local for a lot less money.  Furthermore, visa restrictions and red-tape play an enormous role in essentially closing the door to foreign competition in the local market.  While foreigners may see this as unfair, many fail to recognize that with such a high unemployment rate and a booming population, the need for locals to be employed is not only an economic interest but also a political interest.  Imagine for a moment that many of the restrictions in place were lifted foreigners started coming in left and right seeking employment. Not only would it further widen the gap between the rich and the poor (which is already astronomical) but it wouldn’t surprise me that this could further lead to political instability on such a magnitude that the image of the country would only become more tarnished in the eyes of the international community.

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The country has worked long and hard to bring about economic reform and one way to ensure that the economy continues to advance is to ensure that as many of its local citizens are gainfully employed (similar to the Saudization policy which I wrote about a while back).  Also, we need to face reality that many employers appear to be against hiring a foreigner because foreigners require more than locals.  One reason why that I, as a foreigner, spend more money each day than the average local is because I require certain things that locals do not.  For example, I spend more money on food each day than locals because there are certain types of foods that I have been eating my whole life that I simply cannot give up no matter how hard it is.  Also, even though the cost of electricity is expensive, many foreigners (myself included) need a working air-conditioners to help cope with the intense heat especially at night.  While many potential arrivals may honestly and in good-faith believe that they can live without air-conditioning and certain types of food, simply trying to give it up is much easier said than done.

While the chances of finding stable employment in the Philippines remains extremely difficult, there have been many members of LiP such as John Miele who has become extremely successful while living in the Philippines, Paul Keating who brought his successful accounting practice overseas, and of course Mindanao Bob who has reportedly done far better in the Philippines than he has in the States thanks in part to his originality.  However, what makes people like John, Paul, and Bob different is both of them have succeeded because they have thought outside the box and have not relied on traditional ways to find employment but instead, marketing themselves in such a unique manner that they have been able to do what many foreigners have been unsuccessful at:  Make a good living as a foreigner in the Philippines.  Although there is always the possibility that any foreigner can arrive at N.A.I.A. find an excellent job, the trick of the trade is to simply stand out in a manner that allows you to succeed rather than be set up for failure.

If anybody has any questions regarding my route to success in the Philippines, I would be happy to discuss it with them.

Post Author: RyanB (21 Posts)

Ryan first arrived in the Philippines in 2003 as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in which he worked with disadvantaged youth through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Tarlac province. After completing Peace Corps, he spent two years in Hong Kong before relocating back to the United States to enter law school. After completing law school and passing the Bar Exam, Ryan has decided to return to the Philippines and enter into the Asian-Pacific market. A citizen of the world, Ryan has traveled and lived in close to 40 countries and acts a mentor to other expats. In addition to traveling and mentoring, Ryan is an active Muay Thai kickboxer and currently sits as a special advisor to the Philippine Olympic Muay Thai Committee

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  1. Ricardo Sumilang says

    OK, let’s hear it, Ryan. What is YOUR route to success in the Philippines? Do you practice law in the country? One of the success stories you mentioned was already employed by a multinational company way before he moved to the Philippines, while the other two are both self-employed. Another “success story” I am really curious hearing about is that of an American expat who holds both an MBA from Georgetown and a management position in a company in Quezon City. Was/does he, in your own words, “(1) Hired by an international company; (2) Recruited from overseas; (3) Have a unique skill that is in high demand; (4) Be very creative; or (5) Know the company owner/ general manager personally.” Pops Bennett, meanwhile, is one truly “success story”, IMO, in that he beat the odds by finding a job right there in Manila, amazingly, if I may add, in the traditional sense – pounding the pavement, knocking on doors, and following leads just like the ordinary Filipino job seeker.

    • says

      Ricardo – you make it sound like somehow it is a sin, or somehow a bad thing to be self employed. Why do you feel that way? Or did I misunderstand what you wrote?

      Is it considered to be a success story to be struggling to make it, barely having enough to live life? I applaud Pops for trying hard, but from what he has said, I don’t think he would even say that he is successful financial/employment wise.

      • Ricardo Sumilang says

        Yes, you definitely misunderstood what I said, Bob. It’s not a knock on you or Paul. I never said that yours or Paul’s were not success stories. You will note that I said, “One of the success stories you mentioned was already employed by a multinational company way before he moved to the Philippines, while the other two are both self-employed.” I was comparing Paul Bennett’s “success story” within the framework of RyanB’s parameters, i.e., “(1) Hired by an international company; (2) Recruited from overseas; (3) Have a unique skill that is in high demand; (4) Be very creative; or (5) Know the company owner/ general manager personally”, and it’s none of the above. Pops Bennett found the job the TRADITIONAL way, by going door to door, pounding the pavement, etc. The fact that he suceeded in getting a job THERE in Manila, competing head to head with hundreds of thousands of Filipinos looking for jobs is in itself an accomplishment, thus, a success story. While the compensation may not be much is irrelevant, IMO, but the fact that he beat the odds, which the article is all about, in my mind, Pops’ is a success story deserving admiration as well. Sorry, for giving you a false impression.

        • John Miele says


          Having written on this site for so long, and being active in several of the Philippines groups on Linked In, I get a fair number of emails from people either wanting a job or asking job advice. I will tell you that most of the people writing really do not have a clue as to the job situation in the Philippines, despite all that is written online. Many are people who worked in the trades for many years in the States or elsewhere, who want to perform the same work here, despite the fact that nearly all the trades are restricted to Filipinos. I am not knocking the trades (Hell! There is still, to this day, a part of me that still dreams of being an OTR trucker).

          I will also say this: Pops is highly unusual in the path he was able to take. Yes, he did it by perseverance and hard work. However, if you re-read his story, there was also a fair bit of luck in his situation, too. The point is, and I think Ryan really made it, that foreigners are automatically at a disadvantage regarding employment here. Even if they are qualified, and willing to take local wages, they still need to overcome perceptions held by Filipinos that will likely keep them from finding a job.

          As to my own situation, I can tell you that with the turmoil in my company over the last year, there have been a number of times that my own situation has been somewhat precarious… Being employed by a foreign company is no guarantee, just like anything else in life. I have considered on many occasions looking at relocating to Singapore or Hong Kong.

          Self-employment is the only true “job security” anyone can have here. It is the only way to earn a living where your own actions determine your future. That is why myself, and some of the other writers here, harp on the topics so much… If you move here and things do not work out, you are left with your own wits, and nothing more.

    • gordon says


      (4) Be very creative.

      There are are a quite a lot of foreigners who came here with very little capital and have successful businesses. We tend to go unnoticed except in our local community as we ‘don’t post online’ or ‘mix with the expat community’.


      • Biz Doc says

        very true, gordon!

        although it’s also true that character traits play a crucial role in becoming successful in PH– regardless whether pinoy or expat.

        one may not even be creative, as long as the internal compass guides one to address unmet needs. there’s always a way, everywhere.


      • Katrina says

        One only has to think about the ethnic Chinese. I’m not a sinophile but the top riches people in the Phils are ethnic Chinese. Many of them started small shops before the mass naturalization. Many became rich when they were “gratituous” to Marcos. LOL

        • RyanB says

          I can’t comment on many of the enthic Chinese becoming gratitious to Marcos but you are correct that the ethic Chinese community in the Philippines have been enormously successful.

    • RyanB says

      Where did a mention an American expat that has an MBA from Georgetown? Considering the tone of your argument, I agree with Bob that it seems that you have a bone to pick with anybody who is self-employed.


      • Ricardo Sumilang says

        I know you didn’t mention the expat in your article, Ryan, but I do remember a certain expat mentioning in passing often enough in previous comments that he has either a history degree or MBA from Georgetown, and holds a management position at a company in Quezon City. Regarding my bone to pick with the self-employed, as you put it, please read my reply to Bob. If the tone of my comment gave you that impression, it was not intentional. I merely stated that Pops Bennett got his job there in Manila the traditional way while competing against hundreds of thousands of jobless Filipinos Pops got his job not within the “Unless you are either” conditions (1-5) you stated in the article, but through sheer perseverance of pounding the pavement, knocking on doors, and following leads. That he beat the odds and found a job despite the near-impossibility of it is mainly the reason why I thought Pops Bennett’s story was a “success” as well, regardless of how much he makes. This is not to say that the self-employed are not a success.

      • Ricardo Sumilang says

        I know you didn’t mention the expat in your article, Ryan, but I do remember a certain expat mentioning in passing often enough in previous comments that he has either a history degree or MBA from Georgetown, and holds a management position at a company in Quezon City. Regarding my bone to pick with the self-employed, as you put it, please read my reply to Bob. If the tone of my comment gave you that impression, it was not intentional. I merely stated that Pops Bennett got his job there in Manila the traditional way while competing against hundreds of thousands of jobless Filipinos Pops got his job not within the “Unless you are either” conditions (1-5) you stated in the article, but through sheer perseverance of pounding the pavement, knocking on doors, and following leads. That he beat the odds and found a job despite the near-impossibility of it is mainly the reason why I thought Pops Bennett’s story was a “success” as well, regardless of how much he makes. This is not to say that the self-employed are not a success.

  2. Paul says

    I have done most of my web site programming needs done in the Philippines by foreigners living there needing extra income. They charge maybe $10 to $15/hr or by the job. I had a very involved website changed over from ASPX to PHP that involved a huge database and other design changes. The total cost about $350. I had a wordpress site designed from scratch for less than $75 again all done by foreigners. I know one Brisish guy that has done numerous sites for other expats and makes very good money relative to living in the Philippines. The main reason he does so well is due to the fact he works on Western time and not Philippine time. For some reason Filipinos I have experienced are just not trained as well as foreigners. Yes they can do an adequate job and I will say I do appreciate any automotive work I have had done by Filipinos but I can say that when it comes to building my houseI I will be without question be hiring a Foreign Foreman. This way I will be sure the job is done properly and in a timely fashion. I am sorry to have this feeling but it is based on my experience and those of other expats I know. Filipinos have a different work ethic. As for a growing unemployment I would urge Filipinos to see birth control as something that can’t be ignored any longer regardless of religious beliefs. As for Expats, I see only great things that come of their doing business in the country. Better Hotel Management, Better Restaurant management, better, better, better. The key to getting jobs is to have a service skill which doesn’t require a physical place of business. Hotels and Restaurants can be in a Filipina wifes name, etc….

    • Biz Doc says

      hi paul,

      “For some reason Filipinos I have experienced are just not trained as well as foreigners.”

      you fail to mention that we pinoys aren’t that exposed to STANDARDS set in the west. we may share the same expectations in terms of product quality & service excellence as you do, but we can only make them as well as our western counterparts once we have the SYSTEMS in place to make them happen.

      and that’s a very good place for expats to shine— bringing in systems, ways & means for locals to do better work than before.

      if there’s anything common in the country’s top 1,000 corporations, it’s their habit of paying foreign experts — commonly known as consultants– to introduce better ways of getting things done.


  3. brian says

    Pinoys have a diffferent idea if ‘service’ than we do, it amazes me that large businesses still shut down from 12-1 for lunch culturally its the norm or so it seems , but to us its frustrating. I shake my head when i see 8-10 people in line and one cashier …and often willing customers walking away due to the long line.
    Large familys here are a form of social security i think, the hopes that one or two children will be successful and support Mom and Dad in thier old age is I beleive an underlying factor in this. I guess if it was a first world country few of us would be here due to the costs of living in it…

    • Paul says

      Yes a form of social security in numbers but that will be the massive eventual undoing of the Country. I seriously worry about both the Philippines and the USA and their. increasing number of poor. The USA with 46 million living in poverty and the Philippines with even a larger percentage will most likely result in actual civil war 10 to 20 years down the road in both countries due to political policies that favor the rich. In the Philippines they are so lucky in having a huge OFW market but can you imagine if they didn’t. None of us would be in the Philippines now. I see no solutions in a country that doesn’t have the capacity to see the terrible things it is doing to itself. Sad!!!

      • Biz Doc says

        hi paul,

        “I see no solutions in a country that doesn’t have the capacity to see the terrible things it is doing to itself.”

        much of it is cultural. and most people don’t see them as well as they should because it’s personally inconvenient to them. education is crucial in making change possible. maybe after 3 generations of comprehensive upward mobility ” )


        • says

          Biz Doc – I agree wholeheartedly with you in so much employers here think mainly that your first degree is enough and lifetime learning is…..well something other people do.
          I still think that maybe the perception of hiring a consultant as you call them, I’d rather use the word expert will uncover what is actually going on is probably more worrying to some senior employees. Hence the reason to fight tooth and nail to maintain the status quo.

  4. Robert says

    You mentioned foreign employment. How about domestic employment?
    I personally admire Philippinos for their courage to endure the extreme poverty because of lack of employment but as resilient as they are there also limits.
    Check this scary link.
    There is trouble brewing, and forget any idea about foreign employment !!!

    • Biz Doc says

      what a surprise, CPP-NPA-DNF rebels actually have a website?!

      IMHO they’re really just a bunch of freeloaders, taxing people at gunpoint for their so-called ‘revolution’.

      i’m not sure if any of them even know how to create opportunities so that others would succeed.

      i have more respect for ordinary cooperatives nationwide owned and operated by ordinary folks. they produce goods & services that other people pay for, and don’t even rely on government handouts to succeed. that’s industry.

      the CPP-NPA-NDF on the other hand produce nothing but a sense of powerlessness– so they can thrive on it. what a bunch of bums.

      they only need to open their eyes to see that the real revolution is being done by ordinary people who make things happen, no matter what— no excuses.

      • Katrina says

        The money used to pay the website and service are from the taxes that were collected by the political frontS of the NPA (uhm, partylists).

        Basically, Filipinos are funding its own internal terrorism, communism and downfall.

        I hope the government will have to guts to remove the partylist system. It never served its purpose. It is used by the China-loving communists. (who are so silent about the Chinese incursion is the EEZ yet so noisy when they see the US ambassador)

      • Katrina says

        Funny how they say so much about US intervention but never condemn Chinese leniency and even support a corrupt president (cough, Arroyo, cough) and the Chinese claiming the whole South China Sea, erm, West Philippine Sea up to the “coast” of Palawan. Did they condemn when China DECEIVINGLY grabbed the Mischief reef from the Philippines?

        One more thing, they promote violence and destruction of communication lines and threaten “barrio folks” and businesses if they refuse to give “revolutionary tax”

        • Katrina says

          By the way, it’s funny how they mention the US on the mining but never state the FACT that most companies interested are from MAINLAND CHINA.

          Nothing but anti-West and US rhetorics.

          Wait, isn’t their leader, Jo Ma in the West hiding like a chicken?

      • Biz Doc says

        this is what i’m talking about :

        if the CPP-NPA-NDF is capable of this sort of life-changing work for the ‘masses’ (their favorite term for people), they would have gained plenty of adherents nationwide a long time ago.

        but that’s not what they’re really after. they’re just a bunch of freeloaders who want power, and understand nothing about the culture they want to change.

        red is dead! ” )

  5. Tony says

    The 46 million number is not all that it seems. The term poverty in the USA is nothing like poverty in the Philippines. If you make less than $22,000 for a couple in the states, regardless if you have a car, a flat screen TV, and own a home you are considered poor. Yes there are poor people in America but having seen homeless poor in both places…………where would you rather be homeless at?

    • Katrina says

      Very true. Add to that that “poor” in the US can apply for welfare. In the Phils, the poor have basically nothing.

      In many cases, many people in the US are “willingly poor”. They wont work their asses off just to qualify for all the deductions, welfare and whatnots.

      • Papa Duck says


        You are so right. Also having several children to qualify for more benefits. Thats the biggest problem with the US. Too many entitlements. No incentive to work. There needs to be a major overall of the entire welfare system. Have a nice day.

        • RyanB says

          Papa Duck,
          Not only does there need to be an entire overall of the welfare system, education could be the basic answer to people having too many children and not enough work available.


      • Katrina says

        Not really.

        “poor” in the US still have cars, TVs, cable…

        Poor in the Philippines almost have nothing to eat while poor in America still throw the food they were not able to finish

        It’s not entirely irrelevant. I think not comparing is too indifferent.

        Maybe, just, maybe if those “poor” in the US will see the people in Payatas who have to scavenge in the mountain of people’s trash, they will appreciate what they have.

  6. says

    Hi Ryan – I think it’s true to say that the lack of foreigners working along with the local workforce has not helped the advancement of the Philippines, in competitive terms of keeping abreast of the rest of the world.
    I worked my entire working life in Manufacturing up until I retired and for most of that time I worked alongside foreigners either from machinery suppliers or sister companies. When I exhibited at trade fairs I got the opportunity to speak to people of other nationalities with different ideas on how things were done by them.
    The point I’m making is the Philippines has to change its methodology of hiring employee’s and be less sensitive and protective and pay the rate for the best if it ever wishes to get out of the rut it is currently in regarding poor levels of efficiency, service and cost effectiveness.
    Managing diversity is something that people read about here but hardly ever practice. The old adage that one has to speculate to accumulate is never done regarding manpower only materials. If the Philippines continues to ignore the talent outside its own territorial limits it will be like committing industrial incest on continual basis and we all know how that will end up.
    Just my observations over a period of almost 30 years of visiting and living in the Philippines.

  7. Dan says

    I really do not think that a person can compare what ever goes on in the Philippines to what goes on in the USA..Granted, there are many poor in the Phillipines and yet the Phillipines has its own goverment and its own people and its the responsiblity of the people in the Phillipines and their goverment to change things if that is possible ,so the people there can have a better life. The Phillipines and the USA are 2 different countries with 2 separate goverments and and both have their problems,and I do agree with some of the comments that the poor in the USA have a much better life style than the poor in the Phillipines do and yet as said….for that to change…the people in the Phillipines and the goverment will have to make the changes and if not….things will pretty much allways be the same…many have nots and a few have’s there. It does no good for those in the Phillipines or those that like to compare the 2 countries to alway say how good the poor in the USA have it compared to the poor in the Phillipins..that does not solve the problem there…[and I am one that thinks there are way to many entilements here in the USA and many on them do not deserve them and in the past there has been posts and comments on the corruption there in the Phillipines and my self those that are corrupt there probably learned it from all the corrupt people here in the USA ] I do often wonder why those that would like to come and live there in the Phillipines have the idea that they can find a job or are always asking how could they can find a job there….if jobs there were easy to come by, then I am sure there would not be how many million OFW’S ..I would think a big share of them would love to be home…and be able to make some kind of living in the home land..not some place else and once again the only way things will change in the Phillipines is if the people want real change…….interesting post and comments so far….

  8. BillB says

    I know that I missed the main part of this topic as it has been three days ago since it’s post, but I have something to add and hope that it will help.

    I have a job here in the RP and it is in the same field that I did for 20 years in the Air Force. I was lucky to get this job and I was not looking for it or a job at the time. I’m working as an instructor at one of the aviation schools here in Manila. The way that I got the job was I went to the school as a student so that I could get my GI Bill money from the military. After being there for one term they owner asked if I would like to be an instructor. After talking with the owner I said yes and I’m being paid the same as any other instructor. The differance with this job is that it pays better than most jobs here in the RP, plus it pays by the hour. I’m making more than 7000 PhP a month and only working about 14 to 15 hours a week, not to bad if I say.

    I was very lucky to get this job and love doing it as it is in something that I love doing, aviation. Finding work here in the RP can be done.

    • says

      Hi Bill – I just want to make sure I am understanding correctly… you are working 14 or 15 hours per week, so about 65 hours per month, and the payment is P7000 per month? Did you write that correctly?

      • BillB says

        Yes you are correct, around 14 to 15 hours a week with four weeks in a month for about 56 to 60 hours a month and I’m paid about P7000 for the month.

        • says

          Actually… there are 4 1/3 weeks a month… but we are close. I do hope you enjoy your work, but for me… I’d rather watch TV than work for that rate! ha ha… I do understand, though, that we don’t always work for money, there is more to life than that. If your work brings you fulfillment, then the money is of little importance.

          • BillB says

            Yes I do enjoy my work and teaching and it does bring me fulfillment knowing that I’m teaching the young men and women how to do the job the right way. The thing that I like the most about this school is that they care more about the instruction that the students get than how much money they can make. This school makes sure that all instructors are top noch. If I was to work a 40 hour week I would make between 7k to 8k P a week or 28k to 32k per a month. I only work 4 hours on tuesday, 4 hours on Wednesday, and 5 hours on thrusday.

              • BillB says

                Bob it was P7k per Month. If you read the post above I was saying that if I was to work a 40 hour week it would be about P7k per week.

                The thing is, like said before, it is just something to keep you moving and I enjoy doing it. If I did not enjoy it I would not do it because I’m “RETIRED” hehe :).

                Have a great day!

  9. Biz Doc says

    hi bill,

    at that rate (approximately P860/day), it would be the average salary for mid-level mgmt work in most makati corporate outfits. i was under the impression that aviation pays much, much higher considering the license & expertise needed to fly planes.

    other expats here that teach diving on their free time probably earn far more than what you’re getting from your part-time employer. still, you guys are proof that expats with teachable know-how can get far better pay than locals who have to contend with far less.

    the key is being able to figure out where exactly one’s skills are valued. if what you’re doing is just a hobby, much better!


    • BillB says

      I’m not teaching flight, i’m teaching A&P or aircraft maintenance techs. I was a jet engine mechanic in the Air Force.

      To Everyone,
      The thing with having a job here is to not think in terms of pay that you would get back home. You need to look at if the pay will make the money that you need to live the life style that you want. I feel that if i’m going to live here in the RP in need to stop thinking about the pay that I could make back home, if you think that way then you should move back home. I have a pension that I can live on and this job is just to help the family out plus it gives me something to do with my time. To me 3 days a week is not bad. I still have time with the family and a little more money to boot.

      • Ricardo Sumilang says

        Exactly, Bill, you reflect my thinking. If you are a retired expat living in the Philippines and receiving a hefty U.S pension (plus Social Security, as the case maybe) and have no major financial obligations back in the States like sending your kids to college, in other words, you are financially set for life – having a job like yours while enjoying it as well is a great therapy for the mind and the body once you have left the mainstream workforce. It’s something to do, rather than sitting under the mango tree all day reading the PDI, laughing from time to time at some of the editorials. Idle, you age quicker, with a possible stroke on the horizon (not because of Conrado de Quiros, I mean) :) It’s also a great opportunity to immerse in the culture and learn the language, mingling with the locals and riding the jeepney to work everyday. As well, it’s a pastime that earns you some loose change to spend at the mall on weekends.

        • BillB says

          My pension is not as hefty as you would think and I’m only 40 years old so i’m not getting SS yet. I’m not financially set, but having a set pay every month makes it a lot easier to live because you know what you will have each month.

          I love my job that I’m doing here all most as much as I did when in the Air Force. The only differance is that I’m teaching it and not working on the aircraft. I enjoyed that more. I worked on F15 fighters and it was a great job, fun and stressful at the same time.

          As for sitting idle and having a stroke, yes you are right, There was a guy from the base that I was at, after he retired he passed away 4 to 5 years later of a heart attack and he was only 44.

          Thanks for your reply.

          Another thing that I do is rock climb so that helps me to stay fit and helps in keeping my blood moving.

    • BillB says

      One more thing, I’m working on getting my Pilot Licenses then being a flight instructor as well. They flight instructors are paid a month salary of 10k a month plus P500 per hour of flight trainning. Some schools pay more, but like I said before this school is not about the money, but the students

  10. chin says

    Hi, I am Malaysian, I have been work in Cavite for 4 year in a manufacturing plant and recently I was transffered back to my own country…I hope I could find a job back in Philippines again, hope anyone from here can give me an idea, Thanks a lot

  11. TUAN CAO says

    Hello Ryan,
    Im Vietnamese. I currently really want to go to the Philippines and look for a job ranging from teaching English to customer service/ tourism sales. I’m good at English, I’m able to speak, write English fluently. I’m working for a tourism company in Vietnam and having 4.5 million of salry each month, which is equal to $214. I have a friend living in La Union and working in Baguio City and a lover in Davao. I’m planning to fly to where my friend lives and look for a job, he offers me the same job hes doing. Which one of these places would you recommend? And what kind of job I could be able to do and obtain a similar or more than my current salary? I only have the IELTS certificate 6.5/9 that can be used internationally. Is it easy to have the working visa? Please reply soon. Thank you

  12. says

    Not necessarily true that allowing internationals in the door would be a bad thing, my friend. With the right and properly managed approach, P.I. could be bringing in the type of entrepreneurs who are going to standup businesses that employ more folks and sell the skill that the Philippines have to overseas customers. I only stumbled across this site because i’ve begun to see more contact with good IT folks who have pinoy roots. Makes me think it would be a good place to be and good place to begin something that would create more jobs and bring more wealth into the country.

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