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Suggestion Foreigners and Expats, Economic progress think tank. Outside the box!

Discussion in 'Expat Section' started by Crystalhead, Apr 7, 2020.

  1. Crystalhead

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    This is a serious thread where Foreigners and expats can simply think outside the normal and submit ideas that are possible to implement in a fashion that possibly can make huge turns in the Philippines economic machine. Please don't be negative or critique such ideas if they are posted with a genuine intent. Building upon a posted idea positively is welcomed. Please post ideas in bullet or numbered point form.

    Here's a few of mine to start off!
    #1- Philippines has over 7,600 Islands with only 2000 Islands inhabited. Take 1000 of your Islands and sell off to Foreigners (Individuals not companies) no wait, no bull, open the real estate market of the Philippines as far as those 1000 Islands. Benefit (Trillion pesos plus)

    #2- No more 3 year must exit. Last 20 years how much money has been spent on travel expenditures to appease this exit guideline. Benifit (100's of millions annually) Look at the monies gone to the Airlines last 20 years that could have remained here and inspired the buildings of solid home's.

    #3- 5 year tourist visa stamp 50,000 peso, 10 year stamp 90,000 peso. Once stamp, no visit t0 immigration needed. (millions of pesos annually)

    #4- Verification of a valid foreign drivers license is an automatic Philippines drivers licence, processing fees only, same day issuance as verification. Save on bureaucratic down time. This applies also to ACR Cards, walk in, same day issuance or better yet, drop the ACR. Passport only

    #5- Get the diseased animals cleaned up and experience what really (Tourism is) Tourism dollars would triple (without question.) Diseased animals destroy the 1st impression of many Travelers that don't make a 2nd visit.

    #6- If a Foreigner builds in the Philippines as he is married to a Filipina (or she a Filipino) all monies that Foreigner has in hard assets are guaranteed retained (outside of natural disaster) Simply put. Foreigners are not screwed out of squat by no Spouse. Builds would triple if not more. Make Foreigners know this is home if they so choose. Clean up all land title issues in 24 hours per. case and hire the bodies it takes to do so.

    -That's all I will submit for now, have fun and please stick to intention. No ideas?? No need to post here. Cheers and Viva Philippines
    Added note. Theses are just opinionated ideas, in short form and can clearly be built upon or expanded..... Be Nice, Salamat!
     
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    Sorry to be negative but it seems more like a personal wish list that benefits the foreigner much more so than the citizens of the Philippines. Foreigners, generally, just don't bring that much to the table in developing countries. Foreigners in developing countries are, generally, from lower socioeconomic statuses that could barely survive in their own country (which is why most decided to move to a country that has a much lower cost of living). If anything, visas and long term stays should be made much more difficult to obtain.

    To "make huge turns in the Philippines economic machine" they need to focus more on their own people, not foreigners. Better education, healthcare, social and economic safety nets, cracking down on corruption and greed, competent government, better tax collection, etc. Sure, bring in foreign experts to share their knowledge and expertise in a university environment...but personally, I have met only a hand full of these types in my 15+ years in the Philippines.

    Foreigners are not and will never be the solution to the Philippines woes.
     
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    Sorry too that I must agree with you. I married a Filipina 35 years ago, continued my career in the US with a promise to her to retire here because of her family, having more than enough money in retirement to live here 90% of the year/10% in USA. So we came in on SRRV (she is a US citizen who does not want dual). I was rather shocked to see so many foreigners barely scraping by here and yes, they would be on welfare in their home countries. I would have assumed there should be some lower income limit to stay but there really isn’t, which is actually too lenient because the host country that owes you nothing will have to look after you in some way when things go bad. Bringing in foreign exchange and supporting businesses like construction to build houses etc.. is a good thing,so, people who properly planned before moving here are helping with their foreign exchange. It is like immigration in the US compared to Canada; Canada immigration is based on merit but in the US anybody can walk in the southern border and lower wages and cause other problems to their “host” country. But I agree that the small number of foreigners who come here will not make a big difference in adding to the standard of living in a country of 110 million. They need to focus on their own people like Japan, Taiwan, South Korea etc. and I think Thailand recently learned that lesson. Foreigner’s will never make the Philippines (or Thailand) another South Korea.


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    A lot of Filipinos are earning income through such services like airbnb, grab, ankas, foodpanda, honest bee, etc. I have a suspicion there is more potential in these concepts here. I would like to see how well a service like foodpanda, but for people who produce food products on a smaller scale at home, would perform. A lot of Filipinos offer these types of goods on FB. It seems that a mechanism for facilitating the distribution of these goods would save a lot of hassle in negotiating pickup and delivery.
     
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    Thank you for the submission.
     
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    Immigration based on merit/ supporting businesses like construction to build houses/ Thank you for the submission
     
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    Huge issue in itself that I can agree with fully. Philippines could potentially recognise the dead weights and fend off.
     
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    Allow foreigners to own up to say 5000 square meters residential and 5 hectares agricultural. People would be more willing to come here if they weren't afraid to have their property scammed out from underneath them.
    Also allow them to own at least 51% of a business
     
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    This is 'Robin Hood' territory.
     
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    It is very hard and lengthy to try and sell a house to a foreigner when he has put the investment in his “trusted” partner’s name, assuming a foreigner coming here has the funds to buy a house here. Took me over two years.
     
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