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BI allows overstaying foreigners to extend stay in PH

The news that the BI allows overstaying foreigners to extend stay in PH will come as welcome news and a relief to some. With the effect of Covid, it’s a sensible move. I personally know of at least two foreigners who are happy at this news for different reasons. One got married recently here in the Phils and intends to apply for his 13A visa, but of course that takes time and his three years on a tourist visa expires in October 2021. He was telling me, before he heard this news, that the cost of flights out of the country (if you can find one) are exorbitant right now owing to the travel restrictions. You can read the full article in the online Inquirer…

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Four Year Review of Life in the Philippines

It’s exactly four years to the day I arrived in the Philippines so I guess now is as good as time as any to post my four review of life in the Philippines.

Before I do, I have noticed recently that some WordPress followers have signed up to follow this blog and not my author website. I don’t believe that was intended. I no longer have a newsletter for this blog but if you want to keep up to date with my author stuff then you may sign up over on my author site here.

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Bacolod City Embarks on Clearing Illegal Structures

The report below my comments is reproduced from the Visayan Daily Star Facebook page. Bacolod City embarks on clearing illegal structures and it’s long overdue. Some of these illegal structures cause danger on the highways as they restrict the free flow of traffic and pedestrians. While admiring the ingenuity of some of the people involved in expanding their businesses, it should not take precedence over public safety. The reference to river banks must involve squatters who choose to live near a source of running water. That is understandable but once again, it causes problems. Firstly to the people themselves in their makeshift homes perched on the river banks. They are often flooded out during rainy season. Plus, these squatters deposit trash in the rivers including…

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