Monday, February 20th, 2017

We bought the glass for our windows from Iloilo Glass Service , 439 Iznart Street, phone 033-335-0768.  They gave truly superior service.  There were some minor problems, partly our fault.  Iloilo Glass made things right with no hesitation.  188 panes of 3/16″ glass cost us P16,640.  The Iloilo Glass quote was one-half the quote we received from another Iloilo glass shop. For the suspicious

Carport, almost done! Carport, big enough for delivery trucks Carport from the road House Construction Expense Report 1/1/2010 through 7/18/2010 (in U.S. Dollars) Equipment 2,379.95 Labor 9,465.06 Materials 36,341.32 Soft Costs 1,023.19 OVERALL TOTAL 49,209.52 Total includes stockpiled material; floor and wall tile, Hardiflex for ceilings, all plumbing fixtures and cost of carport.   Also included are the tools and equipment needed to build the house. Some of this (cement mixer) will be sold.  Some (power drills, saws, cut-off saw, welder, grinder) will be kept after the job is complete.  Many skilled workers are available, but realistically, the employer must provide the major tools.  You may be able to hire a contractor with tools, but you’ll pay more. House is 150 square meters Carport is 36 square meters Size of crew: 7

House Construction Expense 1/1/2010 through 5/22/2010 (in U.S. Dollars) House Construction 40,904.32 Equipment 2,545.19 Labor 7,095.75 Materials 30,251.73 Soft Costs 1,011.65 OVERALL TOTAL 40,904.32 Includes stockpiled materials, almost all electrical and plumbing supplies and fixtures.  Electrical work about 50% complete.  Plumbing about 75% complete. Includes work on 35 square meter carport.  Next step finishing the walls (cement plaster) inside and out. House Construction Expense Our Philippine house building project – construction cost report as of 5-22-10. Roof completed 1/1/2010 through 5/22/2010 (in U.S. Dollars) Equipment 2,545.19 (Most to be sold at end of project. Concrete vibrator

Our Philippine House Project:  new construction cost report as of April 21, 2010 Project after 70 work days 4-19-10 House Construction Expense 1/1/2010 through 4/21/2010 (in U.S. Dollars) House Construction Expense – YTD:2 1/1/2010 through 4/22/2010 (in U.S. Dollars) Category Description 1/1/2010- 4/22/2010 House Construction 31,080.37 Equipment 2,484.79 Labor 5,866.73 Materials 21,756.69 Soft Costs 972.16 OVERALL TOTAL 31,080.37 Equipment 2,484.79 Labor 5,866.73 Materials 21,756.69 Soft Costs 972.16 OVERALL TOTAL $31,080.37 Number of workers: 8 Cost per square meter P9,324 so far. Cost figures include a P200,000 ($4,500)

How much does it cost to build a house in the Philippines?  Here’s our experience, month by month. February 20, 2010. Construction cost report for our Philippine House Project.   Thirty work days so far. Here’s what the house looks like after thirty days of work: After thirty work days… House Construction Expense – YTD:2 1/1/2010 through 2/21/2010 (in U.S. Dollars) Category Description 1/1/2010- 2/21/2010 House Construction 15,788.01 Equipment 2,345.72 Labor 2,489.01 Materials 10,104.24 Soft Costs 849.04 OVERALL TOTAL 15,788.01 H ouse Construction Expense Summary 1/1/2010 through 2/21/2010 (in U.S. Dollars) Equipment 2,345.72 Labor 2,489.01 Materials 10,104.24 Soft Costs (architecture, permits) 849.04 OVERALL TOTAL SO FAR: $15,788.01 Number of workers: 16 Current cost of cement: P212 ———————————————————————————————————————— March 12, 2010 construction expense report . Covers 45 work days since beginning of construction on January 18, 2010. House Construction Expense – YTD:2 1/1/2010 through 3/12/2010 (in U.S. Dollars) Category Description 1/1/2010- 3/12/2010 House Construction 22,843.05 Equipment 2,350.47 Labor 3,658.36 Materials 15,908.79 Soft Costs 925.43 OVERALL TOTAL 22,843.05 House after 45 days of work and about one million pesos. March 12, 2010 Total House Construction Expense to date  (in U.S. Dollars) Equipment 2,350.47 (10.29% of total) Labor…

Our monthly expenses living in Iloilo City. We find that we can live fairly well in Iloilo City …

Our budget in the Philippines. We find that we can live fairly well in Iloilo City on about $1,700 per month.  The main cost of living questions you need to adjust for are: Prescription drugs and medical care. …

Carol’s sister had a cesarean (caesarian, c-section) section at a Philippine provincial hospital in Lucena City, Quezon Province in 2006.  The total cost was P34,000.  FilHealth, the Philippine national health insurance program, paid P8,000 of the total for a net cost of P26,000.

The Philippines has a totally pay-as-you-go health care system. Your first stop at the hospital (as it is in the US) will be the cashier’s office. You must have money to pay for health care, otherwise you will not get care, will not be admitted to a hospital no matter how dire your situation. A very few hospitals will accept foreign medical insurance cards, but most will not. Larger hospitals accept credit cards (St. Paul’s does) but many do not. Do not come to the Philippines unless you have the resources to pay for medical care. Even if you are admitted to the hospital, security guards may prevent you from leaving the hospital until your bill is settled. Routine health care expenses in the Philippines…