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Adventures in Negotiating Land Purchase, Part II

So, to continue the saga of our ongoing purchase - we had negotiated and agreed upon a price for a property, but then upon closer inspection, found that a quarter of the property was occupied by squatters.

We went and talked to the barangay captain and the former barangay captain, and nobody officially wanted to say anything. "Maybe a survey?" they suggested. It reminded me of a tip I had received when I first arrived in the Philippines - most people won't tell you the truth about something, but they might tell you who to ask to get a more truthful perspective.

However, I didn't need a survey. I'm perfectly capable of reading a map, and about one fourth of the property was clearly occupied by squatters, and had been for many years.

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BIR Office Directive: Reduction in Hours of Attendance

BIR Office Directive: Reduction in Hours of Attendance

We noticed this sign today at the BIR (Bureau of Internal Revenue) office.

"It has been observed that in recent occasions, it has become a habit of many taxpayers and those seeking for tax clearance/certificate and all other official papers. These taxpayers come to the district office in numbers so prominent, especially during tax deadlines or other deadline from other concerned agencies that even some of them demands special attention/treatment from our frontline personnel so their concerns could be addressed immediately.  These in evvect, had caused so much stress, mental and physical fatigue[...]

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Does anyone know Neuita De La Rosa "Nene"

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Does anyone know Neuita De La Rosa "Nene"

I am posting this picture in hopes that someone will rezognize Nene De La Rosa. My Fathers name is Federico Ramong De La Rosa. The back of this picture is signed.."To Uncle & Auntie, a simple rememberance, from your niece (Nene). I am not able to make out the full name it looks like it says, Neuita De La Rosa. I will post also a picture of my father, He passed away in the year 2000. Anyone can contact me here or at my email adderss which is..aged2perfection53@yahoo.com Mz Rozeta

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Can A Filipino or Foreigner Buy DAR-Titled Land? (Department of Agrarian Reform)

Have you seen the land titles in the Philippines?  Some of them are written in English, some in tagalog, some of them are issued by the Bureau of Lands, some from the Department of Agrarian Reform, some appear to be written by Presidents, and some are even from the United States government.  So, are these titles secure?

The answer I've found is that most titles that are issued can be transferred - but the one type of title that is most problematic is those issued by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).

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Who is Sebastian Foss, and Why Does Spamhaus Say He's Using My IP?

I was just trying to make a rather friendly comment on a blog I sometimes follow and was blocked by their new spam-prevention software.  It gave me the message to click one link to understand why, then click another link, then finally, I was told that my IP address range has been used repeatedly by Sebastian Foss.  To quote from the spamhaus.org website page I was served:

 

203.177.74.0/24 is listed on the Spamhaus Block List (SBL)

12-Apr-2009 07:47 GMT | SR01

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Where Do U.S. Expats Live? 105,000 Live in the Philippines

Here is a cute interactive map of the world with their U.S. expat populations listed.  Philippines is number one in Asia - 105,000 U.S. citizens.  No surprise there.  Asia's cheap, friendly, English-speaking country.  Well, more or less. 

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Better Internet Connectivity to the U.S. Likely Soon? Supposedly Yes.

From what I've heard, the current carrier for all internet traffic between the Philippines and the U.S. is Globe.  PLDT (which is the owner of Smart) currently has to buy their bandwidth from Globe, as does everyone else.  This bottleneck is one of the causes of the lack of goodbandwith in much of the Philippines.

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Can You Travel The Entirety of the Philippines By Tricycle?

tricycle in philippines with luggageA couple of our friends we met in Dumaguete spent several weeks trying to purchase a used motorcycle and tricycle frame to drive all over the Philippines.  I advised them against purchasing a used motorcycle (I learned my lesson the wrong way buying a used motorcycle here).  Well, it looks like they pulled it off! For 30,000 pesos including that cool 125 with a clutch?  It it's as good as it looks, they did a great job shopping.

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A Few Adventures in Finding and Negotiating Land Purchase

We've been looking at land on and off for a year.  

One of the recent finds we like is several hectares up in the mountains.

When we first looked at the property, the asking price was 1 million peso.  Then a few days later a woman we had met (who we hadn't even told about our visit to the property) texted us saying that the real price was 1.5 million.  

I sent my wife to offer 500,000, and she went, and as it turns out, that woman we'd met had gone *twice* to the owners, claiming to represent us.  Although they refused to lower the "new" price from 1.5 million officially, it was all good information.

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Multa (fine) for Skipping Town Meeting: 50 pesos ($1)

Multa (fine) for Skipping Town Meeting: 50 pesos ($1)

 In this town in the Philippines, you're fined 50 pesos if nobody from your family attends the town meeting.  I think this is typical for small towns - this one is in the hills of Dauin, Negros Oriental.

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