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RSea
5/28/2022 00:49 EST

1. What is the best international school in Davao preferably British accredited?
2. What is the best health and life insurance in Philippines?

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RSea
5/30/2022 00:23 EST

Thank you so much for the insights you have shared. Please keep them coming. I don't mind reading long information/statements. I look forward to getting your follow up info regarding school.

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RSea
5/30/2022 00:17 EST

I grew up in Davao and have friends, family and properties. Malaybalay is nice and peaceful. I know the places, in fact I studied in Cagayan de Oro City - XU. I like to expose my husband and son to the place where I grew up and it is exciting to see the developments going around the city.

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Asawa
5/28/2022 15:24 EST

gelynch52ph,

Typical reason for Davao is Family, Wife, or Wife with family in the area. I visit the Davao/Digos area frequently, and will settle in Davao Permanently in 10 years for that very reason in about 10 years.

I consider Davao to be the "Des Moines, Iowa" of the Philippines. So Vanilla with a small offering of all the things you can get anywhere, not so much of anything that you'd come for any of them. Whatever you like, you can find. Polite folks who are friendly, but not overly intrusive. Earthquakes instead of Tornadoes. Nothing is terrible. Few things are exceptional. It's just a decent place to be. It's family/friends and Visayan culture that really make it a home for me. (IE: Both Des Moines and Davao are ok places to be if you have a reason... and there are better places to be if you don't have a reason!)

I can ask my Nephew about Schools in the area. My Sister-in Law is in Education in Davao, and My Nephew teaching at a university as he completes his Masters. I have some relatives on a sister-in-law's side who are doctors and nurses. They typically say PhilHealth.... though you can get preferential treatment if you advocate for yourself or have family in the Medical Industry to open doors for you. (It's a Philippines thing).

As for Health Insurance, most medical costs are relatively low so many go with PhilHealth as base.

There are ways to have a catastrophic "MedEvac" insurance to a different country including some shady perpetual traveler's insurance schemes .

Before anyone else does, I'd also like to say what "not to do". I don't recommend the near-fraud antics of trying to maintain perpetual "Travelers Insurance Policies" if you are really relocating. Traveler's insurance unless you really are only visiting via a temporary or explortory trip prior to your "Big Move".

You might consider one for your initial arrival and perhaps for your very first 3-6 months in the country until you settle in. After (unless you are only a part timer with stays under 5 months a year) using "Travel Policies for MedEvac" is a bad idea. The services are EXPENSIVE enough that most agencies will investigate if you ever have a claim.

I tried to look back for old threads on it so I could give you a link, but the darned ads in the body make it hard to find the info via search engine.

Sorry for the vague conversational advice rather than direct answers. I'll know more once I make a permanent move. I'm on a 10 year plan to relocate which mostly means visiting frequently for 5-6 weeks to stay with family and test my fit/compatibility so I have "Eyes wide open".

-Asawa

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