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How remote-friendly is the Philippines?

For many decades, the Philippines has been one of the go-to spots for remote workers and digital nomads to visit and work remotely. The Philippines is more than just a tropical paradise; ask a freelancer for a top spot to work from anywhere besides western countries, and they’d tell you to set your eyes on the Philippines. And they’re not wrong because what’s not to love? Great food, great people, and great tourist spots, one visit to our country and you would probably wish that you could stay here for good.

But alas, many factors can get in the way for you to do that—like your work, for starters. If you're not a digital nomad, then you're probably one of those employees who are either stuck in a boring office job or have limited options or resources to plan for your next work trip. Well, it’s a good thing the Philippines has a lot to offer for remote workers, whether you’re a foreigner who’s been longing to travel the world or you’re already a Filipino worker who simply wants a change of scenery.

Continue reading below to see the benefits of going to the Philippines to work remotely, and you might find yourself packing your bags and organizing your next remote business trip sooner than you think.

Good internet infrastructure and facilities

Many places in the Philippines offer high-speed, reliable internet. You’d be surprised how many places throughout the country provide free and stable wifi such as coffee shops and coworking spaces in Manila if you’re someone who enjoys the hustle and bustle of city life.

If you’re a sucker for beautiful beaches and outdoor adventure, however, you might want to check out La Union, Siargao, and Palawan. Not only do these places offer many comfortable coworking spaces, but you can also sneak in a tan or a quick swim on the beach to wash all your stress away. It would also be best if you buy a local SIM card with unlimited internet access especially when you find yourself needing to send an important work email and no internet connection is available.

High level of security

The Philippines placed 58th out of 142 nations in the recent 2022 Safety Index, surpassing the United States (86), the United Kingdom (76), and Australia (63). The rank alone should be a proven testament to how digital nomads and expats see the Philippines as one of the most popular destinations to live and work remotely in terms of peace and safety.

Cebu, Davao, and Baguio are high on the list of the safest cities in the Philippines. Cebu, being one of the important economic centers in the country, has less traffic, noise, pollution, and crime compared to Metro Manila. Davao, on the other hand, has a crime index of 27.6 and is recognized as one of the country’s safest cities. Baguio is also a well-liked destination and is known for having a low crime rate activity with only over 33 in the index.

A winning culture

Aside from great facilities and putting a great deal into the safety of its citizens, what makes the Philippines worth visiting is the people and the culture. Filipinos are known for being hospitable, friendly, and service-oriented as you may see when you go to a cafe or a coworking space; or when you visit a friend during the weekend.

Filipinos are also well-loved by the local communities of digital nomads and expats. This is because locals would treat foreigners, visitors, and tourists as their kin. Surrounding yourself with those kinds of people, no matter who you are or where you come from, makes you feel welcomed and accepted even if you’re miles away from home.

Cost of living

When you first visit the Philippines, one of the first things you’d probably notice is how the prices of local goods and services here are much more economical than in western countries. Of course, it all depends on where you’re staying. There is a huge difference between living in cosmopolitan Manila, being a major city and all, compared to settling in more provincial and suburban areas.

Living and working remotely in Manila would cost you around $1,267 per month with the average monthly rent being $600. That doesn't include your other day-to-day expenses such as groceries, transportation, utilities, and other non-essential expenditures. If you're on a budget, then you might want to steer away from the capital and other popular tourist destinations.

Quality of life

It’s definitely more fun in the Philippines. With a reasonable cost of living, a nice climate, and a lovely community, you’re assured of a life filled with nothing but adventure and happiness. Sure, it will take time to adjust to the new lifestyle, but you certainly won’t regret staying in the Philippines.

Don’t be deceived to think that the archipelago is small in size because of our widely scattered islands. There are many places you can visit, bars where you can get the best nightlife experience, and other local wonders that make the Philippines live up to its name as one of the most popular destinations for remote working.

Leveling up the accounting experience

With the numerous challenges the modern workforce currently faces, going remote in the Philippines might just be the breath of fresh air that you and your team deserve. Imagine living the best time of your life, sipping cocktails on some white sand beach in between virtual meetings. Now, that's the life every digital nomad and remote worker should achieve.

Do you know what can make the experience even better? If you have a dedicated team of remote Filipino accountants managing your day-to-day business accounting functions. That’s where UpStaff enters the scene. By working with us, you get a full, reliable, remote accounting department at a small fraction of the price of an in-house accounting team with greater benefits.

At UpStaff, we help you understand the numbers that keep your business well and running, as well as make them more relevant. Email us at for more details on how to start transforming your remote team for the better, today.

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