Utilities

Updated: March 27th., 2012
One of the things you will have to contend with, and it depends on where you live, once you arrive in the Philippines is the Utilities. You will quickly find out that one minute you have power and then suddenly it just stops. Outages typically last an hour and are usually for repairs somewhere in the neighborhood.

Electricity is not near as reliable as it is in the US. Mactan Island for instance had power outages daily lasting from one to three hours. however these have stopped now and I think the reason is the abundance of rain which means lakes are full so geothermal power stations can produce poser with less interruptions. The past two years Lapu-Lapu power has been on continuously except for two or three minor one to two hour outages all due to problems on the line.  In Bogo we have an outage once a month on a Sundays lasting all day 8 hours, we go to the beach resort once a month… Although even this has improved and it stays on longer there. My suggestion to you is to purchasing a large enough generator to cover an  air conditioner, light and a computer, for those times when it is out They run from 30,000 to 55,000 pesos or $700 to $1,300 per small unit more for larger units like the photo above you will pay upwards of 200,000 to 1.5 million pesos. You can find these at ACE Hardware in the SM Mall in Cebu Citym yes we have ACE Hardware here and they have lots of stuff even more than they do in the US. You can also purchase converters for converting any 110 VAC appliances you may have to 220 line voltage, Well plug in the 220 transformer and it steps it down to 110 for those items you bring from home. The power here is 60 cycles thanks to the Americans that set up the power systems here in the mid 40s. Cebu City was wired three phase and some of it was 110VAC. However most of that is now 220.

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Water also is a problem here in Mactan the water was only on 4 times a day for one to three houses in other areas it is not much more than a trickle and definitely not enough for a shower. Here in Bogo the water pressure is strong enough to take a shower when it is on. Often at night it is off or a very low pressure. And at our temporary location the water is always on here with sufficient pressure. But you shouldn’t drink it our systems can’t take the bacteria and you end up getting the runs. Most foreigners just order bottled water at 20 to 60 pesos per bottle delivered to your residence.

The water in Bogo at our big house (now for sale) is one of the best I have seen so far other than maybe Manila. Bogo water is of sufficient pressure to take a shower without installing additional pumps within your own home water system. We still have periods of no service when they are working on the pumps or cleaning tanks. You can use one of the on-demand hot water hearers which work very well for that hot shower. Most places the water is not of sufficient pressure for showers, in these locations you need to pour it over you and it is cold…

Truck full of bottled drinking water for about P20 - 60 or up to $2.50 per bottle.
Water Filtering system which is what most of the bottled water is.

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