I'd like to hear from expats or locals currently residing in Palawan. I am seriously considering residing in Palawan...probably in the Puerto Princesa area. I have been to Palawan on a vacation....spent a couple of weeks in Aborlan and an overnight stay in Puerto....fell in love with the place! I can live very simple, eat the local food (love it!), mingle with local folks, even live in a nipa hut (I did, in Iloilo...for a whole year), and adapt to local customs (I even learned to speak Tagalog...many of my Filipino friends here in the U.S. have told me I'm almost native level....and also fluent in Ilonggo...picked up during my one year stay in Iloilo).
Because I want to grow old in Palawan, of course I have to worry about health care issues. So my first question is the quality of health care in Puerto? Adequacy of medical equipment and medicines? Would I have to commute to Manila or Cebu to get quality care? I have service-connected disability (non debilitating) from military service....so I can always go the U.S. VA in Manila (still there?), I suppose. Dental care? I also have Blue Cross/Blue Shield that covers me worldwide (I have used this insurance in the Philippines once...also in Korea, Germany, Spain and The Netherlands).
Weather is also a concern....I heard that Palawan does not get the brunt of typhoons that normally devastates other parts of the Philippines....particularly eastern/central Visayas and Luzon...is this true? I know that Palawan gets a fairly even rain/dry season...that is, the distinct seasons common in other areas are fairly evenly distributed in Palawan.
I will probably have more questions later....but this is all I need to know for now. Thanks...appreciate your advice/information.