More than half of the people working in the Philippines are employed in the service related jobs. Other good options for expatriates to be working in include agriculture and production sectors.
To be able to live legally in Philippines is a fairly simple procedure. All you need is the Special Work Permit, and it does not come with conditions regarding the minimum salary. This permit is used for all kinds of professional positions. Getting the paperwork through is another story altogether. Being hired abroad and having the company sponsor you makes life much easier.
The good news about Philippines is that living there is relatively cheap and there are many jobs foreigners can undertake, besides the professional ones. For example, if you are blessed with good looks, modelling agencies are always interested in hiring foreigners, and at times are even willing to help deal with the paperwork. The Independent film society is another option. While the pay may not be much, it does provide an opportunity to mingle with some artists.
Call centres are another area where foreigners can find employment, but it is a bit tricky. Filipino employees get first choice for English Call Centre jobs; this is because a majority of them are well versed in English. Recently, call centres have been seeking employees that speak other languages like Spanish, or perhaps French and the pay is significantly greater.
Finally if everything else fails then you can try your hand at writing. Your travels to distant locations like Philippines and personal experiences can be chronicled in various websites. Not only will this earn you some money, but it will draw attention to a great country.