My wife and I discuss the various forms of public transportation in the Philippines. Taxis can be expensive to Philippine standards, but are a great option for expats from Western backgrounds.
Another option, popular with many Filipinos, are motorcycle powered tricycles. These are very affordable and can be quite fun to ride in if you're looking for a cheap thrill.
Also a favorite in the Philippines, jeepneys are an inexpensive means to travel large distances. Many folks who live in the provinces use jeepneys as a means to travel to their jobs in larger cities.
Whether it be a taxi, a tricycle or a jeepney, understanding Philippine transportation benefits all expats looking to make their life transition a very smooth one.