A foreigner can drive in the Philippines as long as they have a licence from back home, you just need to get an International Drivers book from any RACV shop it only cost approx 10 dollars and a passport photo with I.D.
When in Manila I looked and was amazed by the congestion, How as I going to do this? I had driven a few times in the province and I was set to have a go. It was an experience, recommended that you put it on your to do list if you the have patience to experience Philippines traffic.
Traffic drives on the right and overtakes on the left. An extensive road network covers almost the entire nation, but road quality varies and congestion is common, particularly in Manila. Of the 160,000 kilometers network, only 19 percent is paved and the remainder consists of gravel or dirt roads.
Traffic conditions are often crowded and chaotic. Drivers routinely ignore stoplights, lane markers and other traffic control devices and traffic rules are rarely enforced. As in most places where traffic is highly congested and under-regulated, driving in the Philippines requires maximum attention and patience to avoid accidents. The road is populated with automobiles, trucks and buses, as well as manually-operated tricycles and carts. Due to a lack of navigable sidewalks, pedestrians also use the road in most areas.