As a designer residing in Manila, I am very much aware of the fact that the value for design locally won’t be as appreciated as it is abroad.
To be a lot more visual about it, check this short chart
Luckily, I’ve positioned myself well enough to be above average based on that chart. Nevertheless, I am pretty much concerned for the industry overall.
It’s all about putting out quality work for quality clients and establishing the most value you can put in yourself. I’ll try to help out and maybe cite a couple of things designers can do (not only locally) to help improve their stance as a designer who actually does the job done and ideally make a better living doing what you love doing.
That Swiss rate is mighty tempting! :)