Remember, a couple of weeks ago I posted a column about the agreement between the MILF (Moro Islamic Liberation Front) and the Government of the Philippines (GRP) concerning Ancestral Domain? Well, a lot has happened since then. It all started last week when a “mini-war” broke out in North Cotabato. A group of MILF combatents […]
Safety in the Philippines
When I moved to the Philippines in 2000, the biggest concern that my family and friends expressed to me was about the safety of living in the Philippines. Others who have made the move have told me that they experienced the same concern from their family and friends back home.
The truth is that safety is a concern these days no matter where in the world you may live. Whether it is in the USA, Europe or anywhere else, safety must be considered, and the Philippines is no different.
Read the articles in this archive to learn more about safety issues for those living in the Philippines.
One big problem in the Philippines is the number of scams that will be tried on you if you live here or are just visiting. There are a lot of scammers out there and you must be careful and always keep in mind that the person you are dealing with may be trying to scam you. For more information about Scams in the Philippines, read our archive about Philippine Scams.
Many foreigners who move to the Philippines (primarily Americans) are concerned about wanting to own a Gun for their own protection in the Philippines. Read about gun ownership in the Philippines in our archive about Guns.
Last week, I got an e-mail from a long-time reader of this site. I won’t give her name because I’m not sure she wants me to do that, but I will give a little information about her anonymously. For the sake of this column, let’s say that her name is Penny. Among my readers, Penny […]
One area where you’ll find a huge difference between the Philippines and Western countries is in the way people deal with each other. In the West, we pretty much say what’s on our mind. If there’s something we don’t like, we say what we don’t like. Here in the Philippines, and pretty much throughout Asia, […]
Hardly a day goes by on this site that we don’t discuss safety in one form or another. Especially in the comments, a lot of people comment that they think it’s not safe here or they worry about safety when they travel here. Many of us who are living here, and those who have a […]
If you read this site much at all, you know that I live in Davao City, on the Island of Mindanao. I love Mindanao, and I have loved the place for nearly 2 decades now. My love for Mindanao is manifested in many ways. The most obvious is by my living here. In addition, I […]
One question that I get from time to time on my e-mail is from people planning to travel here or to move here is this – “Should I go to the embassy and check in with them when I get there?” It’s true that there is indeed a “check in” system where you can go […]