Just a quick summary for those who haven’t heard. Almost 2 weeks ago, a bomb went off at the Roxas night market here in Davao, killing 14 people and injuring over 60 more. There were also more bomb threats, targeting malls, churches and even hospitals. Thankfully, there haven’t been any more. I heard that the […]
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.
“My friend did not feel it was safe to give me a ride to Mama’s House, because it is in a poor neighborhood”, my wife explained as she got out of the trike that had returned her from a lunch date with a repatriate friend of ours. We had met this lady in the USA, […]
This is Aaron’s article, but I would also like to add a few comments about the bombing. It is very sad that Davao has been hit with this event. Such acts are so uncommon in Davao, so we are so sad that it happened. Dabawenyos are a strong lot, though, and the city will not […]
A while back, I made an article about the Philippine government’s plans to implement a nationwide 911 emergency hotline, that article was entitled “911 Number in the works“. It seemed like a good idea (and it still is) and has been proven in a somewhat small scale in Davao. The hotline would be a free […]
I saw a picture online a few days ago. It was a cartoon of a person giving a speech, and in the speech, he asks the people if they want change. Everyone says yes, but when he asks if they are willing to change, nobody said anything. It seems like whenever there are improvements being […]
For most of the Philippines, the emergency hotline is 117. There are some exceptions, like Davao, which does use 911, but mostly, it’s 117. They are apparently working on switching to 911 for the whole country. I think this would be a very good change, especially if they also change some other things with how […]