Current Gas Prices in the Philippines

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On a constant basis, I hear from people who ask me “how much is this” or “how much is that” in the Philippines.  Frankly, I get a bit tired of that question, because I don’t consider the cost of things to be the most important thing about living in the Philippines.  To be honest, it’s more of a very small part of life compared to other things concerning life in the Philippines.  But, still, I try to oblige when I am asked such questions.  I don’t write about such topics often on the site though.

Today, though, I decided to break my “normal” writing practice, and go ahead and write about “how much” gasoline is.

Gas prices are a hot topic in the USA, I know that by watching US news on TV.  I don’t think that a day passes when I don’t hear news stories about gas prices in the USA.

Gas Prices in the Philippines

Gas Prices in the Philippines

So, what does gas cost in the Philippines?

Well, if you are strictly talking about gasoline, it is about P60/liter.  Now, I can hear a large number of people saying that they can’t figure out how much that is in terms that they understand, but don’t worry, I’m gonna help you figure that out!

Let’s see, 1 Liter is equal to 0.264 gallons.  So, looking at the inverse, 1 Gallon is 3.785 liters.

So, that means that 3.785 liters multiplied by P60 per liter means that gasoline is P227.10.  Oh, you want dollars?  OK, I can do that too!  Let’s figure it at P42 to $1.  That means that gasoline in the Philippines is over $5.40 per gallon.

$5.40 per gallon?

Wow!  That’s expensive, right.  [Note:  Please, my European friends who pay obscene prices for gasoline... I already know you are paying much more, please spare me the "we pay more" attitude! ;-) ]

Fact is, we have been paying more than $5 per gallon of gasoline in the Philippines for a long, long time already.  I guess at least 6 months now, probably closer to a year, I think.  It ain’t cheap, my friends.

I know that all of you are always thinking that life is cheap in the Philippines, but that is not always the case.  Some things are cheap here, other things are very expensive here.  Food is cheap.  Rent is generally cheap.  Gas?  It’s expensive.  Imported goods… very expensive.  Electricity?  One of the highest prices in the world for electricity, and you can’t always even turn the lights on!  So, don’t fool yourself that everything is cheap in the Philippines.

P60?  I see P47 on the sign!

Yes, you do see P47 and P48 on the Shell sign in the photo that I took the other day.  Those prices are for diesel, not gasoline.

Lots of vehicles run on Diesel rather than Gasoline here in the Philippines, quite the opposite of the USA.  In the States, the vast majority of vehicles run on gasoline, which is opposite of here in the Philippines.

For me, my car, an SUV (actually called an AUV here – Asian Utility Vehicle) by Mitsubishi, a Mitsubishi Adventure, has a gasoline engine.  It’s actually rare for an SUV like I have to have a gasoline engine.  But, when I bought my vehicle, the dealership had a gas engine Adventure on the showroom floor, and since I was used to driving a gas vehicle, that is what I bought.  In some ways, I wish that I had gone for a diesel, but in other ways I like having a gas driven vehicle.  The gas engine has more “get up and go” than a diesel does, and I like that.  But, a diesel engine is much more economical to operate, as you can see by looking at the sign!

Do I worry about gas prices?

Petron Gas Station

Petron Gas Station

Not too much, to be honest.  I don’t drive that much.  I ride jeepneys most of the time, and I take taxis from time to time.  I don’t take taxis often, but when necessary, I do so.  Like, if I am out at the mall, and I am coming home with a few large packages, I’ll take a taxi (if I didn’t drive to the mall myself).  If it is raining, I’ll take a taxi or drive.  Generally, when I am going out, 90% of the time I will walk up to the main road and catch a jeepney.  It is when I am returning home that I just might take a taxi, and that is only if it has started raining while I am out, if I have packages, or some similar reason.  I take my own car if I am going to places that are inconvenient for a jeepney, if I am going out at night, or if there is some other reason.  If I am going to a far away place, I drive.  But, the vast majority of the time I ride the jeepney.  The cost of the Jeepney is P8, so it’s very cheap.

How much do I spend per month on Gas?

I have not tracked that, but in general, I would say that I spend between $50 to $100 each month on gasoline.  I will probably be spending about half that amount now, because in the past Feyma had a nephew who lived with us who drove her around.  Recently, though, he got a job and moved out of our house, so Feyma will be using taxis and jeepneys more often, like I do.  I expect that our spending on fuel will probably go down to $30 to $70 per month or so.  So, as you can see, it’s not a major expense for us.

Even though I don’t spend that much on fuel, I certainly would like to see the worldwide cost of gas and other petroleum fuels go down!

Oh, how much is Diesel?

Well, given that diesel is roughly P48/liter, that would work out to about $4.33 per gallon.

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Bob Martin is the Publisher & Editor in Chief of the Live in the Philippines Web Magazine. Bob is an Internet Entrepreneur who is based in Davao. Bob is an American who has lived permanently in Mindanao since May 2000. Here in Mindanao, Bob has resided in General Santos City, and now in Davao City. Bob is the owner of this website and many others.

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  1. Ron LaFleur says

    Hi Bob, Could you tell me how much a normal dinner for two costs and also what does an expat need to live there? Just teasing Bob. I think I already know those answers. Ron

  2. says

    Hi Bob,
    Our vintage Mitsubishi Pajero has a deisel engine, so we’ve gotten a break on fuel over gasoline, It’s still more expensive than comparable fuel in the US though.
    It’s true that many things are not cheap in the Philippines now. I’ve been observing a marked difference in imported foods in Cebu–some grocery product prices almost double to what one would pay for the same items in the US. As far as building/construction goes, labor is still cheap, but building materials are creeping up to almost comparable to US prices one might pay in a Home Deopt for instance.
    We still like to use our vehicle whenever we go to the city, but we have really no choice when living in the province. I guess everyone just balances their expenses based on their own personal priorities, but the days of cheap living overall are gone. We all know this is felt in the average Filipino’s pocket too of course.
    Queenie

    • says

      Hi Queenie – Nice to hear from you, hope you are doing well.

      I can certainly understand that if you live out of the city, a vehicle is a lot more necessary, no doubt. I have really cut my vehicle use significantly, though.

      You are right, the Philippines is no longer the land of cheap living. In fact, it is getting quite expensive in many ways. Like you say, I don’t know how the average Filipino is able to make it.

  3. Don says

    Bob,

    I have a Ford Escape with gas engine. I only drive to and from work so its about 12 km round trip and can usually get away with p2000 per month or about US$50.

    The quality of diesel in Manila is poor though. Both Petron and Shell. They both have refineries in the Philippines but guess have not been updated in a while. Caltex is better but I think more expensive and fewer stations. If you have a newer diesel engine, the new BMW X-5 4.0l, the dealer will not import them as have known issues with local diesel, Even the newer Hyundai Santa Fe/Tucson. The Mitsubishi’s and Isuzu’s are very reliable and seem to be the SUV of choice for many. I guess bad diesel is one of the reasons the cars are belching out back smoke.

    • says

      Hi Don – That’s really interesting about the bad diesel thing… I had never heard about that before. We used to own an older Nissan pickup that ran on diesel, but never had a problem with the fuel being bad. Perhaps an older engine like that could handle a lower quality fuel, not sure.

      I used to see the cars belching black smoke a lot here in Davao, and in GenSan when I lived there. In the past few years, though, I see little of that anymore.

  4. says

    Good rundown, Bob. As you point out, similar size gas engines are much ‘snappier’ to drive than diesels. Quieter, too. I noticed, riding in your car, how much ‘peppier’ it feels than riding/driving my own, almost identical diesel-powered version.

    One place the diesel really shines, though, is sitting in traffic … which, of course, many of us do, a lot. Idling, a diesel uses only a tiny fraction of an equivalent size gas engine … on the order of 1/10th as much … and when you are sitting still, all the fuel used is a total waste (except to run the aircon, thank goodness).

    I agree with the news fixation on gas prices from the US … I often wonder what an outsider who watches US news by chance thinks. If there is no shooting of the day, then the news centers around gas prices and the R’s blaming the D’s for the prices or vice-versa. Something to talk about for those who don’t like baseball ;-)

    On a given month I might use P2000 of diesel, or I might use only a few hundred pesos worth. Just depends on how many out of town trips I take.

    There would be a LOT more diesel cars in the US except for the fact US diesel has an extra $1.00 tax added on, so in the US, diesel often costs the same or more as regular gas.

    Never heard of poor diesel quality being a problem in the Philippines to any degree. Diesel smoke belching is typically cause by two things … poor engine maintenance (dirty and poorly calibrated injectors) and by far the most common reason, being in too high a gear … failure to downshift as required.

    Anyway, I love my little manual transmission diesel car, but if I were to buy a second car … like for my wife’s shopping expeditions … it would be a gas engine automatic … she’d never burn that much fuel of either type to make the difference between gas and diesel worth worrying about,

    • says

      Hi Dave – Thanks for your comments, they are appreciated. I have to say, in my experience, my gas engine burns a lot more fuel than a diesel does too. I do have the biggest gas engine available in the vehicle, but it sure burns the gas!

    • John Miele says

      Dave:

      The diesel here suffers quality problems due to two factors:

      1. Rust and other contaminants from old infrastructure Old tanks also often have water from condensation issues.

      2. Adulterated fuel

      Problem number two is more common. Particularly with stations that serve trucking, ships, and other large diesel users. Parrafin, kerosene, or other cheaper liquids are often added to fuel to bulk it up. You often see this type of thing in the black market (and there is a fuel black market). Older diesel engines can “burn off” the contaminants (indeed, they oddly can help lube the engine on some) as long as not introduced into great quantity. Newer computer controlled diesels cannot handle it, though, which is part of the problem with the BMWs mentioned above. In my experience, the parrafin causes the biggest problems since it can clog the fuel lines if too much is added.

  5. says

    Hi Bob – For those reading this post from the UK this may help in price conversion.
    1 Imperial gallon = 4.54609188 litres @ 60 pesos per litre for Petrol = 272.76 per gallon.
    At current exchange rate PNB London that = 272.76 ÷ 68.250 = £3.99 per gallon. Or .87 pence per litre.
    On the other hand Diesel @ 47.10 x 4.546 = 214.11 per gallon or £ 3.28. Or 72 pence per litre.
    Although the price of fuel here has gone up tremendously recently here it’s still around 50% of UK prices.
    Kind regards.
    Jim.

    • says

      Thanks for doing the conversion to Pounds per liter (notice I didn’t say “litre”) ha ha. I did tell you European guys to please not give me the attitude… ha ha… just kidding, Jim. Thanks again.

  6. peterjoy says

    hi bob

    A good posting and i just wont to tell u what it cost here in tassie to fill up ur car mate it is about $1.45 to $1,50 a l ok i dont know if it will cost u more here or there but there is it is mate………..peter martin

  7. Serge says

    also Internet is very expensive in the Philippines, i always wonder why?
    some say, its monopoly here, same with SMS services

      • Serge says

        hi Bob, thank You, hehe, kinda pricey, where i came from, i paid P2000/month for Unlimited 30mb/s speed connection, here i pay P1000 per 386kb/s, thats almost x100 times slower; same with txt, 1 txt cost 5 centavo, here in Phils. = P1, hehe.
        Mother of my gf says thats bcoz Phils. dont have nuclear energy plants.

        • says

          Hi Serge – For my internet (Globe DSL) I am paying about P2,400 for speed that averages about 4 Mbps, and that also includes my phone line. I consider that to be a fair price, and I’m also happy with the speed I get. I do agree, though, that for P386 kbps that is quite a lot.

  8. Serge says

    Thank you, Bob. It’s with phone line too, but still. I assume Fil. Internet market not very developed yet. We’ll see.

  9. Charlie Tuna says

    Just a note from an old ex- militay engineman gas and diesel mechanic of years past, but the basic principles have not changed one iota, when I was in the U.S.C.G. and some more current diesel experiences.
    Keep your air filter very clean, diesel or gas, and change as needed. An engine starving for air will smoke, be it gas or diesel. Also change your fuel filter/filters regularly, very important. The biggest factor to a diesel engine is cleanliness. We had diesel generators in the Coast Guard that had been running “non-stop” for over 30 years with the exception of very short periods to change oil and filters.
    Use a high quality lube iol and don’t forget to change the oil filters also. Our little old 1996 KIA SUV with a 4 cylinder diesel has 2 oil filters and a large fuel filter.
    I also wash out the exhaust system with soap and water every now and then. It is sort of like cleaning the chimney in a fireplace for those from the colder climates.
    With the engine off put dish soap and water up the tailpipe as much as you can, try and get it all the way to the muffler. Then start the engine and run it at high RPM’s oh maybe 3,000 RPM or so for a minute or two. Then let it idle for a while just to get it hot to dry out the system. Or take it for a drive. If it still smokes try having it calibrated. All diesels smoke a little bit especially upon acceleration, and especially when cold. Diesels “like” to run hot as that is the nature of compression ignition.
    Happy motoring.
    Diesel fuel today in Dumaguete was P49.79 per liter. Oh yea, I also use a deisel fuel injector cleaner about every other tank. I also had my injectors tips replaced last year. Again, cleanliness is the key. Gasoline, propane or diesel. The cost of proper maintenance is a small price to pay for the fuel savings and engine replacement. Don’t forget your transmission needs it’s fluids changed once in a while, almost everything wears out eventually including those fluids.

    When asked for things like how much is a meal no matter what country, I just say “How long is a piece of string” ?
    I agree also that the days of cheap living in the Philippines is fast vanishing as so called progress makes its mark.

      • Charlie Tuna says

        Your welcome Bob.
        If fuel prices keep going up and we go back to horses I’ve got that covered and I might even re-establish my horseshoeing business. Wouldn’t that be a hoot ?
        My mother who is long since passed from this world used to say I was just plain born in the wrong century. They say I sit a horse like I am part of it. Beats me, it just seem natural to me. My great grandfather used to run stagecoach stop number two out of Detroit Michigan going to Lansing Michigan. The is a tonw on that route that is today called Novi.
        The name Novi actually came from stagecoach stop number 6, as they used Roman numerals No. Vl and it just became Novi. Funny bit of trivia but that is just how things happen.
        Adios pardner, time to mount up and head on down the trail.

    • brian says

      Hey Charlie, good info..I recently changed the air filter on My Diesel Adventurer ..previous owner did not change it for 2 years…it was packed with dirt…after the change it ran smoother and had about 20% more power.

  10. PapaDuck says

    Bob,

    I plan on just using a jeepney/tricycle/taxi most of the time in Manila even though she and her family own a Toyota Innova and Izusu Alterra. So much cheaper and don’t have to worry about gas/maintenance and insurance. Will use vehicles for long trips out in the province or maybe a bus. Have a nice day

  11. Allan Kelly says

    Hi Bob
    Looks like fuel prices in the Philippines are about the same as here in Canada. As for gas versus diesel, I take care of the company vehicles where I work and can tell you from experience. Diesel only pay if you do a lot of driving. Diesel sevicing in Canada is usually three times the cost of servcing gas vehicles. Plus diesels like to get hot. Short drives kill them. Diesel engines will last longer, but if you buy good gas, preminum prefered, change your oil regularly and change your filters, gas is the way to go.

  12. Jim Hannah says

    I think the price of fuel in the Phils is pretty reasonable; much cheaper than the UK, and about 35% cheaper than Australia, but clearly if you’re living on a Filipino wage, it’s a massive cost. I always notice that the taxis more or less run on permanent empty; in fact it used to frustrate me a bit that if you need to go further than a few Kms, usually the driver will have to stop for fuel, then he will put in about a gallon. Mind you, some of the taxis are so tired I’d not fill them up either…a good chance they’ll not last long enough to use a whole tankful. That said, they do seem to have improved in the last decade; some of them even have a working handbrake and suspension components that don’t rattle these days. All part of the fun!

    • says

      Hi Jim – On your recent trip to the Philippines you should have noticed a marked improvement in the quality of taxis. A couple of years ago, Davao City required that older taxis, and all non-aircon taxis be removed from service, and would no longer license them. Most of Davao’s taxi fleet now is new vehicles, no more than about 2 years old. But, before that, there were some pretty old taxis on the road!

      • Jim Hannah says

        I did notice a lot of newer taxis actually Bob, although from about 50 journeys, I think only one was in a vehicle without a suspension rattle; they work pretty hard in Davao those taxis! They did all have aircon though!

  13. Brent Johnson says

    It is amazing with the cost of gas/diesel in the PHL that taxi drivers can make any money. The profit-margin must be almost zilch. Didn’t they go on strike a few months back petitioning for higher rates? I can see why.

    • says

      Hi Brent – I think they can make decent money, compared to the wages of other occupations. Back when we moved here in 2000, the flag down rate for taxis was P14. Now… I can’t remember, it’s either P40 or P45… a huge difference!

  14. Charlie Tuna says

    I don’t know if one of these will give you “gas”or not, but a Butterball turkey here cost $45.00 USD to $50.00 for a little 12 lb. bird. Sure am glad American Thanksgiving only comes once a year. But then there is Christmas, what’s Christmas without a good ole over browned, succulent turkey ? And it is soo good for you and promotes sleep. I wish I had one right now then I wouldn’t be up at 2:30 in the a.m. reading and typing.
    What’s the going price for a 12 lb Butterball in the U.S. right now ?
    Back to gas. Oh oh, see ya.

    • Mars Z. says

      Hi Bob/Charlie, last time I bought gas 2 days ago, I paid $3.89 a gallon @ Sam,s Club, about .12 cents cheaper than most gas station chain. Like everybody else, I’ve cut down on driving and just consolidate trips. I did made a dash towards DC to watch the Space Shuttle Discovery on top of the specialized 747 making a low level flight around Wash. DC, before landing @ Dulles. My Isuzu Trooper is a gas hog but the 345 HP, V-6 can still get up and go.

      Charlie, the Butterball Turkey last TxGiving and Christmas run around $1.09/lb, but sometimes goes on sale for less on special (.89-.99/lb). On non-holidays, it usually sale for about $1.39/lb or around there.

      BTW, for what its worth, I was able to take some good pics of the Shuttle and I also went to the other Space Museum near Dulles yesterday when they tow it in. Big celebration with most all Flight Commander present including Sen. John Glenn. Space museum housed the first space shuttle model Enterprise which did not fly at all. Discovery will take her place and Enterprise will be flown to NY City to be displayed at the USS Intrepid Museum. Talking about a gas guzzler.

      Mars

      • says

        Hi Mars – The price of gas is sort of like death and taxes, I guess there is not much we can do about it. Same thing with the price of turkeys in the Philippines. Ha ha…

        I saw the Space Shuttle piggybacking on the 747 on TV…. interesting sight. Did you see what one of the former Astronauts said the other day? He said than parents should start having their kids learn Russian…. that’s where the opportunities will be in the future! I still think it’s a good idea to learn Chinese, though!

        • Mars Z. says

          yeah, there’s a lot of teary eyes amongst NASA employees that was their at the ceremony yesterday, especially when the position the two space shuttle nose to nose behind the stages. Some called it political, even the giving of the shuttle to museum–can you imagine that Houston space museum is not getting one of the shuttle? The NASA guy told me one will stay at Cape Canaveral museum, one will go to Los Angeles museum and I forgot where other is going but if there’s one place deserving, it would the Houston Space Control center.

          Yes, I saw the interview about the question of the kid about what to do to prepare for space program interest. It’s stupid to terminate a program without a replacement, although there are several test of different systems right now. Russians started low on the privilege for the US Astronaut to ride their rockets and then jack the fare as soon as the US stop the Shuttle program–lol, just like skin tax! They saw the Americans coming!

          I’ll send you a couple of pics from my Picasa file of the flyby. I haven’t downloaded the pics from yesterday yet, gotta make space in my laptop!

          Mars

  15. Kevin says

    Hi Bob,

    I learned an interesting thing recently that affects oil and gas prices in the Philippines. Did you know the government charges a 60% royalty (tax) on any oil or gas drilled and obtained in the Philippines? It’s actually cheaper to import it. I discovered this bit of trivia in Philippines Senate bill number 3148 of the fourteenth congress.

    For some reason if you obtain any other mineral from mining in the Philippines, the government royalty charged is only 3%.

    I don’t know what percentage of the oil/gas needs could be met by domestic production, but it would be interesting to speculate what life would be like if the oil/gas royalty tax was changed to match any other domestic mineral, since everything has a “transportation component” cost, and most of the country’s electricity is produced by oil.

  16. Thomas Nielsen says

    Hi Bob,

    Sorry, you may not like it, but the (relatively) low cost of living has a lot to do with why many expats live here. Hence a lot of people are interested in prices. At least from my experience. I suppose all the expats bitching about the crime, urination, pollution, traffic etc. would not stay here if they could afford the French Riviera.

    Afterall, when my wife and I moved here permanetly from Dubai 99% of our Pinoys friends there didnt get it. Im not saying that I dont like it here. Just saying that I wouldnt be here if it wasnt affordable, which for me means that I get to spend my days seeing my son grow up instead of the inside of an office.

    Of course most of us have a local partner, English is widely spoken, beaches are great, which are other main reasons – oh, and I love the weather.

    • says

      Yes, it is true that most live here because it is cheap. I did not come here because it is cheap, though, I came here because I like it here. And, it’s not as cheap as it once was.

  17. says

    Paid p56.30 today for XCS at Petron….my bill averages about p2500 a month which I don’t find too bad, considering the freedom I have. I would imagine the fuel is a little cheaper in Manila, and a little more expensive in Davao. I live in Cebu.

    • says

      Hi Greg, your expectation and mind would be the same – Manila cheapest and Mindanao most expensive, given transport costs. Not too much different though.

  18. Bruce Michels says

    BOB,
    Questions about how much things cost in the philippines must drive all you guys nuts. When I started my preparation for my move to the Philippines I looked up the cost of living on several sights including yours and Davie Starr’s and compared them to the States and had my answer first time around. So I set my budget to include inflation and that was that done. Still cheaper to live in the Philippines than the States. Although that is a part of the equation the most important thing is where will you be the happiest and what best fits your own comfort zone. People need to get off this dollar trip and start thinking about their comfort zone.
    By the way what is the cost of a cold San Miguel now a days. It might break the bank. :)

    • says

      Ha ha.. you are right, Bruce, those questions about “how much” drive me nuts! Then, people will ask how much is this, how much is that… the next thing is “how much do I need to live there?” Oh my…. we all have our own needs, and I can’t judge how much one person needs or another! ;-)

  19. Don says

    Well, not to throw off the gas price talk, but the Peso to USD is strengthening again. It was p42,58 on Friday, That has a bigger impact than price of gas or food for a lot of retirees.

    • says

      Hi Don – Truth is, the Dollar has been drifting between 42 and 43 for some time now. It seems relatively stable at this time. I hope the dollar gains value, but really a value of 42.58 is pretty close to what we’ve been seeing for months now.

  20. Loren Pogue says

    While in the PH From 8-2011thru o2-2012 I looked at the price of a lot of things and my wife and I came to the conclusion that we could probably live our life style for just a little more money in the USA. Not figuring in domestic help, native fruits, and SMBs. Then we arrived back in the good ole USA and was shocked at how much the cost of almost everything had went up. Most commodities we buy had went up 25 to 30%. Forget hiring house help. In the USA for us, where we live, driving is a necessity if we want to go anywhere, including the grocery store. In the PH it is merely a costly luxury. There are a lot of reasons to live in the PH and cost may not be the major one but you can still get a lot more for your Peso there than you can for your dollar here. And buying Fuel in the PH is a choice, Here we can cut back on our driving but we must buy fuel. $4.09 per gallon on my last fill up.

    • says

      Hi Loren – There is one thing that can always be relied upon… prices will always go up! But, from what I see, and what friends have told me, the gap between cheap and expensive is much closer than it used to be between living in the Philippines and the USA. :lol:

  21. Lee says

    Not sure if this is the place for this question Bob, but maybe you or your readers know the answer? Since I started spending time in the Philippines I have marveled at all of the vehicles with small turbo diesel engines, a small amount of research and I find they get better mpg than their gas counterparts. VW has a diesel market here in the states, but they are not very popular. I noticed in the Philippines even Ford is selling Ranger PU and other diesel vehicles there. So why not here in the states? Why cant I stroll to Portland and buy a Pjero/Montero with a small turbo diesel?? Where are all of the Ford Ranger trucks with the little turbo diesel?

    • says

      Well, for one thing diesel in the US is more expensive than Gasoline, which is the opposite here. But, the honest answer is that I don’t work in the marketing department of any of those auto companies, so I really don’t have nay idea. For me, probably a big reason is market preference. Americans prefer to drive gas engines than diesel.

  22. Alan says

    Hi Bob,I was in Kidapwan recently as thats where my girlfriend lives,i am from Australia and soon we will marry in Davao,i also pent 10 days in Davao and found it very safe.when i was in Kidapawan i lived in the mountain region of Mikilala in her family rubber plantation village.Every time we went to Kidapawan city she and her brothers came with me as they said its not safe to go alone,as at times there is extremist looking for foreign men,for kidnapping and hold for ransom.I thought it was safe there,but now i have heard of bombs that have exploded in the markets and recenly extremist have used bombs to get there own people out of jail.But i read time and time again Davo is one of the safest places in the Philippines because of the local mayor,as he has death squads to combat extremist and criminal gangs.Is this true Bob?

    • says

      Hi Alan – Generally, the things you say are true. But, you have to consider the degree of truth.

      For example.. in the mountainous and rural areas around North Cotabato, Kidapawan and such… yes, you can get kidnapped there. But, how much is the possibility? Very small, really. Yes, bombs go off there from time to time. But, I have no qualms about visiting there. I mean, people get killed in Los Angeles, but I would go there. The odds are very remote, to be honest.

      Davao City indeed is very safe, and you should not experience any problems here.

      Thanks for your comment Alan.

  23. Marcel says

    Been to Bombay/Mumbai recently and the Flag down for a Non Air con Taxi is Rupees (INR) 19.00 for an Cool Cab (aircon) it is 22.50. Wow I think nobody can beat that. JUST FYI

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