More than 4 years ago, I wrote an article about Graffiti in the Philippines. I noted that I was starting to see graffiti around Davao, and it concerned me. And, to be clear, I was talking about gang type graffiti.
To be honest, I had not thought much more about the topic over the years, but recently it came back to my mind. As I have been riding jeepneys a lot in the past 6 to 8 months, it has given me more of an opportunity to view my surroundings. When you are driving, especially with the style of driving here in the Philippines, you have to keep your eyes on the road, and don’t necessarily get the opportunity to view your surroundings so much. But, while riding the jeepney, you have plenty of opportunity to watch the scenery while riding.
Due to riding the jeepneys, I have been noticing that the graffiti situation around Davao has gotten much worse indeed. Frankly, it worries me.
Basically, you can not go to any part of town without seeing graffiti on the fences, buildings, bridges or anything else. The amount of graffiti is probably at least 20 times what it was back in 2008 when I wrote my original article.
Frankly, I hope that Davao residents and the City Government will take action to put a stop to Graffiti on our streets. It is getting out of hand, and to me it indicates gang activity around town. To be honest, I have not heard much about gangs around Davao, but this type of graffiti would seem to indicate that it is a problem, or could be.
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It is possible, I suppose, that the graffiti that I am seeing is more “copycat” type stuff. People might see US gang graffiti on TV and copy it here. I can’t say for sure if that is what is happening. Either way, it is not good to see the streets of Davao defaced with this graffiti that is popping up all over the place.
I have heard of gang problems in places like Manila and a few other big cities in the Philippines. I just hope we are not starting to see that kind of activity spread to Davao. We don’t need it!