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Friday, 29 April 2011 13:35

Is Cebu Safe?

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Is Cebu Safe? this is the question from a forum in a certain website. 

"I've heard that there is a lot of gunfire and bombs that can be heard going off from neighboring islands at night. I've also heard that these islands are not under any kind of governmental controls, or that the government is corrupt, and that the locals patrol the waters with guns and machettes and will scare you into paying extra fees and taxes in order the enter or, worse, leave the island. 


I heard the same thing about restaurants and other establishments in the city of Cebu itself? Is any of this true? Do a lot of the men who travel from the states on business have bodyguards or armed security guards with them when out in public?

Read more: http://www.frommers.com/community/forum.cfm/asia/philippines/cebu-philippines-safe#ixzz1Kt77NDWO"

 

"Hahaha huh?" was my reaction when i read this.  Having been living in this island for the past how many years of my life, i have never encounctered anything remotely close to what this person's anxiety is presenting. However i feel that i can understand him as well, since the Philippines is not really the best country when it comese to being "tourist friendly". I mean if you're a tourist coming here: logistics will be a pain in the ass; taxi drivers ask you to pay more; scammers will try to scam you anyway possible; no tourists information center or board around; and not to mention, unfriendly sidewalks, or lack thereof. Nevertheless, even though Cebu has these shortcomings as a city, it is still undoubtedly safe. Last year, Cebu city had around 10 homicide cases and only 1 rape case. With a population of  a million people, that easily translates to 1 in every hundred thousand people getting killed in cebu. Compared to other countries such as New york, Los Angeles, and London which has murder rate of 4, 14, and 2.5 respectively.  Safe to say, Cebu has relatively a good rate.

Statistiscally, most of the murders that do happen in Cebu usually involves cheating couples, jealous boyfriends, or girlfriends, basically anything that is done out of "passion".

It is quite disheartening though to hear that there are people who percieves Philippines to be this way. I don't blame them though, i feel that our government isn't doing much to help build a solid reputation with the international community. 

Cebuanos and other Filipinos for that matter are generally good, and God-fearing people. They have relatively high moral values. Hopefully, other people can see that too- not just the 4 million tourists that visited us last year, but the whole 7 billion people living in this world.

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