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Is Manila safe for travel after Ondoy Flood

Posted by on Oct 7th, 2009
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Question

Maggie : Hi, a few days ago i was planning a vacation to Philippines, around Manila. However, with the recent flooding in Philippines, i am now having my doubts. I heard that most of the areas around Manila is heavily affected, so is the place safe for traveling, or should I be looking at somewhere else? i am thinking of around november, and probably areas around Manila.

Answer

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Scott: Hi Maggie,
Well November is over a month away. I live in Makati which is Manila’s CBD and you wouldn’t know that there was a major flood here a few days ago. Currently some of the north-eastern areas are covered in knee deep mud. Same in areas of Rizal province. But by November it should be all cleaned up.
The international aid effort and the work of Filipinos, businesses and NGOs here is really speeding up the relief effort.
If you want to travel to other places in SE Asia you would know that they just got hit by the same typhoon. And Indonesia is undertaking relief operations to save thousands buried in the earthquakes of today and yesterday.
Let us know if you plan to come to the Philippines and we can advise you on great places to see around Manila.

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9 Responses to “Is Manila safe for travel after Ondoy Flood”

  1. zoya says:

    My MD is supposed to be travelling to Manila at the end of October for a conference. He will be staying at the Dusit Hotel. Could you please let me know if it’s safe in terms of the flooding or whether I should advise him not to go.

    • Ryan says:

      Hi Zoya,

      Makati (where Dusit Hotel is located)is virtually free from floods, the waters have receded quickly on the same day the flood happened (Sept. 26) and you wouldn’t know the difference at all. Of course the situation is still bad northeast of Metro Manila (1-2 hours away from Makati), in the province of Rizal as well as the coastal towns around the Laguna de Bay (Laguna Lake). If his conference is confined within the immediate vicinity of Dusit Hotel, your MD should be fine.

      Hope this helps!

      Ryan

  2. Ethel says:

    So how’s the clean up progress? Just want to know

    • Ryan says:

      Hi Ethel,

      Manila is back to normal. The roads from Manila to most places to the north is okay as we have checked last weekend. Marikina announced that it has finished cleanup few weeks ago. There are still people still in some evacuation centres though, especially for families on the coastal towns around Laguna de Bay because the lake is still swollen although there are not much of rain lately so that should help it subside to its normal level..

      Ryan

  3. Eneri Kukunara says:

    Hi to you friendly people from the Philippines…we have earlier planned to have a vacation in Metro Manila on this coming 4th of December. I hope all is back to normal again there.

    • Ryan says:

      Hi Eneri,

      Things are back to normal in Metro Manila.Weather is usually cool around early mornings, then sunny during midday with some scattered clouds and rainshowers (nothing to worry about though). Check out our 24 hours in Manila guide to maximize your trip to Manila! Welcome to the Philippines! Mabuhay!

      Ryan

  4. Eneri Kukunara says:

    Hi Ryan, Thanks…oh ya, I have checked from other websites about the bus fare or taxi fare from Clark Aiport yet I am in doubt if the information about the fare is updated…for your information we will be heading for Pasay city from Clark Airport. Maybe you have the
    best tips for us. I really appreciate it. Thanks once again.

    • Scott says:

      Hi Eneri,
      Philtranco leaves from right outside the door of Clark Airport. It was a bit pricey at 700 pesos to Pasay, but the most convenient by far.

  5. Eneri Kukunara says:

    thanks….that is much much cheaper if compared to the previous transport arrangement we made earlier. Thanks. God bless.

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