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Is it safe to travel to Philippines

Posted by on Sep 6th, 2008
Filed Under: General Philippines

Although you would hear negative news about the country, it is still safe to go to Philippines even if you would have your flight now. The region where the war is going on is very far from the tourist destinations in the country. Mindanao is just one of the islands in the archipelago and you still have other thousands of islands more to explore.

The recent political and economic issues in the country such as the increase of the oil price and such do not actually affect the tourism industry. Moreover, small rallies and few demonstrations were peacefully done on the streets. There are no violent manifestations on the road. Therefore, tourist should not be afraid of walking or travelling on the highways of Philippines, particularly in Manila.

Unfortunately, because of the rainy season that lasts from July to October, it is not advisable to have a vacation in the Philippines due to the storms that might ruin your whole tropical experience.

TRAVEL ADVISORY

SECRETARY DURANO ASSURES TOURISTS THE PHILIPPINES IS SAFE

“The Philippines remains a safe destination for travel. The Valentine’s Day bombing incidents, while unfortunate, are clearley isolated,” declares Secretary of Tourism Joseph Ace Durano.

“We have always had security arrangements with the Philippine Navy and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to ensure the safety of both local and foreign tourists,” he adds.

The Department of Tourism stepped up coordination with the PNP’s Bantay Turista, the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Task Group Stingray, and the industry stakeholders to make certain that systems and procedures are in place to ensure the safety and security of tourists in the country.

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2 Responses to “Is it safe to travel to Philippines”

  1. Ron says:

    when travelling within the ISLAS FILIPINAS .. make sure you know where you are going. The locals are friendly and find it a rewarding experience when helping foreigners (what locals describe those who don’t look like locals … hehe).

    Make sure you have already converted your funds to local currencies. Make sure to leave enough for the travel back to your country as you’ll find it hard to buy back your nation’s currency. Most money exchange centers (here they are calls MONEY CHANGER) deals in US Dollars, Japanese Yens, and Euros.

    Sidewalk meals are P100 at most. McDonalds are P120. While restuarant meals range from P100 to P500 dependent on the meal. Prices will only cover 1 person and 1 meal.

    You’ll find 3 star hotels (the norm here) to be in the vicinity of P2000 per night.
    there are apartelle (basically an airconditioned studio-type apartment) which range from P600 to P1500 per day. apartelles are the equivalent to motels in the western world and are suited for those staying longer than the average 2 weeks.
    5 star hotels are starting from P4500 per night.
    If you’re staying for more than a month, it’s better that you find we off host family to live with. you’d have to do your share such as paying for the water bill, paying for some of the groceries, or contributing to household chores. it’s rare that you’ll find host families.

    always take caution when walking the streets. don’t wear fancy sneakers or garments. for men, shirt and tshirts are fine.
    for women, make sure you wear shorts that are just above the knee (don’t wear short short shorts). why? because filipino men have the habit to gawk and stare.
    tsinelas (flip-flops) is one of the great ways to blend into the crowd.
    try not to carry a purse as it’s just an unwanted attention for would-be purse snatchers.
    carry pocket change in your waller and store the big bills your front pocket. that way if you happened to be held up, just give them your wallet which contains the smaller bills. I’m not saying that your chances of being held up is likely. It’s better to be on the safe side. In metro Manila, snatchers don’t really get that far specially during the day as most people will give chase. saw a group of construction workers (complete with shovels) ran down a snatcher who grabbed a woman’s cellphone 2 blocks away.

  2. Ron says:

    Before reaching the beaches, you’d need travel within the city.

    most vehicles here (specially the so-call Public Utility Jeeps and Public Utility Buses) run on good-old dirty diesel. so expect to breathe in exhaust when travelling in an open type vehicle such as a jeep or tricycle.

    for those who suffer from ashma, make sure you have medication just in case you start having difficulty breathing.

    if possible, travel in airconditioned vehicles as the heat and pollution might be a little too much for those who are acustomed to cooler climates.

    once in the province, you could travel in open-air vehicles and start enjoying the fresh air specially in remote provinces like Sorsogon, Bacolod, or even Laong.

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