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Anyone Living In Davao? How Is It?


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Did you check the date of the article that 2Cats 2 referenced? Terrorists did take an entire city. I watched the news report of government forces isolating the city and waiting it out. I never said the city was Davao. You might read again and see if what I wrote might not have been what you read.

 

I meant what I said that I would not want to be on the same island where easily captured busses and trucks could easily transport masses of terrorists. Just how long do you think it would take for the terrorists to converge on Davao? If they had to take a ferry or fly, they would be alot more vulnerable, so in my opinion less likely to do so en-mass.

 

MNLF are a muslim terrorist group and the mayor said he could work under the groups leader? I think my comment stands, whether the mayor and some terrorists went to school together or not.

 

Since you live in Davao city, perhaps you remember the theatre bombing that occurred this year? I believe it was after the article that 2 Cats 2 linked. I think bombing may affect the safety rating.

 

I chose my words carefully. You can try to spin it any way you like but I think more will agree with me. I am sorry I seem to have upset you. I think because you live there, have roots there, your opinion is not an unbiased one. :tiphat:

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I have just been informed of some good points regarding Davao. No firecrackers (we get them everyday at all hours), no littering (we see garbage everywhere. The next door yaya simply walks across the street tossing garbage in the ditch, on the other side, every morning they drink taho and throw the plastic cups on the ground)

Some laws are enforced unlike in the rest of the PI. I find the police useless in doing anything and nobody enforces the bylaws like men with purses pissing every and anywhere.

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Thanks for your replies Bruce and Dave!

 

Indeed you are right and opened my eyes. I NEED fast internet and good nightlife, so I'll check out Angeles city :)

 

I'm new to this forum...and relatively new to Davao City.  Been here 4 months.  So far, so good. :-)

 

I have to say that is FEELS very safe in the city.  Reasured by this web-link:

 

DAVAO -- The city of Davao ranked 4th as the world's safest place, according to website Numbeo.com.

http://www.sunstar.com.ph/davao/local-news/2013/08/11/davao-ranked-4th-safest-349-cities-297317

 

However, as with all aspects of life:  It's ok...until it isn't !! 

 

Ask me in a year's time if I still feel the same way about Davao....and if I am still here. ;-)

 

2Cats2

 

 

2Cats2 and Markham,

Any condo/apt recommended for a newibie to live in Davao?

I would like to have a fast internet (?), close to some mall (for food) and a modern one (hot/cold shower, AC, etc) on the modern side if possible. I am a home boy so the more comfy my place is, the better it is for me.

 

I have visited Manila and Cebu before but find Davao more inline of what I am looking for.

 

Alby.

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Did you check the date of the article that 2Cats 2 referenced? Terrorists did take an entire city. I watched the news report of government forces isolating the city and waiting it out. I never said the city was Davao. You might read again and see if what I wrote might not have been what you read.

 

I meant what I said that I would not want to be on the same island where easily captured busses and trucks could easily transport masses of terrorists. Just how long do you think it would take for the terrorists to converge on Davao? If they had to take a ferry or fly, they would be alot more vulnerable, so in my opinion less likely to do so en-mass.

 

MNLF are a muslim terrorist group and the mayor said he could work under the groups leader? I think my comment stands, whether the mayor and some terrorists went to school together or not.

 

Since you live in Davao city, perhaps you remember the theatre bombing that occurred this year? I believe it was after the article that 2 Cats 2 linked. I think bombing may affect the safety rating.

 

I chose my words carefully. You can try to spin it any way you like but I think more will agree with me. I am sorry I seem to have upset you. I think because you live there, have roots there, your opinion is not an unbiased one. :tiphat:

please explain how someone who doesn't live there knows more than someone who does? My fiance lives in Davao and tells me it is safeI would pray that she wouldn't jeopardize.my safety.

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MNLF are a muslim terrorist group and the mayor said he could work under the groups leader? I think my comment stands, whether the mayor and some terrorists went to school together or not.

please explain how someone who doesn't live there knows more than someone who does? My fiance lives in Davao and tells me it is safeI would pray that she wouldn't jeopardize.my safety.

 

I think that Robert was quite clear that Davao has been up to this point very safe.

 

However, he brings up some legitimate points. MNLF, I'm sure you know, is flourishing in Mindanao. There have been a number of serious incidents involving MNLF.

 

It is my understanding that Davao is a low crime area due to strict, often covert enforcement against violent criminals. Granted, this is second-hand information from a Filipino that used to live there and sometimes Filipinos have a skewed view of what is actually going on. An expat who lived in Davao also expressed this point, but I'm sure he heard it as "chica-chica" (gossip).

 

If the mayor is actually entertaining talks with the MNLF, this may keep Davao safe from the group (until MNLF chooses otherwise...).

 

Your fiancé certainly wants to protect you. Aside from her relationship with you, it is definitely in her (and her family's) interest that you remain safe. I stayed near Cebu City and had a family that was extremely protective of me. I always felt perfectly safe, but they would still often send an escort with me. We were good friends and I always got the sense that they were genuinely concerned for my welfare.

 

In her experience, from her perception, Davao has been safe. By extension, she probably assumes that it will remain safe. Based on what I've seen, most Filipinos believe that what has been true in the past continues to be true in the future.

 

I'm another person, of course, that does not live in Davao that is attempting to give perspective. Though I've had two or three expats from personal experience tell me that Davao is safe, I personally will never visit any portion of Mindanao. There are just too many other regions in the Philippines for me to enjoy. Yes, I understand that you are in a different situation since your fiancé lives there.

 

In your situation, I would assume (hope) that Davao is currently safe, but keep close tabs on developments. Robert means no disrespect and he only wants to help and give you more input. More information is always good. What you do with it is your business, of course, and he's not preaching to you.

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Ok, so going to somebody questioning a post from 2 years previous to somebody who lives in Davao - and I'm sure many others who actually live here will concur - I feel much safer here in Davao than I did in Cebu... And I felt relatively safe in Cebu!

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In your situation, I would assume (hope) that Davao is currently safe, but keep close tabs on developments. Robert means no disrespect and he only wants to help and give you more input. More information is always good. What you do with it is your business, of course, and he's not preaching to you.

 

Guys pay attention to the timestamps in the forums. Some of these topics get revised 2 years later and the quotes have nothing to do with the new posts. In my opinion Davao is safe and if you look at maps one could almost swim from Mindanao to Dumaguete but you don't see a huge expat population shaking in their boots.  Davao is certainly on my list of places to live and to put safety into perspective I would say the world is facing higher safety concerns with terrorists at home rather than the Philippines. 

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On 9/9/2013 at 4:06 PM, Toms Jankovskis said:

 

hi everyone,

 

We are planning on relocating in 2 months time, my bf (American) and me (Fil/Viet) in Davao city, we are a young couple and we are positive about this settlement as this is one of my fave cities. I heard it became more lively and vibrant lately as expat community is getting larger. Hope to see y'all there guys!

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