Metro Manila · Safety & Security

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No matter if you are based in a Megacity of the first or the third world, dangers lurk around every other corner. We help you distinguish the other corners from the safe corners. Read through it and let us know if you have further recommendations!

A study by company Swiss Re has found that Metro Manila is the second riskiest city on earth in terms of natural disasters. The metropolitan area is affected by storms and floods several times every year. Earthquakes are an imminent threat as well. Criminality, traffic, and bad infrastructure are additional, man-made security risks. 

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The bullet planting scam is a con where unscrupulous airport personnel drop ammunition into the luggage of unsuspecting travelers. These travelers are later extorted for exorbitant amounts of money, according to reports.

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On August 14, 2016, Manila was hit by a tornado, ripping through at least 300 homes. What should you do should another tornado come your way?
We will teach you how to identify a tornado and give you tips on what to do during its wake. 

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has declared a „state of lawlessness“ on 3 September 2016, after a bombing in Davao killed 14 people and injured more than 60.

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As most other Megacities in the world, Metro Manila is unfortunately home to a high crime rate compared to the rest of the country. Most of the crimes committed in Manila are robbery and theft. Poverty and unequal distribution of wealth are the prime reasons behind most of the crimes.

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One of the first things that newly-arrived Megacitizens will notice in Manila are the gun-toting policemen and security guards. Authorities and private security staff with side-arms and sometimes even shotguns are a common sight in the tropical destination.

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With an increasing number of storms and other calamities, coupled with fragile infrastructure, chances are high that you experience at least one or two brownouts per year in the Megacity Manila. Here is what you should know about power outages and how to be prepared.

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Typhoons are often making landfall in the Philippines and might affect Megacity Manila. Here is what you should know about typhoons and how to stay safe before, during, and after the storm.

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Earthquakes are quite common in the Philippines. They are mostly harmless but there is a a certain risk for stronger earthquakes, so you should be prepared. Here is the Megacitizens Safety Guide for Earthquakes, including links to the Valley Fault System Atlas.

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During rainy season, flooded streets are quite a normality in parts of Metro Manila. Here is what you should know about the floods, how to prepare, how to get around when streets become waterways, and where to live in the Megacity to stay dry.

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The Philippines belongs to the Pacific Ring of Fire, making it prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Metro Manila is fortunately safe from the latter. Here we give you an overview of the archipelago's 23 active volcanoes and the latest eruptions.

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You lost your phone and/or wallet or somebody stole your valuables? Megacitizens.com tells you what to do next, and what preventive measures you can take to save yourself from as much trouble as possible.

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Manila is a gadget-hungry Megacity. Megacitizens are always hunting for the latest smartphones and the hottest trends in gadgetry. Unfortunately, it is a myth that premium gadgets are much cheaper in Manila than in the United States or Europe. Truth is: they are slightly cheaper but you won't get the latest models as soon as they are available in the US.

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The Philippines is host to some of the best hackers world wide. Combined with quite a high number of thefts and stolen laptops and smart phones, information security becomes and important topic. If your gadgets get stolen, at least you can prevent the thief from browsing through your bank data.

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The Philippine Social Security System (SSS) is a public service which provides, among others, retirement and health benefits for workers and employees in the private sector.

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Do you like oldtimers or have a kid that is crazy about fire trucks? Then you should pay a visit to the Makati Central Fire Station.

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After decades of armed conflict and 17 years of negotiations, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the government of the Philippines have signed a historic peace treatment on March 27. 

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In a statement on its website, the Philippine Bureau of Immigration (BI) advised foreign tourist visa holders not to take part in protests and mass actions such as the pork barrel rallies.

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The Office of Civil Defense will conduct a metro-wide earthquake drill on Thursday, July 30th after holding a nationwide earthquake exercise on July 23rd. The July 30th drill will be held from 10:30 am to 11:30 am.