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A Safe City

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Do you feel safe in Dumaguete?

That’s a question one website was trying to answer, and it concluded that, yes, Dumaguete is fourth among the Top 10 Safest Cities in the Philippines that they consider as “medium-risk”.

Many of us locals, including foreigners who have made this University Town their home the past several years, indeed feel safe in our City.

Residents and tourists here are able to walk around freely anytime of the day or night, without fear of crime or violence. Many of us feel secure in our homes, on the streets, and in public places.

Most of us actually believe in the moniker that Dumaguete is truly a City of Gentle People, and that those who are not gentle enough, or are too harsh or outspoken, must be from out-of-town.

One of the most important aspects of creating a safe city is effective law enforcement.

Every now and then, however, we continue to see illegally-parked vehicles — especially during rush hour along Hibbard Avenue — and our traffic enforcers meekly say they are helpless in controlling the drivers seemingly-feeling entitled to park beside two other vehicles while waiting for their children being dismissed from school.

No violent incidents have resulted from all this negative driving attitude, thus far, as locals gently wait for their turn to pass, or wisely find alternative roads to get to where they are going.

We are just fortunate we have a strong and vibrant economy. Everywhere you go, new businesses are opening — which is a good sign. This should hopefully bring down unemployment rates, and help alleviate people from their poverty levels, which definitely contribute in preventing the commission of crimes.

But then again, there could still be people in our midst who are just on the lookout for the opportunity to commit crime. That’s nothing new, really, it happens anywhere.

A city is safe because its people make it so. And we residents of Dumaguete can make our beloved place even better!

A safe City
Do you feel safe in Dumaguete?

That’s a question one website was trying to answer, and it concluded that, yes, Dumaguete is fourth among the Top 10 Safest Cities in the Philippines that they consider as “medium-risk”.

Many of us locals, including foreigners who have made this University Town their home the past several years, indeed feel safe in our City.

Residents and tourists here are able to walk around freely anytime of the day or night, without fear of crime or violence. Many of us feel secure in our homes, on the streets, and in public places.

Most of us actually believe in the moniker that Dumaguete is truly a City of Gentle People, and that those who are not gentle enough, or are too harsh or outspoken, must be from out-of-town.

One of the most important aspects of creating a safe city is effective law enforcement.

Every now and then, however, we continue to see illegally-parked vehicles — especially during rush hour along Hibbard Avenue — and our traffic enforcers meekly say they are helpless in controlling the drivers seemingly-feeling entitled to park beside two other vehicles while waiting for their children being dismissed from school.

No violent incidents have resulted from all this negative driving attitude, thus far, as locals gently wait for their turn to pass, or wisely find alternative roads to get to where they are going.

We are just fortunate we have a strong and vibrant economy. Everywhere you go, new businesses are opening — which is a good sign. This should hopefully bring down unemployment rates, and help alleviate people from their poverty levels, which definitely contribute in preventing the commission of crimes.

But then again, there could still be people in our midst who are just on the lookout for the opportunity to commit crime. That’s nothing new, really, it happens anywhere.

A city is safe because its people make it so. And we residents of Dumaguete can make our beloved place even better!

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