6 Most Dangerous Cities in the Philippines

“Other lands are better at destruction with bombs and guns, but the Philippines occupies the most dangerous land.” – Blogger “Joe America”

In 2013, the Philippines was listed 23rd of the most dangerous countries due to armed conflicts. In addition, the 2015 Natural Hazards Risk Atlas (NHRA) states that, “Of the 100 cities with greatest exposure to natural hazards, 21 are located in the Philippines.”

Because of that, we’ve listed the top six dangerous cities in the Philippines. This is not only based on crime rate, but also according to the city/cities’ susceptibility to natural disasters. Besides, crimes and disasters both make a place dangerous and not-so-livable, right?

P.S. Don’t worry. We’ll also be listing the most livable and safest cities in the country.

  1. Manila

Photo source: flickr.com/reynocum
Photo source: flickr.com/reynocum

Manila is not only one of the overpopulated cities in the world. According to an article published by the Philippine Star, Manila’s transport system is one of the most dangerous for women in the world. It is also the seventh worst city where women don’t feel safe to travel alone at night.

In 2011, Manila was listed as one of the most dangerous cities for journalists in the world. The list also included Cebu and Cagayan de Oro – all the killings and harassments were attributed to the “paramilitary groups and private militias responsible were classified as ‘Predators of Press Freedom’”.

In the Brown-Wilson Group’s “2009: The Year of Outsourcing Dangerously.” Manila, Makati, and Cebu were ranked seventh. The risks include terrorism, diseases, and natural disasters.

Manila was also ranked 4th of the world’s most susceptible cities to natural hazards. They attribute this susceptibility to the “poor institutional and societal capacity to manage, respond and recover from natural hazards events.” This city was also second to Japanese cities, Tokyo and Yokohama, “due to both seismic activity and typhoon frequency” based on 2013 Swiss Reinsurance report. It was also ranked second of New York Post’s “The 10 Riskiest Cities to Live In”.

Manila also had the highest number of firecracker-related injuries from 2010-2012, according to the list released by the Department of Health.