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Travel Warning na Naman

Naglabas ng memo ngayon ang aming kumpanya para mag-ingat ang lahat ng mga pupunta sa Pilipinas.

Pinag-iingat ang mga Hapon dahil sa mga napapabalitang kidnapping na nangyari sa Pilipinas nitong mga huling araw.

Humikayat man tayo ng humikayat ng mga turista sa ating bansa, hanggat hindi pinagbubuhusan ng Pilipinas ng malaking porsyento ng kanyang kapangyarihan ang masasamang elemento ng ating lipunan, hindi natin makakamit ang maximum potential ng ating tourism industry.

May mga branch sa iba’t ibang bansa ang kumpanya namin subalit ang Pilipinas lang ang nai-issuehan ng ganitong warning.


Travel Advisory ng Japan

Kung English ang travel advisory, mas madali tayong makakapag-react pag feeling natin eh exaggerated ang travel advisory ng bansa. Pero paano kung hindi natin naiintindihan ang salita ng bansang nag-issue ng travel advisory?

Halimbawa na lang sa mga bansa sa Europe, South America, Africa at Asia na hindi English ang salita. Na-check na ba ng pamahalaan natin kung ano ang nakasulat sa travel advisory nila?

Gaya na lang nitong travel advisory ng Japan. Mas nakakatakot ang travel advisory nito kesa sa mga English speaking countries. By the way, hindi naman sa, ahem, nagmamalaki ako pero, nakakabasa nga pala ako ng Japanese, ahem ulit.

Nakasaad sa kanilang travel advisory na maraming krimen sa Pilipinas na involved ang lethal weapons (meaning, firearms) at mabilis ang paglaganap ng mga lethal weapons na ito sa bansa.

Sinasabi rin sa travel advisory na noong 2010, ang pulisya natin ay nag-report ng 12,375 kaso ng pagpatay at 33,993 kaso ng theft at robbery. Ang dami ng kaso ng murder na naitala sa taong iyon ay 10 beses mas marami sa kaso ng pagpatay sa Japan sa isang taon at karamihan sa mga insidenteng ito ay nangyari sa Luzon (Calabarzon, Region 4A, Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Quezon at Rizal). Ang mga pagnanakaw naman ay karamihang nangyari sa Metro Manila area.

Sinabi rin duon na ang bilang ng mga napatay na Hapon sa bawat taon ay itinuturing na marami (2008: 8kaso, 2009: 3kaso, 2010: 5kaso)

Binanggit din yung tungkol sa mga motorcycle riding in tandem na mga magnanakaw. Bukod pa iyon sa mga extortion gangs, peligro ng kidnapping, grupo ng mga kabataang magnanakaw, prostitution blackmail modus operandi at sapilitang pagpapabili ng illegal drugs na dapat pag-ingatan ng mga Hapon sa Pilipinas.

Kung may personal na kilala kayong nakakabasa ng Japanese, pwede n’yong ipabasa sa kanya ang page gamit ang link sa ibaba para i-verify kung totoo ang mga pinagsusulat ko sa post na ito:  Japan Travel Advisory

Travel Advisory ng Canada

Be alert to the danger of kidnapping in the Philippines. Although government action has reduced the frequency of kidnappings, kidnap-for-ransom remains a threat. Kidnappings have occurred throughout the country, including in Manila and several resort areas, and deaths have resulted in some cases. Be cautious when travelling to and around coastal areas and island resorts.

Petty crime and violent crime, sometimes involving guns, are a serious concern, especially in urban areas. Avoid showing signs of affluence or carrying large sums of money, and keep valuables in safekeeping facilities. Criminal gangs are active in Manila, including the Makati central business district, and have drugged and robbed unsuspecting tourists. Visitors should not accept offers of food, drink, or transportation from strangers and should not leave food or drinks unattended, particularly in bars. Bystanders have been hit by stray gunfire during armed robberies and subsequent pursuit of the perpetrators by authorities. Avoid disturbances, rallies, and demonstrations. Violent incidents may increase around election periods.

Basahin lahat dito: Canada Travel Advisory

Comment: Dapat yatang gumawa na rin ang DoT ng travel advisory to the Philippines for Filipinos.

Travel Advisory ng United Kingdom

There is a high incidence of violent crime, including gun crime British nationals have been recent victims, but there is no evidence that they are specifically targeted.

Criminal gangs sometimes use terrorist tactics, such as kidnapping and explosions. Explosions attributed to criminal organisations have caused fatalities.

There is a high incidence of street crime and robberies . Sensible precautions include: arranging to be met at the airport or using hotel transfer services; using a driver or taxis from a reputable source and avoiding displays of cash or jewellery. You should beware of strangers offering drinks or confectionery; criminals intent on robbery may lace these to render the victim unconscious.

You should be particularly vigilant when travelling on public transport. Armed hold-ups have occurred on jeepneys and buses in the Philippines, and have in some cases resulted in fatalities. The roadworthiness of some of these vehicles is also a concern.

On 23 August 2010, an armed man hijacked a tourist bus in Manila. During the incident eight hostages were killed.

Basahin lahat dito: UK Travel Advisory

Comment: Hmm, okay din na travel advisory ito para sa ating mga Pilipino ah.

Acknowledgement: Photo courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Travel Advisory ng Australia

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Violent crime is a significant problem in the Philippines. Criminal gangs that drug and rob or assault unsuspecting tourists are active in Manila, including the Makati central business district, and in provincial resort towns.

Random acts of violence occur frequently in the Philippines. In September 2010, a grenade was thrown into a large gathering of university students in Manila, seriously injuring a number of people. Other grenade attacks, the result of domestic grievances, have occurred in parts of Metro Manila frequented by foreigners.

As in many other big cities, street crime is of concern particularly in crowded shopping malls and other public places. Pickpocketing, bag snatching and a range of scams, including those involving credit cards and automated teller machines, are common.

Gun ownership is widespread and poorly regulated, contributing to a higher incidence of violent crime. Gunfights between police and criminals are common, including in parts of Manila frequented by foreigners. These incidents often result in multiple deaths and injuries, sometimes including innocent bystanders. If you witness a confrontation between police and criminals, you should leave the area immediately.

Basahin lahat dito: Australia Travel Advisory  (hanapin sa “Safety and Security” tab ng web page)

Comment: “Gunfights between police and criminals are common” daw. Bagama’t may mga instances nga nito tayong nababalitaan, karaniwang bahagi na ba ito ng araw-araw nating buhay para matawag na “common”?

Acknowledgement: Photo courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Travel Advisory ng New Zealand

There is high risk to your security in the other provinces of Mindanao, and we advise against all non-essential travel to those areas due to the threat of terrorism, kidnapping and violent clashes between the military/police and terrorist and rebel groups.

There is some risk to your security elsewhere in the Philippines, including in Manila, due to the threat from terrorism and risk of kidnapping. We continue to receive reports that terrorists are planning attacks including in places frequented by foreigners such as large shopping malls and convention centres. New Zealanders are strongly advised to exercise a high degree of caution and pay close attention to personal security at all times when travelling anywhere in the Philippines.

Terrorist attacks could occur at any time, anywhere in the Philippines. In March 2011 at least five people were killed when a bomb exploded outside a school in Jolo City, Sulu. In January 2011 an explosion on a passenger bus in Makati City, Manila, killed five people and injured 13 others. While no link to any particular terrorist group has been confirmed, the possibility of such a link has not been ruled out. In August 2010 a bomb exploded at Zamboanga City airport, killing two people and injuring a number of others, including one foreigner.

There is a risk of kidnapping throughout the Philippines. Kidnap-for-ransom gangs target foreigners as well as Filipinos, including in Manila and coastal resort areas.

Crime continues to be a serious concern, especially in Manila. Criminal gangs are active in Manila, including in the Makati central business district, and have drugged and robbed unsuspecting tourists.

Basahin lahat dito: New Zealand Travel Advisory

Comment: Meron daw “risk of kidnapping throughout the Philippines”. Kahit kaya sa Babuyan Islands eh maaaring ma-kidnap ang mga foreigners?

Travel Advisory ng United States

Crime is a significant concern in urban areas of the Philippines. Though U.S. citizens are not typically targeted for kidnapping, kidnappings and violent assaults do occur in Metro Manila and elsewhere. U.S. citizens should remain aware of their surroundings and exercise good judgment. Reports of confidence games, pick pocketing, internet scams, and credit/ATM card fraud are common. U.S. citizens should be wary of unknown individuals who attempt to befriend them, especially just after arrival in the country. It is best not to accept food, drink, or rides in private vehicles from strangers, even if they appear legitimate.

Taxis are the recommended form of public transportation. However, the following safeguards are important:  do not enter a taxi if it has already accepted another passenger and request that the meter be used. If the driver is unwilling to comply with your requests, please wait for another cab. It is also a good idea to make a mental note of the license plate number should there be a problem. When driving in the city, make certain that the doors are locked and the windows rolled up. All other forms of public transportation, such as the light rail system, buses, and “jeepneys” should be avoided for both safety and security reasons.

Basahin lahat dito: USA Travel Advisory

Comment: Binanggit dito na isang “common” daw na bagay ang credit/ATM fraud. Nabalitaan ko na ang ganito sa mga Chinese pero wala pa akong nabalitaang ganito na ginawa ng isang Pilipino. Gaano kaya ka-“common” ang bagay na ito?

Acknowledgement: Photo courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net