For today’s “Is it safe” post, let’s look at Zamboanga City. I would guess that a large majority of foreigners reading this will expect that I will say that Zamboanga City is dangerous and should not even be considered as a travel destionation. Well, if that is what you are thinking, I’m going to surprise you! You see, I feel that Zamboanga City is a relatively safe travel destination.
There have been a few bombings in Zamboanga City over the years, but the number has been not too high, I guess. There was a day when Zamboanga city was dangerous for foreigners too, but I think that the day has passed. Did you know that a fair number of American military personnel are stationed in Zamboanga? That is a fact that is not widely known, but it’s true. A big part of the US War onTerror is staged right from Zamboanga City, and the Philippine part of the War on Terror has been probably the most successful of any part of the fight against Terrorism in the world.
It would be my advice that if you visit Zamboanga City, you should stay in the City and not really venture out of town, though, because that part of Mindanao does indeed have it’s safety concerns. I do feel that the area around Zamboanga City deserves a little extra caution and concern from a foreign traveler too. I was in Zamboanga City in February for the first time, and found it to be safe and peaceful there.
So, if you have reason to go to Zamboanga City, you can do so without a huge amount of fear. I recommend that you stay in town, don’t venture out of town – especially on your own. Take normal precautions and use common sense in your times around town. If you take these steps you should be able to enjoy a safe and uneventful visit to Zamboanga City.
Have a fun trip!