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Offering Services in Davao

You might be wondering is this an advertisement, and maybe it is. As you can see, I have had this site for about 2 years. Originally, it was a free site on Google BlogSpot. After a year, with some encouragement I purchased a server service and registered my own domain. Now this is not the main reason for this article, but I want to explain a little history. I had dreams of making an income from advertisements on the site. I...

Motorcycle Usage in the Philippines

Here in Davao and I would guess in all areas of the Philippines, the motorcycle is the most used type of motorized vehicle. This is because it is cheaper to purchase than a car and is able to travel in bad terrains where a car could not maneuver. Online I found statistics for 2006. In this year, the number of registered motorcycles was 2,409,363 whereas the amount of cars was 792,373. I do not know if this number includes...

Is there Courtesy and Consideration in the Philipp...

In the Philippines respect and hospitality is part of the culture. Slight acquaintances will offer you part of their meal, offer a seat and most times a total stranger will offer a smile and a kind word. This is one of the first things you notice here when you visit or move here. I have written many times how I have been well treated by clerks in the Palengke, or at someone’s home. You will be offered part of their meal if...

Traffic Enforcement in Davao

Here in Davao you have different agencies to enforce the laws. There is the PNP, Philippine National Police, then there is the Davao City Police. There is also part of the military Task Force Davao. For traffic there is LTO, Land Traffic Office and the TMC, Traffic Management Center. LTO has a lot of jurisdiction concerning traffic enforcement, but from my observations they are usually out checking drivers licenses and public...

How to Drive in the Philippines

In the past I have written about how crazy the drivers are in the Philippines. Now I want to tell you how to drive here. I basically know how it is in Davao, but it is similar all over the country. Sometimes better, sometimes worse. I will describe using the theory of being on the right side of the road, not the English system of driving on the left. Defensive driving is the key. You need to watch the vehicles in front of...

Motorcycles in the Philippines

Because of the need for transportation and the low income of many Filipinos, there are many motorcycles used here. There are motor scooters and motor cycles. The most common motorcycle size is a 125cc engine. The largest common size is a 250CC. Very seldom do you see any larger bikes. Motorcycles have been used and modified in many ways. Motorcycles have added to them sidecars for cargo, commuting, and also as power for...