12 notches Safe Cities
Manila moved up from 55th rank in 2017 to 43rd in 2019.

Manila has improved its ranking up 12 notches in the 2019 edition of the Safe Cities Index report by The Economist Intelligence Unit.

The capital city of the Philippines ranked 43rd with an overall score of 59. 2 in the 3rd edition of the Safe Cities Index that is led by Tokyo, Singapore, and Osaka in the first 3 spots of cities with the best digital security, health security, infrastructure security, and personal security provided for its residents, businesses, and visitors.

In the 2017 edition of the report, Manila ranked at 55 out of 60 cities that lead the world in safety measures for people amidst rapid urbanization.

The NEC-sponsored 2019 edition of the Safe Cities Index, Manila scored fairly high in the four categories, garnering between 50.1 and 75 points.

  • Personal Security. Manila’s score was highest in personal security, placing the Philippine city at 40th rank with 74.7 points based on indicators such as level of police engagement, community-based patrolling, the effectiveness of the criminal justice system, and the incidence of petty and violent crime.
  • Health Security. Manila scored 56.6 points, placing it at 48th place for access to healthcare, environmental policies, and the number of beds and doctors per 1,000 population.
  • Infrastructure Security. Manila ranked 46th with a score of 53.6 points in enforcement of transport safety, pedestrian friendliness, and disaster management plans.
  • Digital Security. Manila’s placed 45th with a score of 52.1 points in privacy policies, percentage of the population with internet access, and citizen awareness of digital threats.

In 2018, five Philippines cities dominated the Numbeo report on the safest cities in Southeast Asia.

Pasig City’s Smart Public Safety Management System Project was chosen one of the most outstanding smart city projects in Asia Pacific, while Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards (Project NOAH) was awarded the Best Smart City Initiative for Public Safety by the International Data Corporation (IDC) Smart City Asia Pacific Awards.

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