I would like to hear from ex-pats who live in Cagayan De Oro about safety. I was recently at a rehab center here in Chicago and the lady who runs the center is a Philippino. I told her that my wife and I would soon be moving to Cagayan and the first thing she said was be very careful if you do.
   I noticed that there are meetings by 2 groups of ex-pats in Cagayan every wed. evening. If it was so dangerous then why would you all meet making it easy for terrorist. I know that recently there has been conflicts in southern Mindanao but does this have an effect on you expats?
  What do expats do during the day? You must go out and do thing like shopping, golfing...ect. Would like to correspond with someone living in Cagayan on a regular basic. My email is j_smiley5[at]  Thank for any response...John

I had a friend who works for a NGO. He was posted to CDO but families are not allowed there for safety reasons so they stayed in Manila. He lived in a compound during the week and travelled with bodyguards. There is a threat of kidnappings but may be overblown. Just watch your surroundings. That being said, Mindanao is going through some rough patches. Less to do about religion and more so about land ownership

For whatever it's worth Smiley, I have traveled a bit in Northern and Southern Mindanao and did some research about safety prior to going of course. Most areas are relatively safe...there are exceptions of course. I have heard nothing remarkable about CDO frankly.
I have to say, that prior to my travels in the Philippines it seemed every Filipina and many Pinoy I met here in California were paranoid about safety and always seemed to hype up the potential danger.
Try going to a variety of blogs and ask other foreigners about their experience.
Have fun and good luck.

Thanks Jim... That's what I figured. My wife is 7 months pregnant and I just wanted it safe for both of them.... Good luck to all you expats.... Smiley

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Thanks Jim... That's what I figured. My wife is 7 months pregnant and I just wanted it safe for both of them.... Good luck to all you expats.... Smiley

i sent you private message.

Hi John, I have been living here in CDO since 2009. I have never had any problems. I feel safe and move about freely. There was a terrorist attack by one of the malls here a couple of months ago. I bomb was exploded in one of the restaurants and 3 or 4 people were killed. No expats were involved. The Filipinos here are always concerned about safety. Those kind of things happen all over the world no place is 100% safe. Hope everything is ok with you and your wife good luck and I believe you will enjoy it here. There is a lot to do here and a lot of building going on, new stores and hotels.

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