Public Services in Manila


Emergency services in Manila


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For general emergency, call

117 is the emergency number for Manila

The Philippine government website also offers a listing of other emergency hotlines.

Overnight Pharmacy

Mercury Drug has branches that are open 24 hours. You can find a listing here.

Safety

Here are basic precautions to ensure your safety:

  • Avoid walking alone at night. Keep to well-lit main roads.
  • Be alert of what's going on around you.
  • In Manila, cars drive on the right. Always look left and right to spot any oncoming traffic. Use pedestrian lanes and any sidewalks or overpasses provided.
  • Do not leave your belongings unattended.
  • Be wary of strangers approaching you.

Public transport along with stations and terminals can be extremely crowded and create uncomfortable situations. Be mindful of your belongings, keep your guard and be on the lookout. However, reasonable behavior should prevent any issues.

Natural Precautions

Tap water in Manila is generally not safe to drink. It would be best to buy purified water from water refilling stations which can be commonly found around the city.

Always bring an umbrella as the weather can change swiftly and rain can set in suddenly.

Update 9/06/2016


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