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Riding Motorbike in Davao City

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Here is what I found and observed.

 

I just rode about 600 miles in a two week time frame in Davao City, Digos City, Sta. Cruz and and a tad bit in General Santos.

 

I was told that you needed to wear a helmet and some sort of clothing on your legs and no sandals or flip flops.   Only thing I observed is the traffic enforcers at the corners and or crosswalks are looking for people with no helmets only.  I cruised Davao City for 5 days all over the place from southern part of Toril where the military check point is up to JP Laurel where all the malls are and spent a few days staying in RedPlanet on JP Laurel which is located between Abreeza Mall and SM Mall.

 

From my limited observation the traffic enforcer which a there a many of them and they wear a yellow uniform don't want to mess with giving a ticket and there only waiting for two things,  Lunch and break time. 

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My husband would want to try to ride a motorcycle sometime when we go back. He always talk about it, too bad we are from the North, Baguio specifically. I heard they are more strict now, would that mean you have to have your own Philippine License? 


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7 hours ago, Chantel said:

My husband would want to try to ride a motorcycle sometime when we go back. He always talk about it, too bad we are from the North, Baguio specifically. I heard they are more strict now, would that mean you have to have your own Philippine License? 

No

 

You can use your US Driver License. It is valid for up to 90 days upon entry to Philippines.  What I did was take a pic on my cellphone of my US Driver License, My Passport picture and my entry stamp.

 

I was never asked to present a Driver license while riding in Philippines.  But I had it just in case

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7 hours ago, EliAnon said:

How are you still alive? Davao traffic looked absolutely chaotic and horrendous lol. 

It can be a pain in the rear. We picked around 10 am to travel to and from Davao.  I was staying in Digos City.

 

It is about a 45 to I hour trip depending on traffic, if you hit heavy traffic it can be 2 hours to get to SM Lanang from Digos.

 

The great part about riding a motorbike, is you can weave thru traffic and for me is the only way to get around

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On 10/31/2018 at 10:32 PM, Chris Duffy said:

It can be a pain in the rear. We picked around 10 am to travel to and from Davao.  I was staying in Digos City.

 

It is about a 45 to I hour trip depending on traffic, if you hit heavy traffic it can be 2 hours to get to SM Lanang from Digos.

 

The great part about riding a motorbike, is you can weave thru traffic and for me is the only way to get around

man, people drive so crazy there though, and their traffic laws are asinine lol. I was so thankful for US's traffic system when i got back to the states. My fiancee and I just took taxi's everywhere since compared to anything in the US are so cheap, bonus is we got to just chill out :)

 

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On ‎11‎/‎2‎/‎2018 at 1:10 PM, EliAnon said:

man, people drive so crazy there though, and their traffic laws are asinine lol. I was so thankful for US's traffic system when i got back to the states. My fiancee and I just took taxi's everywhere since compared to anything in the US are so cheap, bonus is we got to just chill out :)

 

The problem with the Philippines is nobody can follow the rules, This is a major issue for them as a country and why I never see them climbing out of a 3rd world status.

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9 minutes ago, Chris Duffy said:

The problem with the Philippines is nobody can follow the rules, This is a major issue for them as a country and why I never see them climbing out of a 3rd world status.

It's not because they can't.  They don't follow the rules because of lack of enforcement.   The exact same thing would occur here if rules were not enforced 


YMMV

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1 minute ago, payxibka said:

It's not because they can't.  They don't follow the rules because of lack of enforcement.   The exact same thing would occur here if rules were not enforced 

Actually they are never taught, and this happens in grade school.

 

We as US Citizen it is stressed to obey the rules and follow the rules, in PI they are not taught that.

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32 minutes ago, payxibka said:

It's not because they can't.  They don't follow the rules because of lack of enforcement.   The exact same thing would occur here if rules were not enforced 

+1 on this. Just like the 15 minute woman that happened like 2 months ago. If it was in the USA her car would have been impounded and most likely given another ticket due to her stupid mouth.

 

But also nothing happened to her except for social embarrassment when it went viral.

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