Is Bacolod safe? I will try to answer this question objectively based on my real-world observations as an ordinary citizen, as well as some statistics from officials.
I think this question can be answered by the following factors:
Decreasing Crime Rates
December 2018 Report: Bacolod Police reports a decrease of 23.32% in crime volume from January to November 2018 as compared to the 3,400 incidents of the same period last 2017.
August 2018: Bacolod crimes from Aug 1 to 8 drop by 30% as compared to same period of august of last year (2017). 58 incidents were recorded this year compared to last year’s 83 cases.
Around 2016, the hashtag #BacolodNotSafeAnymore became trending in the social media.
Since then, I noticed pairs of policemen were stationed to key points in the areas. When I drive home, there are instant checkpoints at night that politely stops me and asks for credentials. These are placed in streets and corners that you don’t expect.
Growing business acumen
Crimes could rise when economy suffers. But because of the economic of the Philippines and Bacolod in particular, it is hoped and expected that crimes will go down and safety go up.
In 2018, a record-breaking number of 23,000 new business register in Bacolod City to venture life here.
Literacy & Education
The increasing education and literacy for the public are increasing. TESDA courses and scholarships are continuously granted to the poor but deserving.
There were recent accusations that Bacolod was the main source of illegal drugs in Iloilo City and Iloilo Province, but Mayor Leonardia and PDEA (drug agency) deny it.
Mayor claims that Bacolod served as transshipment of the illegal drugs only, not the source, because the possible sources will come from Cebu which were shipped to San Carlos City and if it will come from Mindanao, it can pass the area of Negros Oriental.
Values of the Society
Presence of value-emphasizing institutions and freedom of religion in the island contribute to the overall campaign and training of citizens for a a better society.
Churches, Biblical and values-based education are promoted, and the general population and government continue to react proactively against acts deemed inappropriate, one of which is the viral / ‘immoral’ twerking incident in Bangga Ramos.