MPD Chief disputes bottom ranking of Manila in the “safest cities,” says study refers to entire NCR

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Manila Police District Chief disputed the ranking Manila got in the recent study ranking of the “Safest Cities” in the world.

The research company Economist Intelligence Unit ranked Manila as number 55 out of the 60 cities in the Safest Cities in the World. The ranking was based on digital, health, infrastructure and personal safety.

MPD director Chief Superintendent Joel Coronel defended the city of Manila by saying that the study refers to entire National Capital Region (NCR).

Coronel’s statement was quoted by GMA: “The study was measured based on identified megacities in different parts of the world, so it would appear that it is not only confined to the local government of Manila alone.”

“So this will include other cities in Metro Manila as well,” he added.

Coronel admitted that our two key weaknesses in the study are on the digital security and infrastructure security.

He said, “For the Philippines, that’s why nakakuha tayo ng mababang score is mababa tayo sa digital security. Mahina ang ating security measures against cyber threats and online attacks.

[For the Philippines, the reason why we got a low score is because we are low on digital security. We have weak security measures against cyber threats and online attacks.”

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada had earlier defended his city saying that the crime rate has dropped by 38 percent this year versus last year.

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