Safetipin, in collaboration with the ADB Youth for Asia, conducted safety audits in Metro Manila with a focus on Quezon City. The audits by the ADB team were conducted during from July-November 2016.
SafetiPin is a map-based mobile phone and online application, which works to make communities and cities safer by providing safety-related information collected by users and by trained auditors. At the core of the app is the Women’s Safety Audit. A Women’s Safety Audit (WSA) is a participatory tool for collecting and assessing information about perceptions of urban safety in public spaces. The audit is based on nine parameters – Lighting, Openness, Visibility, Crowd, Security, Walk path, Availability of Public Transport, Gender Diversity, and Feeling.
A total of 5,839 safety audits has been generated. Of these 1,946 audits were conducted by volunteers from ADB Youth using the My Safetipin app. 3,893 audits were generated using the Safetipin Nite app.
The safety audits conducted by ADB volunteers were focused in Quezon City in areas around the University of the Philippines Diliman, De La Salle University manila, Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Quezon Road near Litex Montalban Jeepney Terminal, and outside ADB to name a few locations.
Based on these audits, the Safety Score for Metro Manila is 3.2/5.
Safety Audits of Manila indicate that out of the 5,839 location points audited, 4% of audit locations have been given a Safety Score less than 1 (out of 5). Another 10% have scored in the range of 1.0-1.9 and 21% locations score between 2.0-2.9. 25% of locations have a Safety Score between 3.0-3.9 and 40% of locations score 4.0 and above.
Of the nine parameters, only three parameters Walk path, Lighting, and Openness have been rated Above Average. Visibility and Public Transport have been rated Average. Security, Crowd, and Gender Usage have been rated Below Average. The overall Feeling of safety has been rated as Average.
Shown below are examples from the University of the Philippines Diliman where the safety score has been rated as low. Here the lighting is poor and the footpath is broken and obstructed. There are no eyes-on-the-street and the access to public transport mode is limited. People are not seeing using these stretches at night. Overall the auditors rated these areas as unsafe.