THE recent hosting of major international events in January has affirmed that Davao City remains safe despite the surrounding threats, the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) said.

Davao City Police Office (DCPO) spokesperson Police Senior Inspector Catherine dela Rey said they noted zero major crime incident in the city during the visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on January 12, Philippine's chairmanship launching of Association of Southeast Asian Nation (Asean) 2017 on January 15, and the recently concluded Miss Universe's ancillary event on January 19.

She said all the events successfully transpired without any disturbing incidents. These events brought thousands of foreign and local visitors.

"We can really say that Davao City is a safe place to live and do business," Dela Rey said.

She attributed the success of the security plan to the collaborative effort of the combined personnel of the city government of Davao, Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), other agencies who took part in ensuring the safe conduct of these major events.

"We will continue to work hard to maintain the security and peace and order in the city," she said.

Dela Rey said the staging of these events will help DCPO boost and improve their capacity in securing the safety of the city.

"During these big events we learn new lessons in terms of security that will help us improve especially in the upcoming Asean meetings, wherein some will be held in Davao City," she said.

She said DCPO chief Sr. Supt. Michael John Dubria directed all cops to continue with the intensified operations against criminal activities, reinforce the conduct of checkpoints and patrols, and diligently work on the recently launched road discipline task force.