In addition to all that's been said, I feel I have to stress the importance of home safety, especially if you fit the profile of a worthy target. Westerners always fall in this category. Steel bars on windows (window grilles) are a must, and good home safety practices should be stressed throughout the entire household. Main doors should all be locked for the night, or whenever they don't need to be left unlocked. In addition to a gun, which I believe is necessary given the expectedly slow response time of the local police, I suggest owning a Ham Radio and becoming a registered member of the local ham group. Despite the age of cellphones and text messaging, I still think a ham radio can be indispensible in a real home emergency. I know this town is not known for high crime rates, and "akyat-bahai gangs" are only heard of in large cities like Cebu and Manila, but it's always better being safe than sorry.