It is where the island’s busiest airport and seaports are operating for the benefit of local and foreign travelers.
As the capital Region 11, it is host to a growing number of people who are flocking to the city for leisure, business and even for the prospect of moving here permanently.
As an effect, the population of Davao has been increasing consistently year after year.
As of the census conducted in 2011, the population of Davao City has risen to around 1, 530, 365. The huge number of people entering the city is certainly adding more color and flavor to the local culture.
Davao is considered as a melting pot of different Filipino tribes and nationalities, a fact often attributed to the city’s reputation as a center for business, investment and tourism in southern Philippines. In some cases, young professionals from across the archipelago are observed to be very fond of the city, even making it their new home where they can practice and succeed in their chosen professions.
College students from other parts of Mindanao also look to Davao as an ideal place for earning a college degree and starting an independent life altogether. In general, many families who have moved here simply consider it as the safest spot in the Philippines where they can live and have the best of what they need.
After all, Davao City has been countlessly cited by various bodies as most livable city in the world.
The already large population of Davao is still on its way to becoming increasing even more as it continues to bloom economically. It is amazing how the city has remained as one of the major cities with an unbelievably low cost of living.
Hence, more people are becoming interested in the prospect of moving in Davao city for good.
Living in the Philippines’ durian capital is way cheaper as compared to living in other Philippine major cities like Cebu and Manila.
Monthly rental rates for an apartment, for example, can cost only around Php 5,000 to Php 15,000, depending on the size of the property, while room rentals for dormitories and boarding houses are a lot cheaper at PhP 2,000 to PhP 5,000 per month.
Different modes of transportation are also available and taking people to their desired destinations at budget-friendly fares.
A cab ride costs at a starting rate of Php 40 while public utility jeeps will charge a starting rate of Php 8. Total fare basically depends on the distance covered from origin to destination. Most certainly, getting around Davao City is easy, both in terms of cost and the transportation system that operates in it.
Davao is definitely one of the world’s fastest-growing metropolises as shown by the rise of many towering buildings, including supermalls and other business establishments owned by local, national and multinational companies – just one of the many things that attract people from other parts of the country and the world to come to Davao and embrace it as their own.
Indeed, the city’s economic strength has led to its ever growing population and to its current stature as the 10th Asian City of the Future by the Foreign Direct Investment magazine. It is a booming metropolis that has preserved its natural beauty and culture, making it even more captivating and irresistible to non-locals from around the country and the world.
Cheryl Ann is a resident of Davao. She is sharing on this site her experiences, as well as give tips on how to enjoy living in Davao as a local.