A home is one of the most important key factors in one’s upbringing and growth. It is a place where we turn our dreams into realities, where we keep our families safe, where we can express ourselves freely, and where we kick-start the beginning and re-charge at the end of the day. With all these in mind, here are some factors which just might convince you to move onto the Southern islands of the Philippines and believe why Davao is an ideal place to live in.
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1. SAFETY AND SECURITY
If not the most, one of the leading considerations in finding that Davao is an ideal place to live in would be the safety and security of your home’s location. Saying this, Davao City should be on top of your places to consider for security since it has been ranked as the top two safest cities in Southeast Asia in 2019, according to the survey site Numbeo.com., an online database being claimed as the world’s largest database of user-contributed data about cities and countries worldwide. Davao City had a safety index rate of 72.50 and one of the lowest crime index rates with 27.50, exceeding that of other Southeast Asian countries including Singapore.
As per the recent Valedictory and State of the City Address (SOCA) of Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte, she boasted the numerous recognitions received by the City including the National Best Police Office for 2017 and 2020 awarded by the Philippine National Police (PNP), special recognition given by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) crediting Davao City as the Most Peaceful and Safest City in Southeast Asia, and the Top Model City and Safe Haven Award given by the Manila Times. With all of these recognitions, it is undeniable that Davao City is one of the safest and most secure options to build a home at.
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2. CONVENIENCE AND ACCESSIBILITY
If you need another reason to think if Davao is an ideal place to live in, convenience and accessibility would be a priority you need to look at. If access to healthcare is a concern since Davao City is a 1st class highly urbanized city in the Davao Region and at the center of Metro Davao, it is surrounded by numerous hospitals and healthcare facilities including Davao Doctors Hospital, San Pedro Hospital, Brokenshire Integrated Health Ministries, UM Multitest Medical Diagnostic Center, Anda Riverview Medical Center, Davao Adventist Hospital, Metro Davao Medical and Research Center, and so much more.
As to access to education, in 2018 according to Sunstar, the City had a total of 667 private and public lower level education (kinder, elementary, junior, and senior high schools, including madaris and Special Education or Sped, an additional seven from 660 in 2017) and in higher education, there are already nearly 40 colleges in the city including Assumption College, Davao Doctors College, Holy Child College, Holy Cross College of Davao, Calinan and Sasa, San Pedro College and Philippine Women’s College of Davao.
Dr. Susan Labutap, supervising education program specialist of Ched Davao Region in 2018, was also not surprised that Davao is being acclaimed as the center of education in the whole country since universities in Davao have already produced top achievers and board top notchers in different fields of studies.
Going around Davao is easy since a lot of the usual modes of transportation are accessible to the public like jeepneys, tricycles, buses, taxis, and even habal-habal passenger motorcycles. In addition to these, there are pending grand projects for transportation in Mindanao which are the Mindanao Railway Project (MRP) and Samal Island-Davao City Connector (SIDC) Project (Davao-Samal Bridge), which were supposed to break ground in July 2020 but are currently canceled due to the covid-19 pandemic. Though It has been assured by the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda)-Davao Director Maria Lourdes Lim said the Davao-Samal Bridge will still push through, but no definite date has been set for the groundbreaking.
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Flying, whether to domestic or international destinations, is also seamless because of the Francisco Bangoy International Airport, also commonly known as Davao International Airport. It is one of the busiest airports in the Philippines offering flights worldwide.
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According to Bria Homes-Tagum, Panabo, Digos, BRIA Homes Tagum located in the Palm City of the South is only a minutes ride away from the city proper, close to Pioneer Avenue and Daang Maharlika Highway. It is likewise near Saint Mary’s College of Tagum, Mother Rosario School of Tagum, Tagum City National High School, and the University of Mindanao; hospitals such as Tagum Doctors Hospital, Tagum Global Medical Center, Palm City Medical Center, Inc., and Bishop Joseph Regan Memorial Hospital; and malls such as Gmail Tagum, NCCC Mall Tagum, SM City Tagum, and Citymall Tagum.
On the other hand, BRIA Homes Panabo is between Davao City and Tagum, with agro-tourism sites found nearby, and minutes away from schools such as Quezon National Highway, Maryknoll School of Panabo, and Panabo Christian School; hospitals like Rivera Medical Center and Cainglet Medical Hospital; and the Japan-Philippine National Highway.
Lastly, BRIA Homes Digos, located near the Davao del Sur Provincial Capitol, is close to Digos city center and is surrounded by schools like the University of Mindanao and St. Benedict College; hospitals including St. Benedict Hospital, Digos Doctors Hospital, and Medical Center Digos Cooperative; and malls like Gaisano Mall of Digos and Grand Mall of Digos. BRIA Tagum, BRIA Panabo, and BRIA Digos are secured by 24-hour CCTV coverage, guardhouses, and perimeter walls.
3. INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES AND TOURIST ATTRACTIONS
Compared to the Metro Manila and Metro Cebu, Metro Davao is also gaining its reputation as the next property investment hub in the Philippines since the land already has and is continually growing its developed establishments and real estate formerly known to be available only in the other two Metros.
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On the reasons why Davao is an ideal place to live in because Davao is rich in natural resources which makes it more appealing to tourists, both local and foreign. Some of these attractions include the Island Garden City of Samal and Dahican Beach at Davao Oriental which both offers a serene experience of the beach with breath-taking views and various options for water activities without having to go through the tight crowds. Davao is also blessed with majestic waterfalls if you’re looking for a new and different water activity option. The Crown Jewel of Surigao del Sur, Tinuy-an Falls has natural pools everyone can enjoy. In the Davao Region, Aliwagwag Falls is one of the most popular tourist spots, known as being the Philippines’ highest waterfall towering at 1, 110 feet. Davao City is also known as the home of the national bird of the Philippines, the Philippine Eagle. Tourists surely do not miss visiting the Philippine Eagle Center which serves as the breeding facility for the said endangered creatures.
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To further expand the investments in Davao City, there are 1 manufacturing Zone, 2 agro-industrial zones, 17 IT Parks/ Centers, and 1 Tourism Zone which are all registered under the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA).
Here are other notable awards & citations of Davao City confirming that, indeed, Davao is an ideal place to live in:
- 2nd Most Competitive Highly-Urbanized City (2020)
- Red Orchid Awardee (Anti-Smoking Campaign) “Hall of Fame” (2015, 2014, 2012, 1999, 1998)
- Child-Friendly City (2015, 2014, 2012, 1999, 1998)
- 1st Price Winner and Hall of Famer (2012) in the National Literacy Award for Outstanding LGU, Highly Urbanized City Category
- Consistent Performing LGU in the country 2009-2011
- Best Practice Award for LGU HIV Prevention Seal of Good Housekeeping (2011)
- 2009 Philippine’s Most Livable City (https://davaohive101.wordpress.com/)
- One of the Only Three Areas in the World to have the Integrated Emergency Response System 911 as Top 25 Best Practices in the Philippines