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Davao City

Davao City

Davao Facts and Figures

Population: Estimated to hit 1.5 million in 2010

Area: 2,443.61 sq. km.

Life Expectancy: 65 (male), 70 (female)

Literacy rate: 95.17%

Climate: Tropical

Temperature: 15 to 34 degree celsius

Reference: Invest in Davao Magazine

About Davao City

Davao is a bustling city situated at the southern part of the Philippines. With an area of 2,443.61 square kilometers, it is considered as one of the largest cities in the world.

Davao has been bestowed with natural resources and picturestique landscape. Different species of plants and tress have grown on its fertile land. It is famous with its durian and waling-waling (vanda sanderana). Davao has second best water supply in the world next to Chippewa Falls in the United States.

The people of Davao enjoy a typhoon-free climate with distributed temperature, rainfall and humidity throughout the year.

It is home to over 1.4 million people, Philippine Eagle and Mount Apo, the country’s highest peak at 3,142 meters above sea level.

Every month of August, the people celebrate Kadayawan Festival to give thanks to bountiful harvests. The major languages and dialects in the city are Cebuano, Filipino, Chinese and English.

It is the center of commerce and trade in this part of the Philippines. It hosts modern facilities and amenities like hotels, telecommunication, transportation and many more. Davao is one of the biggest urban markets in the BIMP-EAGA (Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East Asean Growth Area polygon.

The Asian Institute of Management (AIM) Policy Center named Davao City as the Most Competitive City in the Philippines in 2008. Among the criteria includes the dynamism of the local economy, least cost of doing business, infrastructure, human resources and training, responsiveness of the local government to business needs and quality of life.

Mt. Apo

Mt. Apo

Davao City Tourist Spots

Mount Apo

Aldevinco Shopping Center

Philippine Eagle Nature Center

Eden Mountain Resort

Malagos Garden Resort

Pearl Farm Beach Resort

Davao Museum

Gap Farming Orchard Resort

Crocodile Park

Talomo Beach

Shrine of the Holy Infant Jesus of Prague

People’s Park

Jack’s Ridge

Davao City Festivals

Araw ng Dabaw

Araw ng Dabaw marks the founding anniversary of the city and celebrated every 16th of March. This is a week week-long celebration with a socio-civic and military parade, beauty and sports competitions. This vibrant feast draws so a large number of crowd every year.


•The Kadayawan is an internationally-renowned festival. It is a weeklong celebration and thanksgiving for nature’s bountiful harvest and celebrated annually every third week of August. This activity coincides with the harvest time of exotic fruits like durian and the blooming of the waling-waling (vanda sanderana).

Competitive Advantages

Quality of Human Resources

Davao city with predominantly migrant population has an abundant source of skilled workers. It hosts 41 well-established schools. The enrolment level is consistently high from elementary to tertiary education. It has one of the highest ration of tertiary education in the Philippines.

Ateneo de Davao University building

Ateneo de Davao University building

Davao as an educational hub produces competent labor force readily be deployed in different industries like banking, telecommunications, Information Technology, real state, business process outsourcing and many more.

Every year, colleges and universities produces quality graduates that are in tuned with the current global demand.

Davao International Airport

Davao International Airport


Davao has a stable power supply coming from the Mindanao grid. Davao Light and Power Company is the company provides power services to the city 24 hours day. It has diesel and mini-hydro plants for back-up and generating capacity. The city offers low electricity rates and has one of the lowest industrial rates in the region.

For water supply, the Davao City Water District provides fresh and safe drinking water. The drinking water in Davao has been recognized as one of the best potable waters in the world.


The city has an adequate transportation infrastructure necessary for mobility of goods and services. Davao has an strategic location making it very accessible to major urban centers and provinces in the Southern Part of the Philippines. The Davao International Airport serves major direct flight to cities in the Philippines and neighboring countries. This modern airport has an expanded all-weather runway and the terminal building has been dubbed as one of the best in the Philippines. The facilities are well-designed to accommodate the growing demand of both domestic and international flights.

The international seaport is one the major seaports in the Philippines which serves both inbound and outbound passengers. The seaport caters general cargoes and containers.


The communication facilities in Davao are at par with the international standards. The international call rates are relatively lower compared to other parts of Asia.

Davao City is the first Philippine city that has a centralized emergency response service known as Central 911.

10 Good Things About Davao City

Davao City has been named as one of the most visited cities in the Philippines and still continues in recent years. This proves that the city has a lot to offer and more undiscovered wonders that yet to be discovered. The natural scenic beauty of nature, the friendly residents, and peaceful environment are just few of the reasons why Davao City is truly an ideal tourist destination.

Notable reasons are as follows:

1. Safety
Davao City Police Office is consistent to its duty in protecting and keeping the place safe for many years now. In fact, the office is one of the best in the Philippines. The city as compared to other cities has the lowest crime rates not only in the country but all through out the world.

2. Potable Water Supply
The World Health Organization (WHO) guaranteed that the water in Davao City is the best water in the world. No need to boil, distill, purify because the water is absolutely complete plus its mineral content and the taste.

3. Typhoon Free
Since Davao is gifted with stable weather condition, it is free from typhoon and so one can enjoy the abundance of nature all year round. Thus, the place is perfect for outdoor activities such as swimming, kayaking, snorkeling, and other sports. Any types of adventure can be done in Davao City.

4. Model Government
Davao City is being praised and abided by other cities not only in the region but also in other countries as well. The City Government of Davao is known for its strong sense of good governance. A good example is the implementation of the Anti-smoking ordinance which has gain recognition internationally.

5. Lifestyle
The city practices a healthy lifestyle as to evident to its residents and promotes that every visitor adheres to follow. Davao City is the pioneering city who prohibits smoking in public places. Thus, the National anti-smoking law was promulgated. Policies such as violence against women, environmental pollution, and illegal drugs have been strictly imposed. The city is the first to ban of the use of pyrotechnics.

6. Oneness amidst diversity
There are at least 10 indigenous tribes that inhabits Davao City. Numbers of foreigners decided to settle for good. Despite of the diversities they united as one when they live in Davao and easily adopt its culture and the cosmopolitan way of living.

7. Emergency Response System
Davao City is ready at all times in case of emergencies and honored to be the only City in Asia to have the Central 911 which is patterned after the Rescue 911 in the United States. 911 would response to all kinds of emergencies such as fire, medical, disaster and police assistance. The service of 911 is being subsidized by the local government of Davao.

8. Cost of Living
The cost of living in Davao is relatively lower compared to other big cities. Davao annually exports different kinds of tropical fruits which said to be the best of the world and still widely consumed by the people because of its nutritional value, accessibility and being affordable. You can live the city abundantly without spending much.

9. Friendly People
Smiles are what welcomes you. The people of Davao are friendly people with good heart. Adjustment would not be hard for those first timers in the place. Residents are treated equally regardless of the status of living and the position in the society.

10. Nature at its best
Endowed with the richness of nature, Davao has a lot to offer from white sand beaches, mountain peaks for adventure, down to the clear and clean rivers, rich marine lives, unspoilt forest and the freshness of the air. No wonder that one is lured to visit and experienced the gift of nature.

These are just some of the reasons and evidences to prove why Davao City is on top of the list.

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