Every city in the Philippines has a motto, and Davao confidently boasts that 'life is here.' For better or worse, the southeastern commercial and tourist hub in the Philippines has earned its reputation by doing things quite uniquely. Here are the top 5 reasons to visit Davao City.
Gold Standard Security
No commercial establishment in Davao City has ever experienced an armed robbery for more than a decade. What is even ironic is the fact that Davao is located in the island of Mindanao - a region mainstream news crassly described as a terrorist haven. This level of security, however, is not without a strong cooperation by its citizens. Case in point: liquor-ban at 2:00 AM and curfew for children at 10:00 PM.
Potable Tap Water
The Philippines is nowhere in the top 10 list of the world's most potable water (not by the long shot!). However, Davao City Water District dispenses potable water in every house or building within the entire metropolitan area. In fact, the quality of local tap water only ranks second place after Switzerland by comparison, but residents only pay no more than $4 a month for it.
Upon listing the top 5 destinations in Davao City among the 68 categorized in Trip Advisor, the 4 out of 5 are all 'geared for the green movement.' In fact, the tallest mountain peak in the Philippines, Mount Apo, is located in Davao City.
Free 911 Emergency Service
For a city that has a relatively economical cost of living, it has one huge bonus that is still not available in other parts of the Philippines. Davao City has a free 911 emergency service. That's right! Nobody pays for immediate first aid and a fast ride to the city's hospitals.
The current (albeit controversial) Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, was raised in Davao City where he eventually served as mayor for over 22 years. Residents often attribute the positive gradual change of social norms (e.g. discipline) in a single generation due in large part to the influence of the tough no-nonsense celebrity public officer. His appointment to the highest political position is believed to be driven by the collective desire of Filipinos to live in the same kind of environment enjoyed in Davao City.
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