I first came to Davao City in 1982. I came back after a year and decided to raise a family in this beautiful city. What are the ten reasons for falling in love with Davao City over the years?
1. Clean Healthy Environment.
It is a very livable city where you breathe fresh air and walk along clean streets and markets. People observe the city ordinance on anti-smoking, waste segregation and disposal, and fire crackers.
2. World-class Drinking Water.
Bottled mineral water is no match to the taste of tap water here which is acclaimed as the second best in the world. In addition, both the Davao City Water District and the city government relentlessly protect its watershed areas.
3. Fresh Food.
Fresh food is abundant and affordable the whole year. Seafood, fruits, vegetables, meat and other food stuff make each meal a gustatory delight, whether cooked at home or dining out..
4. Quality Education
Many of its colleges and universities offer quality education. In fact, top performers in various board exams come from Davao City.
5. Central 911 Service.
Davao City boasts of being the third location in the world that utilizes 911 as its emergency number. With this facility, it serves residents needing emergency assistance with its medical, urban search and rescue, fire auxiliary and K-9 units.
6. Peaceful Co-existence of Christians and Non-Christians.
Both Christians and non-Christians live in harmony. There are places of worship for various religious groups. Education, public service and business opportunities are available to all. The contribution of the city’s eleven indigenous groups to the city’s social, cultural and economic growth is recognized during the annual Kadayawan Festival.
7. Places of Interest.
Over the years, local and foreign tourists flock to Davao City to experience and enjoy Eden Nature Park and Mountain Resort, Loleng’s Mountain Resort, Malagos Garden Resort, Shrine of the Holy Infant of Jesus of Prague, D’ Leonor Inland Resort, Matina Town Square, People’s Park, Ponce Suites Gallery, Davao Crocodile Park, Museo Dabawenyo and a lot more.
8. Care for the Environment.
Located in Calinan, the Philippine Eagle Center is home to endangered Philippine eagles. It is managed by the Philippine Eagle Foundation which has evolved into the country’s “premiere organization for the conservation of raptors.”
The city also boasts of the Marine Turtle Sanctuary which “engages in the recovery, tagging and rescue of illegally captured and detained marine endangered Hawksbill turtles (pawikan) as provided in Executive Order 29-2003.”
The Southern Philippines Medical Center, a government hospital, and a number of private hospitals, provide quality healthcare to city residents as well as those coming from nearby provinces.
10. The People of Davao City
To me, it’s the people of Davao City that gives life to the tagline “Davao: Life Is Here.” As a blog writer puts it, “We are the ones who know what it’s like to live in Davao City – the land of promise, a place where there is unity in diversity, where peace and progress can coexist.”
These are my ten reasons for falling in love with Davao City and loving it truly.