Davao City is the "Crown Jewel" known as a Durian City of Mindanao in terms of economic activity. It is the most important economy in the island and the third most important urban center in the Philippines and the 10Th "Asian City of the Future". The productive linkages between established businesses and Davao City community reinforced the competitive quality of life in a city that has consistently maintained single digit inflation rate since 1993. Along with flourishing investments and exports, the low inflation rate serve as concrete illustration of the remarkable gains from Davao City's sustained competitiveness nurtured by high level of responsiveness of the local government which put priority focus in facilitating business-friendly initiatives and in ensuring a peaceful and prosperous environment. The presence of basic infrastructure within the city such as airport, seaports, roads , bridges, telecommunications, condominiums, malls and first class hotels has sustained the economic growth in the last 10 years. Due to the city's unprecedented growth, a clamor for higher capacity infrastructures resulted to a number of modernization projects now ongoing to meet the demands of the new millennium. The city boasts of some of the finest beaches and mountain resorts in the country and its proximity to the Philippines’ most captivating diving spots as well as its highest peak, Mount Apo. Davao City is typhoon-free. The city enjoys a weather that remains balmy all year round. It is characterized by a uniform distribution of ,rainfall temperature, humidity, and air pressure. It has no pronounced wet or dry season. Weather predictability makes it highly conducive to agricultural production. Temperature ranges from 20 to 32 degrees Celsius and average rainfall is up to 2,000 mm yearly. Davao City is ranked no. 5 among cities in Asia with better traffic flow based on vehicles per kilometer of city road. Davao City is very accessible and is the gateway to the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East Asia Growth Area or BIMP-EAGA. You will find roaming around the city streets accessible by the number of buses, jeepneys, multicabs, cabs (taxi) that run the city streets. Getting your way around Davao City is never a problem with the mode of transportation available. In The future Developments In recent years, Davao City maintain its competitiveness and now attracts big business and investments. Today, negotiations and constructions are going on to put up a project here in the city. The Ayala Land and Anflocor made a venture to build Abreeza, a P5 billion mall. It will have a 3-storey shopping mall and 2 Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) and a future hotel, residential and commercial lots. On the other hand, Four BPOs eye Davao for expansion. Four business process outsourcing (BPO) companies have trained their More projects are planned in the city. The Davao-Samal Bridge, which will start its construction on 2017. The concept of this bridge will be like the San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, connecting Davao City and Island Garden City of Samal . Other projects also put into consideration are the Davao Light Rail Transit, the LRT system will serve the coastal built up area of Davao City, as well as neighboring areas in Davao del Sur (Sta. Cruz), and Davao del Norte (Panabo City). The project cost was P240 billion in 1997 when it was first proposed. It is also proposed to be 60 kilometers in length and a BOT (build, operate, transfer) project.
The city is also served by passenger ferries throughout the Philippines at Sasa Wharf and Sta. Ana Wharf.
You can also travel to and from Davao City at ease as it has direct flights to major cities in the Philippines and some Asian Cities. Francisco Bangoy International Airport (Davao International Airport)is currently being served by the following carriers:
- Cebu Pacific 4 flights weekly to Cagayan de Oro City, 3 flights daily to Cebu City, 3x flights weekly to Iloilo City, 6 daily flights to Manila, and Once daily flight to Zamboanga City
- Philippine Airlines 7 flights daily flights to Manila and daily flights to Cebu City
- PAL Express Once daily flight to Zamboanga
- SilkAir 4 flights weekly to Singapore
- Zest Airways Once daily flight to Manila and Cebu City.
About The Security and Civil Defense. The city government has invested millions of pesos to ensure the security of people living and working in Davao City. Aside from the usual forces of the Philippine National Police, a special military task force has been formed to insulate the city from terrorist attacks and other forms of criminality. The Task Force Davao, as it is named, is affiliated with the Philippine Army and is headed by an army colonel.
The city government also maintains a 24-hour emergency response system patterned after the 9-1-1 systems in Canada and the United States. People can dial the 911 number to report emergencies and criminal incidents.
A curfew on minors is also observed in the city. All business establishments, in particular bars and discos, are mandated by a city ordinance to refrain from selling alcoholic drinks beyond 2:00 am. Also, motorcycle drivers with no helmets and motorists with defective lights are not allowed to enter or drive in the city. Regular checkpoints in key parts of Davao City and at the city boundaries are conducted 24 hours to ensure the strict implementation of traffic rules.
The use of fireworks and other similar pyrotechnics, as well as smoking, is strictly prohibited in most of the city. Even outdoors, if you are under a roof of any kind, you are prohibited from smoking. Violators are made to pay hefty fines, perform community service, serve jail time, or a combination of the three. Littering is also prohibited.
There are 8 sister cities in Davao as designated in Sister Cities International, Inc. (SCI):