Mindanao and Its Cornucopia of Cities Great for Business
The Philippines has long been a favourite holiday destination for tourists, not just because of its gorgeous natural landscapes but also because of its charmingly welcoming people. Geographically, the country is divided into three main island groups; Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Among these, Mindanao is the one with the most ethnically diverse population, which is mainly comprised of Christians and Muslims.
Mindanao is the second largest island in the Philippines, by land area. It comprises six regions, which are Regions IX to XIII as well as the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). One of the many draws to this southern region is its landforms—the region is famous for its magnificent mountainous areas. In fact, it is where one can find the country’s highest peak, Mt. Apo. Another attraction of the region are its lovely urban areas, some of which are among the best locations in the country for trade and commerce. Now, which urban areas in particular? Well, if you’re planning an enterprise or you’re a prospective investor, here are five cities you might want to check out.
The largest city in the country, it has one of the lowest crime rates in the republic and is considered to be the de facto capital of Mindanao. Coupled with the fact that it is rarely visited by typhoons, it has become home to some of the region’s lush forests and natural landscapes, and a thriving urban centre; Davao city is quite simply hard to resist.
Cagayan de Oro City
More often called by its acronym, CDO, this city is officially Region X’s centre and a part of the country’s fourth largest metropolis. The city has the typical tropical climate and is in fact outside the dreaded typhoon belt–but with virtual office, even typhoons would not be a problem. Much like Davao, CDO has one of the lowest crime rate in the Philippines. In fact, government annual reports for 2007 stated that the police force managed to have a 97% solution efficiency rate. And as of 2010, CDO is the 10th most populated city in the country.
With a population of almost a million people, Zamboanga is considered to be the 6th most populated metropolis in the Philippines. Part of the Zamboanga Peninsula, it is the country’s third largest city by land area and has quite a thriving tourism industry, with an estimated number of more than 300,000 visits every year.
General Santos City
Located in the southern part of Mindanao, General Santos city is more known by the moniker “GenSan”. Dotted with modern structures, the highly urbanised area is regarded as a first class city, with a population of more than 530,000 residents. Also a tourism-driven city, it is visited by over 270,000 tourists annually.
Belonging to the Agusan Valley of Mindanao, Butuan has more than 300,000 residents and is the regional city of the Caraga region. The city has been involved in trade and commerce for centuries, all the way back to the 10th century when it used to trade with one of southern Vietnam’s former kingdoms.
For business people, it would only make sense that you choose highly urbanised areas with a ready market and the necessary infrastructures to efficiently facilitate trade and commerce. These cities offer just that—some of the Philippines’ most business-friendly locations.
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