September 09, 2017

Cost of Living in Major Cities in the Philippines

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  • They say living in the Philippines is cheap compared to its neighboring countries. Countries in Asia like Singapore, Korea, and China are included to have the most expensive cities in the world to live in and the country is not competing with them.

    METRO MANILA. The most expensive metropolitan city in the Philippines to live in. Shown here is a portion of the part in the city of Manila./PHOTO xiquinhosilva via Flickr

    CEBU CITY. Sometimes referred to as Metro Cebu, it was once the country’s capital before the Spanish decided to move their seat of power to Manila. It’s now as bustling (if not more) than Metro Manila. Here’s a section of the city situated close to the sea./IMAGE Wikipedia

    METRO DAVAO. Davao City, the home turf of President Rodrigo Duterte, is the third major city in the country. It’s the most developed in the island of Mindanao, and will soon see a surge in its development thanks to Duterte’s economic platform. Shown here is Ateneo de Davao University, one of the major institutions in the city./PHOTO Bro. Jeffrey Pioquinto, SJ via Flickr

    Here is a comparison of the cost of living in the different metros in the country, according to the website expatistan.com:

    Metro Manila Metro Cebu Metro Davao
    Food:
    Meal in a fast food restaurant/day
    Php 384 Php 281 Php 304
    Housing:
    Monthly rent in an expensive/busy area
    Php 48,461 Php 36,663 Php 22,330
    Clothes:
    Pair of Jeans
    Php 2,380 Php 2,419

    Php 2,263

    Transportation:
    Taxi within the city/metro limits
    Php 226 Php 85 Php 94
    Personal Care:
    Haircut, medicine, grocery items
    Php 1,352 Php 1,607 Php 880
    Entertainment:
    Movie tickets for two
    Php 500 Php 445 Php 272

    AVERAGE PRICES. Living Metro Manila is noticeably more expensive than Metro Cebu or Metro Davao.

    According to ABS-CBN News, Manila is still the most expensive city in the Philippines for expats. Metro Cebu and Metro Davao is not found on the list, as the country’s capital raises its status each year. Released by Mercer’s 21st annual Cost of Living Survey, the city stands at 75th place from last year’s 125th.


    Written by Gelyka Dumaraos, contributor
    Source: expatistan.comABS-CBN News

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