6 Reasons To Leave Manila For Cagayan De Oro
1. Discover Opportunities in Northern Mindanao.
The city was able to sustain its progress and vibrancy by venturing into crop production, industrial expansion, and forestry. The city ranks seventh in the Top 10 of Philippines’ Cities Competitiveness Index for the year 2016. The index is based on economic dynamism, government efficiency, and infrastructure. The progress of CDO is evident given the data. Figures on the cost of maintaining business, which include the cost of electricity and diesel prices, were significantly lower in 2015. Meanwhile, the cost of acquiring land in a central business district remains unchanged since 2013.
Moreover, entrepreneurs are empowered due to various financial institutions giving them accesses to many options in monetary planning. The number of universal and commercial banks, finance cooperatives, microfinance institutions and pawnshops in the city experienced an increase in 2015.
2. Trust in a Responsible LGU.
This problem is magnified by the high cost of living in Manila. People are forced to cut corners to hold back on spending and this, in turn, impacts the quality of living spaces and resources these people acquire. Though the local government continues to churn out efforts to fight these problems, the progress is slow and the results minute.
CDO—with its fair share of these problems—has plans to reduce street children and beggars. Last 2015, the City Social Welfare and Development Office began its anti-begging campaign by improving dwelling and facilities to the less fortunate.
3. Forget about Manila’s Traffic
The number of vehicle owners in CDO is also increasing as it continues to develop, but the city manages this by enforcing strict laws to maintain order and ease the flow of traffic. The Roads and Traffic Administration (RTA) launched Oplan Hapsay Dalan, wherein additional traffic enforcers were employed to ensure its implementation. The new enforcers were trained on traffic laws, signs and hand signals. They are also in charge of getting rid of sidewalk vendors who overtake the streets.
Most of CDO’s public transport includes the UV express shuttle service, jeepneys, and the motorela—the city’s version of the tricycle. Jeepneys are common in the streets, but Kagay-anons prefer to travel using the motorela to reach short distances. A motorela can carry up to 10 people—nine passengers and the driver—making it more efficient than the tricycle.
4. Enjoy Natural Wonders
People passing by the river can enjoy the view and breathe in the fresh air. They can also try the extreme sport of white water rafting. Maharlika Bridge, also known as Marcos Bridge, connects Kauswagan National Highway to CM Recto Avenue is also a place where people spend their downtime. Another bridge frequented by Kagay-anons is the Emmanuel Pelaez Bridge or the Taguanao Bridge that leads to Balulang. People would stay at the bridge’s side in the afternoon to watch the sunset.
5. Pursue your Love of Knowledge
CDO also boasts outstanding universities and colleges. Here are the schools and colleges you can find in the city:
- Academy for International Education = first multiple intelligence school in the South
- Capitol University – most affordable university in the city that has commendable facilities
- Golden Heritage Polytechnic College
- Liceo de Cagayan University
- University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines = state university that provides advanced instruction in mathematics, science, technology, engineering
- Cagayan de Oro College – Phinma Education Network = excels in Criminology
- Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan = first institution to achieve the university status in the country and the first university in Mindanao
6. Relax in a Secured City
The city is a big place, but it has a tight-knit community. Most expats choose to settle in the city of Kagay-anons because of their friendliness, hospitality, and warm treatment. According to Kyle Jennermann from #BecomingFilipino, “People will look out for you here. Especially if you are a foreigner with THE RIGHT INTENTIONS.”