Top 10 Best Philippine Cities to Live in for 2009
Of the 120 cities in the Philippines, these cities have stood out as the best in terms of livability, infrastructure, economy, and local government response to people’s needs.
On 13 February 2009, city mayor Evelio Leonardia received the 3rd Best City Peace and Order Council award in behalf of Bacolod City. The award recognized the city government’s efforts in maintaining public order and safety. This is not the first award that the city has received over the past years; in 2007, it was acclaimed as the Most Business Friendly City in the Philippines by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
In the last Philippine Cities Competitiveness Ranking Project (PCCRP) list announced in 2008, Davao City was cited as one of the five top performing metro cities. The city was noted to have the best infrastructure and business-friendly environment. Its balmy weather and many natural riches attract tourists all year round.
Lapu-Lapu City is a first-class city in the province of Cebu. This highly urbanized city boasts of world-renowned beach resorts and gated subdivisions. The city is regarded as Cebu province’s tourism hub, with the Mactan-Cebu International Airport located within its limits. It is also the center of trade and industry as the Mactan Export Processing Zone (I & II) is also in the city.
Makati City is one of the country’s centers of commercial activity, with the Makati Central Business District accommodating tall office buildings, first-rate hotels, and enormous shopping malls. Makati citizens get free hospitalization in the city’s government hospital using the city-issued “Yellow Card.” Children study in the city’s public schools for free and are given complete school supplies. Senior citizens of the city are treated to free movies and birthday cakes.
The capital city of the country, Manila is the center of government, with Malacañang Palace and other government offices located within the city. Students troop from the provinces to earn a college education from one of the city’s many institutions on the “University Belt.” The city is rich in culture and tradition, with many old churches and other cultural landmarks.
Marikina City is known as the place to be for people in search of quality yet inexpensive footwear. In 2008, the city received the Best Practice Award for Climate Change and Health awarded by the World Health Organization in recognition of its “Bicycle-Friendly City” program. The locals are assured of a low crime rate with the availability of the Rescue 161 hotline.
As the year 2008 ended, Quezon City raked in a Php 8.36-billion income, 11.56% more compared to the previous year, making it one of the richest cities in the country. In the same year, the city won its third Galing Pook Award for Best Practices due to the remarkable transformation of the Payatas Landfill into a model facility with a biogas emission reduction plant. Large-scale physical transformations have also been started, aiming to improve the city's major thoroughfares.
Naga City, in Camarines Sur, has risen from being a small city to one of the first-class cities of the Philippines. Despite having a small land area compared to other cities, it is Bicol region’s most progressive city, as well as its center for commercial, educational, financial, religious, and cultural activities. On 12 March 2009, the city received the Presidential Award for Child Friendly Municipalities and Cities for the year 2008.
Olongapo City is a highly urbanized chartered city near the Subic Bay Freeport. In 2008, the city received the Most Competitive Medium-Sized City award from the Asian Institute of Management. Prior to that, the city also received the Hall of Fame Awardee for Highly Urbanized Cities bestowed by the President.
Although Baguio City has noticeably become more polluted compared to the past years, nothing still beats the City of Pines as one of the best summer destinations of the Philippines. Cool weather and lush greenery are available all year round, and the city is also home to cultural and religious landmarks and regional government offices. Tourists have also commended the city’s cab drivers for being honest in billing passengers.
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-  Official Website of Baguio City (Accessed 14 December 2009)