When it comes to deciding where to settle for good, living in Mindanao always comes last after contemplating choices of cities in Luzon and Visayas. Conflict-laden it may be, but there is more to Mindanao than meets the eye. Case in point: Cagayan de Oro. Dubbed as the ‘City of Golden Friendship,’ Cagayan de Oro (or CDO for short) is a home to the friendliest and warmest Filipinos.
Aside from the welcoming smiles and sense of utmost hospitality of the locals, there are other reasons you should consider living or retiring in CDO.
A great place to raise a family
Mindanao Economic Boom (MEB) conducted a poll to determine the most livable cities in Mindanao. Cagayan de Oro ranked second (96.7%), following Davao City with 97.3% of the total votes. Thus, if you are looking for a place to reside, CDO is your best bet.
If you’ve been in CDO, you probably heard the word tsada. The word means pretty, nice, attractive, lovely, good, and any other such terms. It’s just a word, but it says a lot about how appreciative and grateful the locals are.
Well, a different kind of friendliness. Child-friendly, that is.
Cagayan de Oro prides itself of being one of the most child-friendly cities in the country, along Davao City, Bacolod, Puerto Princesa, and Pasig. The welfare and protection of the children are among the top priorities of the local government. In fact, there are several programs and services in place that cater to the care and development of children.
CDO is also an expat-friendly place. While it may be a big city, Cagayan de Oro is like a small community. Such community vibe is inspiring and drawing more and more expats, returning OFWs, and retirees to choose to consider buying a house here.
Xavier University, which is consistently rated as one of the top universities in the country, is located in CDO. Not to mention, students from different schools in the city do well in various national competitions from Palarong Pambansa to dance and parade contests.
Other than the government-run hospitals in the city that are currently undergoing modernization, there are also many private hospitals, clinics, care facilities and birthing homes.
Then, there are great places to live particularly in uptown CDO and those being developed in barangays such as Amaia Scapes Cagayan de Oro in Brgy. Balua. Indeed, the real estate industry is showing no signs of slowing down. New subdivisions and condominiums are being built left and right.
In 2014, CDO won the Livable Cities Design Challenge, which was organized by the NCC (National Competitiveness Council) and USAid (United States Agency for International Development). CDO won because of its outstanding urban planning which includes disaster-resistant structures, facilities, and establishments.
Furthermore, the local government also prioritizes peace and order in the city. The crime rate in Cagayan de Oro City is lower compared to the neighboring municipalities and cities. There is also a constant drop in the crime volume, as reported in Sun Star Cagayan de Oro.
In May 2015, the barangay leaders teamed up with the police force to launch an anti-crime partnership, strengthening the safety and security of the place. Thus, it has the modernity comparable to Manila only safer.
Summing it all up, Cagayan de Oro City is a booming, blooming, and blossoming city. All the more reason you should make it the place to build your