Livable Cities in the Philippines

8 Most Livable Cities in the Philippines

Your Crème de la Crème in Terms of Economy, Governance, Infrastructure, and Resilience

Ah, the Philippines. A lush, tropical land with over 7,100 islands, 1,489 municipalities, 81 provinces, and 145 cities—all great options for finding a place to live in. After all, what makes a place livable may vary from one person to another. One may prefer big cities over small towns for accessibility, or remote islands over metropolitan areas for peace and quiet—and the Philippines has all that and more.

But there will always be some that outrank the others. And in this article, we list the cities that stand out in terms of competitiveness. This means that these areas use resources efficiently enough propped by sound governance that it improves the standard of living—making it more livable for its residents.

But how exactly do you determine competitiveness? The National Competitiveness Council in the Philippines (NCC) measures it in four ways: a city’s economy (the capacity for business expansion and job creation), government efficiency (the quality and reliability of government services and support), infrastructure (physical building blocks that help sustain the city), and resiliency (the capacity to perform despite problems or stressors that may come up).

These make up the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index, a national framework that’s used as a guide for assessing an area’s development, choosing business locations, creating reforms, picking vacation spots—and in this case, determining the best places to live in the Philippines.

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Southeast Asian Cities with Great Neighborhoods

Top 6 Southeast Asian Real Estate Market in Terms of Livability

As a developer or buyer looking for your next big real estate project, what are the things that you should look for in a location?

Well, you have the usual things to consider like price points and the size. But then there’s also the neighborhood: what the surrounding area is like (and the whole city to a larger extent), proximity to important establishments, and the conveniences available if you’re ever going to make it a home for yourself or for your target market. These all affect the livability of the place, which in turn impact the marketability of the place and your overall return of investment.

This list aims to help you get started. Let’s take a look at some cities in Southeast Asia that boast of great neighborhoods with focus on livability. Drawing heavily on an annual study by the HR consultancy firm Mercer, we have whipped up a short roster of Southeast Asian cities that stand out in terms of quality of living. We added a couple of places to the mix. These all have a stable political, social, economic, and socio-cultural environment and offer access to important establishments and conveniences like medical and health facilities, housing, schools, public services and transportation, recreation, and consumer goods.

Mercer uses this Quality of Living index to help multinational companies and employers place international job assignments efficiently and appropriately. But they’re also a great resource to determine the best places to find a home. We also added some other helpful information from various sources.

So—these are six cities that have stood out for us.


How Can Tech Startups and the Community Connect Better with MSME?

How Can Tech Startups and the Community Connect Better with MSME?

Technology, as we all know, is the great equalizer.

It’s the best tool that any MSME can use to compete with their bigger counterparts. Startups, on their end would benefit with getting traction with MSMEs because they comprise the bigger slice of the economic pie, at 99.6% to be exact. Logically, it would seem easier for a startup to get to the decision maker of a small company, than it is to a big one.

So, if this a mutually beneficial arrangement, why can’t startups sell to MSMEs, and why is the adoption of technology so hard for the MSMEs?

Why are Startups having problem connecting with the small companies?

When we first brought MiDash (our sales software for real estate developers) to market, we initially targeted the small and medium sized developers. We had moderate success with the ones in our area for two reasons: 1) we knew the decision-makers personally, and 2) the decision makers were young and relatively tech savvy, hence it was an easier sale.

But when we ventured to sell to other similar-sized companies whose decision-makers were older, and were located outside our network of influence, we encountered huge challenges.