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Cost of Living in Davao

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Cost of Living Index (Excl.Rent): 31.72
Rent Index: 5.74
Groceries Index: 29.48
Restaurants Index: 15.31
Cost of Living Plus Rent Index: 19.47
Local Purchasing Power: 41.30
Restaurants [ Edit ] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 80.00 ₱ 60.00-100.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 500.00 ₱ 300.00-600.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 94.50 ₱ 80.00-150.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 50.00 ₱ 40.00-60.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 77.50 ₱ 65.00-100.00
Cappuccino (regular) 83.33 ₱ 60.00-120.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 17.17 ₱ 12.00-30.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 12.75 ₱ 10.00-15.00
Markets [ Edit ] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 277.75 ₱ 246.05-302.83
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 34.40 ₱ 27.22-45.36
Rice (white), (1 lb) 19.66 ₱ 18.14-21.77
Eggs (12) 68.64 ₱ 60.00-76.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 283.50 ₱ 226.80-340.19
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 56.42 ₱ 45.36-63.50
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 82.40 ₱ 68.04-99.79
Apples (1 lb) 24.95 ₱ 18.14-36.29
Banana (1 lb) 14.58 ₱ 11.34-18.14
Oranges (1 lb) 18.90 ₱ 13.61-27.22
Tomato (1 lb) 12.60 ₱ 9.07-18.14
Potato (1 lb) 18.60 ₱ 11.34-29.48
Onion (1 lb) 31.75 ₱ 22.68-36.29
Lettuce (1 head) 26.12 ₱ 19.00-35.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 25.00 ₱ 15.00-30.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 225.00 ₱ 130.00-270.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 40.00 ₱ 30.00-50.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 71.00 ₱ 60.00-90.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 60.00 ₱ 49.00-80.00
Transportation [ Edit ] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 8.00 ₱ 8.00-8.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 1,000.00 ₱ 1,000.00-1,000.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 40.00 ₱ 30.00-40.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 18.78 ₱ 16.09-22.53
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 140.00 ₱ 120.00-180.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 148.28 ₱ 116.59-162.77
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 1,000,000.00 ₱ 780,000.00-1,000,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 600,000.00 ₱
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 4,141.67 ₱ 3,000.00-5,312.50
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 7.00 ₱ 6.00-8.00
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 2,044.91 ₱ 1,299.00-3,000.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 1,162.50 ₱ 800.00-2,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 186.67 ₱ 100.00-300.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 150.00 ₱ 130.00-180.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 1,624.75 ₱ 1,100.00-2,500.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 1,018.62 ₱ 600.00-2,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 3,550.00 ₱ 2,500.00-4,300.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 1,587.50 ₱ 1,000.00-2,000.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 8,277.78 ₱ 5,000.00-15,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 4,375.00 ₱ 3,500.00-6,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 16,687.50 ₱ 10,500.00-25,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 8,687.50 ₱ 5,000.00-15,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 6,564.23 ₱ 4,180.60-9,937.96
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 7,489.39 ₱ 5,688.56-9,290.23
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (Net After Tax) 15,000.00 ₱
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 7.62 6.00-10.50

Prices in Davao, Philippines

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Last update: September, 2016
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53 Comments so far

#Ray Bradbury on Aug 27, 2016 :
I was in Davao 1964 on the USS TOPEKA CLG-8 for a visit, the first man of war ship since WW-2. It was a great visit. It was a great visit. The people were great. No doubt things have changed since then. I alway's looked forward to coming back, but just never made it. Maybe someday.Cock fights were alway's good.
#Wille J on Aug 16, 2016 :
A lot of this prices is for the lokal people. Most of the markets, not the big malls, got forigner-price. A lowprice ciggaretts is 35-40peso normally. On the streetmarket its up to 100peso.
The potatoes are around 65peso for a half kilo at the mall with fixed price.
And if you dont need to live at the beautystreet with the rich people then you can rent a house with 3 room and a mini garden for 6-8000 peso + electricity + water. Its rare that you find a fridge or cocking things. You have to buy that. Electricity in a 3 room house using a fridge, stove and aircon is around 2500 peso a bad month. It can easily get higher if you use the aircon 24 hour. The water is around 130-150 peso per month. The fact that you got to pay two months rent in advance is just to live with. Thats the way it is everywhere here. The last two months is "free". BUT, you need to check that the electricity and water is payed before you rent. If not the answer use to be from the owner that YOU pay that and that you cut it from the rent next time. Remember that this is a poor country and most of the people see europians and americans as rich, even if your not. If you are able to get here for vacation or work you ARE rich no matter what you tell them.
If you are a smoker. Here in Dawao its not legal to smoke in public. You can smoke at home, in your house or garden, in your car or at special areas at the malls. If the police get you its 500 peso the first time. DO NOT offer them cash when they stop you. That will maybe put you behind bars. You pay at the office.
And if you are stupid inuff to have or use drugs here...DO NOT RUN, you will get killed of the police, legaly. Its prison for a lot of years for a little weed. Think first, then act.
If you want to get out to dance and get drunk, bring a friend. Then take a taxi home, dont walk drunk and alone at night. And if you find a woman or a man to have sex with USE a condom and NEVER EVER get a prostitute. They are often full of shit that you dont want. Aids and Hiv is very, very common here, and to have sex with a prostitute without protection is no problem, just pay extra....

Keep your money in the front pockets. Leave the back-pockets empty. Dont count your money in public.
And ladys,,,NO BIG BAGS on your shoulder. Sooner or later it will have a visitor.
This is a beautiful country with friendly people. Its still a poor country so nothing is free. If you have to pay 20 peso more than the lokal before you in the lokal small store, smile, pay and leave. You are that rich. 20 peso is a half kilo rise and it will feed a family one day or more. 20 peso is 43 american cent or 0,38euro.
Come here, enjoy, buy your chinese original copied stuff, eat the lokal lovely food, swim and dive, enjoy life and please bee careful in the sun. The sun is strong and will burn your skin.
Welcome to the paradise.
#mel on Jun 02, 2016 :
Hi plz i ask advice here we have a friend from austria.he want rented a house in villa park,cabantian davao city one story 3bedrm with a one small rm not center of the city but the cost is overprice...the own want 45k 2mon dipost and 1 mon advance and even our friend is not yet come he pay every mon for 15k start may2016 but he still in dubai now the own want always money to this foreign is that right plz help so no one will cheat too the foriegn...we are same plz take note they are only a foreigner but they have also a right proctect the people who take advantage too others!
#Billy Marshall on Apr 20, 2016 :
I am living in Los Angeles Califorinia USA.for over 40 years I have been looking at women profiles on Philipinokisses.com for over a year now, my intensions are settling down with a Philipina as my bride moving back to my country of birth England. I have travelled all over the world but never have I seen such beautiful women as I have seen in the Philippines, it is so difficult to make ones mind up who to choose as his future soul mate for life.( its like a kid in a candy store). I have FOUND her OMG what a beauty and may I add she is 54 years young really she looks no older than a day over 40. Now I am praying that when I get in contact with her she will like what she see in my photo profile and what I am all about.Pray for me every one
#Darren Durrant on Apr 20, 2016 :
Been to Davao on numerous occasions and never had any worries about crime. also found that all shop owners and taxi drivers are very honest. Totally different from other city's I been too.
The crime of course would be still around that crime happens in every place world wide . but to feel safe then this is definite the place to ta\ravel. just do not be stupid tourist and flash your money about and obey by the law then you will not have anything to worry about then.
Going back again next month and surely will be safe again.Do not listen to those that have never been there and make remarks on something they have no idea about. be smart and you will be safe. act like an idiot then your just asking for trouble.
#Enrico Salado on Apr 19, 2016 :
Davao is a nice city but totally overrated as regards safety and development. Bombings with casualties are quite frequent (data from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terrorism_in_the_Philippines)

4 March 2003: 21 dead 146+ injured
In the so-called Davao International Airport bombing a homemade bomb exploded at the waiting shed fronting the Davao International Airport at around 5:25 p.m, killing at least 21 and wounding at least 146.

2 April 2003: 17 dead 70+ injured
At least 17 people were killed when a bomb exploded near a barbecue stand in a row of food stalls by the Sasa wharf ferry terminal in Davao City.

14 February 2005: 1 dead, 5 injured
A 12-year-old boy died when a bomb exploded at a bus terminal in Davao City, Davao, injuring five others.

15 March 2010: 1 dead 2 injured
A soldier dies after a military truck was bombed by suspected New People's Army guerrillas in Davao City. A truck carrying members of the Philippine Army was bombed while cruising along a road in the Paquibato district around 14:50. Two soldiers were also hurt and evacuated to Davao Medical Center.

17 September 2013: 0 dead, 5 injured
The mall was subjected to one of the two terrorist bombings that occurred in 17 September 2013,[191] with their both abandoning shopping malls attacked at Gaisano Mall of Davao firstly, and lastly would be SM City Davao during their both blast sites
#Tom Martin on Apr 14, 2016 :
I have lived in Davao for ten years. I could not live here in $500 or &1000 it $1500 a month. You could do that if you were born and raised here and knew nothing better. Doctor visits are 300 pesos about $6.50. I have a heart condition and diabetes something I was not expecting to have when I came my medicine cistern me 7796 pesos every ten days or about 61 dollars. I cannot get in and out of a public transportation so have to rely on taxi averages about 146 pesos or 3 dollars one way. My water run about 300 pesos a month or &6.50. My Internet with Globe is about 1100 pesos or $24. I am sorry I cannot eat on 50 pesos a day. My average meal cost about 179 pesos or $3.50. You have clothing expenses, laundry, $2 haircut (you cam details a 40 peso haircut) I now have to have a caregiver. Men come here thinking health will always be perfect and there will neve be any surprise expenses think again. Presently we are experiencing 12 hours a day no water and 5 hours a day no electricity. I feel safe on the streets and in my home. I run one air condition all the time on 80 degrees and it cost $200 per month. Your quality if kids determines the cost. I came here for a decent lifestyle not to live in poverty I could have done that in the USA
#juan on Apr 06, 2016 :
Hello all I am retired and get a little pension about 750 euro per month , I am living in thailand (khon kaen) but I am thinking move to philipines cause ...( here nobody can speak english ) You think my pension is enough for live in davao ? I am from spain and want a quiet and simple life only . Thanks for read .
#Anonymous on Mar 04, 2016 :
I was born in Surigao del Sur. After I worked abroad, I decided to buy a property to live with. Of all the places, I chose Davao City to live with, cause the place is not congested with people and traffic. All the city has been regulated by the City Government. No Criminality especially the heart of the City. You can walk anytime without any harm...No thieves , No Robbers , No Rape. VERY PEACEFUL PLACE to live with...I will Love Davao and I will be happy if I can get all my relatives and live in Davao City. So Far, i have 3 siblings already acquired properties in Davao City. And we're all Happy...God Bless Davao.
#Carrie on Dec 25, 2015 :
I am a Davaoeña. I work during the night shift and there is no worry about taking a jeepney or taxi ride from my rented house to the office. I feel safe in Davao City.
#Samuel on Dec 01, 2015 :
is that data up-to-date because i'm planning to look for a house in Davao at propertyasia.ph if the above data is the Cost of living allowance there. i think it would be great to live in such a peaceful and safe city.
#keith on Nov 30, 2015 :
I would like to hear from Indian expats in the Phillipines as I'm Indian and will be moving there soon. Please let me know your experiences (good and bad).
#Lou on Nov 28, 2015 :
I work in makati for 2 years and living there is very hard since its unsafe and everything is expensive. I've been planning to settle in Davao since its much safer, more job opportunities and closer to my love ones. :)
#GM on Nov 17, 2015 :
Living 3 months on and 9 months off in Davao now for the last 8 years.
As a family with 2 children living in a western style apartment building that we own, some of the expenses we have are:
1) Davao Light (electricity) PHP5,000/month
2) Condo fees PHP 2,700/month
3) Average of real estate taxes PHP 5,000/year
4) PLDT ADSL 8Mbps: 3,800/month
5) Paulaner in SM: PHP120/bottle, restaurant PHP140-180/bottle
6) Hoegaarden in SM: PHP100/bottle
7) 100Gr Jamon Serano (from Deli Swish): +- PHP350/100Gram
8) Weekly groceries at least PHP8,000
I estimate to live there full time, we'd need US$3,000/month to have a good living western style. That would be excluding private schooling for the kids.

Like other have said, it can be done on way less if you accept less quality.
#Sammy on Nov 07, 2015 :
Hello gents
As an American citizen, what do I need when it comes to visa?
Or I can get that at the airport?!!
Can I fly direct to Davao from US or I have to go to Manila first and then manage to go to Davao..
Thanks for you advice..
#JAMES OVIRI on Nov 03, 2015 :
Thank you. I am intending to come and leave there. I have a girl friend MELANIE who is 26yrs old, has a daughter less than one yr old. She does direct selling. She can call me on ph. 675 79877521 or email on ovirijames@gmaiil.com. Thank you. JAMES OVIRI
#fred on Sep 24, 2015 :
hi
can someone point me in the right direction, i want to retire in davoa my futher wife has a three bedroomed bungelow. there and I live in the uk.
what visa or documents do I need etc. etc

cheers
#Paul on Sep 22, 2015 :
My expense in Davao. Rent 4000 (2 br house and lot) 30min drive to city center. Elec 2500-3000 ( 1/2hr a/c running about 12-19hrs a day) Internet PLDT 2.5MBPS fiber 2100. Water 250-400 (depends on if you have a helper or not. They use much more water) Food (2 adults 1 2yr old and 1 expecting) 8000-10000 (includes lots of beer and snacks). Cell phone 500-700 Transportation 3000-4000 (wife works daily) Cooking gas 11kgs 215 avg per month. Eating out, pizza, jolibee etc. 3500. Roughly 25-26k php per month total. or 500-550USD per month. We own our furniture, motorcycle and appliances. Add approx 2-3000 for domestic help. (careful they will try to take you for 4000-8000 if you let them). Also for my situation, we have extras for vitamins, medicines and doctor visits, as wife is expecting. We add approximately 2000 for this. As you can see, a single person can easily live here 600-1000USD per month. If we got out more and frequent higher priced eateries, we can spend another 1500 a month. My advice, don't attempt to do this with less than 500USD. GET SOME KIND OF MEDICAL COVERAGE. At the very least PhilHealth for hospitalization. The cost is about 1400 a year (PHP). I had a heart attack last year and it would have cost me 100k plus, AND another heart attack if I did not have the coverage. Best Wishes to all who make the choice to make Davao home. Be sure to reach out to other foreigners if you can. It can get lonely here sometimes.
#Kevin on Sep 16, 2015 :
Great reading people thank you all. Davao sounds great to both visit and/or live.
I also would like to know how to contact agents re rentals.
Having lived in Thailand and Ormoc City previously I am happy to visit first before agreeing to contract.
Salamat din
#Emily on Aug 27, 2015 :
What websites should one go to to search for houses to rent in Davao? I am considering moving there from the US.
#Blue on Aug 22, 2015 :
Joe, Davao City is a lovely City to live in. And yes a good place to retire and remarried when you find the right decent, simple and contented woman. Just don't rush of looking one, you'll know it. And don't use too much money on shopping and everything for her. You'll know if she wants to know you more or want your money. Good luck man!

One commenter said that $500 a month is a decent amount for monthly expenses.

Cheers
#Brian on Aug 01, 2015 :
This is a question for#Franz I will be coming there at the beginning of december for anywhere from 3 to 6 months and I a curious to know how you found such a cheap place with aircon? I would like stay for at least 6 months and obviously the lower my rent and utilities the longer I can stay.Your response would be greatly appreciated also here is my email address if you want to respond in private brooksrobinson.bi@gmail.com
#brodavid on Jul 25, 2015 :
I live on 2000 u.s. dollars a month and it still ain't enough sometimes. 2800 u.s. dollars would suffice unless you want to live like a Filipino. I can't live like a Filipino. Life would be too boring. The rent sucks here. It's higher than I thought it would be. It's safe here but thefts and burglary is a common problem here. Get a big dog and a barbed wire fence.
#Albert on Jul 19, 2015 :
Hi this is a very informative site. My feance' lives curintly in Gen San and her family is in Davao. She is having several problems in Gen San ( not financal ) and we both want her in Davao.
Our problem is getting her and our adopted daughter and all there things from Gen San to Davao.
I well B retiring in a couple yrs and want to live with her there.
If anyone can help inform me of a moving companie or prvt inavidule with truck pls leave a coment.
#TonyPH on Jul 14, 2015 :
good day everyone! i am from Davao city, and as far as i am living at this moment. $200 - $300 equivalent against to my local currency is my total monthly expenditures per month and in a minimal and practical living, that includes my rent, utilities(water, electric and transpo with taxi or jeepney) and food. some extras for my clothing or seldom activities. (8 hours of work/day) It cannot be deny that agriculture products in Davao are cheap, because of wide farm lands in and city outskirts.

if you think about living into more active life with a lot of fancy occasions and rough activities.. you better expect to spend more than I've said.

but anything else. it's beyond your directions, way of living...
everything can be a good deal in a good & fair bargaining.
#alpogs on Jul 09, 2015 :
DAVAO is of no argument one of the safest but cheapest city to live with..with 500 dollars monthly on all necessary expenditures you could live a decent and comfy life here in our humble city...(with wide range of soon to be wives to choose from)
#Joe Schmalfeldt on Jul 09, 2015 :
As a single man retiring soon, 2 questions; 1-how much US$ would be an average needed to retire here & 2-wanting to be married again, would this be a good place to meet someone?
#Franz on Apr 16, 2015 :
#carol on Jul 09, 2014 :
I lived here in davao city almost 3 yrs. I love davao. You can buy cheaper food/products in bankerohan or in downtown. Here are my expenses evry month:
Small room rent (boardinghouse) - 1,500.00 including water bill.
Electricity (i have aircon, flat screen tv and heater) - 1,000.00 pesos
Grocery - 1,500.00 pesos
Food - 50.00 pesos per day x 30 days total of 1,500.00 pesos per month.
Transportation - 20.00 - 30.00 pesos a day for only in jeepneys and tricycles.
So, i spent approximately 6,000.00 - 7,000.00 pesos a month. Medical and other expenses is not included.

You said you have aircon . ano brand ng aircon mo? at 1k lng talaga bill mo sa aircon? how many hours mo ginagamit aircon mo ? davao area dn me. please reply .thanks :)
#JAN on Apr 05, 2015 :
Anyone looking for a place to stay safe and cheap in Davao City please contact me 09051175996
#jc on Jan 04, 2015 :
Hi everyone,

This is Jc. Ill be there in a couple of weeks. What is the best way to get there form Manila?
#Jackie Staggs on Nov 24, 2014 :
I have girl that lives in Davao City and she wants to leave there. It's ok with me, I will beglad to have her with me:from what I just read it sounds nice there.
#Reggie on Sep 23, 2014 :
There are about 8 countries who use Pesos.Doctors visit cheap 300 pesos or 7 dollars.
#Spink on Sep 04, 2014 :
Why pesos? How did junk Mexican money make to a jungle island?
##Zellie on Jul 31, 2014 :
I live in Davao now for more than four years. I can proudly say that Davao is a very peaceful place. Crime rates are low and is very safe even at night. Even though I'm a woman, I can go home at 1:00 in the morning without worrying that something might happen to me. Transportation is very cheap. Public transport such as jeeps and taxis are still available even in the wee hours in the morning. Their are a lot of cheap restaurants around the city. Even malls are everywhere. The only problem here is the weather and the traffic specially during rush hours. And since Kadayawan(a yearly festival) is fast approaching, traffic would be far heavier than before.
#Steve B on Jul 21, 2014 :
My girlfriend lives in Manila, which is generally a MUCH more expensive city. She makes about 40,000 p monthly. Her rent is 20,000 for a one bedroom. She is able to make ends meet, in MANILA. 1000 US, or 40,000 p in Davao City, should go MUCH further. It's true that medicine (doctor visits etc) can be more expensive... Meds are generally Far Cheaper.

I've been to the Phils 3 times, and spent a total of several months there. I could live very well on 1000 US monthly. My gf wants to move to Davao City, because of the low crime, low cost of living (especially compared to manila), pleasant environment (most beautiful city in the phils to some), and great social miliue. Foreigners are well accepted there, as the comments above reflect.

Get a new girl-friend.

sb
#carol on Jul 09, 2014 :
I lived here in davao city almost 3 yrs. I love davao. You can buy cheaper food/products in bankerohan or in downtown. Here are my expenses evry month:
Small room rent (boardinghouse) - 1,500.00 including water bill.
Electricity (i have aircon, flat screen tv and heater) - 1,000.00 pesos
Grocery - 1,500.00 pesos
Food - 50.00 pesos per day x 30 days total of 1,500.00 pesos per month.
Transportation - 20.00 - 30.00 pesos a day for only in jeepneys and tricycles.
So, i spent approximately 6,000.00 - 7,000.00 pesos a month. Medical and other expenses is not included.
#Samsung on May 21, 2014 :
Thinking about a move from cebu to davao city,is internet well build example g4,high speed dsl for working online from there?
#Anonymous on May 05, 2014 :
How do you find a cheap apartment not targeted towards foreigners?
#Lars on Apr 29, 2014 :
@ROB

Your friend has a golddigger, most of the pinoys/pinays have an income of 12.000P. He is sending her 40.000P, and it isn't enough??? Come on, kick her ass and take another one...
#Lars on Apr 29, 2014 :
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 49,027.46 ₱
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 384,055.46 ₱

Is this correct??
#JOhn on Apr 18, 2014 :
@ROB, Those prices are way high for Doctor visit, might cost 300 peso to 1000 peso........total.....prescriptions are high but depends how much they bought. I lived there, in Mindanao for 16 months, its very affordable. 40,000 Peso is plenty for a month. For sure, if she has family , that is supporting all. Its they way there, so he should get used to that. I could live on 500 Peso a day , do the math...that's 15,000... so I don't know what bills they have. etc.....
#Anonymous on Apr 12, 2014 :
The price listed seemed accurate. You can't make it precisely accurate for a daily pricing but at least this gives you an idea. For the Rob# I would say that he is being used, as if he is trying to fill a bottomless pit. I feel for you, i have family members in the Philippines who doe this. Try to get out! that's my advise.
#Oz on Apr 01, 2014 :
Question
1) Is $1,000 sufficient enough to live comfortably for 1-week?
2) Are there brothels?
3) How much Pesos equals a dollar?
4) Do cops need to be paid off, like in Mexico?
5) Do I need to bring my fire arms?
#jo on Mar 25, 2014 :
i don't think the prices on top is up to date. since every day in the Philippines there will be changes specially the market price of food. i am living in uae and would like to know how much is the cost of living in davao. its really hard to make a budget if their all spending to the things they don't need. making a living as an ofw is not as simple as it looks.
#Roy on Mar 13, 2014 :
Sir, my name is Roy, and this is correct. Because the culture is different and the things that she pays for is not what you expect to pay for anywhere else in the world. Example, you have to pay people to be character references, in order to quality to purchase certain things.
#Rob on Feb 20, 2014 :
Help, I have a friend who is married to a woman with three kids and support her about 40,000 pesos
a month and yet it never seems to be enough. She is outside Davao in a three bedroom house and every week or two needs an extra 4000 pesos ie... no food, medicine, the latest is an ulcer. Precription Nexium 5,800, motilium 1,100, Ciprobay 500 total 7,400 pesos for an ulcer not including the 6,000 he sent for her to see the doctor. Can anyone give me an idea of is he being ripped off or not. I have always smelled a scam, ideas ? Thank you for any help.
#Rashid on Feb 17, 2014 :
Just retired and live here in Davao City after several years of working in the Middle East. Life here is perfect; food cheap, good restaurants and big malls, city is clean and tropical fruits are everywhere! I love golden pineapples the most. The city is safe, you can go anywhere without the fear of getting mob. People mind their own business.

The only complaint I have is that I'm still adjusting to the humidity in this tropical city. It's so humid that I just want to hibernate in my room or stay the rest of my mornings in airconned malls.
#Reggie on Feb 13, 2014 :
No smoking in public, employees make 200- 400 pesos a day =4.40-8.80 $ most work 10-13 hours. criminal how the people must endure bs to survive.
#will on Feb 10, 2014 :
im living here now. its crazy how cheap rent, taxis and food is. exchange rate makes no diffence. its dirt cheap
#Abide Pala on Jan 14, 2014 :
FOR FOREIGNS : Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre : Min 12,000 - 18,000 PHP ( 300 - 400 USD.)
#Lee on Jul 02, 2013 :
yeah crazy shit aint it...shame we cant live there and earn the money like we do in the western world :D
#Mladen on Apr 25, 2013 :
The website updates exchange rates daily.
#jack on Apr 25, 2013 :
Hmm i always wonder how accurate this is, i am sure these costs are, but i am sure exchange rate should have bearing?