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Cost of Living in Davao, Philippines

Prices in Davao

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Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): 40.05
Rent Index: 6.38
Groceries Index: 46.12
Restaurants Index: 18.93
Consumer Price Plus Rent Index: 23.71
Local Purchasing Power: 24.38

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Restaurants [Edit] Avg.
Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 80.00 ₱
79.00
89.06
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 600.00 ₱
400.00
700.00
Combo Meal at McDonalds or Similar 117.50 ₱
89.00
130.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 40.00 ₱
30.00
50.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 70.00 ₱
60.00
100.00
Cappuccino (regular) 67.86 ₱
40.00
100.00
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 24.41 ₱
22.00
27.00
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 11.48 ₱
10.00
15.00
Markets [Edit] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 liter) 72.50 ₱
70.00
80.00
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 43.60 ₱
38.00
50.00
Rice (white), (1kg) 41.17 ₱
37.00
45.00
Eggs (12) 65.83 ₱
60.00
78.00
Local Cheese (1kg) 675.00 ₱
350.00
1,000.00
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 138.40 ₱
130.00
150.00
Apples (1kg) 77.50 ₱
75.00
80.00
Oranges (1kg) 55.00 ₱
40.00
75.00
Tomato (1kg) 33.67 ₱
28.00
43.00
Potato (1kg) 58.33 ₱
35.00
90.00
Lettuce (1 head) 72.00 ₱
24.00
120.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 38.75 ₱
25.00
50.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 300.00 ₱
250.00
350.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 37.00 ₱
25.00
45.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 55.58 ₱
36.75
70.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 51.00 ₱
35.00
60.00
Transportation [Edit] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 8.00 ₱
8.00
8.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 748.00 ₱
496.00
1,000.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 40.00 ₱
40.00
40.00
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 20.00 ₱
20.00
20.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 275.00 ₱
250.00
300.00
Gasoline (1 liter) 55.20 ₱
54.00
56.00
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 900,000.00 ₱
800,000.00
1,200,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 2,269.44 ₱
1,888.89
2,833.33
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 7.40 ₱
7.00
8.00
Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 1,540.00 ₱
1,000.00
2,000.00
Sports And Leisure [Edit] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 1,126.67 ₱
700.00
1,600.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 150.00 ₱
100.00
200.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 150.00 ₱
120.00
150.00
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 2,425.00 ₱
1,200.00
3,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 1,600.00 ₱
1,200.00
2,500.00
1 Pair of Nike Shoes 3,116.67 ₱
2,500.00
3,500.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Shoes 2,250.00 ₱
2,000.00
2,500.00
Rent Per Month [Edit] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 6,500.00 ₱
6,000.00
7,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 4,900.00 ₱
3,000.00
7,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 13,500.00 ₱
12,000.00
15,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 11,833.33 ₱
10,000.00
16,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] Avg.
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 43,925.14 ₱
21,074.59
75,700.83
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre ?
Salaries And Financing [Edit] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 11,000.00 ₱
10,000.00
15,000.00
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 10.25
10.00
10.50

These data are based on 369 entries in the past 18 months from 38 different contributors.

Last update: September, 2014

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21 Comments so far

#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?

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