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Planning to live in Davao City, Philippines?

The real answer is what sort of life you want to have and where. If you are Muslim, based on the name of the person that A2A me, then I suggest somewhere in Mindanao. I say that not because you wouldn’t be welcome anywhere, but because there are more Muslims and more Halal foods available in Mindanao at better prices. As I live in Davao City, and have a farm out in the provinces with my wife I will speak only to these areas.

To make a good start in Davao or anywhere else you are going to need a permanent fixed income of 40,000 PHP ($825 at current exchange rates) minimum monthly. That is more than double the average local household income, but the average household doesn’t live as well as you will probably want to. The further you move away from Davao the more expensive it becomes to live as a foreigner at the same comfort level.The real answer is what sort of life you want to have and where. If you are Muslim, based on the name of the person that A2A me, then I suggest somewhere in Mindanao. I say that not because you wouldn’t be welcome anywhere, but because there are more Muslims and more Halal foods available in Mindanao at better prices. As I live in Davao City, and have a farm out in the provinces with my wife I will speak only to these areas.

You aren’t going to be able to get a job, but if you can bring $20,000 to $40,000 and leave it in BNP for a year, permanent residency is obtainable for most people and will cut down on the fees you need to pay for visas etc. If you don’t have that sort of money expect to pay between $350 and $500 a year in fees to the immigration office and every three years leave the country for a single calendar day. Leaving isn’t a big deal, or wasn’t before COVID. The last time I had to make a visa run as it is called I flew round trip to Kota Kinabalu (round trip plus throwaway ticket was $165). I spent a nice three days there which was longer than I needed to stay since I could have come home right after midnight. I spent $750 having a good time in Kota Kinablu.

So what can you get for P40,000 in Davao

Save P3000 a month for government fees every month

Rent in a fairly nice unfurnished house in an outlying barangay P5000 to P10,000 a month.

Rent in a fairly nice furnished house, apartment, condo: P25,000 to P50000 depending on how nice and where. Not really in the budget for a P40k person.

Make sure you pay the actual electric and water and you see the bill. P250 for house water P1500 if you just run fans P5000 if you run aircon a lot.

Fiber Internet P2000, Cable with HBO P1000,

Taxi to nearby mall for grocery and shopping P200 or less from most places

Taxi from most places to downtown where immigration is P300 or less

Tricycle: P20 to P50; Jeepney: P8 to P25

Your food will depend on you. My wife and I spend about $350 a month which is several trips to the night market for BBQ a week and at least 1 trip to a nice restaurant and snacks while out shopping. I mostly eat like a local so we keep our at home food costs down. My biggest single expense which my wife thinks of as a luxury is ground coffee rather than instant coffee. I think $4.25 a pound for locally roasted coffee from beans grown in the Philippines available at the grocery store is a bargain.

If you are unsure where you want to live in the city, come with $5000 you can use to put yourself up in a hotel/airbnb or furnished apartment for a month or so and still have cash left over to furnish a house if you go the unfurnished route.

Condos in Davao depreciate in value almost always so I suggest not buying them, also condo fees are often almost as much or more than rent.

Source:Ray Hart, Quora
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