Davao City serves as the main gateway to Southern Philippines. Direct flights to and from major cities in the Philippines and Asia are available via the Davao International Airport, a modern facility able to handle wider-bodied aircraft such as the Boeing 747, the Airbus A340 and the Airbus A330. Flight time to Manila (the country’s capital) is 100 minutes while Cebu City is 50 minutes away. It has daily flights to Singapore – serviced by SilkAir – and weekly-chartered flights to Manado, Indonesia.
Davao City is the main entry point to Midanao, its airport being one of the top three busiest airports in the country. The Francisco Bangoy International Airport, more commonly known as the Davao International Airport services flights from various points in the country including Manila, Tagbilaran, Cebu, Iloilo, Zamboanga, Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro and most recently, Clark, Puerto Princesa and Kalibo. Access to Davao City is never a problem with its almost 20 daily flights to major cities in the Philippines and some Asian Cities. It also services direct and connecting flights to Hong Kong and Singapore, virtually connecting Davao to the world through these international hubs.
By land, the city can be reached from the capital via the Philippine-Japan Friendship Highway. Davao City’sstrategic location provides links between key urban centers and provinces. Its arterial roads connect tomajor inter-provincial routes in Mindanao. The city’s extensive internal roads, which include city roads,barangay roads and some portion of national roads, provide direct linkage between economic activities inthe urban centers and the sources of production materials in the rural areas.
A Traffic Management and Computerization Scheme is currently being implemented where majorthoroughfares, roads, intersections are being monitored through CCTV cameras 24/7 by the Public Safetyand Command Center. Davao City is ranked no.5 among cities in Asia with better traffic flow based onvehicles per kilometer of city road.
Davao International Airport is a mere 15-minute ride from downtown Davao. Metered taxicabs and car rentals are readily available. Going around the city is very easy as taxis are readily available and there are jeepneys that ply different routes. For taxi services, you may ask for assistance from your hotel.
Davao City has two international seaports (Sasa Wharf and Sta. Ana Wharf) and nine privately- owned ports. Its international seaport serves as an important shipping hub for both cargo and passenger vessels. In addition, the Toril International Fish Port Complex accommodates small and large-scale fishing activities as well as provides, among others, cold-storage facilities. Cargo handling facilities are at par with international standards to serve the increasing number of ship calls and cargo traffic both for domestic and foreign, inbound and outbound passenger traffic.
Travel time by sea takes three days from Davao’s Sasa International Wharf to Manila’s North Harbor.
The city is also served by domestic passenger ferries at Sasa Port and Sta. Ana Wharf.
• Sulpicio Lines twice weekly from Manila.
• SuperFerry twice weekly to Manila.
Other Seaports: Tefasco Wharf, Sta. Ana Port
The sea port of Davao located at Km. 10, Sasa has a total area of 18.00 Ha and total berth length of 1,093.00M. It is equipped with rubber tired cargo handling equipment, light towers, reefer rack & transit shed. The vessels use to ship cargoes are also the top carriers of the biggest fruits producers in the country.
With Davao’s booming export sector, a number of international container services have made Davao’s Sasa port their main area of operations in Mindanao. Given the strength of its exports, talks for a roll-on roll-off network connecting Davao to the rest of the country is also under discussion. The initiative plans to connect Davao to the rest of the Philippines as well as Northwestern Sulawesi in Indonesia. – Business Talks (Vol.1, Issue No.1, August 2012)
FAST FACTS ABOUT DAVAO CITY
• The word dabaw is pronounced da’vao with a hard accented a and vao pronounced gently with a downward tone
• Located in the Southeastern part of Mindanao, is approximately 946 kilometers from Manila.
• Strategically located in the Asia- Pacific rim, the city serves as a gateway to the world.
• It is the key player in the flourishing trading club called Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area or BIMP-EAGA.
• Mindanao’s center of commerce, trade and services.
• Known for the scenic and majestic Mt. Apo, the highest peak in the country at 10, 311 feet above the sea level.
• Is called the “DURIAN CITY OF THE COUNTRY”, as this exotic fruit grows.
• The DURIAN, the PHILIPINE EAGLE, the WALING WALING, and the MT.APO are icons inherently identified with Davao.
· Land Area: 2, 443.61 sq.km.
· Ten Tribes: Ovu Manuvu, K’lata, Matigsalog, Tagabawa, Ata Manuvu, Kalagan, Sama, Tausug, Maranao and Maguindanao
· Major Languages: Tagalog, Cebuano, English, Chinese
• Climate: Tropical Temperature: 21.0 ° to 34.7 ° C
• Population: 1,537,981 (2012)
· Population Density: 643 persons/ sq. km.
· Urban Population: 70 % of total
• Time Zone: GMT + 8
Source: BIMP- EAGA Brochure on Investing in Davao Region, Philippines
*As of February 2010