rice fields in Davao
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Located in Mindanao, Davao is a very dynamic city in economic terms, providing many professional opportunities for foreigners.

Stretching over 2,444 km², Davao is undeniably the largest Philippine city besides being one of its major economic centres. Located on the Mindanao Island, its population consists of some 1.6 million inhabitants according to the last population census conducted in 2015. Note that Davao city is divided into 182 villages called barangay.

Among Davao's features, you have the Mount Apo, which is the archipelago's highest peak, as well as the durian, a popular fruit in the country despite its strong and unpleasant aroma.


Like most major Philippine cities, Davao also has a very developed and dynamic economy mainly based on agriculture, hunting and forestry. In fact, the following products and activities make a significant contribution to the local economy: cereals (rice and corn), fruit crops (ie banana, durian, pineapple, and mango), rubber, industrial and commercial crops (ie coconut, coffee, and cacao), vegetables (ie eggplant, cabbage, and tomato), poultry, and fisheries. Wholesale and retail trade is its second major industry, followed by transportation and storage, and construction.

It houses the following economic zones:


  • DADC Economic Zone
  • CIIF Agro-Industrial Park
  • AJMR Agro-Industrial Economic Zone


  • First Oriental Business and Industrial Park

Information and Technology

  • The Annex-SM City Davao IT Center
  • Matina IT Park
  • Ayala Business Center
  • Felcris Centrale
  • Luisa Avenue Square IT Center
  • NCCC Davao IT Center
  • Abreeza Corporate Center
  • Robinsons Cybergate Davao
  • SM Lanang Premier IT Center
  • Damosa I.T. Park

Find a job

You can find many opportunities in Davao by browsing general and specialized job websites. Many of them are also advertised on professional social networks such as Linkedin, Viadeo, etc. It is best to update your resume and have your cover letter within reach.

You can also browse their business directory on the website of the government of Davao, where you can identify a few companies to which you can send spontaneous job applications. Davao's official portal also has a special Jobs corner.

As you might have understood by now, there are various ways to look for a job in Davao. What you have to do is to make sure that you have the skills and qualifications that are required locally. You should also be able to negotiate your wages with your employer according to your profile.

 Useful links:

Government of Davao
Locanto - Davao
Job openings
Jobs DB

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