ship in Cagayan de Oro
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Cagayan de Oro is full of opportunities in various fields. But how to find a job there? Find out in this article.

Besides Manila which is the Philippine capital city, Cagayan de Oro is also known for being a rich, modern and competitive city. Known as the City of Golden Friendship, it hosts some 13,000 companies, which not only stimulate its economy but also provide many professional opportunities. Hence, you should not have much trouble in finding a job if you wish to settle there.

 Good to know:

In 2015, Cagayan de Oro's population amounted to around 676,000 inhabitants, including many foreigners.


The region's economy can be compared to that of Manila as it is Northern Mindanao's capital and business centre. In fact, experts consider it to be the Philippines' most developing and competitive city. Cagayan de Oro's economy is mainly based on industry, commerce, trade, services and tourism. It also hosts many shopping malls, hotels, convention centres, as well as condominiums that are ideal for expatriates.

The automotive industry is another important economic pillar thanks to the presence of many car dealers, namely Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Isuzu, Mitsubishi, Suzuki, Ford, Kia, Foton, Mazda, Chevrolet, BMW, Peugeot, Hyundai, Subaru, Chery, Jinbei and Tata. Most showrooms are located nearby Iligan-Cagayan de Oro, Butuan Avenue Road. Agriculture, livestock, poultry and natural resources also make a significant contribution to the city's economy.

Philippine statistics indicate a labour growth rate in the Northern Mindanao region of 3.6% in 2016, which is higher than the country average. As of July 2017, the average minimum hourly wage rate in Cagayan de Oro is 338 pesos or around 6 dollars.

There are three operating economic zones in the city namely, Pueblo de Oro IT Park, Paseo del Rio de Cagayan Economic Tourism Zone, and Centrio Corporate Center, which is an IT centre. Multi-national companies such as Nestle, Del Monte, Limketkai Manufacturing Corporation, and Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Corporation (PMFTC) are also located within the city.

 Good to know:

The president’s economic team has laid out a development roadmap that will see the rise of Cagayan de Oro City as the country’s fourth economic centre by 2025. This will open more opportunities and careers in the city within the next few years.

Find a job

To have more chances of finding a job in Cagayan de Oro, you can start by browsing the city's business directory, Clix, and identify a few companies to which you can send spontaneous job applications. You can also browse job offers on general and specialized job websites, as well as on professional social networks such as Indeed and Glassdoor. is an online job board developed for the employers and job seekers in Northern Mindanao especially in Cagayan de Oro City. There is also Mynimo, which is a local job portal for the Philippines as well as the one set up by the government, PhilJob Net. Once successful, you can check this article to guide you in obtaining a visa.

 Useful links:

Cagayan de Oro Official Website
DOLE Northern Mindanao Region
Clix CDO Business Directory
PhilJob Net

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