Business brisk in Davao, officials claim

Jan. 03, 2014

Davao Today

DAVAO CITY – City officials are bullish for more investments to pour in because prospective investors are satisfied with the city’s safety regulations.

In a press conference, City Treasurer Rodrigo Riola cited that safety is ensured here, with rates on walking alone during daytime and nighttime in the city at 91% safe and 82% safe, respectively.

The figures make the city the 4th safest city in the world, according to website.

The latest safety regulation was the speed limit, which puts downtown area under the 30kph speed, while in national highways at 60kph.  To date, a total of 172 have been apprehended.

Other local laws include firecracker ban, amended liquor ban, and the mandatory installation of CCTVs on every establishment, for tighter security.

But summary killings have been on the rise, and there are number of unsolved cases over the last one year. The deaths involving petty criminals have not deterred the rise of crimes, with a crime rate pegged at 6.67%.

Meanwhile, business bureau officer-in-charge Atty. Lawrence Bantiding said their office already started accepting renewal applications for business permits.

Last year, the city has 35,000 business establishments with an annual growth rate of 12-15%.

As of Friday, many business owners already filed their renewals at the Sangguniang Panglungsod.

Bantiding  also said that applications for renewal is accepted at the business bureau’s one stop payment center at the ground floor of NCCC mall, Matina branch.

“This One stop shop or payment center will lessen the problem of overcrowding while filing for renewals,” Bantiding said.

The office of the city treasurer and the business bureau are eyeing more one stop shops inside the malls.

Bantiding said that they will continue the “no break” policy and will extend office hours up to 7:30 pm today and up to 530pm on January 5.

He also added that the “no extension policy” which had been implemented over the last eight years will still continue. (

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