True to being “The City of Gentle People”, Dumaguete City was named as the best place to retire in the country for 2018.
Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA) representatives visited the city last August 8, 2018, to give the Best Retirement Area Deemed as Retiree-Friendly (RADAR) award to the local government.
PRA evaluated several local cities on various factors such as the cost of living, the warmth of the community, climate, health care provisions, as well as peace and unity.
The criteria was set by multiple international organizations including the United Nations, International Living, and the World Health Organization.
St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral, the oldest stone church in Negros
According to PRA marketing head Mervin Magbuhat, Dumaguete is the first city in Visayas to receive the precious plaque of recognition. He also pointed out that about five out of six retirees in Negros Oriental live in Dumaguete.
With tall acacia trees lining the sea, Dumaguete’s promenades are among the most attractive in Southeast Asia.
Every afternoon, locals and foreigners alike are seen strolling along or sitting on benches. The city is also home to various must-visit destinations in the region, including the Belfry Tower, the Tabalong Mangrove Park, and Casaroro Falls.
The picturesque promenade along Rizal Boulevard, Dumaguete City
PRA will further develop Dumaguete as a recommended city for local and foreign retirees. More stakeholders in the retirement and tourism industries are also expected to invest there. Based on statistics, there has been a surge of tourists lately, most of which come from China.
Dumaguete City Mayor Ipe Remollo was pleased by the news, promising that the local city government will be more prepared to welcome and accept retirees.
The last time PRA tagged a city as an ideal place for retirees was six years ago, when the award was given to Makati City.
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