The Davao delegation headed by its city administrator Atty. Zuleika Lopez (center) at the iconic Singapore’s Merlion and Marina Bay Sands.

The City Government of Davao embarked on a 3-day Investment and Tourism Roadshow in Singapore to promote various investment and tourism opportunities in the crown jewel of Southern Philippines.

Known as the safest city in the Philippines, Davao City enjoys continues surge in tourist arrivals after President Rodrigo Duterte, who was its city mayor for about 20 years, was elected as President of the Republic of the Philippines in 2016.

From 1.6 million tourist arrivals in 2016, Davao City welcomed 2 million tourists in 2017 and as more tourists come so as the need for more investments for infrastructure, hospitality, food manufacturing and Halal businesses in the city.

DTI Singapore and the Philippine Embassy in Singapore assisted the Davao City delegation in meeting the leaders of the Singapore Business Federation, Singapore Fruits and Vegetables Import and Export Association (SFVIEA), Singapore Malay Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SMCCI),National Association of Travel Agents Singapore – NATAS and National University of Singapore Society (NUSS).

Davao City government conducted a well-attended seminar on “Doing Business in Davao City” at the Singapore Business Federation premises in coordination with PTIC Singapore. In photo (L-R) DTI Singapore Commercial Counselor Cynthia Ricafort, Philippine Embassy in Singapore Ambassador Joseph Yap, Singapore Business Federation Chairman Teo Siong Seng, City Government of Davao Administrator Zuleika Lopez, Davao City Counselor Jimmy Dureza and Davao City Investment Promotion OIC Lemuel Ortonio.
The Davao delegation with Singapore Fruits and Vegetables Import and Export Association (SFVIEA) Chairman Tay Khiam Back and other SFVIEA officers.
The Davao delegation with the officials and members of the Singapore Malay Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SMCCI).
The Davao delegation paying a courtesy visit at the Philippine Embassy in Singapore where they met Philippine Ambassador to Singapore Joseph del Mar Yap and other Embassy officials.
As a side activity during the City Government of Davao ‘s Roadshow in Singapore, the delegation had a site visit to Orient Pearl Group (OPG) and met the people behind one of the largest Philippine food importers in Singapore. Through the site visit, the delegation had an overview of Singapore food market, learned the emerging buying trends locally and recognized the value of importers to market Philippine brands in a foreign country. In photo are the Davao City delegation together with OPG official (middle) Mr. Muthu Murgaiyan.

Date of Release: 22 November 2018