The Five Cleanest Cities in the Philippines

Among the 122 bustling cities in the country, here are five exception for their commitment on keeping their economic growth aligned with environmental programs and sustainability. You might be surprised that even cities which are densely populated, congested, urbanized and are aiming for modernization are part of the cleanest cities in the Philippines.

1. Puerto Princesa City

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Aptly nicknamed “the city in a forest“, Puerto Princesa city’s attractions have much to do with its natural wonders and commitment to the environment. It is home of two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Subterranean River (or Underground River) –  one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. Puerto Princesa is the capital city of Palawan in Luzon, is an impressive example of Responsible Tourism in action.

It has been named the Philippines’ cleanest and greenest city, and has been internationally recognized for environmental excellence. It is not only renowned for its flourishing natural resources, and the unrivaled paradise experience it gives visitors while being the region’s top urban center.

Recently, it also scored two places in the first ever Protected Areas Award and Recognition (PAR) , wherein 7 natural parks were recognized by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

  • Top 6 – Mt. Mantalingahan Protected Landscape
  • Top 7 – Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park

As of 2012, it is the leading Philippine city for providing the best environmental conditions. It also receives a number of awards and citation from the national government – both environmental and economic

  • Environmental program excellence
  • Socio-civic activities to economic performance
  • #1 ranking – Offering the best tourism attractions
  • #2 ranking – City with the lowest population density
  • 6th ranking – Cultural and historical significance

2. Bacolod City

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Bacolod is the capital city of Negros Occidental in Visayas, well known for its Maskara Festival celebrated every October. Known as the “City of Smiles” for its friendly people. It has recently topped in the MoneySense Magazine survey as the “Best Place to Live in the Philippines”.

In 2010, it was recognized as the best location for business process outsourcing and offshoring, according to the Commission on Information and Communications Technology report. It has also received a number of awards and citation

  • Healthiest environments
  • Most interesting culture
  • Impressive architecture, and Steady developing economy
  • Best place to live in the Philippines
  • 3rd ranking – Best environmental conditions to live in
  • 2nd ranking – Best delicacies in the country
  • 4th ranking – Historical and cultural significance
  • 4th best tourism attractions

3. Davao City

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Davao City is the second largest city in the country. It can be best described in three words – Clean, Progressive, Modern. Nicknamed as the “Crown Jewel of the South“, It is the most important financial and trade center in Mindanao.

It is the leading  producer of mangoes, pomelo, bananas, coconut products, papaya and mangosteen in the country. It is also known as the “Durian capital of the Philippines” because of its notable export of Durians.

Davao has been ranked as 87th fatest growing cities in the world, by the City Mayors Foundation, and the 10th Asian City of the Future by the FDI Magazine. Its fast growth has earned it the title “Future Information Technology hub” of the country. But the despite its fast growth it incorporates sustainable and eco-friendly programs, like the country’s first Bike Sharing Program, which was announced to kickstart on the city last year.

It is also recognized and cited as

  • 2nd best city for natural attractions
  • 5th best performing city – financially
  • 9th rank – most cultural and commercial ties here and abroad
  • 3rd rank – best infrastructure in the country

 4. Makati City

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Makati City is the financial capital of the Philippines. It is exposed to air pollution, but because of its commitment to energy efficiency, Makati was recognized as Southeast Asia’s First Energy-Efficient City on July 2009 by international organization Greenpeace for its programs committed to reduce its carbon footprint. This includes the e-jeepney program, which won the Inclusive Mobility Challenge in 2012.

Makati is also recognized and cited as

  • 1st with the most cultural and commercial ties locally and internationally
  • 5th as the best provider of public healthcare
  • 2nd having the best infrastructure in the country

5. Marikina City

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Marikina City is the most awarded city in the countries capital, Metro Manila. It has also been recognized as one of the healthiest and  most livable cities in the Asia-Pacific. It is also ranked number 1, for having the best environmental programs in the National Capital Region by the national government.


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