Cavite City

Cavite Province: Safe Haven for Retirees

The province is situated in the southern section of Luzon. It is bounded in the west by China Sea, in the north by Metro Manila and Manila Bay, in the northwest is Rizal, in the east is Laguna and the south is Batangas. Cavite is part of Calabarzon Region.

The province is composed of nineteen municipalities and four cities. The four cities are Trece Martires City which is the seat of the provincial government, Tagaytay City known as the provincial summer capital, Cavite City and newly proclaimed city of Dasmariñas.

Climate

Just like its neighboring province, Cavite experience two seasons – dry and wet season with the former starts in months of November to April and the rest of the year falls to rainy or wet season. December to February is the coolest month of the year and August to September are the months when the province experience heavy rains.

The Land

The province total land area is 142,706 hectares which is about 8.72 percent of the area of the whole CALABARZON region. The municipalities of Silang and Maragondon comprise the largest land area in the province while Noveleta has the smallest land area.

The province land resources are categorized to alienable or disposable lands and forest lands. The forest land is home to a large number of fauna and flora which needs to be preserved and protected. Disposable or alienable land is areas meant for urban development.

Generally, disposable land is further categorized into built-up areas and production lands. The latter is meant for mining, fishing and agriculture while the former are for commercial, tourism, industrial and residential development. Most of production land is for agriculture, in fact around fifty percent of the provincial land area is use in agriculture so most of the province economy depends in agriculture.

Its major crop produce includes vegetables, coconuts, coffee, corn, rice and even cut flowers. They also have livestock farms which includes cattle, goat, poultries and piggeries farms. Its climate is just perfect for integrated farming that is planting crops as well as raising livestock.

Another major sector of agriculture is fishery. Since the province is endowed with long stretch coastline and rich marine life, it is source of various fishing activities for many locals and is in fact is the source of living for most Caviteños. Even those who are living in the uplands, they make a living through fishing in the form of fishpond which produces quite a large amount of fish. Others are also involved in processing fish and in production of fish sauce.

The third sector for the production land use is mining. Base on records as of year 2009 there are fifteen quarrying and mining areas in Cavite.

As for the built up areas, most of it consist of industrial sites and residential areas. It also includes business and commercial areas. Base on 2007 census, there are approximately 1,224 housing subdivisions in the province with the licensed to sell in the province of Cavite.

The government’s main concern is to provide affordable housing for everyone thus provincial government has involved themselves in different resettlement housing projects and allows the establishment of subdivisions. This project gives benefits to the locals. For the record, year 2009 the number of housing subdivisions who has license to sell is thirty-four.

Among the towns and municipalities, Bacoor has the most number of subdivisions with twelve and followed by Imus which has eleven subdivisions and Dasmariñas city with three. Bacoor is leading when it comes to residential areas so that if you ever plan to move to Cavite then it would be best to start looking for a nice place in Bacoor.

Real Property

The province is mostly a residential community of Metro Manila and the province has plenty of residential areas which you will find in their eighty-four Barangays. Some of these residential areas are what they refer as subdivisions and this is what average to upper class family prefers. The place is secure since it is enclosed with high fenced and can only be accessed through guarded gates. The two newest residential developments are Home Garden Community and Avida Setting. The property that is on sale or rent in this real estate properties are lots, house and lots; and townhouses.

Health Facilities

There are public health care facilities which consists of government hospitals, Barangay Health Stations (BHS) and Rural Health Stations (RHS).BHS and RHS are both involved of various health services which includes sanitation campaign, medical consultations, dental health, family planning, immunization, maternal and child care; nutrition, conduct seminars for health education and many other health related activities.

Aside from public health facilities, there is an abundance of private health facilities too in the area which can give immediate medical emergencies when needed. Both private and public hospitals do provide the same standard of health care to their patient although there is just a slight difference when it comes to accommodations and medical facilities where private hospitals are on the edge.

Here are some of the public and private hospitals you will find in the province – Major Danilo Atienza Air Base Hospital, Dra. Olivia Salamanca Memorial District Hospital, Cavite City Lying-in Hospital, Dela Cruz Maternity Hospital, Cavite Medical Center and Bautista Hospital.

When it comes to medical practitioners, both private and public hospitals employs qualified and professional doctors who graduated into medical schools in the Philippines and most of these doctors have pursued further study and training abroad.

Education

Educational system consists of both public and private institutions which offer training and instructions in different fields of study. Some of the education institution in Cavite includes the San Sebastian College (Recoletos), St. Joseph’s College, Cavite State University, Columbia Polytechnic Institute, Cavite City Technical and Vocational School and many more.

Economic

It is one of the most progressive provinces in the Philippines. With its close proximity to Metro Manila, it has become a strategic location and a good venue for most local and foreign investments. Many companies have established their business in this area. The figure is a proof that indeed Cavite is becoming an industrialized province in the Philippines.

Investing in Cavite will be a good idea for this is one place where your investments is well taken cared of and you can find lots of business opportunities for you to earn. It is not a surprise to find that there are a lot of foreign investors that have put their money in this province.

Here are a few of possible good investment: Real Estate and Property Development, Manufacturing like food processing, garments, automotive and semiconductor; Agriculture and Inland Fish Culture Business; Business Process Outsourcing, Information Technology related business, Telecommunications, Educational Institution, Retail Business like convenient stores, Groceries and Shopping Malls; Hotel, Coffee Shops, Recreation Facilities, Restaurants, Spas and Aesthetic Centers; Transport Business, Manpower and Recruitment Agency; Medical Institutions like hospitals and Beauty Clinics; and Marketing of Dairy Products.

For more information you can contact their Investment promotions office by mail at investment@generaltrias.gov.ph.

The cities as well as municipalities that show the highest number of industrial establishments is Rosario which has about 260 establishments. Next is Carmona which has 194 establishments and of course Dasmariñas which has 123 establishments. Another catch for investors is that the province has high manpower capability at a lower labor cost.

Infrastructure

Electric. MERALCO or Manila Electric Company is the only electric power supplier in Cavite.

Communications. The major telecom company operating in Cavite is PLDT or Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company. It is the one that provides internet and fixed line service in the city of Cavite.

Another telecom company provider is Globe Telecom. The company also provides fixed lines and internet access through broadband connection. A subsidiary of PLDT – SmartBro of Smart Communications is another option of internet service which provides wireless internet connection. Globe Telecom, Smart Communications and Sun Cellular are the three major telecom companies in the Philippines and they provide nationwide coverage.

Attractions

Cavite is blessed with both natural and man-made attractions making it one of the favorite destinations for both locals and foreign alike. In fact a lot of retirees have also made their safe haven in this place. It boasts of its magnificent mountains, falls, caves are just a few that will truly amaze visitors and even the locals. Read further to know some of the best attractions.

Historical Attractions. There are a lot of monuments and shrine which speaks and is a living proof of the history of the place. Among the famous historical attractions are Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo Shrine, Gen, Baldomero Aguinaldo Shrine, Battle of Binakayan Monument, Sanduguang Siklab ng Digmaan Marker, Tejeros Convention, Saint Francis of Assisi Church, Imus Historical Marker, Andres Bonifacio House and many more.

Cultural Attraction. Discovering the culture of Caviteños can be achieved through visiting their famous museums like the President Museum and Museo ng Tagaytay. It will be great too to witness their Sanghiyang Dance which is supposed to drive away evil spirits.

Natural Attractions. The region is definitely blessed with natural beauty like the Cabag cave which is found at the bottom of a slope. Inside the cave you will find an underground river. Other attractions you sure will want to visit include Malibiclibic Falls, Balite Falls, and Tagaytay City.

Religious Attractions. You will find some of the old churches in the Philippines in the province like the parish of St. Mary Magdalene which is the patron saint of Kawit. Other religious attraction worth to visit when you are in the province is the shrine of St. Anne and Our Lady of La Salette.

Man-made Attractions. Although endowed with natural beauty it is more enhanced with man-made attractions which would surely amaze the locals as well as their foreign visitors. Some of the man-made attractions include People’s Park in the Sky, Japanese Garden, Picnic Grove and Livelihood Complex, Liwasang Aguinaldo, The Flower Farm, Tagaytay Highlands, Ulong Tubig and Tagaytay City.

Festivals

The month of May is a month long celebration by the Caviteños. They celebrate Hijas de Maria and Flores de Mayo in the month of May. They have the Kalayaan Festival in the month of June, and Street Dancing or Karakol, their Town Fiesta – The Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, Pabialahay, and the birthday of Gen. Mariano C. Trias in the month of October. The festival they celebrate in the month of December is their Foundation Day or Araw ng General Trias.

Advantages in Living in Cavite

As far as tourist destination is concern, Cavite is not that famous since it does not have the best beaches in the Philippines but still it is worth a pleasant day trip especially since it is close to Metro Manila and thus easily accessible. But if you talk about business opportunities and investment this province can certainly lead the way. There is a big community of expats in the area. Check out online for expats and you will find several forums which you can join and websites where you can schedule meet-ups with other expats living in the province.

Getting there

The province is accessible from Manila by land. There are busses that leave for Cavite every thirty minutes. Bus companies like San Agustin, Erjohn and Almark, and the Saulog Bus lines can take you to any part of the province from Plaza Lawton of Liwasang Bonfacio. Travel time from Manila usually takes twenty to thirty minutes.

You can also take jeepney or ride a van in going to Imus or Bacoor from Baclaran, Pasay. If you opt for a sea travel then you can choose a ferry service from the Manila Ferry Port to Sangley Point in Cavite City. Going to the province is not a problem for you have lots of options to choose from.

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