The Philippine Retirement Authority, which is directly under the Department of Tourism, sent a team to the city to confer the distinction to Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo for his initiatives and programs that turn the city as ideal place for retirees.
In recognizing Mayor Remollo, Benvenido K. Chy, PRA General Manager said that Dumaguete ranks highly in all the international measures and criteria for the best retirement place, namely: United Nation’s Principles for Older Persons, International Living Global Retirement Index, World Health Organization City Age Friendliness Index, UNPF’ Global Age Watch Index and positive feedback from foreign retiree-members who chose to live or reside based on PRA SRRV Statistics 2017.
Mayor Remollo lauded all the stakeholders for their contribution in making this City of Gentle People the ideal place for foreign and balikbayan retirees to spend their golden years in comfort.
PRA found that based on the United Nations and the World Health Organization standards Dumaguete City provides retirees with adequate and cheap food; modern and affordable medical facilities and services; secure housing; plenty of leisure and entertainment venues and choices; integration are easy for both LGBT and handicap individuals; foreigners enjoy tax exemptions for pensions; communication and internet is fast and inexpensive.
Overall public infrastructure is deemed adequate based on Western standards while the cost of transportation remains cheap.
The city is relatively safe place and security is visible almost anywhere and drivers are generally law abiding and courteous and serious accidents are rare.