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Cost of Living and Inflation in General Santos City, South Cotabato: What do you need to know?

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Here's what ten local experts had to say about prices and the cost of living in General Santos City, South Cotabato.

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My city is known as the Tuna Capital of the Philippines. A festival to celebrate that is done every year. The cost of living is not too high. You can buy seafood at a relatively low price compared to the markets in Davao City and Metro Manila. I am currently renting a house here for an affordable price.

General Santos City or GENSAN is known as the Tuna Capital of the Philippines, as it is their main export. So much so that where everywhere else in the country tuna is expensive or hard to come by, the city is practically swimming in it. Another fun fact about GENSAN is that they also serve in select restaurants ostrich and alligator burgers. As most of these are food facts, someone who might be considering to move to GENSAN might also be a person who can be considered a “foodie”.

Gabriel, says: 2020

General Santos City has diverse ethnic groups, low prices for basic needs, and ease of transportation. Although, Gensan is a city, life here is simple like you’re living in a province. There is less pollution than in urbanized areas such as Metro Manila. Enjoy our small and peaceful city.

Jordan, says: 2020

Someone who will move in General Santos City should consider that the lifestyle here is far from big cities. It is a combination of urban and rural life. Rest assured that they will have a breathe of fresh air. They should consider the salary and workplace too as we are residing in a third-world country, the wage here is smaller that usual.

Christine, says: 2020

The ‘Tuna Capital of the Philippines,’ home of fresh aquatic resources. A small city yet it comprises several establishments supportive of your needs. From malls, convenient stores, recreational parks, hotels, restaurants, and more, all you need is here. You can expect justifiable prices and very good customer services. most of all, the people are great!

Lailani, says: 2020

My city has very hot weather. Rainy season only comes in June. Since our city is in the southernmost part of the country, we have a low cost of living and there are so many cheap things here, from food to apparel.

General Santos City is one of the fast-developing cities in Mindanao. You will enjoy the wonderful culture, the beautiful people, the delicious food and the cheap accommodation. I highly recommend it to someone seeking a lively yet cheap place to move.

General Santos City is the Tuna Capital of the Philippines. Our city has the most unique language because speak both in Tagalog and English. People will have a greater opportunity and privilege to work with high paying job. We have a market called palengke where every affordable prices of different kinds fishes can be found.

Junerick, says: 2020

General Santos is a relatively laid-back city of 500,000. It is a melting pot of traditions and culture in southern Mindanao. My first impression of the city was humid and dusty. However, I was taken aback by its stunning beaches, sprawling fishing industry, and scenic destinations in its periphery. Little known to tourists are the city’s delectable mix of traditional and street food. One simply cannot miss visiting the fishport complex, known for affordable and high-grade tuna, and taking a bite of the popular pastil.

Angelica, says: 2020

For someone moving here, they should know about the tricycle fares to avoid being duped by the drivers in paying much expensive fares. They should also know the proper vehicle routes to avoid drivers taking them to different places and taking advantage of them being foreigners just to extort expensive fare charges.

Jessica, says: 2020
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