DAVAO City still promises the best quality of life among metropolitan cities in the country.

During the City Council session on Wednesday, the awards, one of which was for being the best city people could live in, was presented to Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte by City Administrator Zuleika Lopez and City Planning and Development Office head Roberto Alabado.

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The citations were from the Asian Institute of Management (AIM). Other awards bagged by the city include:

* Special Award in Documentation, for providing the AIM with a very good documentation of Davao City's system;

* Special Award on the Compliance to Government Plans and Programs;

* An Entrepreneur's Award, for being the most friendly small and medium enterprises;

"We were pitted against Cebu City. Four awards were ours and the other four were of Cebu. We can consider ourselves about equal to Cebu," Alabado said.

Lopez said the fifth award given to the city is from the Commission on Information and Communications Technology, the Business Process Association of the Philippines, and the Department of Trade and Industry.

"With the highest over all score of 91 percent, and the highest score in the availability of talent at 99 percent in the next wave cities scorecard, we were awarded one of the Top Ten Next Wave Cities in the country in recognition of its inspiring achievement as one of the country's outsourcing in 2010," Lopez said.

"The greater glory belongs to the people of Davao City. Thank you very much," the former mayor said.

Lopez said Mayor Sara Duterte has suggested that all the awards be placed in Museo Dabawenyo. (Jade C. Zaldivar)