THE PROVINCE OF DAVAO DEL NORTE or Davao is located in the Davao Region in Mindanao. Its capital is Tagum City, bordered in the north side by Agusan del Sur, in the west side by Bukidnon province, to the east side by Compostela Valley and the city of Davao to the south. The area also includes Samal Island in the Davao Gulf.
Davao used to be one province composed of Davao del Norte, Compostela Valley, Davao Oriental and Davao del Sur. Then on May 8, 1967 by virtue of Republic Act No. 4867 as signed by the late President Ferdinand Marcos, the province was further divided into Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur and Davao Oriental. The province now has 22 municipalities since 1996.
On June 17, 1972, the name Davao Del Norte was changed to Davao by virtue of Republic Act No. 6430. Since then infrastructure developments were made, as well as rural roads program, water program and agricultural projects for its townsfolk. Then on January 31, 1998, President Fidel V. Ramos signed Republic Act No. 8470, separating the province of Compostela Valley and making it an independent province. This led to re-naming Davao to Davao del Norte. Tagum municipality was converted as a city and ultimately becoming the capital of Davao Del Norte since the creation of Republic Act 8472. On the other hand, by virtue of Republic Act 8471 municipalities of Samal, Babak and Kaputian were joined into the Island Garden City of Samal. Furthermore, the municipality of Braulio E. Dujali was created out of several barangays in Panabo and Carmen resulting to 8 municipalities and 2 cities.
It was on March 5, 2001 when Panabo municipality became a city by virtue of Republic Act No. 9015. Then on March 15, 2004 by virtue of Republic Act No. 9265, the municipality of San Isidro was created.
Davao del Norte has a total land area of 364,056 hectares, 57% of the total land area or 206,913 hectares are classified as alienable and disposable lands and 43% or 157,143 hectares are classified as forest lands. The land is generally rugged, mountainous and has moderate steep sloping areas on the western part and wide plains on the central lowland area.
Currently, the province has a population of 743,811, thus it is also considered as one of the most populated province in the Philippines. The annual average growth rate is 2.2%. Predominant language used by its people are Cebuano, Dabaweño, Tagalog and other minor dialects such as chavacano, Ilongo, Ilocano, Boholano, Waray, Maranao, Manobo, etc. However, most people can also speak and understand English. Furthermore, religion is primarily Roman Catholic, followed by Protestants, Islam, Iglesia ni Kristo, Aglipayan and Buddhism.
In terms of climate, Davao Del Norte has unpronounced dry and wet seasons. Occurrence of typhoon is very minimal. Rainy season starts from November through February. The average range of temperature is 27.46 to 28.18 °C.
COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY IN DAVAO DEL NORTE
The province is primarily agricultural but is also engaged in mining, forestry and commercial fishing. Main agricultural crops are rice, maize, banana, coconut, abaca, ramie, coffee and variety of fruits and root crops. Davao del Norte is a leading producer of bananas in the Philippines with plantations such as Dole and Del Monte.
On the other hand, Davao Gulf provides fish products such as brackish water milkfish, tilapia, shrimp, crab, freshwater catfish and tilapia. Mining is also added revenue with small-scale gold mining activities in several areas. Tourism is also a major part of the economy of Davao del Norte with a lot of beautiful beaches to offer such as the most famous Pearl Farm Beach Resort.
ART AND CULTURAL HERITAGE IN DAVAO DEL NORTE
YEARLY SPECIAL EVENTS
This is celebrated
every 1st week of September and this is a thanksgiving to Tagihinit (God) for the good harvest, good health and good future.
The Festival is celebrated every 1st week of July in commemoration for the founding of the province and its main agri-product which is banana.
Panagtagbu Festival This is celebrated in Tagum, every 1st week of March, coinciding with the city of Tagum’s founding anniversary.
Pangapog Festival This is celebrated every 1st week of August in the Island Garden City of Samal as thanksgiving for bountiful harvest, highlighting a parade, street dancing, cultural presentations and agri-industrial fair.
MUNICIPALITIES OF DAVAO DEL NORTE
Davao Del Norte has two political districts, 2 cities, nine municipalities and 223 barangays:
CITIES AND MUNICIPALITIES
NO. OF BARANGAYS
Braulio E. Dujali
Island Garden City of Samal
Ace Flower Garden
This is a 4-hectare flower garden in Tagum City and produces a variety of cut flowers, denrobriums, bromiliads and ornamental plants.
Apo Estates Corporation
This is a “Little Subic” which is a PEZA-accredited eco-industrial zone lying in a 700-hectare land located in Madaum, Tagum City.
Cavendish Banana Plantations
A major player in the country’s banana export industry. The farm is more than 2,000 hectares.
Nestle Experimental Demo Farm
Located in Tagum and it operates its coffee demo farm in this city. A wide variety of coffee breeds are planted for research and future use.
Paradise Island Park and Beach Resort
This is located in Caliclic, Island Garden City of Samal. A very popular destination among foreign and local tourists. It also has modern facilities such as restaurant and bar, aqua sports facilities, meeting facilities, children’s park, mini-zoo and cottages.
Pearl Farm Beach Resort
This is located in Samal Island and is an 11-hectare resort that produces some of the best pearls in the country. It also has white sand that is considered as a top tourist attraction in Davao del Norte.
TADECO Banana Plantation
The biggest banana plantation in the country for export as well.
The Island Buenavista
Located in Small Ligid Island in Babak District, Island Garden City of Samal. The resort is complete with a Class “AA” facilities and amenities.
The capital city of Tagum is only an hour's drive from the Davao International Airport and the Sasa Wharf in Davao City. The province is also accessible by land transportation.