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Digos
Component City
City of Digos
Official seal of Digos
Seal
Nickname(s): City of Sweet Mangoes; Clay Capital of Mindanao; Gate City of the South; Champion City of Good Governance
Motto: "Abante Digos!"
Map of Davao del Sur with Digos highlighted
Map of Davao del Sur with Digos highlighted
Digos is located in Philippines
Digos
Digos
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 06°45′N 125°21′E / 6.750°N 125.350°E / 6.750; 125.350Coordinates: 06°45′N 125°21′E / 6.750°N 125.350°E / 6.750; 125.350
Country Philippines
Region Davao (Region XI)
Province Davao del Sur
District 1st District
Founded July 19, 1949
Cityhood September 8, 2000
Barangays 26
Government[1]
 • Mayor Joseph Roble Peñas
Area[2]
 • Total 287.10 km2 (110.85 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 149,891
 • Density 520/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
Time zone PHT (UTC+8)
ZIP code 8002
Dialing code 82
Income class 2nd class city

Digos is a second class city in and capital of the province of Davao del Sur, Philippines. The city lies on the western shores of the Davao Gulf and southern foothills of Mount Apo on the island of Mindanao, centrally located between the two major cities in Mindanao, Davao City and General Santos City. As of the 2010 census, it has a population of 149,891 people.[3]

It is considered as part of Metropolitan Davao.

It is known for its sweet-juicy 'carabao variety mango,' sold locally and exported abroad, thus being dubbed as the Mango Capital City of the Philippines. It is also considered as The Gate City Of The South.

On September 8, 2000, Digos was converted into a city.[4]

History[edit]

In the early days, Digos was a watercourse, a meeting place of inhabitants belonging to the Austronesians settled along the southern foothills of Mt. Apo. The Digos River meets the Davao Gulf and it is ideal for fishing and bathing.

During the Spanish Era, a group of natives carrying bows and arrows were approached by some Spaniards traversing the very fertile tracts of land in Davao. One Lopez Jaena Pacheco, a conquistador during the administration of Governor Claveria serving as the head of the group, inquired about the name of the place from the barefooted natives. Believing that the Spaniards were asking where they were bound to, the natives answered "Padigus", which means "to take a bath". Since then the place was identified as Digos.

As a portion of the "food bowl" of the province of Davao del Sur, otherwise known as the Padada Valley, Digos lured many migrants, majority of whom came from the Visayas and Ilocos regions to settle permanently in the area. Before World War II, an enterprising American by the name of N.E. Crumb leased 10.24 km² and transformed the place into an Abaca Plantation. This became the hub of economic activity in the locality during those days.

Digos was occupied by the Japanese troops in 1942.

In 1945, through the brave efforts of the combined forces of the Philippine Commonwealth Army, the local Davaoeño guerrilla units from the Davao peninsula, and the United States military, the Japanese soldiers were defeated.

Through the initiation of then Congressman Apolinario Cabigon, Digos, became a regular municipality in 1949 by virtue of Presidential Executive Order No. 236, dated July 19, 1949 issued by President Quirino. Its Coverage included the barrios of Tres de Mayo, Goma Bansalan, Matanao, Darapuay and the Poblacion where the seat of government was located. Before its creation into a municipality, Digos was a barrio of Sta. Cruz, a town 16 kilometers away. On 19 July 1949, the town was formally inaugurated with Benito Rabor appointed as Mayor.

Digos in later years, before its conversion into a city, was regarded as the capital town of the Province of Davao del Sur, long before it gained the status of a First Class Municipality in 1993, being center for trade, commerce and education, accruing to its strategic location at the cross point of two principal thoroughfares in the south.

In July 1998, the bid to convert into a city was moved and initiated by Hon. Mayor Arsenio A. Latasa, considering its very satisfactory qualifications required for in R.A. 7160

House Bill No. 5672 dated November 24, 1998, of Congress authored by Hon. Congressman Douglas Ra. Cagas, led to the drafting of Republic Act 8798, converting the Municipality of Digos into a component City of Davao del Sur, which was signed by President Joseph E. Estrada on July 14, 2000, and ratified by the Digoseños on September 8, 2000.

Geography[edit]

Digos shares common boundaries with the municipalities of Hagonoy in the south, Bansalan in the north and northwest by Siranagan and Miral Creek and with Sta. Cruz in the northeast. It is bounded in the east by the Davao Gulf. It has a total land area of 28,710 hectares (70,900 acres) consisting of 26 barangays; nine (9) of which comprise the poblacion or urban center.[2]

The land topography of Digos City ranges from hilly to mountainous in the north-northeast portion and flat and slightly rolling at the coastal barangays, while the urban area and the surrounding barangays in the south portion are generally flat. Generally, climate in Digos falls under the fourth type while wind direction is prevalent from northeast to southwest. On the other hand, rainfall is evenly distributed throughout the year wherein during the period from 1995 to 2000, there was no observed extreme dry or wet season.

Barangays[edit]

Digos City is politically subdivided into 26 barangays.[2]

Barangay Population
(2007)
Population
(2010)[3]
Urban/Rural
Aplaya 14,775 15,409 Urban
Balabag 1,206 1,226 Rural
Binaton 2,765 2,034 Rural
Cogon 5,559 5,993 Rural
Colorado 2,276 2,323 Rural
Dawis 4,244 4,584 Urban
Dulangan 1,592 1,329 Rural
Goma 3,469 3,676 Rural
Igpit 3,078 3,471 Rural
Kiagot 4,319 4,679 Rural
Lungag 286 567 Rural
Mahayahay 773 772 Rural
Matti 5,093 5,328 Urban
Kapatagan (Rizal) 8,403 10,162 Urban
Ruparan 3,175 2,873 Rural
San Agustin 1,895 2,143 Rural
San Jose (Balutakay) 5,419 6,072 Urban
San Miguel (Odaca) 12,148 13,813 Urban
San Roque 839 951 Rural
Sinawilan 4,820 4,539 Rural
Soong 1,140 1,277 Rural
Tiguman 1,239 1,625 Rural
Tres de Mayo 14,590 15,475 Urban
Zone 1 (Pob) 14,052 13,754 Urban
Zone 2 (Pob) 9,439 8,071 Urban
Zone 3 (Pob) 18,920 17,745 Urban

Demographics[edit]

Population census of Digos City
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 96,806 —    
1995 106,565 +1.82%
2000 125,171 +3.51%
2007 145,514 +2.10%
2010 149,891 +1.08%
Source: National Statistics Office[3][5]

Economy[edit]

Agriculture is a major component of Digos City economy. Some 9,330 households or 37% of the total households are dependent on agriculture for their livelihood. Of the total households dependent on agriculture, 91% are engaged in farming and the remaining 9% in fishing. The total area devoted to agriculture covered 8, 944.1 hectares, representing 31% of the total land area of Digos. The more important agricultural crops grown in the area include coconut, sugarcane, mango and banana. Among the agricultural crops, the staple crops rice and corn are the most widely grown.

Local government[edit]

Elected officials 2013-2016:[1]

Fiestas and festivals[edit]

  • Sinulog sa Digos - every January 15
  • San Isidrio Labrador - every May 15
  • Padigosan Festival - every July 19
  • Mary Mediatrix - every August 22
  • Araw ng Digos - every September 8
  • GKK/BEC (Gagmay'ng Kristohanong Katilingban/Basic Ecclessial Community) Fiestas - Depends on the feast day of the patron saint.

Infrastructure[edit]

Transportation[edit]

Local means of transportation is served by almost 5,000 tricycles known locally as just "Pedicab". Transportation to its barangays and adjacent municipalities are served by single Motorcycles(SKYLAB/HABAL-HABAL), Multicabs, Jeepneys, and L300 Vans. Public Utility Vans also served routes to and from the cities of Davao, Cotabato, Kidapawan, Tacurong-Isulan, Koronadal and General Santos.

Bus Company operating in the city of Digos:

Hospitals/healthcare facilities[edit]

  • Digos Doctors Hospital Inc.
  • CM Torregosa Birthing Home and Woman Center
  • Medical Center Of Digos Cooperative
  • Gonzales-Maranan Clinics & Hospital
  • Davao Del Sur Provincial Hospital
  • Dominican Hospital Inc.
  • Sunga Hospital Inc.
  • Llanos Clinic & Hospital
  • Paulino Hospital
  • Masong-song Clinic & Hospital
  • Davao Del Sur Medical Specialist
  • Digos Medical Multi-test
  • Bethlehem Birthing Center
  • Monarca Lying Inn Clinic
  • Mayor's Birthing Place
  • Kayden-Blaise Birthing Home

Education[edit]

Public and private schools in Digos City:

Tertiary[edit]

  • Cor Jesu College (private, catholic)
  • University of Mindanao Digos Campus (private, non-sectarian)
  • Polytechnic College of Davao del Sur (private)
  • Southern Philippines Agri-Business and Marine and Aquatic School of Technology (SPAMAST) - Digos Campus (public)
  • John Paul II Seminary (theological school, Diocese of Digos)
  • PRIME Innovations, Technical and Vocational School [PITVS] (Private, Non-Sectarian)
  • Southern Mindanao Computer College (private)
  • Philippine International Technological School (private)
  • Adventure College Of Technology And Science (private)
  • Mindanao Technological Institute (private)
  • Digital Systems Institute (private)
  • Digos Institute Of Technical Education (private)

Secondary[edit]

Digos City National High School
  • Cor Jesu College High School Depertment
  • Digos City National High School
  • Holy Cross Academy of Digos
  • The Lighthouse Accelerated Christian School
  • Polytechnic College of Davao del Sur High School Department
  • Digos City National High School Igpit Extension
  • Kapatagan National High School
  • Aplaya National High School
  • Ruparan National High School
  • Digos City National High School Soong Extension
  • Igpit National High School
  • Digos City National High School - Balabag High School Annex

Elementary[edit]

  • Ramon Magsaysay Central Elementary School
  • Digos City Central Elementary School
  • Pedro Garcia Elementary School
  • San Agustin Elementary School
  • Don Mariano Marcos Elementary School
  • San Roque Elementary School
  • Dulangan Elementary School
  • Mahayahay Elementary School
  • The Lighthouse Accelerated Christian School
  • Balabag Elementary School
  • Kiagot Elementary School
  • Cor Jesu College Elementary Department
  • Digos SDA Elementary School, Inc. - Rizal Avenue
  • Digos SDA Elementary School - Lapu lapu Ext.
  • Southwill Learning Center
  • Adventist Elementary School of Digos City, Inc.
  • Pedro V. Basalan Elementary School
  • Remedios Saplala Elementary School
  • Aplaya Elementary School
  • Dawis Elementary School
  • San Miguel Elementary School
  • Isaac Abalayan Elementary School
  • Colorado Elementary School
  • Igpit Elementary School
  • Ruparan Elementary School
  • Kapatagan Elementary School
  • Napan Goma Elementary School
  • Cogon Elementary School
  • Soong Elementary School
  • Binaton Elementary School
  • Badiang Elementary School
  • Tiguman Elementary School

Media[edit]

  • DXTN Town FM - 88.9 MHz - SCAN-Countryside Radio Group
  • DXKO Gold FM - 103.1 MHz - Kalayaan Broadcasting System Inc.
  • DXMA Muews Radio - 97.5 MHz - Sagay Broadcasting Corp./Kakampi Multi-Media Agency
  • DXPM Supreme FM - 91.9 MHz - Aedis Media Services Corporation
  • DXIG Prime FM - 106.3 Happy Radio  MHz - Prime Broadcasting Network
  • DXDA Charm Radio - 94.3 MHz - Andolana - PFCA Broadcasting Network
  • DXFV Flazh FM - 99.1 MHz - FLAZH News Network - Countryside Radio Group
  • DXDS Radyo Ukay - 1161 kHz - University of Mindanao Broadcasting Network
  • DXML Radyo Malaya - 1071 kHz - Kayumanggi Broadcasting System Corp. (Defunct)
  • SCAN-TV 6 - SCAN - Countryside Television System
  • FLAZH-TV 15 - FLAZH News Network - Countryside Radio GRoup
  • Channel 50 - UNTV News Center/Ang Dating Daan - South Davao Substation
  • Channel 11 - Community CH./K-37 Digos (Tele-Radyo)- Telemedia Sur Broadcasting Company
  • DXAF-TV 37 - (K-37 Digos)-Sagay Broadcasting Corp./ Kakampi Multi-Media Agency
  • Black Board Weekly Newspaper- Kakampi Multi-Media Agency
  • Kastigador Balita Mindanao weekly news paper - KBM news agency

Notable people from Digos[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 11 September 2013. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Province: Davao del Sur". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010". 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  4. ^ NSCB - 2001 Factsheet - 12 New Cities Created, July–December 2000.
  5. ^ "Province of Davao Del Sur". Municipality Population Data. LWUA Research Division. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 

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