Matanao, Davao del Sur

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Matanao
Municipality
Map of Davao del Sur showing the location of Matanao
Map of Davao del Sur showing the location of Matanao
Matanao is located in Philippines
Matanao
Matanao
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 6°42′0″N 125°16′0″E / 6.70000°N 125.26667°E / 6.70000; 125.26667Coordinates: 6°42′0″N 125°16′0″E / 6.70000°N 125.26667°E / 6.70000; 125.26667
Country  Philippines
Region Davao Region (Region XI)
Province Davao del Sur
Barangays 33
Government[1]
 • Mayor Vicente Fernandez
Area
 • Total 202.40 km2 (78.15 sq mi)
Population (2010)
 • Total 51,382
 • Density 250/km2 (660/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 8003
Dialing code 82
Income class 2nd
Population census of Matanao, Davao del Sur
Year Pop.   ±% p.a.  
1990 41,262 —    
1995 43,455 +1.04%
2000 46,916 +1.54%
2007 49,806 +0.86%
2010 51,382 +1.04%
Source: National Statistics Office[2]

Matanao is a 2nd class municipality in the province of Davao del Sur, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 51,382 in 10,464 households.

History[edit]

In 1957, some of the barrios of the municipality of Bansalan namely Kibao, San Vicente, Kibuaya, Managa Km. 67, Sinawilan, New Visayas, Sacub, Upper Malabang, Tibongbong, Sinaragan, Maliit Digos, Kapok, Tamlangon, Manga, Buas, New Katipunan, Da-Anama, Upper Kauswagan, Kagaulas, Kabasagan, Tuwak, Mal, Latian, Lanturi, Dongan-Pekong, La Union, Kauswagan, and Paitan were grouped and constituted into a new and independent municipality known as Matanao.[3]

Matanao means a place or something to see or witness at a vantage point. In the earlier days, the place was known as “Matin-aw”, a term used to mean clear. The name is derived from the crystal clear brooks and rivers that abound in the area. No one could exactly tell how, when and why “Matin-aw” became Matanao.

In 1920, long before Matanao was formally created into a municipality, Buas had already existed (representing Matanao) as a barangay of Santa Cruz inhabited by tribal minorities, the Blaans (Bilaan) with Datu Edu Gamban as their recognized leader. In 1927, migrants from the Visayas led by the late Rosendo Javelona and his family came to the place. Protestantism was spread by one Pastor Diamonon through the Javelonas. Ranchers also invaded the place and have for themselves large homesteads. Ten years later, sometime in 1937, scores of Cebuanos came. Among them were Roman Albarracin, Pablo Chavez and Crispin Puerto and their kins. The next batch of Cebuanos came in 1940′s including the Famor Clan. The clan introduced Catholicism in the area and a chapel was built giving honor to the present patron Saint Senor San Miguel, the Archangel.

Countless batches of migrants flocked to the place and various cultural influences account for what Matanao is today. The people of the municipality is a blend of Cebuanos, Ilongos, Bicolanos, Boholanos, Ilocanos, Zamboanguenos, Tagalogs, Blaans, Calagans and Bagobos, Babel of dialects was experienced by the people in the place, but Cebuano came out to be the dominating dialect, thus, becoming the mother tongue of the municipality until the present time.

Geographical Location[edit]

Matanao is located in the province of Davao Del Sur in Region XI Davao Region which is a part of the Mindanao group of islands. The municipality Matanao is seated about 15 km west-south-west of province capital City Of Digos and about 991 km south-south-east of Philippine main capital Manila. The geographic coordinates of Matanao are 6° 42' 15 N, 125° 13' 33 E.

Climate[edit]

Hot and humid most of the year. May–November is Typhoon season. The mean annual temperature of the municipality is between 22.4 - 31.5°C. The annual rainfall range from 1,500 to 2,500 mm. The coldest part of the year is usually during the month of December to February and the hottest month are April and May. Rainfall distribution is more or less even during the year.

Climate data for Matanao, Davao del Sur, Philippines
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 108
(42)
101
(38)
102
(39)
100
(38)
99
(37)
109
(43)
101
(38)
102
(39)
103
(39)
100
(38)
93
(34)
100
(38)
109
(43)
Average high °F (°C) 86
(30)
87
(31)
88
(31)
90
(32)
89
(32)
87
(31)
87
(31)
88
(31)
88
(31)
88
(31)
88
(31)
87
(31)
88
(31)
Average low °F (°C) 74
(23)
74
(23)
75
(24)
76
(24)
76
(24)
76
(24)
75
(24)
75
(24)
75
(24)
75
(24)
75
(24)
75
(24)
75
(24)
Record low °F (°C) 66
(19)
68
(20)
68
(20)
70
(21)
72
(22)
72
(22)
71
(22)
70
(21)
70
(21)
71
(22)
72
(22)
69
(21)
66
(19)
Source: Weatherbase[4]

Barangays[edit]

Matanao is politically subdivided into 33 barangays. One forms the center of the municipality whereas the other 32 are in the outlying areas which several kilometers away from the town.

Population

According to the 2007 census, Matanao has a population of 49,806 and is part of the big group of 1073 cities and municipalities in the Philippines which have more than 10.000 residents but did not reach 50.000 population yet. Based on the number of its inhabitants Matanao is number 445 of the most populous cities of the Philippines and at 107 in Mindanao group of islands and the 7th most populous municipality of province Davao Del Sur.

Barangays PSG-Code Urbanization Population
* Asbang 112410001 rural 1,204
* Asinan 112410002 rural 634
* Bagumbayan 112410003 rural 507
* Bangkal 112410004 rural 3,065
* Buas 112410005 rural 764
* Buri 112410006 rural 2,155
* Camanchiles 112410007 rural 1,450
* Ceboza 112410008 rural 550
* Colonsabak 112410009 rural 1,400
* Dongan-Pekong 112410010 rural 1,688
* Kabasagan 112410012 rural 2,015
* Kapok 112410013 rural 995
* Kauswagan 112410014 rural 1,470
* Kibao 112410015 rural 626
* La Suerte 112410016 rural 1,446
* Langa-an 112410017 rural 615
* Lower Marber 112410019 rural 1,065
* Cabligan (Managa) 112410021 rural 1,350
* Manga 112410022 rural 3,360
* New Katipunan 112410023 rural 1,959
* New Murcia 112410024 rural 1,287
* New Visayas 112410025 rural 1,938
* Poblacion 112410026 urban 4,880
* Savoy 112410027 rural 1,601
* San Jose 112410028 rural 1,061
* San Miguel 112410029 rural 555
* San Vicente 112410030 rural 635
* Saub 112410031 rural 432
* Sinaragan 112410032 rural 1,756
* Sinawilan 112410033 rural 3,906
* Tamlangon 112410034 rural 788
* Towak 112410035 rural 1,952
* Tibongbong 112410036 rural 697

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 1 July 2013. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010". 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "An Act Creating the Municipality of Matanao, Province of Davao". LawPH.com. Retrieved 2011-04-12. 
  4. ^ units=metric= "Weatherbase: Historical Weather for Matanao, Philippines". Weatherbase. 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-15. 

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