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Panabo City
First Class Component City
Map of Davao del Norte showing the location of Panabo.
Map of Davao del Norte showing the location of Panabo.
Panabo City is located in Philippines
Panabo City
Panabo City
Location in the Philippines
Coordinates: 7°18′29″N 125°41′2″E / 7.30806°N 125.68389°E / 7.30806; 125.68389Coordinates: 7°18′29″N 125°41′2″E / 7.30806°N 125.68389°E / 7.30806; 125.68389
Country  Philippines
Region Davao Region (Region XI)
Province Davao del Norte
District 2nd District of Davao del Norte
Founded July 19, 1949
Cityhood March 31, 2001
Barangays 40
 • Mayor Atty. Jose L. Silvosa, Sr.(Liberal)
 • Total 251.23 km2 (97.00 sq mi)
Population (2010 NSO Census)
 • Total 174,364
 • Density 690/km2 (1,800/sq mi)
Time zone PHT (UTC+8)
ZIP Code 8105
Income class 1st class city

Panabo is a small, First Class component city near Davao City in the province of Davao del Norte, Philippines. The city has an area of 249 square kilometers. According to the 2010 NSO Census, it has a population of 174,364 people in 32,807 households.


Long before the rich lowland was discovered by civilization, a group of stocky-haired aborigines called Aetas have already staked a claim and declared this place their own. Far from being civilized, these people led nomadic life and co-existed with the living creatures of the wilds. They have few wants and were easily satisfied. With the use of their bow and arrow "pana-sa-boboy" as they call it - they hunted for food which primarily consisted of rootcrops and meat of wild boars. "Pana-Sa-Boboy" was their most essential tool and it became part of their life.

Even the Christian settlers came at the onset of the century, the place was already a thriving trading community; thus, the place was already knwn as Taboan, which means "trading center". After the Cristian settlers began pioneering the region, these friendly natives moved further to the hinterlands along with them their "pana-sa-boboy". These later evolved into present day name Panabo.

Legal Basis[edit]

Panabo, which is formerly a mere barangay of Tagum, then known as Magugpo during that time, became a town last July 19, 1949, through Presidential Proclamation No. 236 of the late President Manuel A. Roxas.

The local government unit of Panabo was created into a component City of Davao del Norte by virtue of Republic Act No. 9015 and ratified by the residents in a plebiscite held on March 31, 2001. However, its official existence as a municipal corporation took effect on with the appointment of new set of officials.


The city is known as the "Banana Capital of the Philippines" due to numerous banana plantations scattered throughout the city. In fact, Panabo is the home of the world’s biggest banana plantation, which is owned by the Tagum Agricultural Development Company (TADECO), which covers around 6,900 hectares of banana fields and produce millions of boxes of export-quality bananas annually. The city itself cultivated 40% of its land or around 10,000 hectares into planting export-quality bananas, which is better known as "Cavendish Bananas". Thus, banana cultivation and exportation are the main economic lifeblood of the city.


There are also two privately owned port facilities in the city, which enabled them to export various fruits, such as bananas, mangoes, papayas, and pineapples, to countries like Japan, Korea, China, and countries as far in the Middle East and the European Union. Public infrastructure includes the Freedom Park which features a unique banana inspired fountain sculpted by the world class artist Kublai.

Shopping Malls And Centers[edit]

  • Gaisano Grand Mall of Panabo
  • Central Warehouse Club
  • NOVO jeans Inc.
  • NCCC Mall (planned)

Private Universities[edit]

Schools are ranked by class according to its facilities and quality of education it serves

  • North Davao Colleges (1st class)
  • University of Mindanao Panabo Campus (1st Class)

Public Universities[edit]

  • Davao del Norte State College


  • ACES Polytechnic College
  • Northlink Technological College, Inc.
  • Valiant Technological College
  • Northern Paramedical Technological College

Private High-school[edit]

Schools are ranked by class according to its facilities and quality of education it serves.

  • North Davao Colleges - High School Department (1st Class)
  • Maryknoll High School of Panabo (2nd class)
  • Francisco Adlaon Learning Institute (2nd class)
  • Panabo SDA Learning Center (3rd class)
  • Panabo Christian School (3rd class)
  • Panabo Acheivers Academy (2nd year only) (NA)


The city is politically subdivided into 40 barangays. Quezon was formerly the sitio of Cabili; it became a barrio in 1957.[1]

  • A. O. Floirendo
  • Datu Abdul Dadia
  • Buenavista
  • Cacao
  • Cagangohan
  • Consolacion
  • Dapco
  • Gredu (Pob.)
  • J.P. Laurel
  • Kasilak
  • Katipunan
  • Katualan
  • Kauswagan
  • Little Panay
  • Lower Panaga (Roxas)
  • Mabunao
  • Maduao
  • Malativas
  • Manay
  • Nanyo
  • New Malaga (Dalisay)
  • New Malitbog
  • New Pandan (Pob.
  • New Visayas
  • Quezon
  • Salvacion
  • San Francisco (Pob.)
  • San Nicolas
  • San Roque
  • San Vicente
  • Southern Davao
  • Sta Cruz
  • Sto Niño (Pob.)
  • Sindaton
  • Tagpore
  • Tibungol
  • Upper Licanan
  • Waterfall
  • San Pedro

Twin Cities[edit]

  • Tagum City
  • Davao City

Non-government/Volunteer Organization[edit]

These Securities and Exchange Commission (Philippines) registered organizations helps promote the peace and order of Panabo City:

  • Panabo Association of Radio Enthusiasts, Inc. (P.A.R.E.)
  • Recon Enterprise
  • Urgent, Inc.


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