Davao Occidental

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Davao Occidental
Province
Province of Davao Occidental
Location in the Philippines
Location in the Philippines
Coordinates: 6°05′N 125°40′E / 6.08°N 125.67°E / 6.08; 125.67Coordinates: 6°05′N 125°40′E / 6.08°N 125.67°E / 6.08; 125.67
Country Philippines
Region Davao Region (Region XI)
Founded October 28, 2013
Capital Malita
Government
 • Type Sangguniang Panlalawigan
 • Governor Claude Bautista
 • Vice Governor Franklin Bautista
 • Representative Lorna Bautista-Bandigan
Area[1]
 • Total 2,163.45 km2 (835.31 sq mi)
Area rank 57th out of 81
Population (2015 census)[2]
 • Total 316,342
 • Rank 65th out of 81
 • Density 150/km2 (380/sq mi)
 • Density rank 59th out of 81
Divisions
 • Independent cities 0
 • Component cities 0
 • Municipalities
 • Barangays 105
 • Districts Lone District of Davao Occidental
Time zone PHT (UTC+8)
Spoken languages

Davao Occidental (Cebuano: Kasadpang Dabaw, Filipino: Kanlurang Dabaw), is the 81st and newest province in the Philippines located in the Davao Region in Mindanao.[3][4][5] Its capital is the municipality of Malita. To the east lies the Davao Gulf. It also shares a water border with the Indonesian province of North Sulawesi to the south.

According to Article IX Section 48 of the provincial charter, the first set of elective officials were elected on May 9, 2016, the next local elections following the foundation of the province.

Creation[edit]

Davao Occidental was created through Republic Act 10360 enacted on July 23, 2013, comprising five of the eight municipalities that constitute the 2nd district of Davao del Sur. RA 10360 was passed by the House of Representatives and Senate on November 28, 2012, and December 5, 2012, respectively, and signed by President Benigno Aquino III on January 14, 2013.[3][6] A plebiscite was held on October 28, 2013 along with the barangay elections and the majority of votes cast were "Yes", ratifying the province.[4]

The motive of creating the province was to boost the economic condition and social progress of the municipalities. Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr., who sponsored the creation of Davao Occidental, said that the distances of Digos City, Davao del Sur's provincial capital, to other municipalities in the second Congressional District are far-off that impairs the effective delivery of basic services, as well as the access to government offices.[7] However, Davao del Sur Representative Marc Douglas Cagas considered the creation of the province as nothing more than gerrymandering and political convenience.[8]

Until after elected officials of the 2016 elections assumes office, government officials of Davao del Sur with assistance from the Department of Interior and Local Government will exercise jurisdiction over the Davao Occidental.[9][10]

Geography[edit]

Davao Occidental covers a total area of 2,163.45 square kilometres (835.31 sq mi)[11]   occupying the southwestern tip of the Davao Region in Mindanao. The province is bordered on the northwest by Davao del Sur; west by Sarangani and northeast by the Davao Gulf.

Administrative divisions[edit]

The province comprises 5 municipalities, all encompassed by a lone legislative district.[11]

Municipality[i] Population ±% p.a. Area[11] Density Brgy.
(2015)[2] (2010)[12] km2 sqmi /km2 /sqmi
6°12′02″N 125°41′40″E / 6.2005°N 125.6945°E / 6.2005; 125.6945 (Don Marcelino) Don Marcelino 14.1% 44,554 41,942 1.16% 407.30 157.26 110 280 15
5°54′46″N 125°38′39″E / 5.9129°N 125.6441°E / 5.9129; 125.6441 (Jose Abad Santos) Jose Abad Santos 24.1% 76,332 69,631 1.76% 600.06 231.68 130 340 26
6°24′40″N 125°36′30″E / 6.4110°N 125.6082°E / 6.4110; 125.6082 (Malita) Malita 37.2% 117,746 109,568 1.38% 883.37 341.07 130 340 30
6°33′13″N 125°28′27″E / 6.5537°N 125.4742°E / 6.5537; 125.4742 (Santa Maria) Santa Maria 17.0% 53,671 49,349 1.61% 175.00 67.57 310 800 22
5°24′44″N 125°25′17″E / 5.4123°N 125.4215°E / 5.4123; 125.4215 (Sarangani) Sarangani 7.6% 24,039 23,290 0.60% 97.72 37.73 250 650 12
Total 316,342 293,780 1.42% 2,163.45 835.31 150 390 105
 † Provincial capital     Municipality
  1. ^ The globe WMA button2b.png icon marks the town center.

Demographics[edit]

The population of Davao Occidental in the 2015 census was 316,342 people,[2] with a density of 150 inhabitants per square kilometre or 390 inhabitants per square mile.

Population census of
Davao Occidental
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 209,429 —    
1995 219,825 +0.91%
2000 254,512 +3.19%
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
2007 272,570 +0.95%
2010 293,780 +2.76%
2015 316,342 +1.42%
Sources:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Province: Davao Occidental". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Region XI (DAVAO REGION)". Census of Population (2015): Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay (Report). PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Republic Act No. 10360; An Act Creating the Province of Davao Occidental". Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines. Metro Manila, Philippines: Congress of the Philippines. 14 January 2013. Retrieved 24 July 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Cayon, Carina L. (30 October 2013). "DavSur voters approve of Davao Occidental". Philippine Information Agency. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Davao Occidental, PH's 81st province". Manila Bulletin. Yahoo! News Philippines. 31 October 2013. Archived from the original on 4 November 2013. Retrieved 24 July 2016. 
  6. ^ "COMELEC to conduct plebiscite for the creation of Davao Occidental". Official Gazette. COMELEC. September 18, 2013. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Davao Occidental Province Soon To Be Realized". Senate of the Philippines. May 16, 2012. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  8. ^ Regalado, Edith (January 24, 2013). "'Creation of Davao Occidental just for political convenience'". philSTAR.com. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  9. ^ Carillo, C.A. (10 November 2013). "Davao Occidental province to be created". BusinessWorld. Retrieved 27 January 2016. 
  10. ^ "Plebiscite results favor new Davao province". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 30 October 2013. Retrieved 27 January 2016. 
  11. ^ a b c "Province: Davao Occidental". PSA. Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 8 January 2016. 
  12. ^ a b c "Region XI (DAVAO REGION)". Census of Population and Housing (2010): Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay (Report). NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 

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