Davao Oriental ( Cebuano: Sidlakang Dabaw, Filipino: Silangang Dabaw) is a province in the Philippines located in the Davao Region in Mindanao. Its capital is Mati and borders Compostela Valley to the west, and Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Sur to the north.
Davao Oriental is the easternmost province of the country with Pusan Point as the easternmost location. The
Philippine Sea, part of the Pacific Ocean, faces Davao Oriental to the east. Part of the province lies on an unnamed peninsula that encloses the Davao Gulf to the west.
History [ edit ]
Prior to its creation as an independent municipality, Davao Oriental was once part of the historical
province of Davao.
In 1942, the territory of what is now Davao Oriental was
occupied by the Japanese Imperial forces.
In 1945, beginning the
Battle of Davao from the combined forces of the British, Australian, Dutch and the Filipino troops of the 6th, 101st, 102nd, 103rd, 104th, 106th, 107th and 110th Infantry Division of the Philippine Commonwealth Army and 10th Infantry Regiment of the Philippine Constabulary was supported by the recognized Davaoeño guerrilla fighter units by the attack to the Japanese Imperial forces during the liberation in Eastern Davao or Eastern Davao Campaign until the end of the Second World War.
On May 8, 1967, by virtue of
, Davao was divided into three provinces, one of which was Davao Oriental. Republic Act No. 4867 [3 ]
This section requires expansion. (December 2015)
Geography [ edit ]
Physical [ edit ]
Davao Oriental is situated on the southeastern tip of
Mindanao facing the Pacific Ocean. The Eastern Pacific Cordillera mountain range encompasses the province. To the east of the range lie narrow strips of coastal areas, which feature several inlets and bays. [4 ] The province encloses the [5 ] Davao Gulf to the southwest.
Administrative divisions [ edit ]
Davao Oriental is subdivided into 10
municipalities and 1 city.
District [6 ] Area
(km²) [6 ] Population
(2010) [6 ] [7 ] Density
(per km²) No. of
( DOF) [6 ]
7°34′27″N 126°33′40″E / 7.5741°N 126.5612°E
6°57′38″N 126°00′26″E / 6.9605°N 126.0073°E
7°52′08″N 126°22′24″E / 7.8689°N 126.3733°E
7°19′53″N 126°33′52″E / 7.3314°N 126.5645°E
7°47′23″N 126°27′09″E / 7.7897°N 126.4525°E
Governor Generoso 2nd
6°39′30″N 126°04′47″E / 6.6584°N 126.0798°E
6°54′10″N 126°00′54″E / 6.9027°N 126.0150°E
7°12′50″N 126°32′21″E / 7.2140°N 126.5393°E
Mati † 2nd
6°57′41″N 126°12′53″E / 6.9614°N 126.2147°E
San Isidro 2nd
6°50′07″N 126°05′22″E / 6.8352°N 126.0895°E
7°02′58″N 126°26′56″E / 7.0495°N 126.4490°E
† Provincial capital and component city Municipality
Coordinates mark the
city/town center vicinity, and are sorted according to latitude. Income classifications for cities are
Demographics [ edit ]
Population census of
Source: National Statistics Office
The native (and official) language spoken in this province are
Kamayo and Mandaya, Cebuano is also spoken here, and Chavacano de Davao being spoken by the people from Compostela Valley and Davao City.
Even some of the natives adhere to
Christian faith (mostly Catholics), they are syncretic in some of their beliefs. Folklore beliefs include fairies (diwatas).
Homes are usually made out of wood, with bamboo figuring prominently in many rural abodes.
Economy [ edit ]
Davao Oriental is the copra (dried coconut meat) producer capital of the Philippines.
References [ edit ]
^ "List of Provinces". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board . Retrieved . 15 April 2014
^ a b "Population and Annual Growth Rates for The Philippines and Its Regions, Provinces, and Highly Urbanized Cities" (PDF). 2010 Census and Housing Population. National Statistics Office . Retrieved . 15 April 2014
^ "Republic Act No. 4867 - An Act Creating the Provinces of Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur and Davao Oriental". Chan Robles Virtual Law Library. 8 May 1967 . Retrieved . 30 January 2016
^ Wernstedt, Frederick L.; Spencer, Joseph Earl (1978). . Berkeley: University of California Press. pp. 32–37. The Philippine Island World: A Physical, Cultural, and Regional Geography ISBN 9780520035133 . Retrieved . 27 January 2016
^ Hinz, Erhard (1985). . Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer Berlin Heidelberg. pp. 129–131. Human Helminthiases in the Philippines the Epidemiological and Geomedical Situation ISBN 9783642708411 . Retrieved . 27 January 2016
^ a b c d "Province: Davao Oriental". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board . Retrieved . 16 April 2014
^ "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010 (Davao)" (PDF). 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office . Retrieved . 16 April 2014
External links [ edit ]