Davao del Norte

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Davao del Norte
Hilagang Dabaw
Flag of Davao del Norte
Official seal of Davao del Norte
Map of the Philippines with Davao del Norte highlighted
Map of the Philippines with Davao del Norte highlighted
Coordinates: 07°21′N 125°42′E / 7.350°N 125.700°E / 7.350; 125.700Coordinates: 07°21′N 125°42′E / 7.350°N 125.700°E / 7.350; 125.700
Country Philippines
Region Davao (Region XI)
Founded May 8, 1967
Capital Tagum
 • Type Province of the Philippines
 • Governor Rodolfo Del Rosario (Liberal)
 • Vice Governor Victorio Suaybaguio, Jr.(Independent)
 • Total 3,426.97 km2 (1,323.16 sq mi)
Area rank 39th out of 81
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 945,764
 • Rank 25th out of 81
 • Density 280/km2 (710/sq mi)
 • Density rank 25th out of 81
 • Independent cities 0
 • Component cities 3
 • Municipalities 8
 • Barangays 223
 • Districts 1st and 2nd districts of Davao del Norte
Time zone PHT (UTC+8)
ZIP code 8100 to 8120
Dialing code 84
ISO 3166 code PH-DAV
Spoken languages Cebuano language, Tagalog, Mansaka, Chabacano de Davao
Website www.davaodelnorte.gov.ph

Davao del Norte (Filipino: Hilagang Dabaw), is a province of the Philippines located in the Davao Region in Mindanao. Its capital is Tagum City. Davao del Norte also includes Samal Island to the south in the Davao Gulf. The province of Compostela Valley used to be part of Davao province until it was made into an independent province in 1998. Before 1967, the four provinces—Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental, Davao del Sur, and Compostela Valley—were once a single province named Davao. The Davao Region covers this historic province.

The Province of Davao del Norte is also known as "the banana capital of the Philippines."


Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley, together with Davao Oriental, and Davao del Sur used to be a whole province simply known as Davao. This original province was split into three: Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental, and Davao del Sur when Republic Act No. 4867 (authored by Representative Lorenzo S. Sarmiento, Sr.) was signed into law on May 8, 1967 by President Ferdinand Marcos.[3]

Davao del Norte was originally composed of thirteen municipalities, namely: Asuncion, Babak (now in Samal City), Compostela, Kapalong, Mabini, Mawab, Monkayo, Nabunturan, Panabo, Pantukan, Samal, Santo Tomas and Tagum. On May 6, 1970, six more municipalities were created: Carmen, Kaputian (now in Samal City), Maco, Montevista, New Bataan, and New Corella.

The passage of Republic Act No. 6430 on June 17, 1972 changed the name of the province from Davao del Norte to Davao.[4]

By 1996, Davao has a total of twenty-two municipalities with the creation of San Vicente (now Laak) in 1979, Maragusan in 1988, and Talaingod in 1990.

On January 31, 1998, President Fidel V. Ramos signed Republic Act No. 8470, which split the province into two, creating the province of Compostela Valley.[5] In the meantime, Davao was renamed back to Davao del Norte. Together with the creation of the new province, two cities and one municipality were created: the municipality of Tagum, capital of Davao del Norte, was converted into a city (R.A. 8472); Samal, Babak, and Kaputian were joined into the city of Samal (R.A. 8471); and the municipality of Braulio E. Dujali was created out of several barangays in Panabo and Carmen (R.A. 8473). The province then had 8 municipalities and 2 cities.

Republic Act No. 9015, signed into law on March 5, 2001 by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, converted the municipality of Panabo into a city. Republic Act No. 9265, approved on March 15, 2004 created the municipality of San Isidro from Asuncion and Kapalong.



It borders the province of Agusan del Sur to the north, Bukidnon to the west, Compostela Valley to the east, and Davao City to the south. The Leonard Kniaseff volcano is located in the province.


Davao del Norte is subdivided into 8 municipalities and 3 cities. Samal City is the only municipality or city of Davao del Norte that is not on Mindanao island. This city covers the whole of Samal Island and Talikud Island in the Davao Gulf.

City/Municipality No. of
Pop. density
(per km²)
Braulio E. Dujali
New Corella
Panabo City
Samal City
San Isidro
Santo Tomas
Tagum City


Population census of Davao del Norte
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 590,015 —    
1995 671,333 +2.45%
2000 743,811 +2.22%
2007 847,440 +1.82%
2010 945,764 +4.08%
Source: National Statistics Office[2]

Davao del Norte has a population of 910,784 as of 2010 Census. The population density is 248 per km². Main languages spoken are Bisaya and Davaoeño. English And Filipino are also widely spoken.

Indigenous groups[edit]

Talaingod is the home of many indigenous groups in Davao del Norte. Most of them are Lumads and Aetas.


Davao del Norte is a primarily agricultural, but also engages in mining, forestry, and commercial fishing.

The principal crops of the province include rice, maize, banana, coconut, abacá, ramie, coffee, and a variety of fruit and root crops. Davao del Norte is the country's leading producer of bananas, with many plantations run by multinationals Dole and Del Monte, and local producers such as Lapanday, TADECO, and Marsman. Davao del Norte is also one of Mindanao's leading producer of rice.

Davao Gulf, to the south of the province, provides a living for many fishermen. Some of the fish products include brackish water milkfish, tilapia, shrimp, and crab; and freshwater catfish and tilapia.

Davao del Norte is a major producer of gold, and its mining resources include silica, silver, copper and elemental sulfur. Small-scale gold mining activities thrive in several areas. There are also numerous active quarries of commercial quantities of gravel, sand, and pebbles for construction.

Tourism is also a major part of the economy of Davao del Norte. There are a lot of beaches on Samal Island, the most famous of which is Pearl Farm Beach Resort. Banana Beach Resort is the most famous beach outside of Samal Island.

Commerce is also a major part of the economy of Davao del Norte. There are lot of Shopping Malls in Tagum City.

Tourist attractions[edit]

  • Pearl Farm Beach Resort. The Pearl Farm is located on Samal Island just a short boat ride from Davao City. The 11-hectare resort was once a real pearl farm that cultivated oysters imported from the Sulu Sea, and produces some of the best pearls in the country. Now the white sand beach resort is a top tourist attraction in Davao del Norte with cottages inspired by Isamal native design.
  • Playa azalea beach resort in Island Garden City of Samal
  • Banana beach resort in Tagum City.
  • Tagum City hall is one of the best landmarks in Davao del Norte.
  • New Christ the King Cathedral in Tagum City, the seat of the Diocese of Tagum


  1. ^ "List of Provinces". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  2. ^ 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 24 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Republic Act No. 4867 - An Act Creating the Provinces of Davao Del Norte, Davao Del Sur and Davao Oriental". Republic Acts. Chan Robles Virtual Law Library. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Republic Act No. 6430 - An Act Changing the Name of the Province of Davao Del Norte to Province of Davao". Republic Acts. Chan Robles Virtual Law Library. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Republic Act No. 8470 - An Act Creating the Province of Compostela Valley from the Province of Davao Del Norte, and for Other Purposes". Republic Acts. Chan Robles Virtual Law Library. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Province: Davao del Norte". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010" (PDF). 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 

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