Davao del Norte
|Davao del Norte
Location in the Philippines
|Region||Davao (Region XI)|
|Founded||May 8, 1967|
|• 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|
|• Rank||25th out of 81|
|• Density||280/km2 (710/sq mi)|
|• Density rank||25th out of 81|
|• Independent cities||0|
|• Component cities||3|
|• Districts||1st and 2nd districts of Davao del Norte|
|Time zone||PHT (UTC+8)|
|ZIP code||8100 to 8120|
|ISO 3166 code||PH-DAV|
|Spoken languages||Cebuano language, Tagalog, Mansaka, Chabacano de Davao|
Davao del Norte (Filipino: Hilagang Dabaw), is a province in 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.
Before 1967, the five provinces—Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental, Davao del Sur, Davao Occidental and Compostela Valley—were once a single province named Davao. The Davao Region covers this historic province.
Davao del Norte is also known as "the banana capital of the Philippines."
Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley, together with Davao Oriental, Davao Occidental 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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
|Population census of
Davao del Norte
|Source: National Statistics Office|
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.
- Pearl Farm Beach Resort — 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 the Island Garden City of Samal
- Banana Beach Resort — in Tagum City
- Tagum City Hall — one of the prominent landmarks in Davao del Norte
- New Christ the King Cathedral — in Tagum City, the seat of the Diocese of Tagum
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