Dakbayan sa Digos
Lungsod ng Digos
|Nickname(s): City of Sweet Mangoes, Clay Capital of Mindanao, Gate City of the South, Champion City of Good Governance|
|Motto: "Abante Digos!"|
Map of Davao del Sur showing the location of Digos
|Region||Davao (Region XI)|
|Province||Davao del Sur|
|Founded||July 19, 1949|
|Cityhood||September 8, 2000|
|• Mayor||Joseph Roble Peñas|
|• Total||287.1 km2 (110.8 sq mi)|
|Population (2010 LGPMS Census)|
|• Density||560/km2 (1,400/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PHT (UTC+8)|
|Income class||1st class city (as of June 30, 2011)|
Digos City (Cebuano: Dakbayan sa Digos, Filipino: Lungsod ng Digos) is an affluent, young, and vibrant city in the province of Davao del Sur, Philippines. The city strategically lies on the western shores of the Davao Gulf and southern foothills of Mt. Apo in the island of Mindanao and it is the center city between the two major cities in Mindanao, Davao City and General Santos City. It serves as the seat of the Provincial Government. It shares common boundaries with the municipalities of Hagonoy on the South, Bansalan on the North and Northwest by Siranagan and Miral Creek and with Sta. Cruz on the Northeast. It is bounded on the East by the Davao Gulf. It has a population of 162,039 people in 35,538 households according to the 2012 LGPMS Census.
It is known for its sweet-juicy 'carabao variety mango,' sold locally and exported abroad, thus being dubbed as the Mango Capital City of the Philippines. It is also considered as The Gate City Of The South.
On September 8, 2000, Digos was converted into a city.
- 1 History
- 2 Economy
- 3 Shopping Malls & Centers
- 4 Land area and political subdivision
- 5 Geography and climate
- 6 Education
- 7 Hospitals/Healthcare Facilities
- 8 Media
- 9 Cable TV,Communication Services Provider & Forwarders
- 10 Mode of Transportation
- 11 Fiestas and festivals
- 12 Barangays
- 13 Notable Singers
- 14 References
- 15 External links
In the early days, Digos was a watercourse, a meeting place of inhabitants belonging to the Austronesians settled along the southern foothills of Mt.Apo. The Digos River meets the Davao Gulf and it is ideal for fishing and bathing.
During the Spanish Era, a group of natives carrying bows and arrows were approached by some Spaniards traversing the very fertile tracts of land in Davao. One Lopez Jaena Pacheco, a conquistador during the administration of Governor Claveria serving as the head of the group, inquired about the name of the place from the barefooted natives. Believing that the Spaniards were asking where they were bound to, the natives answered "Padigus", which means "to take a bath". Since then the place was identified as Digos.
As a portion of the "food bowl" of the province of Davao del Sur, otherwise known as the Padada Valley, Digos lured many migrants, majority of whom came from the Visayas and Ilocos regions to settle permanently in the area. Before World War II, an enterprising American by the name of N.E. Crumb leased 10.24 km² and transformed the place into an Abaca Plantation. This became the hub of economic activity in the locality during those days.
Digos was occupied by the Japanese troops in 1942.
In 1945, through the brave efforts of the combined forces of the Philippine Commonwealth Army, the local Davaoeño guerrilla units from the Davao peninsula, and the United States military, the Japanese soldiers were defeated.
Through the initiation of then Congressman Apolinario Cabigon, Digos, became a regular municipality in 1949 by virtue of Presidential Executive Order No. 236, dated July 19, 1949 issued by President Quirino. Its Coverage included the barrios of Tres de Mayo, Goma Bansalan, Matanao, Darapuay and the Poblacion where the seat of government was located. Before its creation into a municipality, Digos was a barrio of Sta. Cruz, a town 16 kilometers away. On 19 July 1949, the town was formally inaugurated with Benito Rabor appointed as Mayor.
Digos in later years, before its conversion into a city, was regarded as the capital town of the Province of Davao del Sur, long before it gained the status of a First Class Municipality in 1993, being center for trade, commerce and education, accruing to its strategic location at the cross point of two principal thoroughfares in the south.
In July 1998, the bid to convert into a city was moved and initiated by Hon. Mayor Arsenio A. Latasa, considering its very satisfactory qualifications required for in R.A. 7160
House Bill No. 5672 dated November 24, 1998 of Congress authored by Hon. Congressman Douglas Ra. Cagas, led to the drafting of Republic Act 8798, converting the Municipality of Digos into a component City of Davao del Sur, which was signed by President Joseph E. Estrada on July 14, 2000 and ratified by the Digoseños on September 8, 2000.
Agriculture is a major component of Digos City economy. Some 9,330 households or 37% of the total households are dependent on agriculture for their livelihood. Of the total households dependent on agriculture, 91% are engaged in farming and the remaining 9% in fishing. The total area devoted to agriculture covered 8, 944.1 hectares, representing 31% of the total land area of Digos. The more important agricultural crops grown in the area include coconut, sugarcane, mango and banana. Among the agricultural crops, the staple crops rice and corn are the most widely grown.
- ONB - along Rizal Avenue
- Rural Bank of Digos, Inc|RBDI - along Rizal Avenue
- Tagum Rural Bank
- Koronadal Rural Bank
- Rural Bank of Caraga (Peoples Bank of Caraga,Inc)
Commercial and Universal Banks
- Metrobank - in front of Gaisano Center
- BDO - along Rizal Avenue
- PS Bank - inside Gaisano Grand Mall Digos
- PNB - in front of Gaisano Grand Mall Digos
- BPI - along Rizal Avenue
- LBP - along Rizal Avenue
- Allied Bank
- DBP- along Quezon Avenue
- RCBC - along Rizal Avenue
- Security Bank - at the back of Jollibee drive-thru
- EastWest UniBank - at the back of Jollibee drive-thru
- Asia United Bank - Soon to Open
Private Development Bank
- Peninsula bank - located at Luna St.
- China Bank - Soon to Open
Savings and Credit Cooperative
- United Sugar Planters of Davao del Sur (USPD) - along Rizal Avenue
- Bansalan Credit Society (BCS)
- Digos Market Vendors Multi-Purpose Cooperative (DIMAVEMC)
- Tagum Cooperative
- First Consolidate Cooperative Bank, Inc (formerly Cooperative Bank of Davao del Sur (CBDS)
- King Cooperative
- Cooperative of Agrarian Reform Employees
Shopping Malls & Centers
- Gaisano Center of Digos
- Davao Central Warehouse Club
- Pure Gold Hypermarket
- Excellent Shopping Center
- South Island Trading
- Novo Merchandise
- Uni City
- RS Center Point
- MC Square Jr.
- Gaisano Grand Mall of Digos
- DCLA Plaza(U/C)
- SM City Digos (Planned)
- NCCC Mall of Digos (Planned)
Land area and political subdivision
Digos City was created by Republic Act No. 8798 on July 14, 2000. It has a total land area of 28,710 hectare consisting of 26 barangays; nine (9) of which comprise the Poblacion or urban center.
Geography and climate
The land area of Digos City ranges from hilly to mountainous in the north-northeast portion and flat and slightly rolling at the coastal barangays, while the urban area and the surrounding barangays in the south portion are generally flat. Generally, climate in Digos falls under the fourth type while wind direction is prevalent from northeast to southwest. On the other hand, rainfall is evenly distributed throughout the year wherein during the period from 1995 to 2000, there was no observed extreme dry or wet season.
|Climate data for Digos, Davao del Sur, Philippines|
|Record high °F (°C)||108
|Average high °F (°C)||86
|Average low °F (°C)||74
|Record low °F (°C)||66
|This section does not cite any references or sources. (September 2012)|
Public and Private Schools in Digos City
- Cor Jesu College (private, catholic)
- University of Mindanao Digos College (private, non-sectarian)
- Polytechnic College of Davao del Sur (private)
- Southern Philippines Agri-Business and Marine and Aquatic School of Technology (SPAMAST) - Digos Campus (public)
- John Paul II Seminary (theological school, Diocese of Digos)
- Southern Mindanao Computer College (private)
- Philippine International Technological School (private)
- Adventure College Of Technology And Science (private)
- Mindanao Technological Institute (private)
- Digital Systems Institute (private)
- Digos Institute Of Technical Education (private)
- Cor Jesu College High School Depertment
- Digos City National High School
- Holy Cross Academy of Digos
- The Lighthouse Accelerated Christian School
- Polytechnic College of Davao del Sur High School Department
- Digos City National High School Igpit Extension
- Kapatagan National High School
- Aplaya National High School
- Ruparan National High School
- Digos City National High School Soong Extension
- Igpit National High School
- Ramon Magsaysay Central Elementary School
- Digos City Central Elementary School
- Pedro Garcia Elementary School
- San Agustin Elementary School
- Don Mariano Marcos Elementary School
- San Roque Elementary School
- Dulangan Elementary School
- Mahayahay Elementary School
- The Lighthouse Accelerated Christian School
- Balabag Elementary School
- Kiagot Elementary School
- Cor Jesu College Elementary Department
- Digos SDA Elementary School, Inc. - Rizal Avenue
- Digos SDA Elementary School - Lapu lapu Ext.
- Southwill Learning Center
- Adventist Elementary School of Digos City, Inc.
- Pedro V. Basalan Elementary School
- Remedios Saplala Elementary School
- Aplaya Elementary School
- Dawis Elementary School
- San Miguel Elementary School
- San Jose Elementary School
- Colorado Elementary School
- Igpit Elementary School
- Ruparan Elementary School
- Kapatagan Elementary School
- Napan Goma Elementary School
- Cogon Elementary School
- Soong Elementary School
- Binaton Elementary School
- Badiang Elementary School
- Tiguman Elementary School
- Digos Doctors Hospital Inc.
- Medical Center Of Digos Cooperative
- Gonzales-Maranan Clinics & Hospital
- Davao Del Sur Provincial Hospital
- Dominican Hospital Inc.
- Sunga Hospital Inc.
- Llanos Clinic & Hospital
- Paulino Hospital
- Masong-song Clinic & Hospital
- Davao Del Sur Medical Specialist
- Digos Medical Multi-test
- Bethlehem Birthing Center
- Monarca Lying Inn Clinic
- Mayor's Birthing Place
- DXON HOT FM - 88.9 MHz - Manila Broadcasting Company
- DXRM Gold FM - 103.1 MHz - Kalayaan Broadcasting System Inc.
- DXMA Muews Radio - 97.5 MHz - Sagay Broadcasting Corp./Muews Tri-Media Agency
- DXPM Supreme FM - 91.9 MHz - Aedis Media Services Corporation
- DXIG Prime FM - 106.3 MHz - Prime Broadcasting Network
- DXDA Charm Radio - 94.3 MHz - Andolana - PFCA Broadcasting Network
- DXJC Boss Radio - 99.1 MHz - Rizal Memorial Colleges Broadcasting Corp.
- DXDS Radyo Ukay - 1161 kHz - University of Mindanao Broadcasting Network
- Channel 50 - UNTV News Center/Ang Dating Daan - South Davao Substation
- Channel 11 - Community CH./DETALYE News- Telemedia Sur Broadcasting Company
- DXMA-TV 10 - Sagay Broadcasting Corp./ Muews Tri-Media Agency
- Black Board Weekly Newspaper- Muews Tri-Media Agency
- Kastigador Balita Mindanao weekly news paper - KBM news agency
Cable TV,Communication Services Provider & Forwarders
- PLDT/SMART/TNT/SUN Mobile & Internet Provider
- GLOBE/TM/DCTECH Mobile & Internet Provider
- RCPI/Bayantel Communication Services
- PT&T TELEFAX/Telephone Services
- DCATV Cable TV & Internet/Home Channel Network
- SKY Cable & Internet Service Provider
- Dream Satellite Cable TV
- Cignal Digital Cable TV
- Pinoy Sun Cable TV
- Western Union
- JRS Express
Mode of Transportation
Local means of transportation is served by almost 5,000 tricycles known locally as just "Pedicab". Transportation to its barangays and adjacent municipalities are served by single Motorcycles(SKYLAB/HABAL-HABAL), Multicabs, Jeepneys, and L300 Vans. Public Utility Vans also served routes to and from the cities of Davao, Cotabato, Kidapawan, Tacurong-Isulan, Koronadal and General Santos.
Bus Company operating in the city of Digos:
- Weena Express/People's Transit Corp. (Cotabato City)
- Davao Metro Shuttle (Tagum City)
- Yellow Bus Lines Inc. (General Santos City/Koronadal City)
- Holiday Bus Lines Inc. (Davao City/General Santos City)
- Grand Transport Corp. (Tacurong City)
- SEMTRAMPCO (Digos City)
- Tacurong Express (Tacurong City)
- Davao ACF Bus Line (Malita, Davao del Sur)
Fiestas and festivals
- Sinulog sa Digos - every January 15
- San Isidrio Labrador - every May 15
- Padigosan Festival - every July 19
- Mary Mediatrix - every August 22
- Araw ng Digos - every September 8
- GKK/BEC (Gagmay'ng Kristohanong Katilingban/Basic Ecclessial Community) Fiestas - Depends on the feast day of the patron saint.
Digos City is politically subdivided into 26 barangays.
|Barangay||Population (CY 2007)||Urban/Rural|
|Tres de Mayo||14,590||Urban|
|Zone 1 (Pob)||14,052||Urban|
|Zone 2 (Pob)||9,439||Urban|
|Zone 3 (Pob)||18,920||Urban|
- NSCB - 2001 Factsheet - 12 New Cities Created, July–December 2000.
- units=metric= "Weatherbase: Historical Weather for Digos, Philippines". Weatherbase. 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-15.