Jose Abad Santos, Davao Occidental

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Jose Abad Santos
Map of Davao Occidental with Jose Abad Santos highlighted
Map of Davao Occidental with Jose Abad Santos highlighted
J. A. Santos is located in Philippines
J. A. Santos
J. A. Santos
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 05°55′N 125°39′E / 5.917°N 125.650°E / 5.917; 125.650Coordinates: 05°55′N 125°39′E / 5.917°N 125.650°E / 5.917; 125.650
Country Philippines
Region Davao (Region XI)
Province Davao Occidental
District Lone District of Davao Occidental
Founded August 1, 1948
Barangays 26
 • Mayor James Y. Joyce
 • Vice-Mayor Jason John Joyce
 • Total 600.06 km2 (231.68 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 69,631
 • Density 120/km2 (300/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 8014
Dialing code 82
Income class 1st

Jose Abad Santos is a first class municipality in the province of Davao Occidental, Philippines. It is the southernmost municipality on the mainland of Mindanao island. According to the 2010 census, the coastal town has a population of 69,631 people in an area of 600.06 square kilometres (231.68 sq mi); by population, it is the second largest municipality in Davao Occidental after Malita.[2][3]


The Municipality of Jose Abad Santos was formerly a part of Malita town. It was later established as a separate town on August 1, 1948 and was originally named "Trinidad". The barrio of Caburan became its poblacion or town center. In 1954, the municipality was renamed to Jose Abad Santos by Republic Act no. 1206, in honor of the former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines, who died a martyr during World War II.[4]


Jose Abad Santos is politically subdivided into 26 barangays.[2]

  • Balangonan
  • Buguis
  • Bukid
  • Butuan
  • Butulan
  • Caburan Big
  • Caburan Small (Pob.)
  • Camalian
  • Carahayan
  • Cayaponga
  • Culaman
  • Kalbay
  • Kitayo
  • Magulibas
  • Malalan
  • Mangile
  • Marabatuan
  • Meybio
  • Molmol
  • Nuing
  • Patulang
  • Quiapo
  • San Isidro
  • Sugal
  • Tabayon
  • Tanuman


Population census of Jose Abad Santos
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 44,504 —    
1995 47,833 +1.36%
2000 57,147 +3.89%
2007 62,513 +1.25%
2010 69,631 +4.00%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]

Local government[edit]

Municipal officials 2013-2016:[1]

  • Mayor: James Y. Joyce
  • Vice-Mayor: Jason John A. Joyce
  • Councilors:
    • Frank William Galias
    • Maricelle Medel
    • Roger Castro
    • Louie Tayong
    • Maximo Guardados, Jr.
    • Joaquin Atay, Sr.
    • Dave Dullano
    • Jonathan Chua


Vast natural resources can be found, such as the wide stretch of mangroves of the municipality. Milkfish and tilapia breeding, as well as copra production, are the primary source of income for its people. The long stretch of beaches with brown, black and white sands, together with abundant marine life offshore are the primary natural attractions of Jose Abad Santos.


The municipality can be reached by public utility vehicles plying from Davao City and Digos City via the Pan-Philippine Highway. Past the town of Sulop is the junction with Davao del Sur Provincial Highway. Turning east at the junction, head south on the provincial highway to the town of Malita. And to the said municipality, habal-habal or passenger motorcycles ply to the adjacent town Don Marcelino.

Road condition[edit]

The road condition of the town is poor. Its road network is mostly unpaved, traversing through high-sloped hilly coastal and mountain roads with the danger of falling rocks from above. Most of the river crossings have no bridges, so drivers traversing the town have to consider if their vehicle is capable of crossing a shallow river. During rainy weather, travelers have to wait for the water level to subside before the river could become accessible again. A trip to the town is considered as either adventurous or dangerous by those who intend to visit depending on their experience, though part of the road heading to Don Marcelino town to the north is paved, made with concrete cement.


On August 20, 2013, former provincial representative Marc Douglas Cagas IV complained about the DPWH's complacency about the project involving the improving of roads going to the municipality. He attributed the complacency to the pork barrel scandal that was already happening in the country's politics since several days before the said complaint due to overspending of their budget for the said project.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 1 July 2013. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Province: Davao Occidental". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010" (PDF). 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "An Act Changing the Name of the Municipality of Trinidad, Province of Davao, to Jose Abad Santos". Retrieved 2011-04-11. 
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