Matanao, Davao del Sur

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Map of Davao del Sur with Matanao highlighted
Map of Davao del Sur with Matanao highlighted
Matanao is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 06°45′N 125°14′E / 6.750°N 125.233°E / 6.750; 125.233Coordinates: 06°45′N 125°14′E / 6.750°N 125.233°E / 6.750; 125.233
Country Philippines
Region Davao (Region XI)
Province Davao del Sur
District 1st district of Davao del Sur
Barangays 33
 • Mayor Vicente Fernandez
 • Total 202.40 km2 (78.15 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 56,755
 • Density 280/km2 (730/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 8003
IDD:area code +63 (0)82
Income class 2nd municipal income class
PSGC 112410000
Electorate 32,761 voters as of 2016

Matanao is a 2nd class municipality in the province of Davao del Sur, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 56,755 people.[3]


In 1957, some of the barrios of the municipality of Bansalan namely Kibao, San Vicente, Kibuaya, Managa Km. 67, Sinawilan, New Visayas, Sacub, Upper Malabang, Tibongbong, Sinaragan, Maliit Digos, Kapok, Tamlangon, Manga, Buas, New Katipunan, Da-Anama, Upper Kauswagan, Kagaulas, Kabasagan, Tuwak, Mal, Latian, Lanturi, Dongan-Pekong, La Union, Kauswagan, and Paitan were grouped and constituted into a new and independent municipality known as Matanao.[4]

Matanao means a place or something to see or witness at a vantage point. In the earlier days, the place was known as “Matin-aw”, a term used to mean clear. The name is derived from the crystal clear brooks and rivers that abound in the area. No one could exactly tell how, when and why “Matin-aw” became Matanao.

In 1920, long before Matanao was formally created into a municipality, Buas had already existed (representing Matanao) as a barangay of Santa Cruz inhabited by tribal minorities, the Blaans (Bilaan) with Datu Edu Gamban as their recognized leader. In 1927, migrants from the Visayas led by the late Rosendo Javelona and his family came to the place. Protestantism was spread by one Pastor Diamonon through the Javelonas. Ranchers also invaded the place and have for themselves large homesteads. Ten years later, sometime in 1937, scores of Cebuanos came. Among them were Roman Albarracin, Pablo Chavez and Crispin Puerto and their kins. The next batch of Cebuanos came in 1940′s including the Famor Clan. The clan introduced Catholicism in the area and a chapel was built giving honor to the present patron Saint Senor San Miguel, the Archangel.

Countless batches of migrants flocked to the place and various cultural influences account for what Matanao is today. The people of the municipality is a blend of Cebuanos, Ilongos, Bicolanos, Boholanos, Ilocanos, Zamboanguenos, Tagalogs, Blaans, Calagans and Bagobos, Babel of dialects was experienced by the people in the place, but Cebuano came out to be the dominating dialect, thus, becoming the mother tongue of the municipality until the present time.


Matanao is located in the province of Davao Del Sur in Region XI Davao Region on Mindanao Island. The municipality Matanao is about 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) west-south-west of province capital City Of Digos and about 990 kilometres (620 mi) south-south-east of Philippine main capital Manila.


Hot and humid most of the year. May to November is typhoon season. The mean annual temperature of the municipality is between 22.4 to 31.5 °C (72.3 to 88.7 °F). The annual rainfall ranges from 1,500 to 2,500 millimetres (59 to 98 in). The coldest part of the year is usually during the month of December to February and the hottest month are April and May. Rainfall distribution is more or less even during the year.


Matanao is politically subdivided into 33 barangays.[2] The poblacion forms the center of the municipality whereas the other 32 are in the outlying areas which several kilometers away from the town.

Barangays PSG-Code Urban/rural Population
Asbang 112410001 rural 1,082
Asinan 112410002 rural 623
Bagumbayan 112410003 rural 470
Bangkal 112410004 rural 3,136
Buas 112410005 rural 836
Buri 112410006 rural 2,318
Camanchiles 112410007 rural 1,218
Ceboza 112410008 rural 618
Colonsabak 112410009 rural 1,619
Dongan-Pekong 112410010 rural 1,536
Kabasagan 112410012 rural 2,034
Kapok 112410013 rural 1,151
Kauswagan 112410014 rural 1,474
Kibao 112410015 rural 617
La Suerte 112410016 rural 1,685
Langa-an 112410017 rural 665
Lower Marber 112410019 rural 1,309
Cabligan (Managa) 112410021 rural 1,492
Manga 112410022 rural 3,569
New Katipunan 112410023 rural 1,909
New Murcia 112410024 rural 1,321
New Visayas 112410025 rural 2,367
Poblacion 112410026 urban 4,969
Saboy 112410027 rural 1,730
San Jose 112410028 rural 1,128
San Miguel 112410029 rural 501
San Vicente 112410030 rural 732
Saub 112410031 rural 467
Sinaragan 112410032 rural 1,448
Sinawilan 112410033 rural 4,016
Tamlangon 112410034 rural 782
Towak 112410035 rural 1,793
Tibongbong 112410036 rural 767


Population census of Matanao
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1960 21,071 —    
1970 26,889 +2.47%
1975 25,459 −1.09%
1980 30,106 +3.41%
1990 41,262 +3.20%
1995 43,455 +0.98%
2000 46,916 +1.66%
2007 49,806 +0.83%
2010 51,382 +1.14%
2015 56,755 +1.91%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][5][6][7]


Although predominantly a rice farming municipality, Matanao is a growing area for banana cultivation. Cavendish and Lakatan banana plantations are now being established in barangays Manga, Dongan-Pekong and Saboy.


  1. ^ "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 1 July 2013. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Davao del Sur". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Census of Population (2015). "Region XI (Davao Region)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "An Act Creating the Municipality of Matanao, Province of Davao". Retrieved 2011-04-12. 
  5. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region XI (Davao Region)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  6. ^ Census of Population (1995, 2000 and 2007). "Region XI (Davao Region)". Total Population by Province, City and Municipality. NSO. Archived from the original on 24 June 2011. 
  7. ^ "Province of Davao del Sur". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 

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