Mawab, Compostela Valley

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Municipality of Mawab
Nickname(s): "The Bibingka Capital of Davao Region"
Map of Philippines with Mawab highlighted
Map of Philippines with Mawab highlighted
Mawab is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 7°30′N 125°56′E / 7.5°N 125.93°E / 7.5; 125.93Coordinates: 7°30′N 125°56′E / 7.5°N 125.93°E / 7.5; 125.93
Country Philippines
Region Davao (Region XI)
Province Compostela Valley
District 2nd district of Compostela Valley
Barangays 11
 • Mayor Rupet S.Gonzaga (Liberal)
 • Vice Mayor Boy Jermia (Liberal)
 • Total 136.10 km2 (52.55 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 37,065
 • Density 270/km2 (710/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 8802
IDD:area code +63 (0)87
Income class 3rd municipal income class
PSGC 118206000
Electorate 22,499 voters as of 2016

Mawab is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Compostela Valley, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 37,065 people.[3]


Mawab is bounded by the municipalities of Nabunturan, Compostela Valley, in the north-west; Montevista, Compostela Valley, and New Bataan, Compostela Valley, in the north-east; Maragusan, Compostela Valley (San Mariano) in the southeast; Municipalities of Maco, Compostela Valley, municipality of Mabini, Compostela Valley, and municipality of Pantukan, Compostela Valley in the south-west.

Municipality of Mawab due to its adundance and richness of trees, and rainforest does not normally experience floody climate during rainy season. However landslides occur in some areas. The river tributaries offer seasonal planting for agro-industrial businesses. Man-made fish ponds for fresh water fishes, that are privately owned are various opportunities for business entrepreneurs.


Mawab is politically subdivided into 11 barangays.[2]

  • Andili
  • Bawani
  • Concepcion
  • Malinawon
  • Nueva Visayas
  • Nuevo Iloco
  • Poblacion
  • Salvacion
  • Saosao
  • Sawangan
  • Tuboran


The prevailing climatic conditions in the municipality is categorized into two (2) types:

Climate data for Mawab, Compostela Valley
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 29
Average low °C (°F) 20
Average precipitation cm (inches) 1.7


Mawab was originally called by the early tribal group as 'Ma-awag' (wide valley). There are four rivers traversing Mawab, namely: Hijo, Mawab, Galinan, and Gumawan. There are several tribal groups in Mawab: Mansakas, Mandayas, and Dibabawons.


Population census of Mawab
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1960 7,818 —    
1970 13,537 +5.64%
1975 17,085 +4.78%
1980 20,960 +4.17%
1990 28,072 +2.97%
1995 29,878 +1.18%
2000 32,003 +1.48%
2007 34,656 +1.10%
2010 35,698 +1.08%
2015 37,065 +0.72%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][4][5][6]

In the 2015 census, the population of Mawab was 37,065 people,[3] with a density of 270 inhabitants per square kilometre or 700 inhabitants per square mile.

Ethnicity is varied and of mixed origin due to migration from different Major Islands: Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao.

Others are the 'Trival Group', 'Native Filipino' and some are of 'Chinese Ancestry': China. Those who immigrated from Mindanao Island, more specially from Zamboanga has 'Spanish Ancestry': Spain.

Majority of the populace are from two major islands of Visayas and Mindanao.

Languages and dialects[edit]

Languages spoken are products of migration of natives from different provinces of Visayas island, Mindanao island and some few in Luzon island.


Religion in Mawab is predominantly Roman Catholic, Protestant, and some Muslims.

Local government[edit]

Elected officials 2016-2019:[1]

  • Mayor: Ruperto Gonzaga III
  • Vice Mayor: Boy Jermia

Tourist attractions[edit]

Municipality of Mawab has all its natural wonders of nature like verdant forest rich in fauna and wild flowers. Most orchids found in its rainforest do not thrive in Luzon island. It has hot springs and cold springs, mainly tributaries of the rivers that bounded the valley:

  • Bukal Hot Spring (Natural Well Hot Spring)
  • Mainit Hot Spring (Warm Hot Spring)

Mawab is home to the military camp of Philippine Army: Camp General Manuel T. Yan Sr..

  • Camp General Manuel Tecson Yan Sr. - The camp is located in barangay Tuboran, a memorial for General Manuel Tecson Yan Sr. of Philippine Army who passed 2008. The camp was established February 11, 2011.


Education in the Philippines is patterned from both of educational systems of Spain and the United States of America. However, after the liberation of the Philippines in 1946, Filipinos then had moved in various directions of its own. Elementary and high school education is compulsory, and is administered nationally by the Department of Education (Philippines), along with the assurance of funding for school services and equipment, recruitment of teachers for all public schools, and the supervising and organization of the education curricula. Based on the current education system of the Philippines, students should enter elementary schools at the age of 6 or 7, and for a duration of six years. Then, at the age of 12 or 13, students then enter high schools for a duration four years, with a total of ten years of compulsory 'Public Education'. All public and private elementary schools, high schools and colleges and universities in the Philippines start classes from early June to mid June and end from mid March to early April.

There are 'Summer Classes' in between (months of April to May) for college programs which is optional for students to take.

In elementary and secondary education, universities and colleges the vernacular language of the country, Filipino is part of educational curriculum. Spanish (Espanol) as well is part of the educational curriculum in universities as a compulsory subject (twenty one credits) to graduate and finish an educational degree or Bachelor of Science. The medium of instruction in the classrooms is in English, Filipino (Tagalog), and whatever regional dialect they have.

List of public and private schools[edit]

List of various public schools are all enlisted under Bureau of Secondary Education - Department of Education (DEP) Republic of the Philippines. For Mawab, Compostela Valley it is under Davao Region or Region 11 (Region 11): Department of Education (Philippines).


  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 "Province: Compostela Valley". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d Census of Population (2015). "Region XI (Davao Region)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  4. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region XI (Davao Region)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ "Province of Compostela Valley". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 

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