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Component City
Panabo City heading to Tagum City.jpg
Urban core of Panabo
Official seal of Panabo
"Banana Capital of the Philippines"
Map of Davao del Norte with Panabo highlighted
Map of Davao del Norte with Panabo highlighted
Panabo is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 07°18′30″N 125°41′00″E / 7.30833°N 125.68333°E / 7.30833; 125.68333Coordinates: 07°18′30″N 125°41′00″E / 7.30833°N 125.68333°E / 7.30833; 125.68333
Country Philippines
Region Davao Region (Region XI)
Province Davao del Norte
District 2nd District of Davao del Norte
Founded July 19, 1949
Cityhood March 31, 2001
Barangays 40
 • Mayor James G. Gamao (KG)
 • Vice Mayor Janrey G. Gavina (KG)
 • Total 251.23 km2 (97.00 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 184,599
 • Density 730/km2 (1,900/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 8105
IDD:area code +63 (0)84
Income class 3rd city income class
PSGC 112315000
Electorate 96,662 voters as of 2016

Panabo is a 3rd class city in the province of Davao del Norte, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 184,599 people.[3]

Bordering Davao City to its northeast, Panabo is a part of Davao Metropolitan Area. The city has an area of 25,123 hectares (62,080 acres).[2]


The Panabo City Hall is located about 2.23 kilometers from its boundary with Davao City.


The city is politically subdivided into 40 barangays.[2] Quezon was formerly the sitio of Cabili; it became a barrio in 1957.[4]

  • A. O. Floirendo
  • Datu Abdul Dadia
  • Buenavista
  • Cacao
  • Cagangohan
  • Consolacion
  • Dapco
  • Gredu (Pob.)
  • J.P. Laurel
  • Kasilak
  • Katipunan
  • Katualan
  • Kauswagan
  • Kiotoy
  • Little Panay
  • Lower Panaga (Roxas)
  • Mabunao
  • Maduao
  • Malativas
  • Manay
  • Nanyo
  • New Malaga (Dalisay)
  • New Malitbog
  • New Pandan (Pob.
  • New Visayas
  • Quezon
  • Salvacion
  • San Francisco (Pob.)
  • San Nicolas
  • San Pedro
  • San Roque
  • San Vicente
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santo Niño (Pob.)
  • Sindaton
  • Southern Davao
  • Tagpore
  • Tibungol
  • Upper Licanan
  • Waterfall


Originally the rich lowland was inhabited by a group of stocky-haired natives called Aetas. These people led nomadic life and lived by hunting. With the use of their most essential tool, the bow and arrow—"pana-sa-boboy" as they call it—they hunted for food which primarily consisted of rootcrops and meat of wild boars.[5]

When the Christian settlers came at the beginning of the 20th century, the place was already a thriving trading community; thus, the place was already known as Taboan, which means "trading center". After the Cristian settlers began pioneering the region, the natives moved further to the hinterlands along with them their "pana-sa-boboy". This term later evolved into present day name Panabo.[5]

Legal Basis[edit]

Panabo, which was formerly a mere barangay of Tagum, then known as Magugpo during that time, became a town July 19, 1949, through Presidential Proclamation No. 236 of the President Manuel A. Roxas.

The local government unit of Panabo was created into a component city of Davao del Norte by virtue of Republic Act No. 9015 and ratified by the residents in a plebiscite held on March 31, 2001. However, its official existence as a municipal corporation took effect on with the appointment of new set of officials.

Panabo City Hall


Population census of Panabo
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1960 42,509 —    
1970 42,920 +0.10%
1975 53,015 +4.33%
1980 71,098 +6.04%
1990 110,172 +4.48%
1995 121,472 +1.85%
2000 133,950 +2.12%
2007 154,329 +1.97%
2010 174,364 +4.54%
2015 184,599 +1.09%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority [3][6][7][8]


Banana plantations in Panabo

Being an agro-industrial city, Panabo is known as the "Banana Capital of the Philippines" due to numerous banana plantations scattered throughout the city. In fact, Panabo is the home of the world’s biggest banana plantation, which is owned by the Tagum Agricultural Development Company (TADECO), which covers around 6,900 hectares of banana fields and produce millions of boxes of export-quality bananas annually. The city itself cultivated 40% of its land or around 10,000 hectares into planting export-quality Cavendish bananas. Thus, banana cultivation and exportation are the main economic lifeblood of the city.


There are also two privately owned port facilities in the city, which enabled them to export various fruits, such as bananas, mangoes, papayas, and pineapples, to countries like Japan, Korea, China, and countries as far in the Middle East and the European Union.

Public infrastructure includes the Freedom Park which features a unique banana inspired fountain sculpted by the world class artist Kublai Millan. The Panabo Multi-Purpose Cooperative Tourism Gymnasium, located beside the City Hall is also a public infrastructure, the gymnasium accommodates an estimated ten-thousand people and also serves as playing venue of the Philippine Basketball Association as well as serving concerts for the city.




  • ACES Polytechnic College of Panabo
  • NorthLink Technological College, Inc.
  • Valiant Technological College
  • Northern Paramedical and Technological College
  • East Asian College of Panabo
  • The Leores Training Academy Inc.


  • Davao del Norte State College Laboratory School (private)
  • North Davao Colleges - High School Department (private)
  • Maryknoll College of Panabo (private)
  • Francisco Adlaon Learning Institute (private)
  • Panabo SDA Learning Center (private)
  • Panabo Christian School (private)
  • Panabo Achievers Academy (2nd year only) (private)
  • Panabo National High School (public)
  • Little Panay National High School (Panabo National High School Annex)
  • Colegio de Davao, Panabo City (Private)
  • Good Shepherd Baptist School (Church School)
  • A. O. Floirendo National High School
  • Don M. Javellana National High School
  • Kauswagan National High School
  • Mabunao High School
  • Malativas National High School
  • Manay National High School
  • San Vicente National High School (Panabo National High School Annex)
  • Sindaton National High School
  • Southern Davao National High School[9]

A memorandum of agreement between UP Los Baños College of Agriculture and ANFLOCOR was signed for the establishment of UP Professional School for Agriculture and the Environment (UP PSAE) which will be UPLB's extension campus in Panabo City.[10][11][12] In addition, UP Mindanao will also collaborate on some courses and programs to be offered.[13]

Sister Cities[edit]

Within the Philippines


  1. ^ "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 11 September 2013. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Province: Davao del Norte". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 29 April 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 Converting the Sitio of Cabili, Municipality of Panabo, Province of Davao, into a Barrio of Said Municipality to Be Known As the Barrio of Quezon". Retrieved 2011-04-12. 
  5. ^ a b "City Profile". Local Government of Panabo City. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  6. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region XI (Davao Region)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ "Province of Davao del Norte". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 
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