San Isidro, Davao Oriental

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San Isidro
Official seal of San Isidro
Map of Davao Oriental with San Isidro highlighted
Map of Davao Oriental with San Isidro highlighted
San Isidro is located in Philippines
San Isidro
San Isidro
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 06°50′N 126°05′E / 6.833°N 126.083°E / 6.833; 126.083Coordinates: 06°50′N 126°05′E / 6.833°N 126.083°E / 6.833; 126.083
Country Philippines
Region Davao (Region XI)
Province Davao Oriental
District 2nd district of Davao Oriental
Established June 18, 1966
Barangays 16
 • Mayor Justina Buenviaje Yu
 • Total 220.44 km2 (85.11 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 32,424
 • Density 150/km2 (380/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 8209
Dialing code 87
Income class 4th

San Isidro is a fourth class municipality in the province of Davao Oriental, Philippines. It has a land area of 220 km². According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 32,424 people.[3]

San Isidro is one the "gulf towns" of Davao Oriental whose shorelines stretch along Davao Gulf. Other gulf towns are Banaybanay, Lupon and Governor Generoso.


San Isidro is politically subdivided into 16 barangays.[2] Seven barangays are along the coastlines while the other nine are in the interior areas.

  • Baon
  • Bitaogan
  • Cambaleon
  • Dugmanon
  • Iba
  • La Union
  • Lapu-lapu
  • Maag
  • Manikling
  • Maputi
  • Batobato (Pob.)
  • San Miguel
  • San Roque
  • Santo Rosario
  • Sudlon
  • Talisay


The town of San Isidro was created by virtue of Republic Act No. 4744 enacted by the Philippine Congress on June 18, 1966. It started operating as a local government unit on January 1968. Its founder and the first mayor was Vicente Yu, Sr.


Population census of San Isidro
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 28,936 —    
1995 30,279 +0.85%
2000 31,705 +0.99%
2007 32,139 +0.19%
2010 32,424 +0.32%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]

Around 30% of the population belong to the indigenous Mandaya and Kalagan communities.


San Isidro is largely planted with coconut, with much of its agricultural industry focuses on the production of copra. There are currently efforts to further diversify the output of the municipality's coconut-based industry from copra to other value-added coconut products such as coco-oil (which can be used as a fuel additive) and coco-coir. In 1992, a Crop Diversification Program of the local government unit (LGU) was implemented with mango as "export winner". In 1998, the town commenced its first Mango Festival as an indicator of the prominence of this high yielding fruit. Farmers are also engaged in growing the popular banana (cardava). Despite this, farmers still experience difficulties in increasing their income due to lack of agricultural technology specially those farming in the upland areas.

The aggressive anti-illegal fishing efforts of the LGU decreased dynamite fishing and able to establish fish sanctuaries in San Isidro waters. Most of the fishermen in this town used paddle-boat than motorized boat in fishing.


The municipality's seascape offers potential marine-based recreational industries on the as yet virtually undisturbed Tinaytay and Burias reefs a few kilometers offshore. In addition, its scenic nature spots include beaches untouched by urban development; the cascading Cawa-cawa Stepped Falls, and the 12 km² Pygmy or Bonsai forests in the thickly forested highlands of the municipality.


  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 ORIENTAL". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 16 April 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 16 April 2014. 

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