Santo Tomas, Davao del Norte

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Sto. Tomas
Map of Davao del Norte with Sto. Tomas highlighted
Map of Davao del Norte with Sto. Tomas highlighted
Sto. Tomas is located in Philippines
Sto. Tomas
Sto. Tomas
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 07°32′N 125°37′E / 7.533°N 125.617°E / 7.533; 125.617Coordinates: 07°32′N 125°37′E / 7.533°N 125.617°E / 7.533; 125.617
Country Philippines
Region Davao (Region XI)
Province Davao del Norte
District 2nd district of Davao del Norte
Founded August 14, 1959
Barangays 19
 • Mayor Benigno Andamon
 • Total 221.80 km2 (85.64 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 109,269
 • Density 490/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 8112
Dialing code 84
Income class 1st

Sto. Tomas is a first class municipality in the province of Davao del Norte, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 109,269 people.[3]


Sto. Tomas is located on the island of Mindanao, and it is in the province's second political district. It is bounded in the north by the Municipalities of Kapalong and Talaingod, in the east by the Municipality of Asuncion, in the west by Davao City, and in the south by the Municipality of Braulio E. Dujali.


Sto. Tomas is politically subdivided into 19 barangays.[2]

  • Balagunan
  • Bobongon
  • Casig-Ang
  • Esperanza
  • Kimamon
  • Kinamayan
  • La Libertad
  • Lungaog
  • Magwawa
  • New Katipunan
  • New Visayas
  • Pantaron
  • Salvacion
  • San Jose
  • San Miguel
  • San Vicente
  • Talomo
  • Tibal-og (Poblacion/Town Center)
  • Tulalian


Rainfall in Sto. Tomas is evenly distributed throughout the year. Being a typhoon-free municipality, the production of high value crops is favorable all year round and makes a profitable investment.


Population census of Sto. Tomas
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 67,916 —    
1995 77,182 +2.43%
2000 84,367 +1.93%
2007 97,210 +1.97%
2010 109,269 +4.35%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]

Sto. Tomas is home to a diverse culture inter-mingling with Aeta, Mandaya and Aeta-Manobo. The people are predominantly Cebuano.


Significant to the economic development of Sto. Tomas is a number of multi-national corporations and cooperatives engaged in banana based commercial production successfully operating in the municipality. Rice production also contributes to the economic development of the municipality.


Sto. Tomas is more or less 30 kilometres (19 mi) or about an hour ride from Tagum City by any land vehicle, and the town offers a wide choice of public utility jeepneys via Kinamayan route or bus liner via Carmen route. Davao City is approximately 63 kilometres (39 mi) or an hour and a half ride by bus or private car. Bus liners going to Sto. Tomas are stationed at Davao City Overland Transportation Terminal in Ecoland, Davao City. Bus companies have both non-air-conditioned and air-conditioned units that gives added comfort to passengers to and from Davao City.

Sto. Tomas is accessible by land through any type of vehicle. There are tricycle units serving the different routes within the municipality.


Sto. Tomas have several public and private institutions.

Elementary school:

  • Sto. Tomas Central Elementary School SPED Center (Public)
  • Davao Winchester Colleges Inc. (Private)
  • Kimamon Elementary School (Public)

High schools:

  • Balagunan National High School (Public)
  • Kimamon National High School (Public)
  • Marsman National High School (Public)
  • Maryknoll High School (Private, Non-Sectarian, Catholic)
  • Sto. Tomas National High School (Public)
  • Temple Christian School, Inc.
  • Philippine Christian College of Mindanao, Inc. (Formerly: Fundamental Baptist Christian Academy)
  • Davao Winchester Colleges Inc. (Private)

Tertiary education:

Technical/vocational schools:

  • ABA Technical School of Sto. Tomas, Inc.
  • Davao Winchester Colleges Inc. (Private)


  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 Norte". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 29 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 29 April 2014. 

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