Santo Tomas, Davao del Norte

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Sto. Tomas
Municipality
Municipal hall Sto Tomas.jpg
The Municipal Hall of 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
Government[1]
 • Mayor Daniel "Jun" Batosalem Jr.
Area[2]
 • 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
Website www.stotomas.gov.ph

Sto. Tomas is a first class municipality in the province of Davao del Norte, Philippines. According to the 2015 PSA Census of Population, it has a population of 118,750 people.[3]

Etymology[edit]

Sto. Tomas was so named after Saint Thomas, the patron saint of Danao which is the hometown of the late governor of undivided Davao Province Vicente Duterte, father of the 16th Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte.

History[edit]

What is now Sto. Tomas, initially called Tibal-og, was once part of the jurisdiction of nearby town of Kapalong. Before the 1950s. the place used to be a lush forest inhabited by the indigenous Ata-Manobo people.

According to the town's pioneering residents, the area of what is now Kapalong (in which what is now Sto. Tomas was still part of) and Panabo City were planted for abaca during the pre-war years.

After the founding of Sto. Tomas as a municipality, it continued to grow and prosper, even as it went several successions of mayoralty governance throughout its history.

Geography[edit]

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.

Barangays[edit]

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

Climate[edit]

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

Demographics[edit]

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%
2015 118,750 +1.60%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]

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

Economy[edit]

Banana plantation, located at the southern portion of Sto. Tomas

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.

Transportation[edit]

Davao del Norte Circumferential Road, Sto. Tomas-Panabo leg, Brgy. Balagunan, Sto. Tomas, Davao del Norte.

Sto. Tomas sits astride the Davao del Norte Provincial Circumferential Road. It 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 liners via Carmen route. Davao City is approximately 63 kilometres (39 mi) or an hour and a half ride by bus or private car.

Sto. Tomas is accessible by land through any type of vehicle. There are tricycle units serving the different routes within the municipality. Most tricycles are color-coded red, with a capacity of 6 passengers per tricycle.

Education[edit]

Sto. Tomas have several public and private institutions.


Elementary schools:

  • Apitong Elementary School (Public)
  • Balagunan Elementary School (Public)
  • Balisong Elementary School (Public)
  • Bobongon Elementary School (Public)
  • Casig-ang Elementary School (Public)
  • Davao Winchester Colleges Inc. (Private)
  • Esperanza Elementary School (Public)
  • Holy Infant School of Sto. Tomas, Inc. (Private)
  • Jireh School of Tomorrow (Private)
  • Jesus Lumain Elementary School (Public)
  • Kimamon Elementary School (Public)
  • Kinamayan Integrated School (Public)
  • La Libertad Elementary School (Public)
  • Lunga-og Elementary School (Public)
  • Magwawa Elementary School (Public)
  • Marsman Elementary School (Public)
  • Maryknoll High School of Sto. Tomas (Private)
  • Mustard Seed Christian School, Inc. (Private)
  • Nafco Central Elementary School (Public)
  • New Katipunan Elementary School (Public)
  • New Visayas Elementary School (Public)
  • Nordida SDA Elementary School, Inc. (Private)
  • Pantaron Elementary School (Public)
  • Philippine Baptist Christian College of Mindanao, Inc. (Private)
  • Salvacion Elementary School (Public)
  • San Isidro Elementary School (Public)
  • San Jose Elementary School (Public)
  • San Miguel Elementary School (Public)
  • San Vincenzo Learning Center (Private)
  • Sto. Tomas Central Elementary School - Sped Center (Public)
  • Talomo Elementary School (Public)
  • Talos Elementary School (Public)
  • Temple Christian School, Inc. (Private)
  • Tulalian Elementary School (Public)


High schools:

  • Balagunan National High School (Public)
  • Davao Winchester Colleges Inc. (Private)
  • Kimamon National High School (Public)
  • La Libertad National High School (Public)
  • Marsman National High School (Public)
  • Maryknoll High School of Sto. Tomas (Private)
  • Mustard Seed Christian School, Inc. (Private)
  • Philippine Baptist Christian College of Mindanao, Inc. (Private)
  • Salvacion National High School (Public)
  • Sto. Tomas National High School (Public)
  • Temple Christian School Inc. (Private)
  • Tulalian National High School (Public)


Tertiary education:


Technical/vocational schools:

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

Celebrations[edit]

Araw ng Sto. Tomas (lit. Day of Sto. Tomas) is a celebration held every 14th of August annually. Events include drum and lyre competitions; parades, fireworks display, and many more.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  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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