Santo Tomas, Davao del Norte

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Santo Tomas
Municipality of Santo Tomas
Municipal Hall
Municipal Hall
Map of Davao del Norte with Santo Tomas highlighted
Map of Davao del Norte with Santo Tomas highlighted
Santo Tomas is located in Philippines
Santo Tomas
Santo Tomas
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 7°32′N 125°37′E / 7.53°N 125.62°E / 7.53; 125.62Coordinates: 7°32′N 125°37′E / 7.53°N 125.62°E / 7.53; 125.62
Country  Philippines
Region Davao Region (Region XI)
Province Davao del Norte
District 2nd District
Founded August 14, 1959
Barangays 19 (see Barangays)
 • Type Sangguniang Bayan
 • Mayor Daniel Batosalem Jr.
 • Electorate 57,387 voters (2016)
 • Total 221.8 km2 (85.6 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 118,750
 • Density 540/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code 8112
PSGC 112318000
IDD:area code +63 (0)84
Climate type Tropical rainforest climate
Income class 1st municipal income class
Revenue (₱) 296,102,536.71 (2016)
Native languages Davawenyo
Ata Manobo
Kalagan language

Santo Tomas, officially the Municipality of Santo Tomas, is a 1st class municipality in the province of Davao del Norte, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 118,750 people.[3]


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


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.


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.

  • 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 nearly typhoon-free municipality, the production of high value crops is favorable all year round and makes a profitable investment.


Population census of Sto. Tomas
YearPop.±% p.a.
1960 16,687—    
1970 21,241+2.44%
1975 31,584+8.28%
1980 44,512+7.10%
1990 67,916+4.32%
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: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][4][5][6]

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


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.


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.


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 Santo 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)


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.



  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Province: Davao del Norte". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  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. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region XI (Davao Region)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  5. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Region XI (Davao Region)". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO.
  6. ^ "Province of Davao del Norte". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.

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