Davao del Norte

Davao del Norte
Davao del Norte / Davao
Probinsya ng Davao del Norte / Davao
—  Province  —
Map of the Philippines with Davao del Norte highlighted
Coordinates: 7°21′N 125°42′E / 7.35°N 125.7°E / 7.35; 125.7Coordinates: 7°21′N 125°42′E / 7.35°N 125.7°E / 7.35; 125.7
Country  Philippines
Region Davao Region (Region XI)
Founded May 8, 1967
Capital Tagum City
 – Type Province of the Philippines
 – Governor Rodolfo P. del Rosario (Liberal)
 – Vice Governor Victorino Suaybaguio, Jr. (Lakas-Kampi-CMD)
 – Total 9,654.97 km2 (3,727.8 sq mi)
Area rank 4th out of 80
Population (2010)
 – Total 2,243,001
 – Rank 2nd out of 80
 – Density 232.3/km2 (601.7/sq mi)
 – Density rank 3rd out of 80
 – Independent cities 0
 – Component cities 3
 – Municipalities 8
 – Barangays 223
 – Districts 1st and 2nd districts of Davao del Norte
Time zone PHT (UTC+8)
ZIP Code
Spoken languages Cebuano, Dabaweño language

Davao del Norte (Filipino:Hilagang Dabaw) , and once known simply as Davao, is a province of the Philippines located in the Davao Region in Mindanao. Its capital is Tagum City. It borders the province of Agusan del Sur to the north, Bukidnon to the west, Compostela Valley to the east, and the city of Davao to the south. Davao also includes Samal Island to the south in the Davao Gulf. The province of Compostela Valley used to be part of Davao until it was made into an independent province in 1998. Before 1967, the four provinces—Davao, Davao Oriental, Davao del Sur, and Compostela Valley—were once a single province named Davao. The Davao Region covers this historic province.



Davao del Norte has a population of 2,243,001 as of the 2010 census, making it the country's 32nd most populated province. The population density is 215 per km². Main languages spoken are Visayan language|Bisaya and Dabaweño.


Davao del Norte is a primarily agricultural, but also engages in mining, forestry, and commercial fishing.

The principal crops of the province include rice, maize, banana, coconut, abacá, ramie, coffee, and a variety of fruit and root crops. Davao del Norte is the country's leading producer of bananas, with many plantations run by multinationals Dole and Del Monte, and local producers such as Lapanday, TADECO, and Marsman. Davao del Norte is also one of Mindanao's leading producer of rice.

Davao Gulf, to the south of the province, provides a living for many fishermen. Some of the fish products include brackish water milkfish, tilapia, shrimp, and crab; and freshwater catfish and tilapia.

Davao del Norte is a major producer of gold, and its mining resources include silica, silver, copper and elemental sulfur. Small-scale gold mining activities thrive in several areas. There are also numerous active quarries of commercial quantities of gravel, sand, and pebbles for construction.

Tourism is also a major part of the economy of Davao del Norte. There are a lot of beaches on Samal Island, the most famous of which is Pearl Farm Beach Resort.

The Province of Davao del Norte is also known as "THE BANANA CAPITAL OF THE PHILIPPINES."



Davao del Norte is subdivided into 8 municipalities and 3 cities. The Island Garden City of Samal is the only municipality or city of Davao del Norte that is not on Mindanao island. This city covers the whole of Samal Island and Talikud Island in the Davao Gulf.

City/Municipality No. of
Pop. density
(per km²)
Braulio E. Dujali
New Corella
Ph seal davao del norte panabo city.png Panabo City
Island Garden City of Samal
San Isidro
Santo Tomas
Ph seal davao del norte tagum city.png
Tagum City


The Leonard Kniaseff volcano is located in the province.

Tourist attractions

Pearl Farm Beach Resort. The Pearl Farm is located on Samal Island just a short boat ride from Davao City. The 11-hectare resort was once a real pearl farm that cultivated oysters imported from the Sulu Sea, and produces some of the best pearls in the country. Now the white sand beach resort is a top tourist attraction in Davao del Norte with cottages inspired by Isamal native design. Playa azalea beach resort in island garden city of samal banana beach resort in tagum city Tagum city hall is one of the bests landmarks in DAvao del norte .


In 1942, the Japanese Imperial forces entered in Northern Davao.

In 1945, combined United States and the Philippine Commonwealth Army forces including the recognized Davaoeño guerrilla units during the siege in the province of Northern Davao against the Japanese troops by liberated since the Battle of Davao during World War II.

Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley, together with Davao Oriental, and Davao del Sur used to be a whole province simply known as Davao. This original province was split into three: Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, and Davao Oriental when Republic Act No. 4867[1] (authored by Representative Lorenzo S. Sarmiento, Sr.) was signed into law on May 8, 1967 by President Ferdinand Marcos.

Davao del Norte was originally composed of thirteen municipalities, namely: Asuncion, Babak (now in Samal City), Compostela, Kapalong, Mabini, Mawab, Monkayo, Nabunturan, Panabo, Pantukan, Samal, Santo Tomas and Tagum.

On May 6, 1970, six more municipalities were created: Carmen, Kaputian (now in Samal City), Maco, Montevista, New Bataan, and New Corella.

The passage of Republic Act No. 6430[2] on June 17, 1972 changed the name of the province from Davao del Norte to Davao.

By 1996, Davao has a total of twenty-two municipalities with the creation of San Vicente (now Laak) in 1979, Maragusan in 1988, and Talaingod in 1990.

On January 31, 1998, President Fidel V. Ramos signed Republic Act No. 8470[3], which split the province into two, creating the province of Compostela Valley. In the meantime, Davao was renamed back to Davao del Norte. Together with the creation of the new province, two cities and one municipality were created: the municipality of Tagum, capital of Davao del Norte, was converted into a city (R.A. 8472); Samal, Babak, and Kaputian were joined into the Island Garden City of Samal (R.A. 8471); and the municipality of Braulio E. Dujali was created out of several barangays in Panabo and Carmen (R.A. 8473). The province then had 8 municipalities and 2 cities.

Republic Act No. 9015, signed into law on March 5, 2001 by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, converted the municipality of Panabo into a city. Republic Act No. 9265, approved on March 15, 2004 created the municipality of San Isidro from Asuncion and Kapalong.

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