- Davao Region
DAVAO — Region — Country Philippines Island group Mindanao Regional center Davao City Area – Total 20,244 km2 (7,816.3 sq mi) Population (2010) – Total 5,558,699 – Density 274.6/km2 (711.2/sq mi) Time zone PST (UTC+8) Provinces 4 Cities 6 Municipalities 44 Barangays 1160 Cong. districts 11 Languages Cebuano, Davaoeño dialect of Chabacano, Mandayan, Dibabawon, Mansakan, Manobo, Tagalog, Ilokano, others
Davao Region / Southern Mindanao, designated as Region XI, is one of the regions of the Philippines, located on the southeastern portion of Mindanao. Davao Region consists of four provinces, namely: Compostela Valley, Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental, and Davao del Sur. The region encloses the Davao Gulf and its regional center is Davao City. Davao is the Hispanicized pronunciation of daba-daba, the Bagobo word for "fire" (the Cebuano translation is "kalayo").
The region has a generally uniform distribution of rainfall through the year. It lies outside the typhoon belt.
Aside from its forestland and fertile fields, Southern Mindanao has mineral resources of chromite, iron, nickel, and manganese, gold, copper and other non-metallic minerals. Five of the major fishing grounds of the Philippines are located in the region..
While the region’s economy is predominantly agri-based, it is now developing into a center for agro-industrial business, trade and tourism. Its competitive advantage is in agri-industry as its products, bananas, pineapples, fresh asparagus, and fish products are exported abroad. The region can be a vital link to markets in other parts of Mindanao, Brunei Darussalam and parts of Malaysia and Indonesia. There is also a small but growing call center sector.
There is a gradual shift to industrialization as shown with industry’s growth rate of 8.1% in 1996. Other economic activities are mining, fishery, forestry and agriculture.
The Region is also venturing to Online Business like Outsourcing. They also open their official Buy and Sell Online only for Davao Region the Davao Eagle derived from the famous Philippine Eagle which can only be seen in Davao.
The region’s principal ports are the Sasa International Seaport in Sasa, Sta. Ana Pier in the Chinatown District, Panabo Seaport in Davao del Norte, and Mati Seaport in Davao Oriental. Infrastructure developments in the cities within the region are considered excellent.
The airport in Davao City is the largest and most developed in Mindanao. The region is accessible by land, air and sea. The region has adequate communications facilities, reliable power and an abundant water supply.
Province/City Capital Population
Compostela Valley Nabunturan 637,366 4,479.77 124.3 Davao del Norte Tagum City 847,440 3,426.97 214.8 Davao del Sur Digos City 822,406 4,223.45 192.9 Davao Oriental Mati City 486,104 5,670.07 86.4 Davao City — 1,363,337 2,443.61 469.4
- Digos City, Davao del Sur
- Island Garden City of Samal, Davao del Norte
- Panabo City, Davao del Norte
- Tagum City, Davao del Norte
- Mati City, Davao Oriental
Highly Urbanized City
Regions of the Philippines Luzon Visayas Mindanao
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