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Davao Region is located on the southeastern portion of Mindanao, Davao region comprises 4 provinces: Compostela Valley, Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental and Davao del Sur.  Just recently, the President signed RA 10360 creating the country’s newest province, Davao Occidental, in effect dividing into two the province of Davao del Sur.

The region has six cities, namely: Davao, Digos, Mati, Panabo, Samal, and Tagum; and 44 municipalities, grouped into 11 congressional districts and divided into 1,162 barangays.

The region covers a total land area of 19,673 sq.km. Its premier city is Davao City which has an area of 2,444 sq. km.

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[heading top=”40″ bottom=”10″ size=”5″]Income Classification[/heading]

Davao Region has the following income classification of LGUs:  1 first class highly-urbanized city and four 1st class provinces. For the component cities, there are 1 first class, 1 second class and 1 fourth class.  Among the municipalities, 19 are first class, 12 are second class, 10 are third class, and 5 are fourth class.

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Income Class

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Income Class

Compostela Valley

First Class

Davao del Norte

First Class

Davao del Sur

First Class

Davao Oriental

First Class

Highly-urbanized City

Income Class

Davao City

First Class

[heading top=”40″ bottom=”10″ size=”5″]Population[/heading]

The region serves as melting pot of many cultural groups. Cebuanos, Boholanos, and Ilonggos are the majority groups. Others include Maguindanaos, Maranaos, Manobos, T’bolis, Bagobos, B’laans, Samals, and Agtas.  Smaller communities of Ilocanos, Tagalogs, Warays, and Bicolanos have also settled here.

In terms of population, Davao Region is the country’s 5th fastest growing region with 4.5 million residents, making up 20% of Mindanao’s population and 5% of the country’s total.

Davao City’s population hit 1.44 million based on the latest survey results released by the National Statistics Office (NSO) for 2010.

[heading top=”40″ bottom=”10″ size=”5″]Competitive Advantage[/heading]

Considered as a region of royalties, Davao Region is home to the Philippine Eagle — the world’s largest eagle and king of Philippine skies; Waling-waling — the queen of orchids; irresistible Durian — the king of fruits; and Mt. Apo — the country’s highest peak and king of Philippine mountains.

[heading top=”40″ bottom=”10″ size=”5″]Davao Region’s Top Produce[/heading]

The region is blessed with fertile soil and good climate conducive to the cultivation of agricultural crops.  In 2011, the region was the country’s #1 producer of coconut, durian, bananas, cacao and coffee.  It was ranked 2nd in abaca production, next only to the Bicol Region.

The devastation brought by Typhoon Pablo in December 2012 had a tremendous effect on the region’s crop production, particularly in the provinces of Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley and Davao del Norte.

[heading top=”40″ bottom=”10″ size=”5″]Some of Davao’s well-known tourist destinations[/heading]

Mount Apo, at 9,692 feet, is one of the most popular climbing destinations in the country.  Our dive spots in the Davao Gulf are one of the country’s best.

In Samal, there is the Monfort Bat Cave, whose bat colony was certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest colony of fruit bats in the world with a population ranging from 1.8 to 2.5 million.  It boggles the minds of the scientific community as bats are known to be nocturnal creatures, but these Geoffroy’s Rousette bats do not shy away from the light. Visitors are amazed at how they manage to stay glued to their posts in broad daylight, occasionally flying within the large openings of the five sinkholes within the property.

In Mati City, Davao Oriental, lies the The Sleeping Dinosaur, a land formation along Pujada Bay that resembles a submerged dinosaur sleeping on its belly, offering a wonderful break from the landscape of mostly ricefields and coconuts.

Just like the rest of the Philippines, Davao Region is the place to be for fiestas.  Davao City comes alive with the celebration of the “Kadayawan sa Dabaw” every third week of August, coinciding with the harvest of fruits, flowers and agricultural produce.

The Musikahan sa Tagum is internationally known as the all-inclusive and longest running music festival in the country that showcases the talents of Tagumeños, Mindanaoans and Filipinos in general.

The  Bulawan or Gold Festival of Compostela Valley, which is celebrated  every 1st week of March is reflective of Comval’s gold and other mineral wealth to promote the vision of transforming the province into a jewelry- making center.  As a province-wide event, the festival involves various events and friendly competitions participated in by all  other sectors of the community.

These are just a handful of the many tourist attractions of which Davao Region is richly blessed.