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Compostela Valley, the 78th province in the country, was carved out of Davao del Norte Province by virtue of Republic Act No. 8470, signed by President Fidel V. Ramos on January 30, 1998. On March 7 of the same year, the law was ratified through a plebiscite conducted in the twenty-two (22) municipalities of the mother province.

Moves to create a separate province, now called Compostela Valley, from Davao del Norte started in the 80’s during the time of Congressman Lorenzo S. Sarmiento, Sr., himself the author of the division of the original province of Davao into three (3) provinces of Davao Oriental, Davao Del Sur, and Davao Del Norte. Believing that the sheer size of Davao Del Norte, then the 8th largest province in the country, had greatly hindered the realization of the province’s full potentials, he filed a bill in Congress seeking to create a new province to be composed of Mawab, Maragusan, New Bataan, Nabunturan, Montevista, Monkayo, and Compostela, with the latter as the capital town. However, this was not realized until his death in the late 80’s. His son, Rogelio M. Sarmiento, who became his successor in Congress, made way for the passage of the bill creating the province.

 

Municipalities

Municipality

No. of
Barangays

Area
(km²)

Population
(2010)

Class Income

Creation

Compostela

16

321.00

81,934

1st(Mun.)

August 1, 1948

Laak

40

947.06

70,856

1st(Mun.)

1979

Mabini

11

412.25

36,807

2nd(Mun.)

1953

Maco

37

342.23

72,235

1st(Mun.)

May 6, 1970

Maragusan

24

547.45

55,503

1st(Mun.)

1988

Mawab

11

169.52

35,698

3rd(Mun.)

1958

Monkayo

21

692.89

94,827

1st(Mun.)

September 14, 1954

Montevista

20

225.00

39,602

3rd(Mun.)

June 18, 1966

Nabunturan

28

241.20

73,196

1st(Mun.)

July 23, 1957

New Bataan

16

553.15

47,470

1st(Mun.)

June 18, 1968

Pantukan

15

553.15

79,067

1st(Mun.)

1956