Davao City, reputedly the largest city in the world, has an area of 244,000 hectares, or 8 per cent of the land area of Southern Mindanao Region or Region XI. It is divided into 3 congressional districts and furthermore divided into 11 administrative districts. Poblacion and Talomo Districts comprised District I, meanwhile District II is composed of the following districts, namely: Agdao, Buhangin, Bunawan and Paquibato, District III includes Toril, Tugbok, Calinan, Baguio and Marilog.

Davao City is located in the southeastern part of Mindanao, lying in the grid squares of 6 58′ to 7 34′ N latitude, and 125 14′ to 125 40′ E longitude . It is bounded on the north by Davao Province; on the east partly by Davao Province and Davao Gulf; on the south by Davao del Sur; and on the west by North Cotabato. Davao City Proper is approximately 946 aerial kilometers or 588 statute miles, southeast of Manila. Because of its strategic location, Davao City was developed as a regional trade center for Southern Mindanao; international trade center to the Southern Pacific; and Southern Gateway more particularly to and from the neighboring countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Australia, among others.

Land Area

Congressional and Administrative Districts
By Number of Barangays, By Land Area and Percentage, Davao City, 2009


Number of Barangays

Land Area
(in has.)

% to Total

First Congressional District
Poblacion 40 1,138 0.47
Talomo 14 8,916 3.66
Second Congressional District
Buhangin 13 9,508 3.9
Bunawan 9 6,694 2.74
Agdao 11 593 0.24
Paquibato 13 66,242 27.15
Third Congressional District
Baguio 8 19,023 7.80
Calinan 19 23,236 9.52
Marilog 12 63,800 26.15
Toril 25 29,459 12.07
Tugbok 18 15,391 6.30
TOTAL 182 244,000 100.00



Davao City enjoys a mild tropical climate. Compared with other parts of the Philippines in which there is a district hot and wet season. It enjoys the privilege of a climate where the days are always sunshiny and mild followed by nights of rain. The city is outside the typhoon belt and lacks major seasonal variations. The predominant wind direction is northward from the Davao Gulf where the cooler air of the sea replaces the warm air mass over the city. A surrounding mountain chains protect the city effectively from strong winds.


Davao City’s Notable Awards & Citations

  • DOH Red Orchid Awards for 100% Tobacco Free Environment
  • Most Child Friendly City (2012)
  • 1st Price Winner and Hall of Famer (2012) in the National Literacy Award for Outstanding LGU, Highly Urbanized City Category
  • Best Performing City Police in the country
  • Consistent Performing LGU in the country 2009-2011
  • Best Practice Award – Drive against Professional Squatters and Squatting Syndicates to the Local Government of Davao
  • Best Practice Award for LGU HIV Prevention Seal of Good Housekeeping (2011)
  • One of the most competitive metropolitan cities in the Philippines
  • Most Livable City


Best Practices

Best water in the world

Most Prepared City to Respond to an Emergency

Healthy Lifestyle

  • No smoking in public places
  • Tough policies against dangerous drugs, violence against women and children
  • Conservation of endangered species
  • ban on use of firecrackers