do1

Davao Oriental is situated in the south-eastern section of Mindanao. It belongs to the Davao Region or Region XI. Its boundaries are defined on the north by Agusan  del Sur, on the south by  Davao Gulf, on the east  by the Pacific Ocean, and on the west by Compostela Valley.

[heading top=”10″ bottom=”10″ size=”5″]LAND AREA[/heading]

Davao Oriental occupies the biggest land area among the provinces of Region XI with a total land area of 5,164 square kilometers. This represents 26 percent of the total land area of  Region XI (Davao Region).

 

Total Land Area (in km2), Percent Share to Total Land Area,
and Number of Barangays

City/Municipalities

Total
Land Area
Percent Share to Total Land Area Number of
Barangays
 Davao Oriental 5,164 100.0 183
   Baganga 1,177 6.0 18
   Banaybanay 419 2.1 14
   Boston 338 1.7 8
   Caraga 554 2.8 17
   Cateel 467 2.4 16
   Gov. Generoso 303 1.5 20
   Lupon 227 1.2 21
   Manay 480 2.4 17
   Mati (capital) 682 3.5 26
   San Isidro 205 1.0 16
   Tarragona 313 1.6 10
Source: 2004 Davao Region Statistical Yearbook

 

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

As of May 1, 2000, the population of Davao Oriental stands at 446,191. Almost one fourth or 23.7 percent of the population are residents of the municipality of Mati (capital).

Population, Total Land Area, and Population Density

City/Municipalities

Population
(as of May 1, 2000)
Percent Share to Total Population Projected Population
(2006)
 Davao Oriental 446,191 100.0 490,797
  Baganga 43,122 9.7 46,372
  Banaybanay 33,714 7.6 42,208
  Boston 10,266 2.3 12,130
  Caraga 33,481 7.5 37,551
  Cateel 28,655 6.4 31,963
  Gov. Generoso 42,705 9.6 46,696
  Lupon 57,092 12.8 59,328
  Manay 36,697 8.2 42,419
  Mati (capital) 105,908 23.7 113,507
  San Isidro 31,705 7.1 33,878
  Tarragona 22,846 5.1 24,745
1 1 1 1
Source: 2004 Davao Region Statistical Yearbook
[heading top=”10″ bottom=”10″ size=”5″]PEOPLE[/heading]


The inhabitants of the province are a mixture of natives and immigrants from other provinces throughout the country that brought different forms of religion. Mandaya Tribe is the most dominant tribe in the province that made the hand abaca women cloth called “Dagmay”. Dabaweño is the native dialect. The Mandayan Community rested in the municipality of Caraga. Tagalog, Visayan, and English languages are generally used by the populance of Davao Oriental.

QUICK FACTS

Province: Davao Oriental
Capital: Mati
Population: 446,191 (as of May 1, 2000)
Projected Population: 490,797 (2006)
Land Area: 5,164 square kilometers
Cities: none
Municipalities: 11 (Baganga, Banaybanay, Boston,
Caraga, Cateel, Governor Generoso,
Lupon, Manay, Mati, San Isidro,
Tarragona)
Barangays: 183
Indigenous People: Mandaya, Mansaka, Manobo, Kalagan
Poverty Incidence: 34.4 % (2000, incidence of poor families)
Major Products: Agriculture/Fishery – coconut, rice, corn,
durian, mango, pomelo, fish

Minerals – nickel, chromite, manganeseMajor Industries:Fishing, grain milling, lumber products, parquet tiles, tourismNatural Resources:Fertile agricultural lands, rich fishing grounds, mineral deposits