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REGION XI (Davao Region) PROFILE

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region11DAVAO REGION OR 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. 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, the region is famous for its rich mineral resources. Reserves of gold, copper, manganese and nickel are found in this part of the country. The Diwalwal area in Compostela valley has attracted thousands of small scale miners as well as commercial explorers. Five of the major fishing grounds of the Philippines are located in the region.

Region 11 is a 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 are also found.

While the region's economy is predominantly agri-based, it is now developing into a center for agro-industrial business, trade and tourism.

Tourism is fast becoming an important source of employment. It has many resorts and other eco-tourism sites that are a must for travellers.

Agriculture is the main economic activity in the region and Banana is the primary agricultural product produced in many banana plantations. In 2007, the region produced a total of 3.1 metric tons - the highest among the regions. Other farm products include rice, corn, coconut, pineapple, sugarcane, and durian. The region is also a well-known center of the cut flower industry especially in orchid growing. Fishing and raising of poultry, hog, and cattle are some alternative sources of income.

Manufacturing in the region is concentrated mostly around Davao City, the largest city in the Philippines outside Metro Manila. Industrial products from the region include construction materials, processed food, and furniture.

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.

The Regional Nutrition Committee of Davao Region, Chaired by Director Teogenes Baluma of Department of Health XI has been very proactive in the region's development in terms of social, economic, environment and even political aspect. The programs and project implemented by the national agencies focused its target to high risk areas in terms of health and malnutrition. The region has diverse culture as it constitute different ethnic groups with distinct culture. Amidst cultural diversity that challenges the need to provide basic services especially to indigent groups, the region's nutrition situation is improving every year. It was noted that, there was a drastic reduction of malnutrition over a period of 3 years from 10.08% in 2008 to 8.67% in 2009 to 6.69% in 2010 for preschool children. The nutrition improvement can be attributed to the zealous efforts of the local government units and national agencies in addressing different factors in terms of generation of employment opportunities, production and distribution of agri-eco resources, provision of minimum basic services especially to at risk groups in different areas and committed members of the local nutrition committees in pursuing its goal of a nutritionally, healthy and economically develop Davaoeños.

Total Land Area: 19,671.83 sq.km.

Total Population as of Aug. 1, 2007: 4,156,653

Capital: Davao City

POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS:

No. of Congressional Districts: 11

No. of Provinces: 4

No. of Cities: 6

No. of Municipalities: 43

No. of Highly Urbanized City: 1

No. of Barangays: 1,162

SOCIO-ECONOMIC PROFILE:

- 18 Ethnic groups are in the region with Mandaya, B’laan and T’boli as the largest groups.

- Cebuano, Ilonggo, Ilokano and Tagalog are the common dialects beside those spoken by the tribal communities.

- Principal products are rice, corn, coffee, fish, timber, root crops, livestock and poultry, fruits and vegetables.

- Mineral resources include copper, nickel, chromite, gold and marble.

- Tourist attractions include Mt. Apo, Philippine Eagle Nature Center, Orchid Farms, fruit plantation and many more.

 

**Credits to Department of the Interior and Local Goverment Davao Region for the Map Image.

 

THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNITS UNDER REGION XI


LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNITS NUMBER OF BARANGAYS POPULATION (as of August 1,2007) INCOME CLASSIFICATION
Davao City 182 1,363,337 First Class-Highly Urbanized
Compostela Valley Province 237 297,595 First Class
1.   Compostela 18 69, 849 First Class
2.   Laak 40 66,607 First Class
3.   Mabini 11 35,308 Second Class
4.   Maco 37 70,906 First Class
5.   Maragusan 24 51,547 First Class
6.   Mawab 11 34,656 Third Class
7.   Monkayo 21 90,971 First Class
8.   Montevista 20 35,192 Third Class
9.   Nabunturan 28 67,365 Second Class
10. New Bataan 14 45,309 First Class
11. Pantukan 13 69,656 First Class
Davao del Norte Province 223 425,846 First Class
1.   Asuncion 20 50,731 First Class
2.   B.E. Dujali 5 24,886 Fourth Class
3.   Carmen 20 61,656 First Class
4.   Kapalong 14 61,763 First Class
5.   New Corella 20 46,311 Second Class
6.   San Isidro 13 24, 696 Newly Created
7.   Sto. Tomas 19 97,210 First Class
8.   Talaingod 3 19,600 Second Class

Island Garden City of Samal

(Component)

46 90,291 Fourth Class
Panabo City (Component) 40 154,329 Third Class
Tagum City (Capital) 23 215, 967 First Class
Davao Oriental Province 183 234,576 First Class
1.   Baganga 18 48,355 First Class
2.   Banaybanay 14 35,693 Second Class
3.   Boston 8 11,176 Third Class
4.   Caraga 17 34,278 First Class
5.   Cateel 16 33,109 Second Class
6.   Governor Generoso 20 46,745 Second Class
7.   Lupon 21 60,133 First Class
8.   Manay 17 38,067 Second Class
9.   San Isidro 16 32,139 Fourth Class
10. Tarragona 10 24,363 Third Class
Mati City (Capital) 26 122,046 First Class
Davao del Sur Province 337 1,176,758 First Class
1.   Bansalan 25 54,246 First Class
2.   Don Marcelino 15 35,166 Third Class
3.   Hagonoy 21 46,648 Third Class
4.   Jose Abad Santos 26 62,513 First Class
5.   Kiblawan 30 43,054 Second Class
6.   Magsaysay 22 45,005 Third Class
7.   Malalag 15 35,241 Second Class
8.   Malita 30 106,135 First Class
9.   Matanao 33 49,806 Second Class
10. Padada 17 25,127 Third Class
11. Sarangani 12 20,394 Fourth Class
12. Sta. Cruz 18 76,113 First Class
13. Sta. Maria 22 48,362 Second Class
11. Sulop 25 29,082 Third Class
Digos City (Capital) 26 145,514 Second Class
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