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Touted as the Davao region’s Agriculture, Culture and Ecology (ACE) Tourism Destination, the province holds the distinction of having vast expanse of banana plantations in the region. Blessed with rich fertile land and other natural resources and the fact that it is located in a typoon-free belt made Davao del Norte not only productive but also charmingly attractive to investors and tourists alike.
Endowed with nature's bountiful resources, the three cities and eight municipalities of Davao del Norte do not only produce agricultural products but also takes pride in their unique scenic spots and tourist destinations.
On 8 May 1967, Republic Act 4867 authored by then Congressman Lorenzo S. Sarmiento, Sr., was passed into law. By virtue of this bill, the original mother Province of Davao del Norte was divided into three (3) provinces namely Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur and Davao Oriental. Subsequently on 17 June 1972, by virtue of R.A 6430 the name Davao del Norte was changed to Davao. Henceforth, the 3 provinces celebrate the respective founding anniversaries every 1st of July.
Later on 30 January 1998, President Fidel V. Ramos signed Republic Act No. 8470 creating the Province of Compostela Valley, another province carved out of Davao del Norte. In the same development, two (2) component cities were created by virtues of RA 8471 creating the Island Gaden City of Samal and RA 8472 converting the Municipality of Tagum into a City. On the other hand, the enactment of RA 8473 created the Municipality of Braulio E. Dujali from the municipalities of Carmen and Panabo of Davao del Norte.
Davao del Norte is strategically located at the southeastern part of Region XI, bounded on the north by Agusan del Sur, Comval Province in the east, Bukidnon in the northwest, Davao City in the west, and Davao gulf in the south.
CAPITAL: TAGUM CITY
LAND AREA: 364,056 hectares
POLITICAL SUBDIVISION: 2 Political Districts
3 Component Cities
TRANSPORTATION ACCESIBILITY: Land,sea and air
COMMUNICATION: The province is serviced by a local telephone system, cell sites for mobile telecommunications, radio and TV stations.
TRIBE: Mandaya, Manguangan, Dibabawon, Ata-Manobo, K'lagan, Sama
TOURIST ATTRACTIONS: Monfort Bat Cave and Beach Resorts in Samal, Panas Water Falls of New Corella, Okbot Cave of Kapalong, Banana Plantations, Davao Penal Colony, Cultural Village in Talaingod
ACCOMMODATION: v Classification v No. of available rooms
RESORTS Class AAA (1) 80
Class AA (2) 39
Class A (7) 47
ECO-ADVENTURE: Diving, Snorkeling, Aqua Sports, Spelunking, Trekking, Mountain Climbing, Mountain Biking, Motocross
Festivals / Fiestas :
Tagum City - Musikahan February
Panabo City - Binulig Festival September
IGCS - Caracoles April
Carmen - Kadangkadang June
Sto Tomas - Folk Dance Festival August
BE. Dujali - Rice Festival October
Asuncion - Sinaug Festival April
Kapalong - Musa Festival August
Talaingod - Kalibulungan July
San Isidro - Cacabyawan June
Important Telephone Numbers:
Office of the Governor :(084) 4002678
Provincial Administrator : (084) 2172137
Provincial Tourism Office : (084) 400-3786
Provincial Information Office : (084) 2173340
Provincial Planning Office :firstname.lastname@example.org
The calm allure of Madgao
Boats, long and narrow, are starting to arrive. It is a cloudy afternoon and the river is calm as the boats continue to create ripples on the surface. This is only one of the features of Madgao River which make it an emerging tourist destination of Asuncion, Davao del Norte.
One of the boaters said that the river, more than two kilometers long, has been “like a highway” to them not only in terms of its usage but also its physical attributes. It offers an excellent training ground for dragon boat racing.
Madgao River is also rich in marine resources. Carp and tilapia are the most common. A native prawn called ‘uwang’, according to Lawas, can also be found there.
When fishponds harbor rice lands
What was once a swampy and uninhabited land mass is now home to tons of tilapia and other freshwater fish. But this place in Braulio E. Dujali, Davao del Norte measuring approximately 50 hectares offers not only flourishing fishponds.
Home to integrated farming system, BE Dujali now becomes an embodiment of success in the countryside. With areas largely flooded especially during the rainy season, it has been turning tides to its favor by converting swampy areas into productive fishponds and teaching its people the right farming systems—these as the municipal government installs and keeps up protection dikes to control the influx of water.
Once a battle ground, now a shrine
In May 1945—the bravery of those who fought the war and drove away the Japanese army then stationed in BarangayIsing, Carmen town—will not be forgotten. The epic historic “Battle of Ising” is now remembered through a Veterans Memorial Shrine. Written there is a brief history and some of the names of those who risked their lives to win the battle that prompted the Japanese forces to leave Davao.
Now, Carmen is fast progressing as a second class municipality. It takes advantage of its fertile land and rich marine resources. Vast rice fields may be viewed along the national highway. Its coastal areas are relied upon by the fisherfolk as major source of livelihood such as mud crab fattening and fishing.
Pristine Paradise of IGACOS
From its white-sand beaches, to caves falls and world-renowned fruit bats, the Island Garden City of Samal is undoubtedly the prime face of tourism in the Davao region.It is definitely the island garden destination where Dabaonons can grab a quick summer escape. But more and more people from beyond are discovering it.
From Samal's beach fronts, nature lovers can head inward to the Hagimit Falls. Down the steps to the multi-tiered falls, the cool refreshing water attracts families and friends. In a province known for its fruits it is no surprise that a certain wave of colony of has also called it home - the close to 2 million fruit bats of Monfort Bat Caves.
A theme park amid plantation
When visiting the town of Kapalong, touted as the “Caving Capital of Mindanao”, caves are must-see sites.But J.K. Mercado and Sons’Pag-asa Farms is a destination one should not miss.
It has a five-hectare botanical garden within a vast banana plantation, in which a wide array of waling-waling and cattleya orchids thrive. The thrilling sight of different animal species, among them are Chattering Lory, Philippine Hawk Eagle, pigeon, owl, ostrich, Philippine Mouse Deer, crocodile (Crocodylusmindorensis) and python, await the visitors.
Situated across the Municipal Hall of Kapalongis the newTown Square cum theme park. The municipal government made a lagoon and a foot fountain on the corner that can be seen from the castle, where the round-shaped amphitheater can be clearly and fully seen as well. While the latter has enough space for 1,800 people, an auditorium building was also built that can carry up to 2,000 people.
DavNor’s water basin
Beat the summer heat under the cascading water of Casilac Falls. Though it travels through a narrow strip that is only partly hidden from the scorching sun, the water falling and running down beds of limestone is still as cold as melted ice.
New Corella is beginning to be known for its refreshing inland resorts such as Matin-ao and Panas but Casilac Falls reigns as the tallest, measuring more than 20 feet.
In promoting its tourist sites, the municipal government incorporated it into its Tenting and Nature Trek Adventure Package for as low as P200 to P500 per person. It also offers Nature Trek and Bouldering Adventure to Panas and Caving AdvenTours packages in which a number of its 52 caves are featured.
Gateway to export market
A land that produces world-class products and water that builds a booming industry, Panabo City is indeed destined to be the Agri-Industrial Gateway to the World.
Thriving along the booming Cavendish banana plantations on this part of the province are tons of bangus (milk fish) farmed in more than 400 fish cages spread out in three barangays of Panabo, namely, JP Laurel, Cagangohan and San Pedro. These cages span 1,075 hectares making up what is known as the PanaboMariculture Park.
The journey of this city to what it is now is being told in MuseoPanabo, a general museum which features permanent exhibits that are divided into four halls: cultural, agri-industrial, political and contemporary.
Land of “brown gold”, caves and waterfalls
San Isidro is famous fo its ‘tableya’, round-shaped finished product of dried cacao beans which may have been the main ingredient of one’s favorite chocolate.
But beyond its progressing cacao industry flourishing eco-tourism sites. Tugtugunan Falls and Kabyawan Cave are among the most visited destinations beside DatuKugsing Cave and Sayaw Bat Cave despite the long walk that takes more than an hour.
Unknown to many, near Kabyawan is one more wonder shrouded by huge timber trees. The locals call it “Sambulawan Falls,” after the beautiful Sambulawan tree near the three-tiered waterfall.
Model sanitary landfill where “crocs to go”
Sto. Tomas is famous for its Municipal Ecological Park and Ecology Center, which has gained local and national attention. It has been yielding commendations since its inception in 2004, particularly from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) as a “Model Site” and “Learning Institute.”
While other eco-parks possess a beauty perfected by the touch of nature, the town brings into existence the true picture of a clean and green environment starting from scratch.
Another rising tourist magnet in town is a 10-hectare property where you can find 6,000 crocodiles. Located in Brgy. New Katipunan is the Philippines’ second largest producer of farmed crocodiles owned by J.K. Mercado and Sons Agricultural Enterprises, Inc. (JKMSAEI).
Keeping a balance between social responsibility and business, the company is raising two kinds of crocodile species: Crocodylusmindorensis and Crocodylusporosus. Already endangered, the former is bred for conservation; while the latter is reproduced for trade. The successful farm now breathes life to the 1st Crocodile Slaughterhouse in Mindanao, which has established a good international reputation.
The City of Golden Opportunities, The Palm City of the Philippines, The Music Capital of the South, The City of Festivals, The Cultural Center of Mindanao and The City of Parks.
These are just some of the renowned titles the booming capital City of Tagum has earned by now in just over a decade of existence.
Fresh bananas remain as the chief export product of the city, ahead of other export goods like wood chips, veneer plywood, and wood lumber.
However, its tourism sector, which has also become one of the city's main economic powerhouse, features the Banana Beach and elevated walk in Madaum,river cruise at Tancuan and Balingaon Rivers, La Filipina Cemetery, Giant Rosary, Mary Wood’s Shrine in Magdum and the bustling city night market.
With fifteen festivals in the city's calendar, small and medium entrepreneurs, or SMEs, and the transportation sector have benefited with the rapid influx of domestic and international visitors visiting the various festivals in the City.
Rich Cultural Heritage
Native, Indigenous and the best word for it would be from the local dialect – Lumad. Famous for their Kalibulongan Festival, Lino’ob Food, Liyang-Bagtok and Highland View Park and Landscape, Talaingod or “Mountain people” was created on July 29, 1991 by virtue of RA 7081 which comprises of three barangay or villages, namely BarangayDagohoy, Barangay Palma Gil and BarangaySto. Niño.
Talaingod boasts of rich natural resources that include a 6,000-hectare virgin forest, the 500ft Mt. Masimalon, the 60-meter Kalapat Falls, the Nabantalan Cave, the seven-hectare Kilomayon Lake and many more. Rubber, pineapple and abaca, upland rice and corn farming have their respective identified areas.
Ata-Manobo hits seventy two percent (72%) of the inhabitants of Talaingod. Cebuanos compose only 7.04% of the total population, while the Mandaya at 2.59%. Migrants from Bohol, Leyte, Iloilo, Ilocos, Agusan, Surigao, and Davao compose the rest of the populace.