Davao Region (Region XI)

Banana Farm - Davao (Region XI)

Davao Region – Region XI is the Banana Capital of the Philippines, located on the southeastern portion of Mindanao

Davao is the Hispanicized pronunciation of daba-daba, the Bagobo word for “fire” (the Cebuano translation is “kalayo”).

The place where you can usually found the expensive fruit Durian, that is why it’s being called the ‘Durian City’ in the Philippines.

Regional center: Davao City

Total Area: 20,244 km2 (7,816.3 sq mi)

Population (2007)

  • Total: 4,156,653
  • Density: 205.3/km2 (531.8/sq mi)

Time zone: PST (UTC+8)

Provinces: 4

Cities: 6

Municipalities: 44

Barangays: 1160

Cong. districts: 11

Languages: Cebuano, Davaoeño dialect of Chabacano, Mandayan, Dibabawon, Mansakan, Manobo, Tagalog, Ilokano and others

Political Divisions

Province(City) / Capital / Population (2007) / Area (km²)

Valley / Nabunturan / 637,366 / 4,479.77

Davao del Norte / Tagum City / 847,440 / 3,426.97

Davao del Sur / Digos City / 822,406 / 4,223.45

Davao Oriental / Mati City / 486,104 / 5,670.07

Davao City / / 1,363,337 / 2,443.61 

 Davao Region is subdivided into 4 provinces and Davao City.

Component Cities

  • Digos City, Davao del Sur
  • Island Garden City of Samal, Davao del Norte
  • Panabo City, Davao del Norte
  • Tagum City, Davao del Norte
  • Mati City, Davao Oriental

Highly Urbanized City

  •  Davao City, Davao del Sur

The People

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.

The Facilities

The region’s principal ports are the Sasa International Seaport in Sasa, Sta. Ana Pier in the Chinatown District, Panabo Seaport in Davao del Norte, and Mati Seaport in Davao Oriental. Infrastructure developments in the cities within the region are considered excellent.

The airport in Davao City is the largest and most developed in Mindanao. The region is accessible by land, air and sea. The region has adequate communications facilities, reliable power and an abundant water supply.

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