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Davao Del Norte
Island Group Mindanao
Region Davao Region
Capital City Of Tagum
Area 3,426.97 km²
Cities 3
Municipalities 8
- Total 847,440
- Density/km² 247.29
Income class 1
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Davao Del Norte

Davao del Norte is a province of the Philippines located in the Davao Region in Mindanao. The province is subdivided into 8 municipalities and 3 cities with Tagum City as the capital. It borders the province of Agusan del Sur to the north, Bukidnon to the west, Compostela Valley to the east, and the city of Davao to the south. The Island Garden City of Samal is the only municipality or city of Davao del Norte that is not in Mindanao island.

Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley, together with Davao Oriental, and Davao del Sur used to be a whole province simply known as Davao. When Republic Act No. 4867 was signed into law on May 8, 1967 by President Ferdinand Marcos, this original province was split into three – Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, and Davao Oriental.

Davao del Norte is primarily agricultural, but also engages in mining, forestry and commercial fishing. The principal crops of the province include rice, maize, banana, coconut, abaca, ramie, coffee, and a variety of fruits and root crops. It is the country’s leading producer of bananas, with many plantations run by multinationals and local producers. The province is also one of Mindanao’s leading producers of rice.

Davao Gulf, to the south of the province, provides a living for many fishermen. Some of the fish products include brackish water milkfish, tilapia, shrimp and crab; and freshwater catfish and tilapia.

Davao del Norte is a major producer of gold, and its mining resources include silica, silver, copper and elemental sulfur. Small-scale gold mining activities thrives in several areas. There are also numerous active quarries of commercial quantities of gravel, sand, and pebbles for construction.

Samal Island is a tourist spot where several posh and world-class beach and dive resorts have taken residence. The famous Pearl Farm, just a short boat ride from Davao City, is an 11-hectare resort which was once a real pearl farm that cultivated oysters and used to produced some of the best pearls in the country. This resort offers a relaxing, private retreat which offers a wide array of water sports activities, including wind surfing, water polo, jet skiing, banana boat rides and scuba diving, sea kayaks and wave runners.

Other tourist attractions in Davao del Norte include the viewing deck at Licup which provides a great view of Davao Gulf; the Ligid Islands which are attractive and good for picture taking; the Hagimit Falls which is actually a cascade of smaller waterfalls; and the Vanishing Island which is a parcel of land visible only during low tide – although during the high tide it is possible to walk on the island with water reaching only the ankles.

The most populous cities and municipalities in Davao Del Norte are:

City/Municipality City class Area
in km²
Urbanisation Population
Total Density/km²
City Of Tagum Component City 195.80 1 partly urban 215,967 1,103.00
City Of Panabo Component City 251.23 3 partly urban 154,329 614.29
Santo Tomas Municipality 221.80 1 partly urban 97,210 438.28
Island Garden City Of Samal Component City 301.30 4 partly urban 90,291 299.67
Kapalong Municipality 830.01 1 partly urban 61,763 74.41
Carmen Municipality 166.00 1 partly urban 61,656 371.42
Asuncion (Saug) Municipality 297.39 1 partly urban 50,731 170.59
New Corella Municipality 263.12 2 partly urban 46,311 176.01
Braulio E. Dujali Municipality 91.00 4 partly urban 24,886 273.47
San Isidro Municipality 152.49 0 rural 24,696 161.95

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