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Davao Oriental
Island Group Mindanao
Region Davao Region
Capital City Of Mati
Area 5,679.64 km²
Cities 1
Municipalities 10
- Total 486,104
- Density/km² 85.59
Income class 1
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Davao Oriental

Davao Oriental is a province of the Philippines located in the Davao Region in Mindanao. It is the easternmost province of the Philippines with Pusan as the easternmost point. The province borders Compostela Valley to the west, and Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Sur to the north.

Davao Oriental was created in the year 1967 by virtue of Republic Act No. 4867. It is subdivided into 10 municipalities and 1 city with Mati City as the provincial capital.

The inhabitants of Davao Oriental are natives and immigrants from other provinces and the Mandaya Tribe is the most dominant tribe in the province. The dialects used in the province are Dabaweño, Tagalog, Cebuano, Visayan and English language. The province has short dry season and pronounced rainy season. Rainy season occurs during the months of November to January.

Davao Oriental’s top investment industries are coconut and mango production. It is the copra (dried coconut meat) producer capital of the Philippines. The province is also noted as one of the top producers of good quality rice varieties and hybrid rice seeds in the Philippines. Wood processing and mining industry provide new investment opportunities in the province. Davao Oriental is also into abaca and rattan production, as well as producing bricks and marble.

Davao Oriental is rich in culture. The Mandaya Tribe is famous in the province because of their various customary rites and colourful clothes. Mandaya children aging from 10 to 12 years old also has a traditional rite of blackening their teeth by chewing habitually tobacco pellets moistened with the juice of ammong vine. Tourists can also see how the tribe weaves “dagmay” or Mandaya cloth in Mandaya Village located in Barangay Pichon, Caraga.

Another tourist destination in Davao Oriental is the Aliwagwag Falls which is located in the middle of the forest at Barangay Aliwagwag, Cateel. This is considered as one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the country. It has a series of 84 cascading falls appearing like stairway to the sky in various heights. Pusan Point, on the other hand, is the place where the first sunrise in the Philippines can be seen. Other tourist destinations in the province are the Bonsai Forest and the Menzi Tourism Complex.

Davao Oriental is also the home of various festivals. Among these are the Banayan and Bauldayawan Festivals which are held every 3rd week of October and June, respectively. These festivals are celebrated as thanksgiving for bountiful harvest among the people of the municipalities. It showcase trade fairs, street dancing and cultural presentations.

The most populous cities and municipalities in Davao Oriental are:

City/Municipality City class Area
in km²
Urbanisation Population
Total Density/km²
City Of Mati Component City 588.63 0 partly urban 122,046 207.34
Lupon Municipality 886.39 1 partly urban 60,133 67.84
Baganga Municipality 945.50 1 partly urban 48,355 51.14
Governor Generoso Municipality 365.75 2 partly urban 46,745 127.81
Manay Municipality 418.36 2 partly urban 38,067 90.99
Banaybanay Municipality 408.52 2 partly urban 35,693 87.37
Caraga Municipality 642.70 1 rural 34,278 53.33
Cateel Municipality 545.56 2 partly urban 33,109 60.69
San Isidro Municipality 220.44 4 partly urban 32,139 145.79
Tarragona Municipality 300.76 3 partly urban 24,363 81.00

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