Davao del Norte

Davao del Norte
Province of Davao del Norte
Flag of Davao del Norte
Official seal of Davao del Norte
Location in the Philippines
Location in the Philippines
Coordinates: 7°21′N 125°42′E / 7°21′N 125°42′E / 7.35; 125.7
RegionDavao Region (Region XI)
FoundedMay 8, 1967
 • TypeSangguniang Panlalawigan
 • GovernorAntonio del Rosario (Tapang at Malasakit Alliance-Hugpong ng Pagbabago)
 • Vice GovernorAlan Dujali Tapang at Malasakit Alliance-Hugpong ng Pagbabago)
 • Total3,426.97 km2 (1,323.16 sq mi)
Area rank39th out of 81
Highest elevation (Mount Sinako)1,590 m (5,220 ft)
Population (2015 census)[2]
 • Total1,016,332
 • Rank25th out of 81
 • Density300/km2 (770/sq mi)
 • Density rank24th out of 81
 • Independent cities0
 • Component cities
 • Municipalities
 • Barangays223
 • Districts1st and 2nd districts of Davao del Norte
Time zoneUTC+8 (PHT)
ZIP code8100–8120
IDD:area code+63 (0)84
ISO 3166 codePH
Spoken languages
Income classification1st class

Davao del Norte (Cebuano: Amihanang Dabaw) is a province in the Philippines located in the Davao Region in Mindanao. Its capital is Tagum City. Davao del Norte also includes Samal Island to the south in the Davao Gulf.

Before 1967, the five provinces—Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental, Davao del Sur, Davao Occidental and Compostela Valley—were administered as a single province named Davao. The Davao Region is coterminous with this former province.

Davao del Norte is also known as "the banana capital of the Philippines."


Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley, together with Davao Oriental, Davao Occidental and Davao del Sur used to be a whole province simply known as Davao. This original province was split into three: Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental, and Davao del Sur when Republic Act No. 4867 (authored by Representative Lorenzo S. Sarmiento, Sr.) was signed into law on May 8, 1967 by President Ferdinand Marcos.[3]

Davao del Norte originally comprised thirteen municipalities: Asuncion, Babak (now in Samal City), Compostela, Kapalong, Mabini, Mawab, Monkayo, Nabunturan, Panabo, Pantukan, Samal, Santo Tomas and Tagum. On May 6, 1970, six more municipalities were created: Carmen, Kaputian (now in Samal City), Maco, Montevista, New Bataan, and New Corella.

The passage of Republic Act No. 6430 on June 17, 1972 changed the name of the province from Davao del Norte to Davao.[4]

By 1996, Davao had a total of twenty-two municipalities with the creation of San Vicente (now Laak) in 1979,[5] Maragusan in 1988,[6][7] and Talaingod in 1991.[8]

On January 31, 1998, President Fidel V. Ramos signed Republic Act No. 8470, which split the province into two, creating the province of Compostela Valley.[9] In the meantime, Davao was renamed back to Davao del Norte. Together with the creation of the new province, two cities and one municipality were created: the municipality of Tagum, capital of Davao del Norte, was converted into a city (R.A. 8472);[10] Samal, Babak, and Kaputian were joined into the city of Samal (R.A. 8471);[11] and the municipality of Braulio E. Dujali was created out of several barangays in Panabo and Carmen (R.A. 8473).[12] The province then had 8 municipalities and 2 cities.

Republic Act No. 9015, signed into law on March 5, 2001 by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, converted the municipality of Panabo into a city.[13] Republic Act No. 9265, approved on March 15, 2004 created the municipality of San Isidro from Asuncion and Kapalong.[14]

Other Languages
Bân-lâm-gú: Davao del Norte
Bikol Central: Davao del Norte
Chavacano de Zamboanga: Davao del Norte
français: Davao du Nord
한국어: 북다바오 주
Bahasa Indonesia: Davao del Norte
Kapampangan: Davao del Norte
македонски: Северен Давао
Nederlands: Davao del Norte
日本語: ダバオ州
Pangasinan: Davao del Norte
Türkçe: Davao del Norte
українська: Північне Давао
Tiếng Việt: Davao del Norte
吴语: 北达沃省
中文: 北達沃省