The Info List - Metro Davao

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Metro Davao, officially called Metropolitan Davao (Cebuano: Kaulohang Dabaw, Filipino: Kalakhang Dabaw), is a metropolitan area in the Mindanao
island group, Philippines. It includes the cities of Davao City, Digos
in Davao del Sur
Davao del Sur
province; Tagum, Panabo
and Samal in Davao del Norte
Davao del Norte
province. The metropolitan area also encompasses the two municipalities of Carmen in Davao del Norte
Davao del Norte
and Santa Cruz in Davao del Sur. Maco in Compostela Valley
Compostela Valley
is also being considered to be included in the metropolitan area. Metro Davao
Metro Davao
is one of three metropolitan areas in the Philippines.[2]


1 History

1.1 Comparison to other Philippines' metropolitan regions 1.2 Formation of the Metropolitan Area

2 Government

2.1 Definitions of Metro Davao 2.2 Component Local Government Units

3 Geography and Demographics 4 Economy

4.1 List of cities in Metro Davao
Metro Davao
by annual income 4.2 Agriculture

5 Infrastructure

5.1 Transportation 5.2 Energy 5.3 Sanitation

6 Education 7 Media 8 References

History[edit] Comparison to other Philippines' metropolitan regions[edit] The agglomeration of Metro Davao
Metro Davao
has no formal legal framework early on its initial stage of development process either by an act of Congress, by an executive declaration of the President or by a formal agreement among component cities and municipalities of the metropolitan area. In the case of Metro Manila, the component cities and municipalities were grouped into a province through a [decree issued by then-President Ferdinand Marcos, and designated the then First Lady Imelda Marcos
Imelda Marcos
as governess. From then on, Greater Manila, as it was known earlier, became Metro Manila. To formalize its juridical identity, Congress passed into law Republic Act No. 7924, instituting the Metropolitan Manila
Development Authority. Under the current law, the head of the agency shall be appointed by the President and should not be on a concurrent elected position as mayor. Metro Cebu
Metro Cebu
is a concept created in the 70's and formally adopted by the Regional Development Council of Central Visayas
Central Visayas
as a platform for integrating parallel development in the metropolitan area. Formation of the Metropolitan Area[edit] Although Metro Davao
Metro Davao
was formed in 1995 by Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, the mayor of Davao City
Davao City
at that time, it does not have the birth perspective of either Metro Cebu
Metro Cebu
or Metro Manila. The metropolitan concept of Metro Davao
Metro Davao
is being spearheaded by the mayor but no formal agreement or an act of congress have been executed to formalize its legal and juridical identity. Because of this, the region, having no official legal framework (although they have a de facto one, the Davao Regional Development Council), exists not as a juridical identity but only as an informal reference to the area. However, the said council have formally adopted the concept in 1996 for the development of the area, especially Davao City. Government[edit] Metro Davao
Metro Davao
is not an administrative political unit but an agglomeration of independent local government units, the third level government in the Philippine political system. It already has its three own development and governance councils, namely: Davao Integrated Development Program Board, Metropolitan Davao Committee, and Metropolitan Davao Management Office. As of now, the Davao Integrated Development Program Board serves as the metropolitan area's development council, since Metro Davao
Metro Davao
not only defines the LGUs in the said metropolitan area, but also all of Davao Region.[3] Definitions of Metro Davao[edit] As years passed on, the definitions of Metro Davao
Metro Davao
had changed in recent years.[4] Metro Davao, as of now, has taken on three identical geographical definitions,[3] namely:

The metropolitan area is synonymous with Davao City
Davao City
itself, since the city is one of the largest cities in the world by land area and its land area encompasses more than six times the size of Metro Manila
Metro Manila
and three times the size of Metro Cebu. The metropolitan area encompasses Davao City
Davao City
and its neighboring cities and towns of Tagum, Panabo, Digos, and Samal, Carmen, and Sta. Cruz. The metropolitan area refers to Davao City
Davao City
and its nearby five provinces, namely: Compostela Valley, Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental, Davao del Sur, and Davao Occidental[note 1]


^ Metropolitan Davao, under the third definition, has some form of policy and management structure already in place through the Davao Integrated Development Program Board.

Component Local Government Units[edit]

Local government unit Population (2015)[1] Area (km²)[5][6] Pop. density (per km²)

Davao City 1,632,991 2,443.61 668.3

Digos 169,393 287.10 590.0

Panabo 184,599 251.23 734.8

Samal 104,123 301.30 345.6

Tagum 259,444 195.80 1,330.5

Carmen 74,679 166.00 449.9

Santa Cruz 90,987 319.91 284.4

Total 2,516,216 3,964.95 622.6

Geography and Demographics[edit] The metropolitan area has 3,964.95 km², making it one of the two most area-wise largest metropolitan areas in the Philippines, the other being Metro Cagayan de Oro; it also has a population of 2,516,216 in the combined population sizes of the local government units that make up the metropolitan area during the 2015 census,[1] making it as the third most populous metropolitan area in the country after Metro Manila
Metro Manila
and Metro Cebu, and the most populous in the entire Mindanao
island. However, as based on geographical studies, only about 12% of the portion of its land area accounts for its urban area, the rest are rural; however, almost 80% percent of the population live in the urban areas, primarily at Davao City, Tagum, and Digos. Thus, the metropolitan area centered around Davao City
Davao City
is considered as urban. Economy[edit] The economy of Metro Davao
Metro Davao
is one of the largest in the country and the most economically active in Mindanao. Davao City, from which the metropolitan area is centered, is known as the Crown Jewel of Mindanao due to its status as the premier city, the financial and trade center, and hub of Mindanao. There are several industrial and business establishments within the metropolitan area as well. Industrial plants in Davao City, Santa Cruz and Digos
generate income for their respective LGU's as well as for the locals living there. Banana
plantations in the northern part of the metropolitan area also contribute to the metropolitan, as well as the national, economy. Local fruits such as durians, mangoes, pineapples and mangosteens are also exported abroad. List of cities in Metro Davao
Metro Davao
by annual income[edit]

City/Municipality Annual Income as of 2010 (PHP) Classification[5][6]

Davao City 4,262,295,506.45 1st class Highly urbanized City

Tagum 839,245,557.22 1st class city

Digos 499,054,265.00 2nd class city

Panabo 468,500,000.00 3rd class city

Samal 387,166,113.86 4th class city

Santa Cruz 138,097,326.25 1st class town

Carmen 100,912,416.97 1st class town

Total 6,695,271,185.75

Agriculture[edit] Davao City
Davao City
is one of the country's leading producers and exporters of durian, mangoes, pomeloes, banana, coconut products, papaya, mangosteen, and even flowers. Panabo
hosts one of the country's biggest banana plantations, which is owned by the Tagum
Agricultural Development Company (TADECO) that covers around 6,900 hectares of banana fields. Digos
is popular for the mangoes produced in the city. Infrastructure[edit] Transportation[edit]


Metro Davao, as a whole, is being served by Davao City's Francisco Bangoy International Airport. It is the largest and the most developed airport in the island of Mindanao. It comes second for having the longest runway in the island at 3,000 meters after that of General Santos International Airport. The airport is currently the third busiest airport in the country after Ninoy Aquino International Airport and Mactan-Cebu International Airport, and the busiest in Mindanao. This international facility is one of the domestic hubs of Philippines
AirAsia, Cebu Pacific Air, and Philippine Airlines. Presently, the airport serves flights to Manila, Cebu, Iloilo, Cagayan De Oro, Zamboanga, Pampanga, Bacolod, Tagbilaran, Tacloban, Puerto Princesa, Caticlan
and as far as Singapore
and Malaysia[7]. So far, Davao's ATC Tower is considered the most sophisticated in the country.


The International Seaport of Davao, the busiest port in Mindanao.

Three of the four main seaports in the region operate in Metro Davao, namely: Sasa International Seaport in Sasa and Santa Ana Pier in the Chinatown District, both in Davao City; and Panabo
Seaport in Davao del Norte. The former two, both of which are located in Port of Davao in Davao City, can service both interisland and international shipments. Sasa International Container Port, also located in the Davao International Seaport, is one of the busiest in the entire Visayas- Mindanao


Located near Quimpo, the Davao Overland Transport Terminal, connected to the Capital Manila
by buses, Philtranco Flag Carrier Bus, PP Bus Line and from Visayas
the Bachelor Tours. To the south by Mindanao Star passing Digos, General Santos, Koronadal, Shariff Aguak via SurAllah, Cotabato and Others to the south, the Yellow Bus also serve to the south via an Inter-National Highway. Energy[edit] Cities of Davao and Panabo, together with the municipality of Carmen is electrified and is served by Davao Light an AboitizPower Distribution Utilities subsidiary. Sanitation[edit] Davao City
Davao City
has its own water service. An inter Regional Water Service and Development from Compostela Valley
Compostela Valley
Region specifically Nabunturan City. Davao City
Davao City
and Panabo
City shares its sanitary landfill at Brgy. Carmen vicinity while Town of Carmen and Tagum
City has their own near Tagum
city boundary. Education[edit] Metro Davao
Metro Davao
has a number of educational institutions catering to the needs of its residents. These colleges and universities are mostly found in Davao City. There are also a number of international schools that serve the metro. Here are some notable institutions in Metro Davao. Public

University of the Philippines
(1995) University of Southeastern Philippines
(1978) Southern Philippines
Agri-Business and Marine and Aquatic School of Technology (1982) Davao del Norte
Davao del Norte
State College (1995)


Ateneo de Davao University
Ateneo de Davao University
(1948) Philippine Women's College of Davao (1953) University of Mindanao
(1946) University of the Immaculate Conception
University of the Immaculate Conception
(1905) Holy Cross of Davao College
Holy Cross of Davao College
(1951) San Pedro College
San Pedro College
(1956) Davao Doctors College
Davao Doctors College
(1975) St. John Paul II College of Davao (2000) Davao Medical School Foundation(1976) Cor Jesu College
Cor Jesu College
(1959) St. Mary's College of Tagum
(1948) Brokenshire College (1954) Holy Child College of Davao (1981) Mindanao
Kokusai Daigaku (2002) Academia de Davao College (2007) Polytechnic College of Davao del Sur
Davao del Sur

Media[edit] Davao City, having over a million night-time population and an estimated 4 million day-time population is home to many media outlets. Large media networks like ABS-CBN
Broadcasting Network, GMA Network, Inc., TV5 Network, People's Television Network, RPN9, and IBC13 maintain their respective local stations and branches for viewership, commercial and news coverage purposes. Most of these stations broadcast local news and public affairs as well as entertainment and dramas to cater the local viewers. Aside from the 24 national daily newspapers available, Davao City
Davao City
also has 21 local newspapers. Among the widely read are the Sun Star Davao, Mindanao
Times and the Mindanao
Examiner. References[edit]

^ a b c Census of Population (2015). Highlights of the Philippine Population 2015 Census of Population. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016.  ^ http://www.neda.gov.ph Building globally competitive metropolitan areas in the Philippines
PDF ^ a b http://dirp4.pids.gov.ph/ris/pdf/pidspn9810.pdf ^ New Definitions of Metro Davao ^ a b "Province: Davao del Sur". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Archived from the original on 9 June 2017. Retrieved 1 May 2014.  ^ a b "Province: Davao del Norte". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 1 May 2014.  ^ http://aviationupdatesphilippines.blogspot.com/2017/12/airasia-inaugurates-davao-kuala-lumpur.html

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Davao City

Silicon Gulf


Davao Gulf Davao River Mount Apo Pantaron Mountain Range Epol Falls People's Park Metro Davao Davao del Sur


Nueva Guipúzcoa Revolt Japanese invasion of Davao Battle of Davao 1989 Davao hostage crisis 2000 Air Philippines
crash 2016 Davao City
Davao City


Mayor Council Districts

Legislative districts

Public services and utilities

Davao Light and Power Company Hospitals

Davao Doctors Hospital Southern Philippines
Medical Center


Abreeza Davao Cathedral Davao Chinatown Davao City
Davao City
Recreation Center Davao City
Davao City
Sports Complex Gaisano Mall of Davao KJC King Dome Lon Wa Buddhist Temple Malacañang of the South SM City Davao SM Lanang Premier Skyscrapers


Universities and colleges

Ateneo de Davao University University of Mindanao University of the Philippines
Mindanao University of Southeastern Philippines

Primary and secondary schools


Davaoeño Bagobo Kadayawan Festival Torotot Festival Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Davao Television stations Radio stations Newspapers


Airport Seaport Davao City
Davao City

Davao Region, Mindanao, Philippines

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Metropolitan areas of the Philippines

Current metro areas

Cebu Davao Manila

Proposed existing metro areas

Angeles Bacolod Baguio Batangas Cagayan de Oro Dagupan Iloilo–Guim