Touted as Region XI's Agriculture, Culture and Ecology (ACE) Tourism Destination, Davao del Norte holds the distinction of having vast expanse of banana plantations in the region. Blessed with rich fertile land and other natural resources and the fact that it is located in a typoon-free belt made Davao del Norte not only productive but also charmingly attractive to investors and tourists alike.
The socio-demography of theprovince presents as a good case of multi-culturalism where the Indigenous People (Lumad), Muslims and Christians live together in a developing social atmosphere. The Ata-Manobo tribe for example all over this predominantly Christian-inhabited province is a living testimony of a wonderful synergy that forges harmonious assimilative process while respecting the uniqueness of their cultural differences. Here, there is unity in diversity.
Tagum City is one of the province's three component cities. Its strategic location and the dynamism of economic activity make for an ideal investor's haven. It is not only the seat of the Provincial Government but the latest establishment of the New Christ the King Cathedral even made more famous for its Giant Wooden Rosary attracts pilgrims and presents a certain religious truth that is, socio-eco-political integrity is sustained by people's deep sense of spirituality.
The Island Garden City of Samal is promoted as an island of Davao Gulf or mistakenly a seascape of Davao City. As to this date, the islands comprising the Island Garden City of Samal still form part of the territorial integrity of Davao del Norte. Thus, the province promoted it as an island destination to complement the province's highland attractions. It is safer then to state it that way. We therefore take pride of its fantastic dive sites, marine parks, white sandy beaches and world-class resorts.
Panabo City has two transnational wharves operated by two giant banana companies namely: TADECO and STANFILCO. With these facilities banana has become big business in Davao del Norte to supply the lucrative markets of Japan, Korea, Red China, ASEAN neighbors and the Middle East. More and more of our highland communities are now developed into "sweet" Cavendish because existing banana plantations located at the flat alluvial plains are not enough to meet the continuing demands.
Equally endowed with nature's bountiful resources, the eight (8) Inland municipalities of Davao del Norte do not only produce agricultural products but also have their scenic spots and tourist destinations. Kapalong and the newly created Municipality of San Isidro have hundreds of documented caves and have already earned for them a moniker SPELUNKERS HAVEN in Mindanao during the 3rd National Caving Congress last three years ago. If the province of Palawan is made popular by its subterranean river, Davao del Norte is also blest with its BUCAY CAVE - an underground waterfalls. Sto. Tomas prides itself with Ecology Park for their Waste Management Program.
New Corella has cascading waterfalls and mountain view parks. Braulio E. Dujali has rice granaries. And Asuncion has discovered the secret cure of AIDS - the BFAD certified production of VIRGIN COCONUT OLD. While Carmen is reckoned with her World War II historical significance, the BATTLE OF ISING.
All of these man-made and natural wonders are what made Davao del Norte an Agriculture, Culture and Ecology (ACE) Tourism DEstination in Region XI and in the world.
The original mother Province of Davao del Norte was divided into three (3) provinces, namely: Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur and Davao Oriental by virtue of the bill authored by the then Congressman Hon. Lorenzo S. Sarmiento, Sr. which bill was passed into law and became known as R.A. 4867 dated May 8, 1967. On June 17 1972, the name Davao del Norte was changed to Davao under R.A. 6430. The 3 provinces simultaneously celebrate their anniversary every 1st of July.
On January 30, 1998, President Fidel V. Ramos signed Republic Act No. 8470 creating the province of Compostella Valley out of Davao Province. Other historical events that transpired in Davao del norte together with the creation of Compostella Valley are: the enactment of R.A. No. 8471, creating the island garden City of Samal. R.A. No. 8472 converting Tagum Municipality into Tagum City, the seat of the provincial government of Davao del Norte province; and R.A. No. 8473 creating the Municipality of Braulio E. Dujali from the municipalities of Carmen and Panabo are components of Davao del Norte Province.
Capital: Tagum City
Land Area: 384, 855 hectares
Population: 742, 811
Political Subdivision: 3 cities, 8 municipalities, 2 political districts
Transportation: The province is accessible by air and sea thru Davao City, an hour's drive from Tagum. The province is accessible by land from Manila thru Pan-Philippine Highway and all points in Mindanao.
Communications: The province is serviced by a local telephone system. Cell cites for mobile telecommunications are available. Radio and TV stations are likewise available in the province.
Industries: Gold Mining, Agriculture
Tribes: Ata, Talaingods, Mansaka, Dibabaon
Language/Dialects: Cebuano/Visayan, Pilipino/Tagalog, Davaoeño, Mandaya, Mansaka, Ata-Talaingod
Musikahan (Tagum - March 7)
Kuradang sa Dalan (Panabo - March 31)
Palay Festival (Carmen - June 18)
Ugsod - ugsod Festival (June 18)
Araw ng Davao del Norte (July 1)
Banana Festival (Kapalong 1st Week of August)
Banana Festival (Panabo - March 31)
Durian Festival (September)
Sinawug Festival (September 19)
Kalibulongan Festival (Talaingod - October 18)
Andaon tu Dibabawon Festival (Kapalong - Last week of October)
Feast of Christ the King (Tagum - 2nd to the Last Sunday of November)
Davao Del Norte - Beach Paradise Of The North
Davao del Norte is one of the most progressive provinces in Region XI. It has seven municipalities, namely, Asuncion, Braulio E. Dujali, Carmen, Kapalong, New Corella, Sto. Tomas, and Talaingod, and three cities of Tagum, which is the capital as well as center of commerce and governance, Panabo, and the Island Garden City of Samal, known for its white pristine beaches, great diving sites, and well preserved flora and fauna. This is where the world-renowned Barcelo Pearl Farm Beach Resort is located along with other tourist destinations dotting this island of adventure.
Although the province is generally an agriculture area, with bananas as its main produce for both local and international markets, a wide array of other agricultural products like coconuts, rice, corn, citrus, mangoes, durian, and other tropical fruits abound. Davao del Norte also boasts of its growing aquaculture in B.E. Dujali, a municipality touted to be the future “tilapia country” of the north. Tilapia is also known as St. Peter’s Fish to food connoisseurs. With most of the municipalities situated along the coastline, Davao del Norte has an extensive mangrove area where marine resources are found.
The province is bounded by Agusan del Sur on the north, Bukidnon on the northeast, Davao City on the West, Davao Gulf on the south, and the province of Compostela Valley on the east.
The province has two political districts; two cities, eight municipalities, and 223 barangays.
The province has a population of 500,000 per May 2000 National Census and Statistics Office survey.