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About Davao del sur

Read on and learn the colorful history
of our beloved Davao del Sur.

The History
On May 8, 1967, Republic Act No. 4867 divided the province of old Davao into three (3): Davao del Sur, Davao del Norte, and Davao Oriental. These provinces became independent and started to function as a province on July 1, 1967. The elective positions were filled up through appointment by the President of the Philippines until the assumption of elected officials after the 1967 Election.

Old Davao derived its name from the word “Daba-Daba”. A Bagobo word which refers to a “Sacred Brass” owned by the legendary bagobo chieftain named Datu Duli. Datu Duli lived at the rolling hills of the famous Sandawa Mountain, the ancient name of Mt. Apo. Later on, the letter “O” was added which means justice to the Bagobos. It was added to describe the fairness with which justice was dispensed by Datu Duli among his people. As years went by, the word “Daba-Daba” was shortened to Daba-o which later on was pronounced Davao.

In the account of Gregorio F. Zaide, Filipino historian, he stated that in 1847, Jose Uyanguren, a wealthy soldier-adventurer, offered to the Spanish government a proposition that he would pacify and colonize Davao at his own expense. Governor Claveria approved Uyanguren’s proposal on February 27, 1847. For two years of pacification and colonization, he was able to pacify the tribes and founded a settlement which he called Nuevo Vergara in honor of his natal city in Spain, now Davao City.

However, the Spanish entry into the province was recorded even before Uyanguren’s pacification drive. The early excursion of Spain in Davao del Sur occurred during the period of exploration. Dr. Eufronio M. Alip, Filipino historian, accounted that one of the early Spanish expeditions landed in one of the islets in Sarangani. And that was the Villalobos expedition in 1542.

As a new province, Davao del Sur is composed of twelve (12) municipalities withDigos as its capital town. The seat of the provincial government is located in barangay Matti, Digos City, approximately 62 kilometers south of Davao City and 175 kilometers west of Cotabato City. Its early inhabitants were the Bagobo-Guinggas who occupied the places at the foot of Mt. Apo, the Bilaans of Hagonoy Valley, the Manobos in Malita and Jose Abad Santos and other ancient tribes. The aboriginal tribes were believed to belong to the second wave of Indonesians that came to the island from Southeast Asia years before the Birth of Christ (BC), probably between 1,000 and 2,500 years ago.

These early settlers lived a peaceful life, developed a rich culture unaffected by outside influence until the end of the 14th century when the Muslim Malays from Java and Sumatra introduced the Arabic strain into the ways of life of the early Davaoweños. The Muslim influence became an established fact with the famed Mohammedan leader Sharif Kabungsuwan as its first sultan. Muslim tribes like the Maranaos and Maguindanaos occupied certain places of Davao del Sur. The original inhabitants remained unconverted to the new faith as Christian religion was introduced earlier by the Spaniards during the colonization of the northern islands.

At the turn of the 20th century, other major tribes from Visayas, particularly the Cebuanos arrived and later became leaders of the province. Soon they were joined by the pioneering Ilocanos and Ifugaos who occupied the municipality of Magsaysay. Captivated by the promise of Mindanao, other tribes came and together they built what is now Davao del Sur.

The province had two (2) congressional districts. The first district was composed of the municipalities of Digos, Sta. Cruz, Bansalan, Magsaysay, Matanao, Hagonoy, and Padada. The second district was composed of the municipalities of Kiblawan, Sulop, Malalag, Sta. Maria, Malita, Don Marcelino, and Sarangani.

On January 14, 2013, President Benigno Aquino III signed the Republic Act 10360, which divided the province into two (2) namely: Province of Davao del Sur and Province of Davao Occidental. At present, Davao del Sur has nine (9) municipalities and one (1) component city left under its jurisdiction: Sta. Cruz, Bansalan, Matanao, Hagonoy, Magsaysay, Kiblawan, Malalag, Sulop, Padada and Digos City.

Geography
DAVAO DEL SUR AT A GLANCE
Date Created: May 08, 1967 (50 years) Country: Philippines
Republic Act No. 4867 Region: Davao Region (Region XI)
Date Founded: July 01, 1967 Location: Southeastern part of the Philippines
125°5′ and 125°42′ longitude
5°22′ and 6°59’39” latitude
Capital: Digos City
Location of Provincial Government Seat: Brgy. Matti, Digos City
Total Population: 868,690; ranked 3rd in the Davao Region
Population Density: 221 per square kilometers
Sex Ratio: 106 males for every 100 females
Component City: 1 Digos City
Municipalities: 9 Bansalan Hagonoy Kiblawan Magsaysay
Matanao Padada Sta. Cruz Sulop
Barangays: 232
Land Area: 1,968.73 square kilometers (10.01% of Region XI total land area)
Largest Municipality: Smallest Municipality:
Kiblawan Padada
390.07 square kilometers 45.03 square kilometers
(19.81% of province’s total land area) (2.29% of province’s total land area)
Soil Types found in the Province:
San Miguel Silty Clay Loam, Cabangan Clay Loam, Madunga Clay Loam, Matina Clay Loam,
Miral Clay Loam, Faraon Clay Loam, and Malalag Clay Loam.
Age Group
Sex Rate

Sex Ratio:
106 males for every 100 females

Household Population
Climate

Highest Elevation

Meet the Governors

of Davao del Sur

Gov. Douglas RA. Cagas

Gov. Douglas RA. Cagas

Present Governor of Davao del Sur

June 30, 1987 – June 30, 1992
June 30, 2007 – June 30, 2013
June 30, 2016 – Present
Gov. Claude P. Bautista

Gov. Claude P. Bautista

June 30, 2013 - June 30, 2016

Gov. Benjamin P. Bautista, Jr.

Gov. Benjamin P. Bautista, Jr.

October 2002 - June 30, 2007

Gov. Reynerio E. Llanos

Gov. Reynerio E. Llanos

June 30, 2001 - October 2002

Gov. Rogelio E. Llanos

Gov. Rogelio E. Llanos

July 01, 1992 - June 30, 2001

Gov. Rodolfo T. Caños

Gov. Rodolfo T. Caños

Deccember 02, 1987 - February 01, 1988

Gov. Leonardo D. Suario

Gov. Leonardo D. Suario

June 03, 1986 - December 18, 1986

Gov. Primo L. Ocampo

Gov. Primo L. Ocampo

June 23, 1981 - March 03, 1986

Gov. Nonito D. Llanos Sr.

Gov. Nonito D. Llanos Sr.

January 1, 1972 - June 22, 1981

Gov. Ramon delos Cientos Sr.

Gov. Ramon delos Cientos Sr.

July 1, 1967 - December 31, 1971

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