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Davao City

Population 

Davao City is home to 1.2 million people. Daytime or transient population estimate is placed at almost 2 million. Its population growth rate is 3.23% while density is at 491 persons per square kilometer.  Urban density however is estimated to be higher at 750 people per  square kilometer.

Labor Force About 48% of the total population are of working age. Of this, a little over 88% are employed. Davaoeños like their fellow Filipinos, are English-speaking and highly trainable. Most are known to have a natural inclination towards arts and creativity, the reason why many have been successful in design and related enterprises.

Geography Davao City is the capital of the Southern Mindanao Region. It is strategically located at the Southeastern part of Mindanao with latitude of 6*58’ to 7* 34’ North and a longitude of 125*14’ to 125*40’ East.

Its boundary line passes through the top of the country’s highest peak, the Mt. Apo. On the north, Davao del Norte bound it, while on the east, partly by Davao del Norte and the Davao Gulf.

The city’s strategic location makes it the center of trade not only in the Southern Mindanao region or the whole of Mindanao but also in the East ASEAN Growth Area (EAGA).

Land Use and Area

Total land area of Davao City is 2,440 square kilometers. In terms of land area, it is the largest city in the world. It is divided into 3 congressional districts and further into 11 administrative districts and 180 barangays.

Almost 50% of its total land area is classified as timberland or forested area. Agriculture utilizes about 43%. This is reflective of the fact that agriculture is still the largest economic sector. Big plantations that produce banana, pineapple, coffee, and coconut eat up a large chunk of  total land area.

Presently, built-up areas used for residential, institutional, commercial, and industrial purposes represent about 10% of the total land area.

Climate

Davao City is typhoon-free. The city enjoys a weather that remains balmy all year round. It is characterized by a uniform distribution of rainfall, temperature, humidity, and air pressure.

It has no pronounced wet or dry season. Weather predictability makes it highly conducive to agro-crop production. Temperature ranges from 20 to 32 degrees Celsius and average rainfall is up to 2,000 mm yearly.

Dialect/Language

Cebuano is the most widely spoken dialect. The Filipino language comes a close second. English is the medium of instruction in schools and is widely understood and spoken especially in the business community.
 

Religion

The most dominant group is the Roman Catholic at 77.2% of the total population. While various Baptists, Pentecostal, and other born-again Christian groups comprise 15.3% of Davaoeños. Islam is at 2.3% and Iglesia ni Cristo at 2.2%. In still smaller percentages are the Seventh-day Adventists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, Aglipayans, Buddhists, and Taoists.

Attractions

  Eden Mountain resort
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This mountain resort reservation offers a cool climate, lush forest, and natural
surroundings, overlooking the city and the gulf. Suitable for camping, nature
hiking, bird watching, and horseback riding.
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  Malagos Garden resort
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This garden resort is filled with tall trees and a multitude of rare orchids. It has
a restaurant, butterfly sanctuary, horseback riding facilities, fishponds, golf driving
range, swimming pool, adventure playground, seminar halls, campsite, and cottages.

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  Philippine Eagle Nature Center
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Located at the foot of Mt. Apo in Malagos, Calinan, this sanctuary provides
temporary shelter and breeding center to eagles, other birds, and animals. It is a
place where one can enjoy nature’s diversity.
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  Crocodile Park
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The only crocodile park in the region provides home to locally bred crocodiles
including the country’s biggest crocodile named “Pangil” (or fangs) measuring
over 18 feet in length. One can take pleasure from viewing, horseback riding
around the park, or feeding the young fierce reptiles.
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  Gap Farming Orchard Resort
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The GAP Farm has deluxe cottages and campsites, Olympic size swimming
pool, picnic area, horseback riding facilities, convention hall, and a World War II
cave among others. Its garden is filled with exotic flowers and tropical fruits.
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  Tamayong Trail
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This is the entry point to the Mt. Apo National Park via Calinan District. Lush
vegetation, majestic cascades, and sights of colorful wild fowls abound in this trail towards the peak of Mt. Apo.