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
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
countrys 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 citys 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
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
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
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.
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, Jehovahs
Witnesses, Mormons, Aglipayans, Buddhists, and Taoists.
||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.
||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.
Eagle Nature Center
||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 natures diversity.
||The only crocodile park in the region
provides home to locally bred crocodiles
including the countrys biggest crocodile named Pangil (or fangs)
over 18 feet in length. One can take pleasure from viewing, horseback riding
around the park, or feeding the young fierce reptiles.
| Gap Farming
||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.
||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.