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Brief Introduction to Davao Del Norte Province
2008-10-29

Davao del Norte, and once known simply as Davao, is a province of the Philippines located in the Davao Region in Mindanao. It's subdivided into 8 municipalities and 3 cities, the provincial capital is Tagum City. It borders the province of Agusan del Sur to the north, Bukidnon to the west, Compostela Valley to the east, and the city of Davao to the south. Davao also includes Samal Island to the south in the Davao Gulf. The province of Compostela Valley used to be part of Davao until it was made into an independent province in 1998. Before 1967, the four provinces-Davao, Davao Oriental, Davao del Sur, and Compostela Valley-were once a single province named Davao. The Davao Region covers this historic province.

Davao del Norte has a population of 743,811 and a area of 3,463.0 km², making it the country's 32nd most populated province. The population density is 215 per km². Main languages spoken are Bisaya and Davaoeño.

Davao del Norte is a primarily agricultural, but also engages in mining, forestry, and commercial fishing.

The principal crops of the province include rice, maize, banana, coconut, abacá, ramie, coffee, and a variety of fruit and root crops. Davao del Norte is the country's leading producer of bananas, with many plantations run by multinationals Dole and Del Monte, and local producers such as Lapanday, TADECO, and Marsman. Davao del Norte is also one of Mindanao's leading producer of rice.

Davao Gulf, to the south of the province, provides a living for many fishermen. Some of the fish products include brackish water milkfish, tilapia, shrimp, and crab; and freshwater catfish and tilapia.

Davao del Norte is a major producer of gold, and its mining resources include silica, silver, copper and elemental sulfur. Small-scale gold mining activities thrive in several areas. There are also numerous active quarries of commercial quantities of gravel, sand, and pebbles for construction.

Tourism is also a major part of the economy of Davao del Norte. There are a lot of beaches on Samal Island, the most famous of which is Pearl Farm Beach Resort.

 

 

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