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Davao City Lungsod ng Dabaw Dakbayan sa Dabaw - Density Time zone Area code(s) Website 558/km2 (1,445.2/sq mi) PST (UTC+8) 082 ’’www.davaocity.gov.ph

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Motto: "Love, Peace, and Progress"

Map of Davao Region showing the location of Davao City Coordinates: 7° 30’ N, 126° E

Country Region Province Districts Barangays Incorporated (town) Incorporated (city) Government - Mayor - Vice Mayor Area - Total Elevation

Philippines Davao Region (Region XI) None 1st to 3rd Districts of Davao City 184 1848 October 16, 1936

The City of Davao (Tagalog: Lungsod ng Dabaw; Cebuano: Dakbayan sa Dabaw) is the largest city on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines in terms of land area. It is also one of the Philippines’ most progressive cities. Its international airport and seaports are among the busiest cargo hubs in the southern part of the Philippines. Davao City is also one of several cities in the Philippines that are independent of any province. The city serves as the regional center for Davao Region (Region XI), politically called as Southern Mindanao. Davao City has a population of 1,363,337 (2007 census). Metro Davao can also be dubbed as The City of Royalties or The Royal City, because of the presence of the kings and queens of nature present in Davao. The Queen of Philippine Orchids which is Waling-waling, the King of Exotic Fruits, which is Durian, The King and Grandfather of Philippine mountains, Mt. Apo, the largest eagle in the world and the King of Philippine skies which is the Philippine Eagle. In recent years, Davao has emerged as the business, investment and tourism hub for the entire southern Philippines. The city boasts of some of the finest beaches and mountain resorts in the country, and proximity to the Philippines’ most captivating diving spots as well as its highest peak, Mount Apo.

Metropolitan Davao
Rodrigo Duterte (Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod Sara Duterte (Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod 2,444 km2 (943.6 sq mi) 22.3 m (73 ft)

Population (2007) 1,363,337 as of August 1 2,007 - Total (CENSUS,2,007)

Metropolitan Davao is considered one of the three recognized metropolis in the Philippines together with Metro Manila and Metro Cebu. Metro Davao comprises the following cities and municipalities: Davao City, Tagum City, Panabo City, Island Garden City of Samal, Digos City, Mati City, and the Municipalities of Carmen and Sta. Cruz.

History
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vast territories which he transformed into abacá and coconut plantations. The first wave of Japanese plantation workers came onto its shores in 1903, creating a Little Japan. They had their own school, newspapers, an embassy, and even a Shinto Shrine. On the whole, they established extensive abaca plantations around the shores of Davao Gulf and developed large-scale commercial interests such as copra, timber, fishing and import-export trading. Filipinos learned the techniques of improved cultivation from the Japanese so that ultimately, agriculture became the lifeblood of the province’s economic prosperity. Davao was formally inaugurated as a chartered city on March 1, 1937 by President Manuel L. Quezon. Thirty years later, Davao was subdivided into three independent provinces, namely Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, and Davao Oriental. Over the years, Davao has become an ethnic melting pot as it continues to draw migrants from all over the country, lured by the prospects of striking it rich in the country’s third largest city. On December 8, 1941 Japanese planes bombed the city. Japanese occupation started in 1942. In 1945, American and the Philippine Commonwealth forces liberated Davao City from Japanese forces.

Aerial view of Davao River Local historians claim that the word davao came from the phonetic blending of the word of three Bagobo subgroups when referring to Davao River, an essential waterway which empties itself into Davao Gulf near the city. The aboriginal Obos who inhabit the hinterlands of the region called the river, Davoh; the Clatta or Guiangans called it Duhwow, or Davau, and the Tagabawa Bagobos, Dabu. To the Obos, the word davoh also means a place "beyond the high grounds", alluding to the settlements located at the mouth of Davao River which were surrounded by high rolling hills. When asked where they were going, the usual reply is davoh, while pointing towards the direction of the town. Duhwow also refers to a trading settlement where they barter their forest goods in exchange for salt or other commodities. Spanish influence was hardly felt in the Davao until 1848, when an expedition led by Don Jose Uyanguren came to establish a Christian settlement in an area of mangrove swamps that is now Bolton Riverside. Davao was then ruled by a Muslim chieftain, Datu Bago, who held his settlement at the banks of Davao River (once called Tagloc River by the Bagobos). After Uyanguren defeated Datu Bago, he renamed the region Nueva Guipúzcoa, in honor of his home in Spain, and became its first governor. Uyanguren’s efforts to develop the area, however, did not prosper. A few years after the American forces landed in 1900, private farm ownership grew and transportation and communication facilities were improved, thus paving the way for the region’s economic growth. A Japanese entrepreneur named Kichisaburo Ohta was granted permission to exploit

Culture and Heritage

The Festival of all festivals, Kadayawan Festival, a weeklong festival in Davao City . Easy assimilation is an integral essence of multi-cultural Davao. Being a chartered city, it has grown appreciating differences in culture and tradition by numerous ethnic groups

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that integrated easily to the local tribes already present during its infancy as a city. Like most cities in the country, Catholics largely populate Davao. Christian churches and chapels dot the city’s landscape along with some temples, mosques, and other places of worship. Another Spanish influence that remains up to this day is the observance and celebration of barrios (or villages) of the day of their respective patron saint called "Fiesta". It is in these celebrations wherein songs, dances and other forms of arts and merrymaking from various cultures have evolved creatively into the sights and sounds of Davao now. Such showcases point to its ultimate climax as the celebration of all celebrations - the weeklong Kadayawan sa Dabaw Festival.

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Traveling by sea, its location from Manila and Cebu is 971 and 593 nautical miles (1,098 km) respectively. It is the capital of the Davao Region and is the biggest urban market in the growth polygon called BIMP-EAGA (Brunei-IndonesiaMalaysia-Philippines East Asian Growth Area) Presently, built-up areas used for residential, institutional, commercial, and industrial purposes represent about 10% of the total land area. Under the approved land use plan built-up and settlement area will cover 15% of the total area while agricultural will be maximized with 67.19%. The remaining 17.68 will be devoted to forestry and conservation.

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 agricultural production. Temperature ranges from 20 to 32 degrees Celsius and average rainfall is up to 2,000 mm yearly.

Geography and Physical Characteristics

Language
Cebuano is the most widely spoken language in the city, while Tagalog comes a distant second. Bisalog, an informal mixing of the above languages, is spoken as well. English is the medium of instruction in schools and is widely understood and spoken especially in the business community and also for all official documents. evan parrenas

Mt. Apo overlooks Davao City. The land area of Davao City is 2,443.61 square kilometers. It is divided into 3 congressional districts, which are further divided into 11 administrative districts containing a total of 184 barangays. Almost 50% of its total land area is classified as timberland or forest. 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 the total land area.

Religion
The most dominant group is the Roman Catholic at 83.83%, other Christian groups comprise 15% and the remaining 1.17% belongs to other non-Christian faiths (Islam)

Accessibility
. Davao City is very accessible and is the gateway to the Brunei-IndonesiaMalaysia-Philippines East Asia Growth Area or BIMP-EAGA.

Location
Davao City is approximately 588 statute miles southeast of Manila and 241 statute miles of Cebu City.

By land
Like most of the cities in the Philippines, there is an abundance of buses, jeepneys,

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• Cebu Pacific 3 flights weekly to Cagayan de Oro, 3 flights daily to Cebu, 3x flights weekly to Iloilo, 6 daily flights to Manila, and Once daily flight to Zamboanga. • Philippine Airlines 7 flights daily flights to Manila. • PAL Express Once daily flight to Zamboanga • SilkAir 4 flights weekly to Singapore • Wings Air Charter flights to Manado, Indonesia • Zest Airways Twice daily flights to Manila

Economy

Inside the Davao International Airport taxicabs and tricycle which makes getting around the city quite easier. There are also bus terminals at Davao City, like the Davao City Ecoland Transport Bus Terminal. Lawin, Monoy jeepneys and even L300 and Van-like jeepneys together with Multicabs are roaming around the city. Airconditioned and Non-Aircon taxis are also abundant in the city. You can easily call taxis a there dispatching areas or simply flaging your hand in the streets. Like the other places in the Philippines tricycles, a 3-wheeled vehicle, powered by a motorcycle with a seating capacity of 3-7 passengers, depending on size.

The exotic Durian fruit is common in the city. Davao City is the "Crown Jewel" of Mindanao in terms of economic activity. It is one of the most important economy in the island, being the third biggest city in area in the country next only to Manila and Cebu. Like the rest of the country, Davao City operates on an economic system that is market-oriented, although pricing mechanisms remain regulated in a few sectors (particularly on basic commodities) to protect consumers. The competitiveness of the market has been enhanced through the dismantling of protection for "infant industries" and the breakdown of industries with monopolistic or cartel tendencies. On the international front, the economy has been opened up to global competition, through a tariff reduction program and the loosening of restrictions on inward foreign investment. The result is a diverse economy, featuring a sound mix between the agricultural (roughly 45%), industrial (15%) and service (at around 35%) industries. Poverty reduction has become the main goal of the local government which is being addressed

By sea
The city is also served by passenger ferries throughout the Philippines at Sasa Wharf and Sta. Ana Wharf. • twice weekly from Manila. • twice weekly to Manila.

By air
Davao City is served by Francisco Bangoy International Airport (Davao International Airport). DIA is currently served by the following carriers: • Air Philippines Once daily flight to Cebu

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through programs and projects one of which is the encouragement of inward investments to industries that are labor-intensive. Fortunately for Davao, private investments has Davao City’s economy is steadily growing in the last two decades. The City has shifted counting investments from millions in the 80s to billions in the 90s and up to the present millennium. Among Asian cities, and apart from Cebu and Manila, Davao has maintained its competitive position in attracting investments and in penetrating new foreign markets owing to its resilient exports base, peaceful business climate, better quality of life, and rich pool of skilled workforce. With over 1.2-Million people as primary market base, the city is conducive to business as evidenced by the presence of the country’s top 200 companies. Inflow of investments has been remarkable in the last ten years. Export in the City is now billion dollar industry with a growing niche market for its products. The stable banana and flourishing pineapple industries are among the country’s leading export commodities. A net exporter since 1987, Davao City largely contributed in making the Philippines as the world’s top 3 banana exporter. Primarily an agricultural area, almost all kinds of fruits thrive in Davao including the exotic Durian. Other major agriculturebased exports are pomelo, mango, coconut, papaya, mangoosten, and even flowers. The productive linkages between established businesses and Davao City community reinforced the competitive quality of life in a city that has consistently maintained single digit inflation rate since 1993. Along with flourishing investments and exports, the low inflation rate serve as concrete illustration of the remarkable gains from Davao City’s sustained competitiveness nurtured by high level of responsiveness of the local government which put priority focus in facilitating business-friendly initiatives and in ensuring a peaceful and prosperous environment.

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position are considered complementary to the functions of the city vice-mayor, given the large territorial jurisdiction of the city. The city is politically subdivided into 184 barangays. The current mayor of Davao City is Rodrigo Duterte, a former government prosecutor and congressman. He is assisted by city vice-mayor Sara Duterte, his daughter. Davao City comprises 184 barangays with three legislative districts. The City Government of Davao is now proposing to add two more Congressional Districts.

1st District
Poblacion
No. of Barangays: 40 Population (2007): 153,005 • 1-A • 2-A • 3-A • 4-A • 5-A • 6-A • 7-A • 8-A • 9-A • 10-A • 11-B • 12-B • 13-B • 14-B • 15-B • 16-B • 17-B • 18-B • 19-B • 20-B • 21-C • 22-C • 23-C • 24-C • 25-C • 26-C • 27-C • 28-C • 29-C • 30-C • 31-D • 32-D • 33-D • 34-D • 35-D • 36-D

Government
Unique to the local government set-up of the city is the designation of a deputy mayor by the city mayor. Although an appointed official only, the deputy mayor serves as a direct link to the city mayor, especially for people living outside the city proper. The deputy mayor also serves as the city mayor’s representative in community events. The functions of the

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• • • • 37-D 38-D 39-D 40-D • Tigatto • Vicente Hizon Sr.[a] • Waan

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Talomo
No. of Barangays: 14 Population (2007): 360,010 • Bago Aplaya • Bago Gallera • Baliok • Bucana • Catalunan Grande • Catalunan Pequeño • Dumoy • Langub • Ma-a • Magtuod • Matina Aplaya • Matina Crossing • Matina Pangi • Talomo Proper

a. ^ Created into separate barangays under Sangguniang Panlungsod Ordinance No. 16103, ratified on July 25, 2004; taken from Barangay Pampanga.[1]

Bunawan
No. of Barangays: 9 Population 123,767 • Alejandra Navarro (Lasang) • Bunawan Proper • Gatungan • Ilang • Mahayag • Mudiang • Panacan • San Isidro (Licanan) • Tibungco (2007):

2nd District
Agdao
No. of Barangays: 11 Population (2007): 98,586 • Agdao Proper • Centro (San Juan) • Gov. Paciano Bangoy • Gov. Vicente Duterte • Kap. Tomas Monteverde, Sr. • Lapu-Lapu • Leon Garcia • Rafael Castillo • San Antonio • Ubalde • Wilfredo Aquino

Paquibato
No. of Barangays: 13 Population (2007): 38,266 • Colosas • Fatima (Benowang) • Lumiad • Mabuhay • Malabog shamas raja • Mapula • Panalum • Pandaitan • Paquibato Proper • Paradise Embak • Salapawan • Sumimao • Tapak

Buhangin
No. of Barangays: 13 Population (2007): 232,865 • Acacia • Alfonso Angliongto Sr.[a] • Buhangin Proper • Cabantian • Callawa • Communal • Indangan • Julliville • Mandug • Pampanga • Sasa

3rd District
Baguio
No. of Barangays: 27,255 • Baguio Proper • Cadalian • Carmen • Gumalang • Malagos • Tambubong • Tawan-Tawan • Wines 8 Population (2007):

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• • • • • • Santo Niño Tacunan Tagakpan Talandang Tugbok Proper Ula

Calinan
No. of Barangays: 19 Population (2007): 76,024 • Biao Joaquin • Calinan Proper • Cawayan • Dacudao • Dalagdag • Dominga • Inayangan • Lacson • Lamanan • Lampiano • Megkawayan • Pangyan • Riverside • Saloy • Sirib • Subasta • Talomo River • Tamayong • Wangan

Toril
No. of Barangays: 25 Population (2007): 126,978 • Alambre • Atan-Awe • Bangkas Heights • Baracatan • Bato • Bayabas • Binugao • Camansi • Catigan • Crossing Bayabas • Daliao • Daliaon Plantation • Eden • Kilate • Lizada • Lubogan • Marapangi • Mulig • Sibulan • Sirawan • Tagluno • Tagurano • Tibuloy • Toril Proper • Tungkalan

Marilog
No. of Barangays: 12 Population (2007): 42,718 • Baganihan • Bantol • Buda • Dalag • Datu Salumay • Gumitan • Magsaysay • Malamba • Marilog Proper • Salaysay • Suawan (Tuli) • Tamugan • Digos

Security and Civil Defense
The city government has invested millions of pesos to ensure the security of people living and working in Davao City. Aside from the usual forces of the Philippine National Police, a special military task force has been formed to insulate the city from terrorist attacks and other forms of criminality. The Task Force Davao, as it is named, is affiliated with the Philippine Army and is headed by an army colonel. The city government also maintains a 24-hour emergency response system patterned after the 9-1-1 systems in Canada and the United States. People can dial the 911 number to report emergencies and criminal incidents. A curfew on minors is also observed in the city. All business establishments, in

Tugbok
No. of Barangays: 18 Population (2007): 83,863 • Angalan • Bago Oshiro • Balengaeng • Biao Escuela • Biao Guinga • Los Amigos • Manambulan • Manuel Guianga • Matina Biao • Mintal • New Carmen • New Valencia

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particular bars and discos, are mandated by a city ordinance to refrain from selling alcoholic drinks beyond 2:00 am. Also, motorcycle drivers with no helmets and motorists with defective lights are not allowed to enter or drive in the city. Regular checkpoints in key parts of Davao City and at the city boundaries are conducted 24 hours to ensure the strict implementation of traffic rules. The use of fireworks and other similar pyrotechnics, as well as smoking, is strictly prohibited in most of the city. Even outdoors, if you are under a roof of any kind, you are prohibited from smoking. Violators are made to pay hefty fines, perform community service, serve jail time, or a combination of the three. Littering is also prohibited. • • • • • (3 (3 (3 (3 (3 Star) Star) Star) Star) Star)

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Airport

Foreign Relations
The influx of foreign visitors and the presence of expatriates and migrants in the city have prompted the governments of Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia and the United States to open consular offices in the city. The US Embassy in the Philippines opened a virtual consulate where inquiries regarding visa issuances, foreign relations concerns and travel to the United States can be made on the Internet by e-mail and chat. The virtual consulate website [1] is maintained in coordination with Ateneo de Davao University, Holy Cross of Davao College and AMA Computer College. The Davao International Airport’s Air Traffic Control Tower, is considered as the most advanced ATC’s in the Philippines.[1] The Francisco Bangoy International Airport (Davao International Airport) is the busiest airport in Mindanao. Expansion and modernization began in 1998. Today, the new DIA (opened in December 2003) has begun accommodating larger jets such as the Boeing 747, the Airbus A330 and the Airbus A340.

Roads and Bridges
Construction of more roads and bridges are also underway. The construction of the City’s third major road - the Buhangin underpass was completed in the 1st quarter of 2003. A Traffic Management and Computerization Scheme was also implemented. The traffic lights in the city is considered as the most modern in Asia.[2] Davao City is ranked no. 5 among cities in Asia with better traffic flow based on vehicles per kilometer of city road.

Physical Infrastructure
The presence of basic infrastructure within the city such as airport, seaports, roads, bridges, telecommunications, condominiums, malls and first class hotels has sustained the economic growth in the last 10 years. Due to the city’s unprecedented growth, a clamor for higher capacity infrastructures resulted to a number of modernization projects now ongoing to meet the demands of the new millennium.

Seaports
The Port of Davao has 2 government seaports Sasa International Wharf and Sta. Ana Domestic Wharf and 9 privately owned ports. In addition, the Toril International Fish Port Complex accommodates small and largescale fishing activities as well as provide among others cold-storage facilities.

Hotels and Inns
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put into consideration are the Davao Light Rail Transit, the LRT system will serve the coastal builtup area of Davao City, as well as neighboring areas in Davao del Sur (Sta. Cruz), and Davao del Norte (Panabo City). The project cost was P240 billion in 1997 when it was first proposed. It is also proposed to be 60 kilometers in length and a BOT (build, operate, transfer) project. [6]. On the other hand, the Camella Northpoint Condominium and the Central Park Hotel are also construct in the city. The Matina Fly-Over, Bankerohan Bridge and Davao City Sports Complex, propose construction in the city as well.

Telecommunications
Communication links within the key business areas are adequate. With the deregulation and privatization policies of the Philippine government, the number of telecommunications player is projected to increase as well as offer affordable telecommunications services to subscribers/clienteles. Leading telecommunicatons companies put facilities in Davao City paving clear connections from and to various destinations in the Philippines and all over the world. The Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT), Bayan Telecommunications Corporation (Bayantel), Globe Telecom, Smart Communications and Sun Cellular operate vital transmission towers in the city.

Tourism

Internet Service Providers
There are 6 Internet Service Providers operating in Davao City offering dial-up, dedicated and DSL types of service. The City has over a hundred Internet cafés operating in strategic areas where one can surf, chat, play games, send and view e-mails, and engage in e-commerce using the latest computer innovation and technology.And soon new service provider Sulubit.

Future Developments
In recent years, Davao City maintain its competitiveness and now attracts big business and investments. Today, negotiations and constructions are going on to put up a project here in the city. The Ayala Land and Anflocor made a venture to build Abreeza, a P3.5 billion mall. It will have a 3-storey shopping mall and 2 Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) and a future hotel, residential and commercial lots.[3] On the other hand, Four BPOs eye Davao for expansion. Four business process outsourcing (BPO) companies have trained their sights on this city for their expansion programs. The companies are the Canada-based Infotech Outsourcing Services, Mustang Technologies, Antech Solutions, and GenTech Software, according to Lizabel Holganza, president of ICT Inc. [4] More projects are planned in the city. The Davao-Samal Bridge, which will start its construction on 2017. The concept of this bridge will be like the San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, connecting Davao City and Island Garden City of Samal[5]. Other projects also The endangered Philippine Eagle, is taken care of at Philippine Eagle Center, Malagos, Baguio District, Davao City

Tourists’ Spots
• -– A historical marker of the longestfought battle between the troops of the American & Filipino forces and of the Japanese Imperial Army which took place in Mintal, Tugbok District. (Mintal Elementary School) • -– Quarters of the Spanish and later American soldiers in the 1920s. (San Pedro St.) • –- The former municipal building constructed in 1926. (San Pedro St.) • –- 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 (5.5 m) in length. One can take pleasure from viewing, horseback riding around the park, or feeding the young fierce reptiles.

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• -– Houses artifacts of Davao’s indigenous tribes and photographs of the city’s historic events and history of its pioneering families. (Insular Village I, Lanang) • -– Features the historical and indigenous collections of the Davao Historical Society (Magsaysay Park) • -- Site of the bastion of the Muslim hero Datu Bago who lorded over the Tagloc River, the old name of Davao River. (Junction of Washington St. and Quimpo Blvd.) • -– The abaca plantation in Daliao which was acquired from the Bagobos as a result of the Otha Public Land Act in 1903. (Toril) • -– 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. Located in Barangay Ma-a. • –- The museum features historical accounts of the Japanese community residing in Davao before and during the war including their tools which they used in the abaca plantations, currencies, publications, among others. (Calinan) • -– During the "Ubon Yasumi, " Japan’s version of All Souls’ Day held in August, Japanese war veterans and their kin take a pilgrimage to visit this memorial shrine. (Mintal) • -- A restaurant with a free entry to a tunnel that the Japanese created in the time of the Japanese Revolution. (Matina) • -- The biggest Buddhist temple in Mindanao is set in environment of candle trees and bamboo with an imposing statue of the Buddha and his life depicted in wood carving. (R. Cabaguio Ave.) • -- This memorial marker was built in recognition of the gallantry of Armando Generoso, who died in the very site of the bridge while defending it from the Japanese invaders during World War ll. (Gov. Generoso Bridge) • –- Houses the holy icons of the Taoist religion. (J.P. Cabaguio Ave.) • -– A memorial to Col. Yamada who defended Mintal during the war. It is also the site of the visit of McArthur, Stillwel and Eichelberger. (Mintal)

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• -– Unveiled during the celebration of the Philippine Centennial in 1998, the monument depicts the peaceful relationship of the migrant and indigenous inhabitants of Davao in the last 100 years. (San Pedro St.) • -– Islam is also one of the major religions in the city with several places of worships found in Bankerohan, Quezon Blvd., Panacan, Quimpo Blvd., among others. • -– a government owned museum located at cor. pichon st and claveria st. • -– The site of old Japanese homes, warehouses and abaca processing and drying plants before and during World War II. (Mintal, Tugbok District & Toril District) • -– Formerly known as the Plaza, this was the site of the settlement of the early Davaoeños. (San Pedro St.) • -– A memorial obelisk built in honor of Otha Kyosaburu who invoked the Public Land Act No. 926 of 1903. (Mintal Elementary School) • -– The landing site of Don Jose Oyanguren y Cruz of Guipuzcoa, Spain, the Spanish conqueror who later became the Governor of Davao. (Rodriguez Park, Quezon Blvd.) • –- One of the oldest churches in Mindanao, the original structure of the church was built in 1847 in honor of St. Peter, the city’s patron saint. The old altar is preserved at the right wing of the cathedral. (San Pedro St.). It is the ecclesiastical seat of the Archdiocese of Davao. • -– A local mecca of the city’s Roman Catholic devotees. (Shrine Hills, Matina) • -– A shrine built in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary which features series of steps which leads to the main chapel. (Cabantian, Buhangin District) • –- Sunken warships during the Second World War can be found just 200 meters from the shore. (Talomo District) • -- A very popular mountain resort located in Eden, Toril District, some 40 min away from the city center. It is situated 3,000 ft (910 m) above sea level, giving it a cool and moderate climate. It is 95% man made with pine trees dotting the landscape. It covers 40 hectares worth of developed land. • -- Home to the Philippines National Bird, The Philippine Eagle (previously named Monkey Eating Eagle), the largest eagle in

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the World. It is where they are bred in captivity in order to increase their population and prevent extinction. Located in Malagos, a 45 min drive from the city center. Aside from being a temporary home for the Monkey Eating Eagle’s, it also hosts some other exotic animals native to Davao’s forest. • -- A very popular white sand beach resort located in Samal Island. It is a 5 min boat ride away from its drop off point at Lanang. Aside from its unspoiled waters, it also has a zoo as an added attraction. • -- On December 15, 2007, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte led local officials in opening the P 72-M People’s Park (old PTA Ground) in Davao City, which features a mini-forest and large sculptures representing indigenous groups in Southern Mindanao.[7]

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• Davao Central Warehouse Club - Lanang, Agdao • Robinsons Cybergate - J.P. Laurel Avenue, Bajada

Planned and Under Construction Malls
• Abreeza (Ayala Mall) - J.P Laurel Avenue, Bajada [Under Construction] [3] • SM City North Davao - J.P Laurel Avenue, Lanang [Under Construction]

Socio-cultural Environment
Health and Hospital
The average life expectancy of Davaoeños is 70 for females and 65 for males. There are about 31 hospitals with a total of 1,963 beds in Davao City. Very affordable medical services are made available to poor residents through the Davao Medical Center, which has the most hospitals beds at 600.

Shopping Centers and Malls

SM City Davao • Aldevinco Shopping Center - C.M. Recto Avenue • DAMOSA Market Basket - J.P. Laurel Avenue, Lanang • Gaisano Mall of Davao - J.P Laurel Avenue, Bajada • Gaisano Grand Citimall - Ilustre Street • Lachmi Mall - San Pedro Street • Makro- Mc Arthur Highway, Bangkal • NCCC Mall Davao - corner McArthur Highway and Ma-a road • NCCC Main- R. Magsaysay Avenue, Chinatown • SM City Davao - Quimpo Boulevard • Victoria Plaza Mall - J.P Laurel Avenue, Bajada • China Town 168 Mall - R. Magsaysay, China Town Davao Medical Center On the other hand, hospitals such as the Davao Doctors Hospital, San Pedro Hospital, Brokenshire Memorial Hospital, Ricardo Limso Medical Center, and Davao Medical Center are training hospitals that also offer specialized medical care services. Davao Regional Hospital in neighboring Tagum City, also offers the same quality specialized physician training and health services. Psychiatric hospitals, psychotherapy clinics and counselling centers are also found in the city, directed and manned by internationally-trained counselors, psychologists, psychometricians and psychiatrists. In Davao City, there are currently six large tertiary hospitals: Davao Doctors

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Hospital, San Pedro Hospital, Brokenshire Memorial Hospital, Davao Medical School Foundation Hospital, Ricardo Limso Medical Center, and Davao Medical Center.

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Mindanao. Currently, it has 374 elementary schools, 65 secondary schools including the Philippine Science High School Southern Mindanao Campus, and 46 colleges and universities.

Education

Banks
Currently, there are around 141 banks (including branches), 37 financing companies, and 466 lending firms operating in the city. These can handle financial/monetary transactions from the most basic to the most complicated.

Cargo and Courier Forwarders
Postal requirements are served by 18 post offices citywide. Forwarders, truckers, custom brokers, international couriers, and messengerial companies offer overnight mail and freight/cargo services.

Ateneo de Davao University The government provides free education at the primary (grade school) and secondary (high school) levels. Government scholars from all over the region enjoy free college education in state-run universities such as the University of the Philippines, Mindanao and the University of Southeastern Philippines. The literacy rate of the country is 93.9%. Davao City has a literacy rate of 91.05%. Among the most popular tertiary schools located in Davao City are Ateneo de Davao University, University of the Immaculate Conception, San Pedro College, University of Mindanao, Holy Cross of Davao College,Davao Doctors College, Brokenshire College, Philippine Women’s University of Davao,St. Peter’s College of Toril, Assumption College of Davao, Mindanao Kokusai Daigaku (or Mindanao International College) and others like Davao Merchant Marine Academy (DMMA), MATS College of Techonology, John Paul II College, AMA Computer College, STI College of Davao,and Rizal Memorial College. The city has contributed much to the Southern Mindanao’s ever increasing pool of masters and doctorate degree holders helping the city’s gain the distinction of having one of the highest numbers of Masters in Business Administration (MBA) graduates in the region. The city is considered the Center for Learning and Education in Southern

Media
Aside from the 24 national daily newspapers available, Davao City also has 20 local newspapers, 9 broadcast TV stations, 15 AM-band radio stations, and 18 FM-band radio stations. These numbers reflect the extent of press freedom being enjoyed by the print and broadcast media as well as provide wide range of choice for residents and visitors alike.

AM Radio Stations
• DXAB 1296 kHz. owned by ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation with stuidos located in Km. 4 McArthur Highway, Matina, Davao City • DXAM 1017 khx. owned by Kalayaan Broadcasting System with stusiod in DAMOSA Gateway Complex • DXAQ 1404 kHz. owned by ACQ-Kingdom Broadcasting Network with studios in Philippine-Japan Friendship Highway, Catitipan • DXDC RMN Davao 621 kHz. owned by Radio Mindanao Network • DXED 1224 kHz. owned by Eagle Broadcasting Corporation • DXFE 1197 kHz. owned by Far East Broadcasting Company • DXGM Super Radyo Davao 1125 kHz. owned by GMA Network

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• DXGO Aksyon Radyo Davao 855 kHz. owned by the Manila Broadcasting Company • DXIP El Nuevo Bantay Radyo Davao 900 kHz.owned by El Nuevo Bantay Radyo operating in 3rd Floor, Lachmi Shopping Mall, Bolton • DXKT Radyo Ronda Davao 1071 kHz. owned by the Radio Philippines Network (RPN) • DXMF Bombo Radyo Davao 756 kHz. owned by Consolidated Broadcasting Systems located along along San Pedro St • DXZQ Mabuhay Radio 1368 kHz. owned by Mabuhay Broadcasting System, Inc. located by Matina- a relay station of DZXQ Manila. • DXRA Radyo Arangkada 783 kHz. owned by Rizal Memorial Colleges Broadcasting Corporation holding offices in the RMC Campus, A. Bonifacio St., Davao City • DXRD 711 kHz. owned by ACQ-Kingdom Broadcasting Network located in JP Laurel Ave., Bajada • DXRP Radyo ng Bayan Davao 765 kHz. owned by Philippine Broadcasting Service located in Braveheart Bldg., Matina • DXUM Radyo Ukay 1017 kHz. owned by the University of Mindanao broadcasting Corporation located in F. Bangoy St.

Davao City
• DXKR 95.5 mHz owned by ACWS-United Broadcasting Network • DXKX Smooth FM • DXLL The Mellow Touch 94.7 mHz.owned by FBS Radio Network Inc • DXLR Crossover 93.1 mHz. owned by Mareco Broadcasting Corporation • DXMA The Edge Radio owned by United Christian Broadcasters • DXMX Mix FM105.9 mHz. owned by Omarco Broadcasting Corporation with studios in Doors 4 and 5, RJ Homes Bldg., Delayo St. • DXNU NU Rock 107.9 mHz. • DXQM Home Radio 98.7 mHz. owned by Aliw Broadcasting Company • DXRR For Life 101.1 mHz. owned by ABSCBN Broadcasting Corporation located in Shrine Hills, Matina • DXRV Wow Radio 103.5 mHz. owned by Radio GMA Network Inc. • DXSS Mom’s Radio 97.1 mHz.owned by Southern Broadcasting Network • DXST Yes FM 105.1 mHz. owned by Manila Broadcasting Company • DXUR Ultimate Radio 97.9 mHz. • DXWT Wild FM 92.3 mHz. owned by the University of Mindanao broadcasting Corporation located in UMBN Broadcast Center, P. Reyes Street • DXXL I-FM 93.9 mHz. owned by Radio Mindanao Network

FM Radio Stations
• DXBE The Killer Bee 89.1 mHz. • DXBM Love Radio 90.7 mHz. owned by the Manila Broadcasting Company • DXBR Bay Radio 103.1 mHz owned by Baycomms Broadcasting Corporation • DXDJ Hit Radio 100.3 mHz. owned by the University of Mindanao Broadcasting Corporation , bought from Rajah Broadcasting Corporation operated as Boss Radio before 2006. • DXDR Energy FM 88.3 mHz. owned by Ultrasonic Broadcasting System Inc. (UBSI)with studio located in Toril. • DXET Dream FM 106.7 mHz. owned by Associated Broadcasting Company located in ABC Heights, The Shrine Hill, Davao City. • DXFM Danni FM 101.9 mHz. owned by the Nation Broadcasting Corporation • DXFX Star FM 96.3 mHz. owned by Progressive Broadcasting System • DXGN 89.9 mHz. owned by the Archdiocese of Davao situated in Juna Subdivision, Matina

Achievements and Recognition
• , 2001, 2003, 2005, 2008 • , 1996-1999 • , 1997 Kalakbay Awards • , 1999, 2000 • , 1999, 2001, 2004, 2005 • , 1998-2005 • , 1999-2005, 2008 • , 1999 • , 1999 • , 1999-2005 (Highly urbanized category) • , 1996, 1997, 1998

Sister Cities
There are 8 sister cities in Davao as designated in Sister Cities International, Inc. (SCI):

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• Tacoma, USA • Koror, Palau • • Vladivostok, Russia Nanning, China

Davao City
[2] "Davao’s new traffic system is "Asia’s most modern" [3] ^ "Abreeza — Davao’s own Greenbelt" [4] "Four BPOs eye Davao for expansion" [5] "Davao-Samal bridge project starts soon" [6] "MOA on Davao LRT and Samal Bridge Projects signed" [7] Abs-Cbn Interactive, P72-M People’s Park opens in Davao City oh yeah

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Keelung, Taiwan Joy Mercibel, Portugal

Manado, Indonesia • San Juan City, Philippines

See also
• Silicon Gulf

External links
• Official City Government Website Coordinates: 7°30′N 126°0′E / 7.5°N 126°E / 7.5; 126

References
[1] "Upgraded Davao City International Airport Is Ready for More Passengers and Bigger Aircraft"

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