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Davao City  is a highly urbanized city on Mindanao, Philippines. As of the 2015 census, it had a population of 1,632,991 people, making it the third-most-populous city in the Philippines and the most populous in Mindanao. It is the center of Metro Davao, the third most populous metropolitan area in the Philippines (as of 2015 census with a population of 2.5 million, after Metro Manila’s 12.8 million and Metro Cebu’s 2.8 million). With a total land area of 2,444 square kilometers, the city is the largest in the country in terms of land area. The city serves as the main TRADE, commerce, and industry hub of Mindanao and the regional center of Davao Region. Davao is home to Mount Apo, the highest mountain in the Philippines. Davao is also known as the “Durian Capital” of the Philippines. For geographical and statistical purposes, Davao City is grouped with the province of Davao del Sur but is governed independently from it. The city is divided into three congressional districts, which are subdivided into 11 administrative districts with a total of 182 barangays. Davao City is constantly described by its residents and the national media as arguably among one of the safest cities in the Philippines, however this has been met with criticism.

Area: 2,444 km²

Population: Estimate 1,632,991


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Davao is part of the East Asian Growth Area, a regional economic-cooperation initiative in Southeast Asia. In 2011, Davao City ranked 87th among the Asia’s fastest-growing cities by the City Mayors Foundation, based in London and Freiburg, Germany. According to the foundation, the city has a projected average annual growth of 2.53 percent over a 15-year period; Davao was the only Philippine city to reach the top 100. As the largest economy outside Metro Manila, the city also serves as the largest local economy in southern Philippines.



Residents of Davao City and the whole Davao Region are colloquially known as Davaoeños. Nearly all of local Davaoeños are Visayans (majority are Cebuanos and the native Davaoeño people, with minority are Ilonggos), while others from other ethnicity such as Lumad and Aeta form up the remainder of the local population. The Moro ethnic groups are Maguindanaos, Iranun, Sangirese and the Sama-Bajaus. There are ethnic Americans, Chinese, Koreans, Indians and Japanese residing in the city. There are also Indonesians and Malaysians.


Philippines is the Official Language alongside English. Davaoeño Cebuano, a sub-variant of Mindanao Cebuano, is the most widely spoken language in the city. English is the medium of instruction in schools and widely understood by residents. Aside from Davaoeño Cebuano, Tagalog, Davaoeño Chavacano and Mindanao tribal languages such as Tagabawa-Bagobo, Manobo-Bagobo and Mandaya are also spoken. Hiligaynon is spoken by residents who mainly came from the provinces of North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and South Cotabato provinces of SOCCSKSARGEN, as well as from the provinces of Iloilo and Guimaras of Western Visayas and Negros Occidental in Negros Island Region.


  • Healthcare in the Philippines are varying from private, public, to barangay health centers(many rural municipalities). Most of the national burden of health care is taken up by private health providers. There are 31 hospitals and tertiary centers in the city like Davao Doctors Hospital, San Pedro Hospital, Brokenshire Memorial Hospital, Ricardo Limso Medical Center, Davao Medical School Foundation Hospital (DMSF Hospital), Metro Davao Medical and Research Center, Davao Adventist Hospital, MMG Hospital, CHDC Hospital and the Southern Philippines Medical Center.



The City is predominantly Roman Catholic with about 70% of the population affiliated. Other Christian groups, such as the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), Iglesia ni Cristo, Evangelicals, Lutherans, the Jesus Miracle Crusade, Pentecostal Missionary Church of Christ (4th Watch), and followers of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, comprise eight percent. Seventh-day Adventists, the United Church of Christ in the Philippines and Baptists are other Christian denominations. The remainder 25% belong to non-Christian faiths mainly Islam. Some of the other faiths are Hinduism, Buddhism, animism, Judaism and the non-religious. The Restorationist Church Kingdom of Jesus Christ had its origins in the city. Pastor Apollo Quiboloy, the self-proclaimed “Appointed Son of God”, was the leader of the movement. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Davao is the main metropolitan see of the Roman Catholic Church in southern Mindanao. It comprises the city of Davao, the Island Garden City of Samal and the municipality of Talaingod in Davao del Norte; under its jurisdiction are the three suffragan dioceses of Digos, Tagum and Mati (the capital cities of the three Davao provinces). Archbishop Romulo Valles of the Archdiocese of Davao, appointed on February 11, 2012, by Pope Benedict XVI, took office on May 22, 2012, at San Pedro Cathedral. Saint Peter, locally known as San Pedro, is the patron saint of the city.



Davao City’s land, totaling about 2,443.61 square kilometres (943.48 sq mi), is hilly in the west (the Marilog district) and slopes down to the southeastern shore. Mount Apo, the highest peak in the Philippines, is located at the city’s southwestern tip. Mount Apo National Park (the mountain and its surrounding vicinity), was inaugurated by President Manuel Quezon (in Proclamation 59 of May 8, 1936) to protect the flora and fauna of the surrounding mountain range. The Davao River is the city’s primary drainage channel. Draining an area of over 1,700 km2 (660 sq mi), the 160-kilometre (99 mi) river begins in the town of San Fernando, Bukidnon. The mouth of the river is located at Barangay Bucana at Talomo District.




Popular modes of public transportation in the city are multicabs, jeepneys, tricycles, buses and taxis. Multicabs and jeepneys ply 82 designated passenger-vehicle routes around the clock. Tricycles ply routes beyond the main streets of the city. Taxis have several routes in and around Davao City. In mountainous areas, the habal-habal passenger motorcycle is the main mode of transportation.


Davao is connected to Manila by roll-on/roll-off inter-island ferries. The city is served by domestic passenger ferries at Sasa International Seaport and Santa Ana Wharf, the international seaports of the Port of Davao, the busiest port in Mindanao. The port is capable of servicing inter-island and international shipments. It is located in Davao Gulf and has two approaches, one at Pakiputan Strait between Davao and western Samal Island.


Davao City has direct flights to major Philippine cities and international destinations like Singapore, Xiamen, Jeddah and Medina. Located north from the city center, Francisco Bangoy International Airport is the major airport serving the city and the region. It is the busiest airport in Mindanao and the third-busiest in the country. On November 12, 2007, Cebu Pacificannounced that the airport would be its third hub.



Davao has a tropical rainforest climate (Köppen climate classification Af), with little seasonal variation in temperature. Average monthly temperatures are always above 26 °C (78.8 °F), and average monthly rainfall is above 77 millimetres (3.03 in). This gives the city a tropical climate, without a true dry season; while there is significant rainfall in winter, the largest rainfall occurs during the summer months (see climate chart, below).