Davao Occidental Police Provincial Office


The name DAVAO was derived from Bagobo word “DABA-DABA” which means “SCARED BRASS”. It was said that the brass belonged to a legendary Bagobo chieftain “DATU DULI” which lies at the foot of Sandawa mountain, now the famous Mt. Apo. Later, the letter “O” was affixed to the word which means justice among Bagobo tribe for fairness was dispensed by their chieftain. As years went by, the name “DABA-DABA” was shortened to DABA-o. Long usage of the word it clipped it to “DABAO”, now the name of the province.

The Davao Occidental Police Provincial Office was established on the month of July year 2016 and currently situated at the Barangay Poblacion, Malita, Davao Occidental. By the help of our Provincial Governor Hon. Claude P. Bautista, we have our temporary building in place to begin our work as Police Provincial Office.

The command is located in the southern part of the Philippines. It is bound of the east of Davao Gulf, in the west by the provinces of South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and North Cotabato, on the North by Davao del Sur and Davao City, and in the South by the Celebes Sea. The area of responsibility of Davao Occidental Police Provincial Office covers 5 municipalities and 105 barangays with a total land area of 2,163.45 square kilometers and a total population of 316,342 inhabitants as of year 2015.

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