History of Davao Oriental Police Provincial Office

The Philippine day begins in Davao Oriental, the easternmost province of the great island of Mindanao. The province straddles the highly irregular northeastern cost of Mindanao facing the Pacific Ocean from Cateel Bay down to Cape San Agustin. Mountains that along its western borders dominate the province’s topography, transitioning to low hills and plateaus and ultimately to coastal lowlands and swamps as one moves eastwards.

The inhabitants of the province are a mixture of natives and migrants from other provinces throughout the country that brought different forms of religion. TheMandayaTribe is the most dominant indigenous group in the province; the Mandayas are popular for their hand-woven abaca cloth called “Dagmay”. The Mandayan Community reside primarily in the municipality of Caraga.Dabaweño is the native dialect in Davao Oriental although Tagalog, Visayan, and English are also widely used.

The province is composed of two congressional districts covering eleven (11) municipalities. District I comprises the municipalities of Boston, Cateel, Baganga, Caraga, Manay and Tarragona while District II includes Lupon, Banaybanay, Mati, San Isidro and Governor Generoso; these municipalities are further subdivided into 183 barangays. The City of Mati is the seat of the Provincial Government being the capital of the province.The province has a total land area of 5,164 square kilometers representing 16.21 percent of the total land area of Region XI. Baganga has the largest land area with 1,177.10 square kilometers, while San Isidro has the smallest land area with only 205.20 square kilometers.
The diverse natural resources including forests and agricultural products, mineral resources and tourist spots are sources of potential industries, investments possibilities and employment opportunities. These resources have already been tapped for support purposes, but utilization of the same are yet to be fully maximized. Presently, various areas are now being identified and promoted for eco-tourism development. Centers for information on potential investments are also put in place.

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