DAVAO DEL NORTE POLICE PROVINCIAL OFFICE
HISTORY OF DAVAO DEL NORTE POLICE PROVINCIAL OFFICE
Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley, together with Davao Oriental, Davao Occidental and Davao del Sur used to be a whole province simply known as Davao. This original province was split into three: Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental, and Davao del Sur when Republic Act No. 4867 (authored by Representative Lorenzo S. Sarmiento, Sr.) was signed into law on May 8, 1967 by President Ferdinand Marcos.
Davao del Norte originally comprised thirteen municipalities: Asuncion, Babak (now in Samal City), Compostela, Kapalong, Mabini, Mawab, Monkayo, Nabunturan, Panabo, Pantukan, Samal, Santo Tomas and Tagum. On May 6, 1970, six more municipalities were created: Carmen, Kaputian (now in Samal City), Maco, Montevista, New Bataan, and New Corella.
The passage of Republic Act No. 6430 on June 17, 1972 changed the name of the province from Davao del Norte to Davao. By 1996, Davao had a total of twenty-two municipalities with the creation of San Vicente (now Laak) in 1979, Maragusan in 1988, and Talaingod in 1991.
On January 31, 1998, President Fidel V. Ramos signed Republic Act No. 8470, which split the province into two, creating the province of Compostela Valley. In the meantime, Davao was renamed back to Davao del Norte. Together with the creation of the new province, two cities and one municipality were created: the municipality of Tagum, capital of Davao del Norte, was converted into a city (R.A. 8472); Samal, Babak, and Kaputian were joined into the city of Samal (R.A. 8471); and the municipality of Braulio E. Dujali was created out of several barangays in Panabo and Carmen (R.A. 8473). The province then had 8 municipalities and 2 cities. Republic Act No. 9015, signed into law on March 5, 2001 by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, converted the municipality of Panabo into a city. Republic Act No. 9265, approved on March 15, 2004 created the municipality of San Isidro from Asuncion and Kapalong.
The enactment of Republic Act 4867 dated May 8, 1967, which created the Province of Davao de Norte paved the activation of Davao del Norte Constabulary Command. MAJOR FRANCISCO SARROSA, PC was the first Provincial Commander from July 1, 1967 to February 18, 1968. With the passage of Presidential Decree No. 765 dated August 8, 1975, which constituted the Integrated National Police forces as components of the Philippine Constabulary being the nucleus of the police integration, it led to the organization of Davao Norte Constabulary Integrated National Police Command of which LTC AGERICO N KAGAON was credited as the first Provincial Commander/Police Superintendent. Another major historic development was the passage/enactment of RA 6975, otherwise known as the PNP Law of 1991 which changed the Command’s heading or name of Davao Norte PNP Command and LTC RICARDO F DE LEON became the first Provincial Director. With the re-organization of the PNP Provincial Commands dated June 22, 1994 as authorized by the Chief PNP, the Command’s heading or name was changed to Davao Norte Provincial Police Command with P/SUPT JOSELITO UY TAN as the Provincial Director from July 26, 1993 – April 5, 1995 and followed by P/SUPT ALEJANDRO M GUTIERREZ from April 6, 1995 to August 21, 1996.
Resolution No. 92-36 dated October 15, 1992, the National Police Commission approved the revised organizational structure of the Philippine National Police (PNP). The word “Command” and other designation with military connotations shall cease to be used. In the case of the line units, the word “Command” shall henceforth be replaced by the term “Police Office” and now the Davao Norte Police Provincial Command was finally changed to Davao Norte Police Provincial Office with P/SUPT WILFREDO V GARCIA as the first Provincial Director under that name. At present, PSSUPT ALAN B MANIBOG is the Provincial Director of Davao Norte Police provincial office.
The Province of Davao del Norte is located north of Davao Region in Mindanao in which the capital city is Tagum City. The population as of August 2015 CENSUS is 1.02M, ranking 1st in population size among the provinces in Region 11. The climate of the province is Type IV (rainfall more or less evenly distributed throughout the year).
The Province is composed of two (2) districts, first district has one (1) City and five (5) Municipalities, while second district has two (2) Cities and three (3) municipalities with a total of 223 barangays. The municipality of Kapalong is the largest in terms of land area with 941.8500 sq. km, while the municipality of Braulio E. Dujali is the smallest with only 91.000 sq. km.
Davao del Norte has vast hectares of Banana Plantation making it the leading Cavendish banana producer in the country. It is a well most preferred sports venue (hosted the Palarong Pambansa 2015, 15th National Jamboree 2015, 6th ASEAN Scout Jamboree, 2018 ALVEO IRONMAN and World’s Strongest Man Event) and favoured tourist destination particularly IGACOS as indicated by the influx of tourist. The Province is also an ideal place for business and home of International and National Events.
Notwithstanding the huge gap in terms of police to population ratio which is currently at 1:1,002 (1 policeman per 1002.3 populace), the province enjoys normal and calm peace and order situation with the collaborative efforts of this office, LGUs, other law enforcement agencies AFP and other stakeholders.
Davao del Norte PPO, in its continuing pursuit for excellence, shall continue to work hand in hand with its stakeholders. Most of the initiatives undertaken by the office as well as its units are funded by its LGU counterparts with concerted efforts from different agencies. Moreover, it has quite established good rapport with NGOs as well as individuals from the different sectors of the community