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Davao Region, otherwise known as Region 11, is composed of 4 provinces namely: Compostela Valley,
Davao Oriental, Davao Del Norte, and Davao Del Sur.
It is located in the southeastern part of Mindanao Island. It is bounded on the north by CARAGA Region,
on the east and south by the Philippine Sea, on the west by Bukidnon and SOCCSKSARGEN Region.
Terrain is mostly hilly and mountainous in the eastern, western, and souther part of the region. Flat lands can be found
in the southern part of Davao Del Norte, in the northern and central part of Compostella Valley, and in the central
part of Davao Del Sur. Climate is mostly of Type IV in which rainfall is more or less evenly distributed throughout the
year. Highest Peak is Mt. Apo, located in the boundary of Davao Del Sur and North Cotabato. With its 2,958-meter height,
it is also the tallest mountain in the country. Other notable mountains include Mt. Galintan in Davao Oriental (1,738
meters high), Mt. Pasican in compostela Valley (1,652 meters high), and Mt. Mayo, also in Davao Oriental (920 meters high).)
Region 11 is a melting pot of many cultural groups. Cebuanos, Boholanos, and Ilonggos are the majority groups.
Others include Maguindanaos, Maranaos, Manobos, T'bolis, Bagobos, B'laans, Samals, and Agtas. Smaller communities of Ilocanos,
Tagalogs, Warays, and Bicolanos are also found.
Agriculture is the main economic activity in the region and Banana is the primary agricultural product produced
in many banana plantations. In 2007, the region produced a total of 3.1 metric tons - the highest among the regions.
Other farm products include rice, corn, coconut, pineapple, sugarcane, and durian. The region
is also a well-known center of the cutflower industry especially in orchid growing. Fishing and raising of poultry, hog,
and cattle are some alternative sources of income.
The region is famous for its rich mineral resources. Reserves of gold, copper, manganese and nickel
are found in this part of the country. The Diwalwal area in Compostela valley has attracted thousands of small scale miners
as well as commercial explorers.
Manufacturing in the region is concentrated mostly around Davao City, the largest city in the Philippines
outside Metro Manila. Industrial products from the region include construction materials, processed food, and furniture.
Tourism is fast becoming an important source of employment. It has many resorts and other eco-tourism
sites that are a must for travellers.
Economic factsheet of Davao Region, 2007
|Gross Regional Domestic Product (in billion pesos at current prices)|
| Total ||295.3||100%|
|Electricity, Gas, and Water||2.7||0.92%|
|Employment Data (figure in thousands)|
|Total Employed ||1,687|
|Unemployment Rate ||4.9%|
|Underemployment Rate ||15.5%|
Major tourist spots in Davao Region
- Kopiat Island and Diwalwal Mines in Compostela Valley
- Samal Island in Davao Del Norte
- Bansalan Hot Springs in Davao Del Sur
- Dahican Beach and Aliwagwag Falls in Davao Oriental
- Eagle center and Malagos Garden in Davao City