Davao De Oro is a landlocked province in the eastern part of Mindanao Island in southern Philippines. It used to be called Compostela Valley. The change of name became effective after a majority of the electorate approved it in a plebiscite on December 7, 2019.
Profile of Davao de Oro Province (Geography)
Location –> Davao Region, Philippines (See map below)
Neighboring Provinces –> Agusan Del Sur, Davao Oriental, and Davao Del Norte
Capital –> Nabunturan
Area –> 4,479.77 km2 (1,729.65 sq mi)
Population –> 736,107 (2105 census)
Terrain –> Mountainous with broad valleys and narrow coastal plains
Industries –> Agriculture, Mining
Major Products –> Rice, Corn, Coconut, Banana. Cacao, Coffee
People/Language –> Bisaya (Cebuano), Mansaka, Mandaya, Ata Manobo, Dibabawnon
Cities –> None
Municipalities (Towns) –> (11) Compostela, Laak, Mabini, Maco, Maragusan, Mawab, Monkayo, Montevista, Nabunturan, New Bataan, Pantukan
Governor –> Jayvee Tyron L. Uy
Vice Governor –> Maria Carmen Zamora
Predecessor –> Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora
Representative (1st District) –> Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora
Predecessor –> Ma. Carmen S. Zamora-Apsay
Representative (2nd District) –> Ruwel Peter S. Gonzaga
Predecessor –> Rommel C. Amatong
Sangguniang Panlalawigan Members (Provincial Board)
Nena Atamosa – 1st District
Marie Jude Lopoz
Arturo Uy – 2nd District
Kristine Mae Caballero-Rañon
Davao De oro History
Davao De Oro was formerly part of Davao del Norte Province. On March 8, 1998, it became a separate province by virtue of Republic Act No. 8470 which was signed by President Fidel V. Ramos on January 30, 1998. Atty. Jose R. Caballero was the first elected governor of the province.
On May 15, 2018, then representatives Maria Carmen “Maricar” Zamora, Ruwel Peter Gonzaga and Pedro Acharon Jr. filed House Bill 7363 to rename the province as Davao de Oro. On the other hand, senators Juan Miguel Zubiri and Sonny Angara filed Senate Bill 1746 on December 10, 2018 as the senate counterpart bill.
On December 7, 2019, a super majority of the voters approved in a plebiscite the change of name of the province to Davao De Oro as embodied in Republic Act No. 11297. Official tally showed 174,442 voted “yes” while 5,020 gave a negative vote.
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Economy Of Davao De Oro
Davao De Oro is a province rich in natural resources. Its soil is good for the production of almost any crop or fruit and vegetable. It helps that the province does not lie on the pathway of typhoons that wreck havoc on the other provinces. Today, Davao De Oro is one of the biggest producers of rice, corn, banana, coconut, coffee, cacao, and cutflowers.
Davao De Oro is also one of the most mineralized provinces of the country. In fact, the province has a history of gold mining especially at Mt. Diwalwal which has seen a gold rush of small scale miners. Aside from gold, the mines in the province produces copper, silver, and other minerals. The province should intensify its program to develop the jewelry industry in order to take advantage of the availability of these minerals and to provide more employment opportunities to the residents.
Tourism in the province is slowly gaining ground with more visitors taking notice of its beaches and other natural attractions.
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See also: List of Philippine Provinces and Capital by Region
Map of Province