Davao de Oro is a province located in the southern part of the Philippines, specifically in the Davao Region of Mindanao. It was formerly known as Compostela Valley until it was renamed in 2019. The province is rich in natural resources, with its mineral deposits, particularly gold, supporting the local economy through small-scale mining operations. Agriculture also plays a significant role in the province’s economy, with top products including bananas, coffee, and coconut.
The Province of Davao de Oro has a rich cultural heritage, with its original inhabitants coming from various ethnic tribes, such as the Mansaka, Mandaya, Manobo, Mangguangan, Dibabawon, Aeta, Kamayo, Davaweño, and Kalagan. The locals still practice their traditional customs and beliefs, which can be seen in the province’s festivals and celebrations, such as the Araw ng Compostela and the Kaimunan Festival.
Aside from its cultural richness, Davao de Oro is also home to several natural attractions that make it a popular destination for tourists and outdoor enthusiasts. The province is blessed with stunning waterfalls, hot springs, and caves, which are perfect for adventure seekers. Some of the most popular natural attractions in the province include Mainit Hot Spring, a natural hot spring that is believed to have therapeutic properties.
With a population of approximately 820,000 people, Davao de Oro is composed of 11 municipalities and 237 barangays. The provincial capital is Nabunturan, which is also the largest municipality in terms of population.
The province has a population of approximately 820,000 people and is composed of 11 municipalities and 237 barangays namely:
The ethnic tribes of Mansaka, Mandaya, Manobo, Mangguangan, Dibabawon, Aeta, Kamayo, Davaweño, and Kalagan originally made up the population of the Province.