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HISTORY OF THE PROVINCE

RA 4867 dated May 8, 1967 divided the original Davao Province into three provinces, namely: Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur and Davao Oriental.

At creation Davao del Norte was composed of thirteen (13) municipalities; Asuncion, Babak, Compostela, Kapalong, Mabini, Mawab, Monkayo, Nabunturan, Panabo, Pantukan, Samal (Penaplata), Sto. Tomas and Tagum. In 1970, six municipalities were added; Carmen, Kaputian, Maco, Montevista, New Bataan an New Corella.

In 1972, the name “Davao del Norte” was changed into “Davao” by virtue of RA 6430. 

By 1996, Davao Province had already twenty-two municipalities with the creation of San Vicente (now Laak), Maragusan and Talainggod.

In January 1998 RA 8470 was enacted and created the province of Compostella Valley (ComVal) out of Davao Province. At the same time, RA 8471 created the Island Garden City of Samal (IGCS) absorbing the municipalities of Babak, Samal and Kaputian; RA 8472 converted the municipality of Braulio Dujali from the municipalities of Carmen and Panabo.

Recently, RA 9015 dated March 31, 2001 converted the municipality of Panabo into Panabo City.

At present, Davao del Norte comprises two (2) congressional districts, three (3) cities, eight (8) municipalities and 223 barangays.

   At present, Davao del Norte comprises two (2) congressional districts, three (3) cities, eight (8) municipalities and 223 barangays.