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In 1942, occupied by the Japanese Imperial forces in the province of Eastern Davao.

In 1945, beginning the Battle of Davao from the combined forces of the British, Dutch and the Filipino troops of the 6th, 101st, 102nd, 103rd, 106th, 107th and 110th Infantry Division of the Philippine Commonwealth Army and 10th Infantry Regiment of the Philippine Constabulary was supported by the recognized Davaoeño guerrilla fighter units by the attack to the Japanese Imperial forces during the liberation in Eastern Davao until the end of the Second World War.

In July 1, 1967, under the Republic Act 4867, Davao was divided into three (3) provinces. Davao Oriental was created as a separate and independent province consisting of eleven (11) municipalities under two (2) Congressional District.

The Province is located in the South Eastern section of Mindanao and lies between 6° 15’ and 8° 00’ North latitude and 125° 65’ and 126° 37’ East longtitude. It is bounded on the south by Celebes Sea, on the East by Pacific Icon, on the West by Davao Gulf and Surigao del Sur on the North. 

     It lies outside the typhoon belt and does not have a pronounced dry season although rainfalls at its maximum from November to January.

dvoorThe inhabitants of the province are a mixture of natives and immigrants from other provinces throughout the country that brought different forms of religion. Mandaya Tribe is the most dominant tribe in the province that made the hand abaca women cloth called "Dagmay". Dabaweño is the native dialect. The Mandayan Community rested in the municipality of Caraga. Tagalog, Visayan, and English languages are generally used by the populance of Davao Oriental.

Davao Oriental is the copra (dried coconut meat) producer capital of the Philippines.

The province’s capital town, Mati, can be reached from Manila and Cebu by taking any of the daily scheduled airline flights to Davao City or regularly scheduled inter-island vessels that ply the Manila-Davao City or Cebu-Davao City routes. From Davao City, Mati is accessible by a 25-minute chartered flight or via a 3-hour private car ride or a 4-hour public utility bus ride on fully concreted and/or asphalted highways.

Using Davao City as transit point, the province is readily accessible to the markets of BIMP-EAGA particularly North Sulawesi (Indonesia), Sabah and Sarawak (Malaysia), Brunei Darussalam as well as Singapore.