PROVINCIAL PROFILE 

Compostela Valley

BRIEF HISTORY

The approval of the Republic Act No. 8470 on January 30, 1998 which wits ratified through a plebiscite held on March 7, 1998 marks the birth of Compostela Valley Province. This new province was carved out from the mother province of Davao del Norte.Classified as a first class province, there are 11 Municipalities comprising the Province of Compbstela Valley, which are grouped into two districts. These are District I ‑ Monkayo, Montevista, Maragusan, New Balaan and Compostela  and District 2 Laak, Mawab, Nabunturan, Maco, Mabini and Pantukan. The Municipality of' Nabunturan was named capital town of the province. The first elected Governor is Atty. Jose R. Caballero.

 

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION

The province of Compostela Valley is situated in
Southeastern Mindanao. It has a total land area of
4,667 square kilometers and is
bounded by
Agusan del Sur on the north,
Davao del Norte on the
west, Davao Oriental on
the east and
southeast and
DavaoGulf
on the
west
and
Southwest

 

LAND AREA

Compostela Valley occupies a total land area of 4,667 square kilometers. This represents 24.7 percent of the total land area of  Region XI (Davao Region).

Total Land Area (in km2), Percent Share to Total Land Area,
and Number of Barangays

City/Municipalities

Total
Land Area
Percent Share to Total Land Area Number of
Barangays
 Compostela Valley

4,667

100.0

235

   Compostela

188

4.0

16

   Laak

947

20.3

40

   Mabini

412

8.8

11

   Maco

244

5.2

37

   Maragusan

394

8.4

24

   Mawab

170

3.6

11

   Monkayo

693

14.8

21

   Montevista

265

5.7

20

   Nabunturan

245

5.2

28

   New Bataan

689

14.8

14

   Pantukan

420

9.0

13

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Source: 2004 Davao Region Statistical Yearbook

POPULATION

As of May 1, 2000, the population of Davao del Sur stands at 580,244. Among the municipalities, Monkayo has the largest population at 85,830 or 14.8 percent share to the total population of the province.

 

Population, Total Land Area, and Population Density

City/Municipalities

Population
(as of May 1, 2000)
Percent Share to Total Population Projected Population
(2006)
 Compostela Valley

580,244

100.0

670,534

   Compostela

61,667

10.6

71,263

   Laak

59,450

10.2

68,701

   Mabini

32,058

5.5

37,046

   Maco

65,181

11.2

75,324

   Maragusan

45,937

7.9

53,085

   Mawab

32,003

5.5

36,983

   Monkayo

85,830

14.8

99,186

   Montevista

33,225

5.7

38,395

   Nabunturan

60,543

10.4

69,964

   New Bataan

42,549

7.3

49,170

   Pantukan

61,801

10.7

71,418

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Source: 2004 Davao Region Statistical Yearbook
       
 

PEOPLE

The majority of the population descended from Visayan migrants. As a result, Cebuano is the most widely spoken language.

Other prominent migrant groups are the Ilocanos, Tagalogs and Ilonggos.

Among the indigenous ethnic groups in the province are the Ata‑talaingod, Dibabaonon, Manguwangan and with Mandaya and Mansaka as the dominant groups.

QUICK FACTS

Province:

Compostela Valley

Capital:

Nabunturan

Population:

580,244 (as of May 1, 2000)

Land Area:

4,667 square kilometers

Cities:

none

Municipalities:

11 (Compostela, Laak, Mabini, Maco,
       Maragusan, Mawab, Monkayo,
       Montevista, Nabunturan, New Bataan)

Barangays:

235

Indigenous People:

Manguwangan, Mandaya, Mansaka, Ata‑talaingod, Dibabaonon,

Major Products:

Agriculture/Fishery - coconut, banana,
   white potato, tomato, fish

Minerals - mostly gold

Major Industries:

Agriculture, small to big scale mining, tourism

Natural Resources:

Fertile agricultural lands, mineral deposits

 
 
 
 
 
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