About the City

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Samal Island was settled by indigenous people coming from the northern and eastern coasts of the undivided Davao Province. A large mixed population of Mansakas, Mandayas and Muslims composed the identification of the now so called Sama Tribe. These primeval settlers were organized into communities and were dynastically ruled by a Datu up to the early part of the American Regime.

In the early part of the 18th century, governance shifted when Christianization came in. The first mass was celebrated in Barangay San Jose of Samal District in 1928. On June 8, 1948, Samal became a District Municipality of Davao Province under Executive Order No. 151, which was signed by President Elpidio Quirino. On May 28, 1953, Babak Municipality was created under Executive Order No. 590 which was signed by President Ferdinand E. Marcos.

The Second District which is the government center of the City got its district name SAMAL, from the early indigenous settlers forming into one tribe called “Sama” and its barangay name Peñaplata from the Sama term “Malibasa” which means a place where honorable people who love peace live in perfect harmony.

First District derived its name BABAK from an abundant shrubs called “Tagbak” grown in the area and a big tree which the natives called “Bakbak” which were used as landmark for the people’s trade center. White sand in the local dialect “Puting Balas” is significantly true to the shoreline of the Third District from which its name KAPUTIAN was derived. More developments and settlements happened, population continue to grow as years passed by until the time that Samal Island was tapped as one of the government tourism zones.

In 1996, the high ranking officials of Davao del Norte led by Congressman Rodolfo P. del Rosario and Provincial Governor Prospero S. Amatong with other members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan moved on to usher Samal a new vision of hope before its Golden Anniversary in 1998. During this year a new concept of development strategy cropped up which is the creation of an urban center in a rural environment that would set a new horizon of modernity and prioritize quality public service delivery.

Congressman Rodolfo P. Del Rosario passed the bill that resulted to the passage of Republic Act # 8471, which paved the way for the integration of the three municipalities into one local government unit that is now called the Island Garden City of Samal. This was signed on January 30, 1998 by President Fidel V. Ramos and was overwhelmingly approved by the people of the locality during the plebiscite held on March 7, 1998. Almost four months later, on June 30, 1998, the new city began exercising its corporate powers.

Cityhood January 30, 1998
Enabling Law R.A. 8471
Foundation Day Every 7th of March
Land Area 30,130 (Hectares)
Legislative District 3
Population 116,771 (PSA)
No. of Barangay 46
No. of Purok 367
Household 26,245
Household Size 4.0

Samal Island lies between latitude of 6 degrees 54 minutes to 7 degrees 11 minutes 28 seconds north and longitude 125 degrees and 39 minutes 30 seconds to 125 degrees and 47 minutes 28 seconds East.

It is bounded on all sides by Davao Gulf, on the west by the municipal waters of Davao City, at north by the municipal waters of mainland Province of Davao del Norte, on the east by the municipal waters of the provinces of mainland Davao de Oro and Davao Oriental.

The northwest portion of the Island Garden City of Samal is approximately 900 meters away from Davao City, the major economic center of Mindanao Island.

It is located at the Apex of Davao Gulf which is part of the summit of the Sulu-Sulawesi Marine Economic Region which is the richest zone for marine bio-diversity in the whole world.

Total land area is 30,130 hectares inclusive of all component islets, tidal flats and roads which is approximately 3.7% of the total land area of the entire Davao del Norte Province.

It is composed of 46 Barangays. Four (4) of which are unattached to the mainland, being located at Talikud Island in Kaputian District.

The Island has extensive mountain ranges, a number of isolated hills and uneven distribution of lowlands.

The eastern part of the island is mountainous. Swampy patches and stretches of sandy beaches are found in the areas along the west coast.

The tallest mountain ranges of the city can be found in Barangay San Antonio of Babak District with a height of 479 meters above sea level.

In Samal District it is in Sitio Tayapoc of Barangay Tagbitan-ag with a height of 532 meters above sea level.

In Kaputian District, Barangay Bandera has the highest peak with 400 meters above sea level.

The terrain has five (5) major slopes with 71.87% of land belonging to 0- 8% slope which are suitable for urban land uses such as residential, commercial, industrial and institutional.

Undulating to rolling terrain (8% - 18% slope) or 11.14% of the land area are suitable for intensive agriculture.

Land suitable for specialized agriculture have slopes ranging from 18% to 30% or 8.74% of the land area.

Hilly to mountainous terrain ranging from 30% to 50% slope or 6.1% of the land area suitable for specialized agriculture.

Lands with mountainous slopes (above 50%) or 2.15 of the land area will require more intensive and oftentimes, expensive management practices and structures.

Type 4 climate with rain evenly distributed over the year.

Average annual rainfall intensity is estimated at 1,673.3mm to1, 941.8 mm while the mean annual temperature is estimated at 28 to 29 degrees Celsius, both are equal to that registered in Davao City (Davao.da.gov.ph/index.ph).

Being strategically hidden at the Apex of Davao Gulf, the Island Garden City of Samal is sheltered from typhoons and tropical depression.

Some demographic characteristics of the city based on the 2010 National Census are:

Total household population – 95,874 or 10.14% of the province population.

Annual population growth rate (PGR) – 2.21% which is lower than the province PGR of 2.43%.

Urban population – 25,200 or 26.28%.

Rural population – 70,674 or 73.72%.

Population is predominantly labor force; more than half of population is aged 15 and over.

There are 107 males for every 100 females.

Male and female labor forces are almost equal.

Dependency rate – 62 dependents for every 100 working age population.

Average household size – 4.2 persons.

Literacy rate of 97.81% is higher than that of DAVAO DEL NORTE which is 97.1%.

City population density is 3 persons per hectare.

5 barangays with a total land area of 3104 hectares or 31.04 sq. km. are classified as urban with an average urban density of 8 persons per hectare.

Barangays Miranda and Moncado have bigger density due to bigger population in a smaller land area.

The rest of the Barangays are classified as rural with a total gross area of 27,026 hectares and an average rural density of 3 persons per hectare.

HON. RUEL H. BANTILLO
HON. RUEL H. BANTILLO

ABC President

HON. MARIEL DANIELA C. GENARO
HON. MARIEL DANIELA C. GENARO

Sangguniang Kabataan Federation President

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 BARANGAY BRGY. CAPTAIN  POPULATION
 BALET JUNEL MONDERONDO  2,980
 CALICLIC JAIME PALMA GIL  3,003
 CAMUDMUD DINDO C. PARANGAN  2,760
 COGON MARLOU P. LACSON  3,424
 KINAWITNON ARNULFO P. TACDER  2,559
 LIBUAK NACER JOVANI ACALAL  1,513
 MAMBAGO-B ABRAHAM C. MESA  3,337
 MIRANDA FREDERICK LENDON A. MONTECLAR  7,576
 SAN AGUSTIN RICKY LLANES  2,225
 SAN ANTONIO ROLANDO OBESO  2,294
 SAN ISIDRO ROY LASPOÑA  2,517
 STO. NIÑO ROLAN F. SUSAS  1,802
 TAGPOPONGAN ROLAN V. CASINTO  1,435
 TAMBO JOHNEL L. MONTES  5,525
 TORIL CARLO GEGREMOSA  4,099
 VILLARICA BENIE G. ESTRADA  3,912
 BARANGAY BRGY. CAPTAIN  POPULATION
 AUMBAY RONALD P. DAGOHOY  2,276
 AUNDANAO JOHN PAUL PAQUIAO  1,310
 CATAGMAN RUEL H. BANTILLO  1,744
 CAWAG ROSIE C. ORDONA  2,382
 DEL MONTE RICARDO EUGENIIO D. FLORES  1,871
 GUILON PANFILA G. CAL  1,738
 LICUP RICHARD A. SALADAGA  1,045
 LIMAO ERIC P. OBESO SR.  2,858
 MAMBAGO-A JUANITO S. PACAÑA  2,461
 PEÑAPLATA ALAN C. CAÑETE JR.  6,326
 SAN JOSE MATAROL B. DELFIN  2,159
 SAN MIGUEL DION PHILIP B. HERAMIL  1,663
 TAGBAY JONETO GONZALES  1,318
 TAGBITANAG MARILOU M. JOVER  2,386
 TAGDALIAO LUZFEL C. TERIO  935
 BARANGAY BRGY. CAPTAIN  POPULATION
 ADECOR ANALIZA B. ESTEBAN  1,900
 ANONANG FERNANDO BILLONES  2,757
 BANDERA SANDY L. GONATO  1,819
 COGON Robert M. CANTALEJO  2,193
 DADATAN JIMMY C. GETINGAN  1,450
 KANAAN NOBERT BAUL  1,641
 LIBERTAD HELEN S. PEREZ  2,591
 LINOSUTAN MARGIE M. CRUSANI  1,011
 PANGUBATAN JANICE A. MAGSANAY  1,468
 POBLACION BIENVENIDO A. ESDRELON  4,623
 SAN ISIDRO MOISES B. LOZADA  1,893
 SAN REMEGIO DIOSDADO A. ALORRO JR.  2,430
 STA. CRUZ GOMER S. DUMARAN  4,095
 SION ARMANDO A. DIENDO  775
 TAGBAOBO ZENAIDA CERBAS-MARIN  2,652

Rationale of the Official Seal of the

ISLAND GARDEN CITY OF SAMAL

(Officially adopted by the 1st City Council of the Island Garden City of Samal, per SP Resolution No. 115, series 1998, dated 29 September 1998)

Logo Concept, Design and Artwork: CLETO BRAVO GALES, JR.
Rationale of the Logo, Author: CLETO BRAVO GALES, JR.
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The shape of the Official Logo is non-traditional – a departure from the usual circular logo. This is a manifestation of the inherent uniqueness of the Island Garden City of Samal – both as an Island and as a City – just as unique as its name, “Island Garden City of Samal”. 

The official font for the full official name “Island Garden City of Samal” is Zapf Chancery. The word “SAGISAG” uses AvantGarde. Both fonts are dynamic, yet elegant – exuding the dynamism and elegance of the City. 

The colors used for the Logo are dichromatic hues of blue and yellow (varied tones of blue, green, flesh, etc.) – resulting to a cool and soothing visual impact. The colors are carefully chosen to depict the colors of life in abundance and the harmony of various elements/facets of community life. 

As a whole, the imageries as captured in the Logo and the lasting impressions they intend to depict are: Samal Island’s pristine beauty, Samal Island as how the people dream it to be, and Samal Island as “haven of amity”.

CITY GOVERNMENT OF SAMAL
New City Hall, Sitio Maag
Peñaplata, Samal District
Island Garden City of Samal
Davao del Norte

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